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We recently had the chance to speak with Susan Shain  on a topic that we get asked about all of the time, how to afford travel. Her new book, The Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Jobs: How to Have Fun, Make Money and Travel the World, is loaded with ideas that we are happy to introduce it to our readers...

 

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Over all Southern California is extremely bike friendly, but some places are friendlier than others. We aren’t big fans feeling like we might wind up like a bug on a windshield. Luckily, just a few miles up the coast the quaint beach town of San Buenaventura is a very different story...

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Our main goal as parents was to end up with happy, healthy, self-sufficient adults.

We can't tell anyone how to do this -- everyone's different and Lord knows we made our share of mistakes along the way -- but we can offer an insight that we've gained through our own offspring's transitions from childhood to adulthood.

Don't give kids everything they want, just everything they need.

A whole lot of what they want is stupid crap and... CONTINUE READING >>

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While we were preparing for our bicycling adventure in Cuba with Backroads Travel , we spoke with several people who told us not to expect much from the food. This fit right in with our preconceived notions of the island but, like most all of them, proved to be false...  

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There is much more to beauty and allure than physical appearance. Years of shared experiences, and the comfort of complete compatibility, more than make up for any lost youth, no matter what these marketers splash across our screens.

As men, we see those images too, and have been persuaded -- no, programmed -- into thinking that we all want supermodels who think about nothing more than fun times and a lot of beer. Well, I have two things to say about that:

First...

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I am a rock, I am an island. Paul Simon could have been describing Anacapa, just off the California coast. We don’t think he was, but it is a practically perfect fit.
On clear days we have been able to spot the rocky outcrop poking out of the Pacific...  

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Where did you live when you were first starting out? I'll bet it wasn't quite the Taj Mahal.

Our first place was a one bedroom, former screened-in porch that had all the weather proofing of the average wiffle ball. It was a veritable private zoo of insect vermin -- and we were glad to have it. We were proud and happy to be on our own.

Who are we to deny our offspring those same pleasures?... CONTINUE READING >>

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If you love discovering great tasting food, D.C. is an amazing place to visit. The city offers some excellent food tours, many of which allow you to visit its best eateries in a single day. Here are some of our favorite options...  

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From our base in Paddington, we set out to see as much as we possibly could of London in under 48 hours. We think we did pretty darn good, see if you agree. Did we miss anything?

 

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A small island nation resting off the coast of India, Sri Lanka has a lot going for it – Here’s what you should see and do...  

The post Beaches, Elephants and Tea – What’s not to Like?! Here’s What You Need to Know About Sri Lanka appeared first on The GypsyNesters.

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