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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. When 2014 comes to a close, we'll have spent it in Europe, Russia, Hawaii, the South Pacific and more! If we can achieve this, so can you!

Eating and Drinking in Russia

eating and drinking in Russia

Leading up to the Sochi Olympics, we were most curious about what we were going to be eating and drinking in Russia. This kept our minds off the media hype. Russians love to drink and eat. And we loved eating and drinking in Russia, too. Sharing a glass or a meal is the best way we know of getting acquainted with people. We felt so fortunate to become acquainted with Russians of every age, and from a variety of regions during the Olympic Games. Fed on an information diet which consisted Continue Reading

Lifestyle Interview: Amy Scott of Nomadtopia

nomadtopia

We caught up recently with veteran nomad Amy Scott of Nomadtopia to chat about life, community and resources geared toward location independence. Amy Scott is celebrating ten years as a nomad. Her website, Nomadtopia, is a brilliant merge in word and meaning. It's a great resource geared toward what has become a rewarding way of living for many. Featuring those who have "created their ideal lifestyle through location independence, long-term travel, living abroad, and more," Amy's weekly Continue Reading

Fiji and the Pursuit of Happiness

pursuit of happiness

If you're serious about the pursuit of happiness, spend time in Fiji. Fijians have rated themselves the happiest people in the world. We don't doubt it. I've been giving quite a bit of thought to the pursuit of happiness - my own and that of others - while we've been staying in Fiji. People from Fiji are happy. Fijians have rated themselves the happiest people in the world, too. Virtually every day here in Fiji, we encounter others who are kind, respectful, accepting and joyful. This kind of Continue Reading

Lifestyle Change Interview: Nora Livingstone

nora livingstone

Nora Livingstone, like the fabled doctor with whom she shares a last name, took a journey across the world to an exotic destination only to be found - by herself. At first encounter, Nora Livingstone is a young woman wise far beyond her years. She seems like one of those people who has always had it all together.  Educated with a degree in anthropology and trained in outdoor adventure leadership at prestigious Ontario universities,  she has lived and traveled all over the world and is the CEO Continue Reading

Kava

kava

For centuries, Polynesian islanders have been drinking kava, the traditional beverage of South Pacific royalty. We wanted to try it, too! Fijians are often referred to as the friendliest people on earth. This could be an understatement. High on our list of traditionally "Fijian experiences" was to partake of kava, so heavily entwined with this country's national identity. We have been impressed by the strong sense of community and culture here in Fiji, as well as respect and acceptance for the Continue Reading

Moving to Hawaii: Let Go of Mainland Mentality

moving to hawaii

For lots of visitors, once they’ve spent a few days at the beach and had a mai tai or two, the idea of permanently moving to Hawaii begins to kick in. The idea of moving to Hawaii is really tempting. Hawaii is a place that almost everyone dreams of visiting at least once in their lifetime. People get to Hawaii and then start to dream about relocating to make their home on one of the islands. Who wouldn’t want to spend every waking moment of their day on a warm, sunny beach? However, some recent Continue Reading

Bucharest Gara de Nord: A Mixed Bag

gara de nord

For many travelers, stepping out of a train at the Bucharest Gara de Nord station may be the most exotic and intimidating arrival they’ve experienced in all of Europe. The Bucharest Gara de Nord train station is the largest in Romania and usually the only one that travelers will use. There is definitely a marked difference in atmosphere from neighboring major hubs such as Prague, Vienna, or Budapest. The somewhat somber façade of Bucharest Gara de Nord is a testament to its history. Continue Reading