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It’s Time to Take a Vacation

Tag along with me and discover how to have a successful career and still travel often. You can find better balance in life, work and play. I am an author, adventure traveler, volleyballer, biker, hiker, and yogi…I prefer life NOT on the couch. My job as a travel writer is to be an ambassador for increasing travel dosage, not work hours, and my goal is to inspire you to take the trip. West Michigan is home base for me to write, play and co-own FineLine Creative, a marketing communications company founded in 2003. In the blog and just released book, Travel Light discover trip ideas, people, adventure and twists/turns that will make you laugh. Come with me and travel your way to happy. Click here for book launch events!

Travel Light Book Launch

Several people have asked me how long it takes to write a book. "A long time," is usually my answer, "Years in fact….. it's quite a process," I say. Plus, I have one of those regular day jobs running an ad agency (FineLine Creative), so my travel writing hobby gets relegated to nooks and crannies like lunches, late nights, or a weekend morning. I am not complaining because I am...

Volcanoes and Vino

The #9SuperFriends trip to Chile and Argentina was anything but traditional. We traded seasons: winter for late spring and Thanksgiving dinner and turkey for a gourmet dinner in the heart of Chilean wine country, the Maipo Valley. Piles of beef and fish were the superstars, not a Butterball. Santiago was full of surprises besides the ongoing civil unrest that included a giant tarantula sighting on a hike in the Parque...

The Year of 50

I turned 50 in September. Middle age. How to celebrate this milestone? Plan a trip, of course! I hope I've learned some valuable lessons in my time so far. One of them is to work less, spend time with important people, and vacation more. A milestone birthday is an excellent opportunity to celebrate with travel rewards. Back in 2009, the adventurous year of 40, I took a trip every month...