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!

Fiji and the Pursuit of Happiness

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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

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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



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

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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

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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

What’s Wrong with the Hungarian Forint?


Something is wrong with the Hungarian forint outside Hungary, or at least, that seemed to be the case during our recent travels. No one seemed to want it and we wondered why. At first nothing seemed amiss with the Hungarian forint. When we arrived in Budapest, we found businesses accepting both forints and Euros interchangeably. Though the forint was preferred in most situations, we found businesses and cab drivers equipped for transactions in euro. Then our problems started. After Continue Reading

Ludwigsburg: Fairytale Palace and Gardens


Just outside Stuttgart in southwest Germany is Ludwigsburg, where you can visit a palace inspired by Versailles with fairytale gardens. We are fortunate to have visited family friends near Ludwigsburg, Germany on more than one occasion. Each time, a trip to Schloss Ludwigsburg (Ludwigsburg Palace) has been on the menu of things to do. In the summer of 2002, when all the kids were younger, the entire visit was spent in the palace gardens. This past winter, our visit took the form of a Continue Reading