New Year, new travel wish list

This year, I’m dreaming of Argentina, Italy, France, South Africa and the Azores.  Like most travelers, my list is so long that listing the places I’d rather NOT see would be simpler.  Curiously, Lithuania is on my list, too.

Sometimes I try to figure out exactly what is IS about travel that I love.  Escapism?  Vacation?  Anonymity?  Adventure?  Freedom?  What I can say for certain is that I feel the most alive and engaged with the world when I’m traveling.  It’s like my senses are sharpened.  I see better.  I am more aware.  My nose picks up smells (good and bad I’m afraid) that are foreign to me.  I’m in-the-moment.  I appreciate simple things like a cup of coffee or a train ride.  And so, it’s time to start planning my 2018 adventures.



Fall funk

The fall funk…shorter days, dark nights and cold weather. Can you hear the “California Dreaming” in the background? 

I admire people who aren’t bothered by the season change. Instead of feeing un-energized and lethargic, they power on full strength. 
Bring on the Winter Solstice in December. Minute by minute the days will get longer and lighter. Until then, travel dreams are seeing me through. Here’s are a few of my travel crushes…

Lanzarote, Spain:




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.