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Yes, I am interested in looking at your contributions – real experiences from real people. Don’t worry about being a Pulitzer-prize-winning author. An authentic voice is much more important. See How to Tell Your Story below for writing tips.

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TRAVEL

Trip Reports – first person accounts of travel, written diary style on the road or as a summary of the trip later.

Articles – feature stories about a location or mode of travel that are more journalistic in style.

Tips ‘ n Tools – contributions of a practical nature offering information, checklists, resources.

REST OF MY LIFE
Articles or Tips ‘n Tools
Relating to the transition from regular paid employment to a “retired lifestyle.” Examples: retiring in a foreign country, volunteering, starting a B&B, obtaining certification as an ESL teacher, running for political office, redefining our lives, etc.

WELLNESS
Articles or Tips ‘n Tools
This topic encompasses everything that contributes to our wellness – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. Examples: exercise, nutrition, alternative health, medical discoveries, personal experiences with medical issues, music, returning to school, spiritual journeys, etc.

RELATIONSHIPS
Articles or Tips ‘n Tools
Examples: Friendships, siblings, finding love in later life, empty-nest marriage, parenting adult children, distance grandparenting, elderly parents, etc.

MONEY
Articles or Tips ‘n Tools
Examples: Living the simple life, frugality, making investments work, renting out the family home, real estate, how to hire a broker, spread sheeting your finances, etc.

MUSINGS
The place for opinion essays and philosophizing. Also a good place for collecting all those great quotations – words to live by.

HUMOUR
Here’s a repository for all the humour that keep circulating ...but you can never find when you really need to send someone a laugh.

POTLUCK
Articles or Tips ‘n Tools
Everything that doesn’t fit somewhere else..


Use clear and simple language – the same words you would use to “tell” the story in person. Short sentences and paragraphs are best.

Details

Provide details – names, distances, locations, transit accessibility, etc.

Include cost details whenever possible. Whether something costs $30 or $300 is a critical detail in helping someone assess whether it is an option for them.

Provide contact information, links to further information, books and resources that you found helpful.

Be very careful about getting the details correct – locations, place names, distances, contact numbers and information, spelling. Inaccuracies destroy the credibility of your piece.

Editing

Your article will be edited for style and length. By submitting it to lifewellspent.com you acknowledge that this will occur and agree both to it being edited and being published on the lifewellspent.com website.

Do send up to 6 photos to illustrate your story. Jpegs at a low resolution (72 dpi), no larger than 250 pixels wide, please. If you have additional photos that would work well with the story, please describe them rather than sending immediately with the article.

Crackling Communications exerts copyright on the presentation of material on the website lifewellspent.com. However, the author (you) retain copyright on your original article and photographs. Be aware, however, that once material is posted on the internet people do copy and use it for their own purposes. This cannot be controlled (unless you are a lawyer with endless amounts of time and money to pursue international litigation).

Please send your article as an MS Word file (minimal formatting) by email. The response may be quick or we may be travelling ourselves and take months. Be assured, however, that a response will come eventually.

Whether or not your piece is accepted for publication depends on:

  • whether or not we already have a similar piece on the same topic
  • how well the piece fits the style of this site
  • clarity of the writing
  • accuracy of the details

We can only accept pieces of which you are the original author, except in the case of quotations or humour that are attributable to an author or unattributable but in common circulation.