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Anita Unplugged

I’ve decided to go walkabout. Here are some essential things I’m taking with me. My middle name.  Is it an alter ego?  Do I have a secret life? Naw, it’s just that my Spanish speaking friends find it easier and seem to like it and once I looked at it as the endearment of Ana […]

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Where in the World Are We, How the Hell do We Afford It and What’s Up with the Houses?

Part I – How the Hell Do we Afford It? My sister once shyly asked me, “Carin, how do you afford your lifestyle?” We’ve never really been a family that talked about money so I know she had a hard time asking, but I was happy to explain. Our plan is quite simple actually (and […]

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Where in the World Are We? Mid-Year Update

Where’s Waldo… always comes to mind when I begin writing a “Where in the World are we?” post because the character Waldo is often elusive, something we often are ..often so much so that we can’t seem to find ourselves. I know I’m perpetually lost…and I love it. This is why I do recaps. It […]

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Where in the World are We? A Recap

It’s been another whirlwind year for Sharkman and Mantagirl always in search of the next great world destination and of course, the perfect dive! Our year started with Mantagirl’s 50th birthday celebrated on a gorgeous speck of island called Isla Mujeres off the coast of Cancun. The island, home to the largest gathering of whale […]

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When love turns to obsession

I’m truly beginning to scare myself. My every waking moment is spent buried in this obsession. What I once simply loved has truly taken over me. I still like to blame my parents as they started me traveling at a young age. By age 10 I had explored Europe and the Caribbean, and the love […]

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A Simple Thought on The Simplicity of Adventure

Last week we took a new job working as co-leaders for a very specific adventure. The escapade is a 26 day, around the world trip by private jet. The logistics are staggering including planes, trains and automobiles as well as helicopters, yachts and probably a Rolls Royce or two. The itinerary is vast, the locations […]

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Waiting on Adventure

..is like watching paint dry, or waiting on water to boil or grass to grow. Wow, I think this could be a great category for $25,000 Pyramid. It seems like Monday morning arrives quickly enough and the date for your root canal spontaneously appears on your “today” calendar, but adventure seems to take a lifetime […]

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We All Pick Up Dog Poop

the adventure couple

We’ve been home now 6 days after traveling 4 1/2 months. The laundry is finally done (though not all put away), the house is clean, the outdoor living areas prepped for winter and the doctor appointments done for now. The first wave of “getting home” is finished. I’m just now feeling like I’m back. Then […]

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Taking a Break from Carpe Diem – 50 Ways to Recharge

the adventure couple

As the Adventure Couple we are firm believers in Carpe Diem, in living life to it’s fullest, in making the most of every day, every opportunity, allowing for serendipity, jumping in with both feet, taking the “E” ticket, and every other iteration of the cliche. But it seems about once a year, as I look […]

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The Circle of Life

adventure life by design

I was driving south of Denver and it was a bluebird kind of day, bumping up against the edge of 70 degrees.  It was Tuesday and all I had to do was drive until I decided to stop, throw up a tent somewhere peaceful, maybe by a lake, climb into my sleeping bag and coze […]

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