Travel hack – the humble clothespin is an overachiever on vacation

Small and mighty, the humble, simple clothespin is one of my packing staples.  What’s it good for?

  • Pull your hotel curtains together so there isn’t that irritating ray of sunlight that could wake you up early.
  • Close snacks so they won’t attract bugs (or worse!).
  • Hang up undies to dry on a coat hanger.  Side note: ExOfficio undies are the bomb–wash in the sink & they are dry within a few hours.  Here’s the link:
  • anything else you can think of…

disclaimer: my Mom deserves credit for this tip–she originally suggested it to me. Thanks Mom.  

The joy & anticipation of vacation planning (5 minute read)

Webster’s definition of anticipation

a prior action that takes into account or forestalls a later action hired more security guards in anticipation of a large crowdb :  the act of looking forward; especially :  pleasurable expectation looked forward with anticipation to their arrival

“Pleasurable expectation” hits the nail on the head for me. I associate anticipation with good things. You know, like vacation or travel or winning the lottery.  If it’s something bad or worrisome, I usually dread it and I’ll fret.  Here are some examples of what I’m talking about –

Stuff I dread:

  • waiting for hospital test results
  • expecting a bid from a plumbing contractor
  • finding out whether or not I owe on my taxes

Things I anticipate:

  • planning a vacation or trip
  • waiting for friends and family to arrive for a visit
  • watching for the local summer ice-cream shop to open each year

Not surprisingly, trip and vacation planning is a total joy to me. Figuring out my flight, hotels, trains, etc. is like a fun game. I enjoy knowing what my options are, but I don’t usually lock into many “gotta do’s”. So, it’s a research project all about possibility. All the things I could see or do are on the list. These options make my trips feels wide and open, full of choices. These hopeful feelings make me want to say things like “rife with possibility” and “brimming with happy expectation”.

Looking forward to my next travel adventure reinvigorates me and renews my optimism. There’s just something about it that I can’t quite put into words. Until I can travel more, I’m looking for ways to bring that feeling of possibility into my regular, day-to-day life. And now I’ve stumbled upon a topic for another post, another day. Until then, I’ll be hanging out here…

Here’s to anticipation of new trips, travels and adventures – cheers!


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Spend it

This quote hit home. It’s not about money. It’s about choosing to live a life that feels abundant with friends, incredible experiences & a full, overflowing sense of joy & gratitude. Being miserly with life is limiting & constricted. It’s the difference between closing yourself off with crossed arms or throwing your arms wide in welcome. Try both & see how you feel.

Go big.


Street art – a travelers visual diary / part 1

Wherever I go, I scan for street art to get a feel for the place.  You can never learn from a guidebook or website the kind of heart & soul info you get from graffiti & street art.  Part 1 of my visual travel diary below…

Detroit, MI – perfect word choice for a city in the middle of a huge revitalization

Salamanca, Spain – feelin’ the love!

Madrid, Spain – “love what you do”

Hip kicks in Florence, Italy

To be continued…