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Mar 23, 2015 - Selecting my RV for Full-Timing

I thought that some of my readers might like to see my thought process in buying my next RV. SELECTING AN RV I’ve loved Class B (van conversion) camping for years. My late wife and I visited all of the continental United States in our VW Vanagon camper. We visited all 48 again in our Roadtrek motorhome. Our Class B could go anywhere and was easy to park. But, to go to the grocery store, you had to break camp and, in the case of state parks, we risked not finding a site when we returned. Also, for full-time living, it has very limited...

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Mar 23, 2015 - Domicile

Before starting my new full-time RV life-style, I had to ensure that I could continue to function well without a permanent residence. How would my friends and family contact me? How can I vote? How do I do my banking? Modern technology has made the first issue much easier. When I first started RV travel back in 1983, reaching me on the road was nearly impossible. I had to stop at pay phones when I could. In an emergency, it might be possible for relatives to contact me by first contacting the state police where they thought I might be....

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Nov 5, 2014 - The Journey Begins

Started my adventure today. Spent most of the day at home: packing, washing clothes, paying bills. Getting everything ready. At 5pm, Kathy drove me to the train station in Attleboro, MA, which brought me to South Station in Boston. From there I took the MBTA Silver Line to Logan Airport. Fortunately, each portion of the trip so far was right on time with no problems. I checked in, cleared security, and had a leisurely supper. My flight left on time. It's so nice when everything goes according to plan! It's great to have a leisurely, relaxed...

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Balkans 2014

Aug 11, 2014 - Postscript

AUGUST 11 Postscript We had a great time! Getting on and off the ship were amazingly quick and easy. Our fears about an inside cabin provided to be unwarranted. It was small but plenty large enough to comfortably sleep and change our clothes. We were hardly ever there. Glacier Bay was by far the highlight our trip. We loved the scenery. The Park Rangers really helped us understand the area. The Ports of Call were disappointing. Skagway was barraged with tourists every day when the cruise ships docked. The downtown consisted of jewelry...

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Alaska Cruise 2014

Oct 12, 2013 - Booking a Cruise to Alaska

Some people enjoy going to the same place for every vacation. Some enjoy going the beach; others enjoy going to the mountains. Some are fast paced; others are laid back. Some are meticulously planned; others are chaotic. It often amazes me how different concepts of vacation can be. Yes, time and money have much to do with what we can do for a vacation. But, it’s more than that. Personally, I think for most people, it’s the desire to do something completely different from our normal day. For example, if you work in a hectic office with a...

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Alaska Cruise 2014

Jan 29, 2012 - The Journey Home

My trip home was long but uneventful. Fly to Tokyo and then to NYC. Once in NY, everyone spoke English but some had accents so strong that I had trouble understanding them. Yep, I'm home! (grin) When traveling it's important to be vigilant. Throughout my trip, I had kept up with news reports reading electronic versions of USA Today on my Nook. I also subscribed to news alerts from the US government and through SOS International. For example, there were notices about disease outbreaks: "A sudden rise in the number of cases of meningococcal...

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Nov 20, 2011 - Preparations - One week to go

Busy getting ready for my trip. Some of the medical preparations for this included: 1. Purchase evacuation insurance to get me to competent medical care, if needed. 2. Visit a travel clinic to ensure that my vaccinations are up-to-date. Most, like typhoid, were still current from previous trips. I did need a series of shots for Japanese Encephalitis and I needed a series of booster shots for rabies, since I plan to trek in the mountains. 3. Get prescriptions for diseases that have no vaccines, like malaria. 4. Study up on the locally common...

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