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We're Betsy and Pete Wuebker, location independent entrepreneurs who live a simplified travel-centered life. Since 2008, we've built a variety of online businesses that provide us with the keys to happiness: travel, simplicity and freedom. In 2014, we visited 12 countries in Europe, Russia, Hawaii, the South Pacific and Australia! This year we have plans to visit destinations we only dreamed about before. If we can achieve this, so can you!

Story, Memory and the Intransigence of Lists

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It started with a list of travel blogs we respect. Then our internet went out and it became instead about story, memory and the intransigence of lists. It's a funny thing when the internet goes out on us, the digital nomads. At first, we get all cranky and disjointed. There are items which will be left unaccomplished, lists that go unchecked, schedules that fall behind. There isn't a thing you can do. The internet in this part of Malaysia has been wonky ever since the floods two weeks ago. Off Continue Reading

Dealing with Paperwork on the Road

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Dealing with paperwork on the road can be a real challenge for the long-term traveler. Our system isn't perfect, but it's working out pretty well. One of the most problematic issues for long-term travelers can be dealing with paperwork on the road. When we had a home office, it was easy to lapse into a pattern of printing statements, receipts, emails and documents and transferring them into files. We had a nice big lateral file cabinet with lots of space to fill, other file drawers in our Continue Reading

Lifestyle Change Interview: Entrepreneurs on an Odyssey

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Entrepreneurs Monika and John Mundell thought they were happy, but a lifestyle change which let go of what they loved gave them their dreams. John and Monika Mundell will be the first to tell you it's not always easy to make a lifestyle change. Over the years, the two European chefs had worked hard to build a dream life in suburban Australia. When Monika decided to make a career change, John's employment supported them through her start-up phase. Once Monika's new career reached Continue Reading

Interlude in a Romantic Paris Hotel

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A romantic Paris hotel is a sequestered cocoon from which we can conjure imaginative stories about our fellow travelers. These may or may not be true. Few would argue that there is no better place to be in the City of Light than a romantic Paris hotel with the one you love. The appeal would be far, far less without its temporary nature, of course. Others who share the space during your stay will move on, just as you. But for a brief interlude, you'll have something in common: a sequestered Continue Reading

My Three Words for 2015

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I wasn't worried about choosing three words for 2015. Over the five years I've practiced this annual tradition I've learned to trust my three words will appear. And they inevitably do. This year sometime at the beginning of December, the thought entered my head that it would soon be time to choose my three words for 2015. This is a big tradition and it has repeatedly delivered the win (see the archives here, if you're curious about what I've chosen previously). Within a couple of hours, I Continue Reading

Why We’re Taken with Toowoomba

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Everyone laughed when we told them we were going to Toowoomba. They told us to expect a haplessly humdrum, far from hip town. Fortunately, they were wrong. Toowoomba? Where the heck is that? Toowoomba is situated on a top edge of Australia's Great Dividing Range - a complex of plateaus, uplands, and escarpments - which is the third longest dividing mountain range in the world. With a width between 100 to 190 miles, these mountains stretch more than 2,000 miles from the northeastern tip of Continue Reading

Savusavu: Fiji’s Hidden Paradise

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When Fiji friends described Savusavu as their country's "hidden paradise” we took notice. After a too-short stay, it has a favorite space in our hearts. Sometimes a place is so wonderful you want to keep it all to yourself. So, even though we think you should be among the travelers who visit Savusavu, a small part of me hopes you don't. And, if we were to bet against your visit, it's unlikely we'd lose: less than 20,000 people in the whole wide world ever do get to Fiji's hidden Continue Reading