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Bonnie Truax

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Minimalism, Early Retirement, Finance Tips, Travel Stories
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“They say Humberstone used to have a summer home in Pisagua to get away from the heat,” Pedro said as he took another sip of water and placed his water bottle back in the cup holder. “Now I think only 50 to 200 people live in this town depending on the time of year you... Continue Reading → The post Nature’s Prison, Pisagua, Northern Chile appeared first on 43bluedoors. ...
Posted: Jun 17 2018 @ 8:07 PM
I love packing lists. I like reading about the packing list of travel bloggers and talking to other travelers about their packing list. It’s like shop talk, what works for them and what hasn’t. We’ve already written an article about our packing list. Over time, we’ve acquired and discarded some items from our pack.  This article... Continue Reading → The post Travel Items You Might not Know You Need appeared first on ...
Posted: Jun 10 2018 @ 8:45 PM
The smell of old wood and rusted walls wafts lightly in the breeze. A gentle wind cools the desert air and plays an eerie song with the loose clapboards and the corroded panels of the ancient metal roof. The song seems to be the voices of lives once vibrant in this town now only inhabited by rumored ghosts.... Continue Reading → The post Fog Catchers and Ghost Towns of the Desert: Examples of Resilience ...
Posted: Jun 03 2018 @ 7:09 PM
In our almost two years of travel, we have accumulated a bunch of travel apps that we use for trip planning, learning, keeping in touch with people, and generally making our travel easier. It’s like a team that you can call upon when needed. Think of it as a group of minions except that they’re... Continue Reading → The post Our Top FREE Travel Apps appeared first on 43bluedoors. ...
Posted: May 28 2018 @ 9:03 AM
Tinku is the art of ritual mayhem and is a yearly celebration in Bolivia. The only form of Tinku I had ever heard of before entering Bolivia was from the movie The Purge. The movie explores what it would be like to have one night per year of complete lawlessness where any crime is allowed. Tinku... Continue Reading → The post A Demon in the Mine: Bolivia Tourism appeared first on 43bluedoors. ...
Posted: May 20 2018 @ 3:51 PM
As the rising sun chased away the morning shadows, heat began to seep through our jackets and the rocks around us began to crackle. We stood on a river of fine sand. The canyon wall to our left now in full sunlight seemed to be playing the music of the dawn, clicking and clacking like... Continue Reading → The post Cycling the Driest Desert on Earth: The Atacama Desert appeared first ...
Posted: May 13 2018 @ 5:53 PM
The wind was howling through the drafty room. The single 15-watt light bulb dangling from the ceiling by its wire had been turned off an hour ago. There was no heat. We were at 15,000 feet and I was freezing even under the weight of four thick blankets. Every muscle in my body was shivering... Continue Reading → The post What a Tour Through the Uyuni Salt Flats is Really Like ...
Posted: May 07 2018 @ 10:00 AM
I’ve met many people both in person and in online forums that think they will always be stuck where they are. Why do these things always happen to me? Why can’t I get ahead with my finances? I can’t be happy because…., they lament. I feel for them, or rather, I understand their plight, but... Continue Reading → The post Three Keys to Reinventing Your Life appeared first on 43bluedoors. ...
Posted: Apr 29 2018 @ 2:15 PM
Just outside of Sucre, Bolivia lies the largest collection of dinosaur footprints in the world. Over 10,000 dinosaur tracks have been found in one location, the Cal Orcko site. These prints include a 347-meter trail left by a baby T-Rex to whom they have posthumously awarded the moniker  “Johnny Walker.” While we were in Torotoro, Bolivia,... Continue Reading → The post Why the Largest Collection of Dinosaur Footprints May Soon Be Gone ...
Posted: Apr 22 2018 @ 1:20 PM
This article was originally published on MichaelDinich.net as a guest post by Bonnie, half of the 43BlueDoors team. I thought about naming this article “How to save money by putting a water bottle in your underwear” but then thought better.  It’s a good tip though, and I will share that with you shortly (pun intended). We live... Continue Reading → The post Living Frugally as a Vagabond appeared first on 43bluedoors. ...
Posted: Apr 15 2018 @ 1:02 PM


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