Read: “Pack Light” by Karen McCann

Pack Light by Karen McCann

Continuing on with this whole “reading books” thing, writer and expat Karen McCann of Enjoy Living Abroad has just released her newest book, Pack Light: Quick & Easy Tips for Traveling Everywhere with Exactly the Right Stuff. For the sake of brevity – no one has ever accused me of being brief – we’ll just call it Pack Light.

Quick summary: This book is, plain and simple, a swift read with about 50 tips on how to pack light and keep yourself mobile and happy while you’re on the road. As straightforward as it gets, really.

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In Pictures: Jerome, Arizona

Jerome, Arizona by Jets Like Taxis

During our Fabric of America tour, we stayed off the interstate for about 99% of the time, which allowed us to visit all sorts of places that most people miss. Besides not being bored to death by endless four-lane highways, we also got to see the ‘real’ America that’s a bit less touched by all the things that sprout up along the aforementioned interstates.

One of the cool towns we visited along the way was Jerome, Arizona. It’s certainly touched by tourism, but seems more than able to keep its character and history.

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Read: “A Better Life for Half the Price” by Tim Leffel

A Better Life for Half the Price by Tim Leffel

Books! I don’t think we’ve ever written about books here. This particular one is a doozy, so what better way to start writing about books than with one of the most comprehensive “living abroad” books we’ve ever read?

A quick summary: The book is called A Better Life for Half the Price, and its tag line is “How to prosper on less money in the cheapest places to live.” That’s a good summary of the book, but this guy is selling himself a bit short. The book is way more than that.

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Next Up: Back to Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

Happy New Year! Time for another round of 365, time for a new place to live. Technically, we landed here in Seville, Spain, in December. Alas, a lot of holiday busy-ness and settling kept me away from writing, so it took me a few weeks to log back in and attack a new post.

And with that, greetings from Seville! If you’re a reader of this blog, it may feel vaguely familiar. That’s because we were here two years ago. (Damn, time flies.) But why on Earth would you go where you’ve already been?!?!?!?!

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In Pictures: Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

During our little weekend jaunt to Linz, Austria, we decided to have a bit of a rural road trip north into the Czech Republic. Looking at the map, we decided to head up to the old Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov, after stopping for a visit to the village of Rozmberk.

Note to literary perfectionists: After all these years, WordPress is still terrible with certain accent marks. Therefore, I’ve left those out of the town names here. I’m trying to live with it – so can you. :)

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Be Festive: Celebrations with a Difference

Cheung Chaubun Mountain

Any excuse will do for a celebration. And for any, read literally anything and everything. Animal, mineral or vegetable – you name it – and someone somewhere in the world is throwing it, eating it, chasing it…all in the spirit of a good party.

Some of these weird and wonderful festivals have roots going back centuries, while others are more recent excuses for letting your hair down and having a good time. But whatever the reason, one thing’s for sure: A good time is guaranteed.

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In Pictures: Rozmberk, Czech Republic

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

‘Twas a dreary morning in the south of Bohemia, yet we managed a stop in the wee village of Rozmberk to check out the scenery and 13th-century castle there, before heading up to another town an hour north.

This was all during our three-day jaunt to Linz, Austria, which we used as a home base to explore the area and inevitably head into the Czech Republic – because if you’re that close, you just have to.

Also, the border crossing meant New Country Day for Ang, which is always a nice little woo-hoo! and whatnot.

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