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How to Become a House and Pet Sitter

House sitting is a great way to save money while traveling, especially if you enjoy taking care of pets. Kim Hinson and her husband, Kenny, are military retirees who have been house and pet sitting for many years. Here’s what the experts have to say about how to become a …

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Staying at the New Sanno Hotel in Tokyo

Did you know there is a U.S. military hotel in Tokyo, Japan where you can stay for a fraction of the price of comparable civilian hotels? It’s called the New Sanno, and it’s a luxury hotel run by the U.S. Naval Joint Services Activity. If you plan to visit Tokyo, …

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Mt Fuji in summer

Climbing Mt. Fuji in One Day: Planning, Logistics, and Pictures!

Mount Fuji has profound importance and a mystical quality to the Japanese people. They refer to it as “Fuji-san,” a name of respect for the sacred mountain. At an elevation of 12,388 feet, Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan and unmistakable in photographs. If you’ve ever flown into one …

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10 Ways to Meet Locals and Make Friends While Traveling

Looking for ways to make your travel more about experiences than tourism? Start by making a few local friends! Putting yourself out there can be daunting, especially if you’re not the extroverted type. Fortunately, there are many ways to do it that won’t take you too far out of your …

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Packing for Long Term Travel: Advice and Essential Items

Many people ask how we’ve been traveling for more than 8 years with only a carry-on suitcase and small backpack each. In our experience, it’s quite easy, but there’s no one-size-fits-all packing list. How you use the precious space in your luggage depends entirely on where you plan to travel …

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3 Benefits You Need to Know About Before Retiring from the Military

For most military retirees, the #1 retirement benefit is the monthly pension. But the pension is only part of the package. You’ve earned many other great benefits, and you should take advantage of them all! Here are three that require advance planning, so it’s important that you’re aware of these …

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Top 3 Golf Courses in 2 Years of Travel

Today we have a guest post from my husband, Michiyo (Mike) Montague. He is an avid golfer and plays every course he can find. I asked him to write about his top 3 courses played during our recent world travels. Enjoy! ***** During my 30 years in the Army, I played …

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