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Stephen King on Writing

StephenKing

Stephen King knows a thing or two about writing and he wrote a pretty good book on the subject. Here are 20 of King’s “rules for writers.”

Ghostwriting, Politics and Donald Trump

Ghostwriting

Since I follow politics closely and have also done some ghostwriting, I was intrigued to discover this recent story in which Donald Trump’s ghostwriter for his best-selling book, “The Art of the Deal,” essentially apologizes for his role in helping to create the mythology of Trump.

Can you have both an adventurous life and a stable life?

Monument Valley

It’s a great question. As the author of an Air Treks article phrased the query: “How can we travel like we want and still maintain the nested, domestic life we spent most of our early days expecting, preparing for and nurturing.” He suggests there are at least six means to this end.

Five lessons on travel and writing

Meet Plan Go Boston

I recently attended two conferences – one devoted to career breaks and extended travel and the other one a writer’s conference. Two different meetings, and yet there were striking similarities in what I took away from the events. So here are five lessons learned about travel and writing from two September conferences.

Can a career break also be a good career move?

Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina

There is a Meet, Plan, Go! event being held Tuesday evening in 13 cities across North America to promote the benefits of taking a career break for extended travel. So now is a good time to check out this article from the U.K. about why a career break can also be a good career move.

Road trip through the wonders of California’s Central Coast

Big Sur

It’s true that Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco get much of the attention, but don’t dismiss California’s Central Coast as a travel destination. The region has an abundance of natural wonders and you can piece together quite an enjoyable road trip there. It’s not an exaggeration to say the 280-mile journey from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz is one of the most beautiful drives in the country.

Volcanic tour of the Pacific Northwest

Mount Hood

There are stunning calderas, lava tube caves and and bubbling hot springs throughout the Pacific Northwest – all connected to the area’s volcanic activity. And the Cascade Range is home to a 700-mile string of active volcanoes, from Mount Rainier to Mount Hood to Mount Shasta. As a result, it’s possible to put together a road trip that takes in some of the continent’s most spectacular volcanic scenery.

A road trip in honor of black history month

A road trip in honor of black history month

Since February is Black History Month, it’s an opportune time consider a road trip that takes in sites that are important to black history in the United States. So I created a journey through that runs between Georgia and Kansas and which takes in key locations from the civil rights movement as well as some historic homes of prominent African Americans. The article […]

“Riel World” named a top 50 global education blog

Thought you might be interested to know that Travels in the Riel World was recently selected as a Top 50 Global Education Blog by James Atkinson, who publishes Sir Learnalot’s Knowledge Blog. In an effort to honor those who promote a “global learning environment,” the top 50 list includes a diverse array of sites, from study abroad […]

Musings about a location independent lifestyle

Have you ever dreamed about being location independent? That is, to be able to live and work from wherever you choose in the world? It’s a topic that is growing in popularity, as evidenced by this Location Independent website, or even by the number of hits the term generates in a Google search. Andy Hayes is […]

Take a presidential road trip through Virginia

There has been a lot of politics in the news lately, and President Obama’s State of the Union speech is scheduled for Wednesday. So if you’ve got politics on your mind, or even if you’re just a fan of history, you might consider taking a presidential road trip through Virginia. That’s the topic of may […]

Civil rights and African American history sites for MLK Day

Today is a holiday in the United States – Martin Luther King Day, which celebrates the life and legacy of the great civil rights leader, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and was assassinated in 1968. It’s a good time to explore some of the historic sites that were key to King’s life, to this country’s civil […]

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