And the Award Goes to…

Perseverance! Every year I watch the Academy awards and listen to all the speeches about not giving up on your dreams. No matter how many obstacles are in your way—whether it’s time, money, people, or self-doubt—just keep on believing! The words would shoot sparks of creative motivation through my body and I’d be inspired to start a new project or …

Adventures in First Class

A ticket for a first class airplane seat is not something I usually spring for. In the past, it’s only something that’s been granted after dealing with canceled flights and other airport headaches. So after the latest airline debacle, holding a first class ticket was a godsend—or so I thought. It all started out well. A priority ticket allowed us …

The Resilient Virgin Islands

Flying over Tortola, the brown, barren landscape shimmers with pieces of galvanized roof and debris. Patches of green signify the resilience of the trees and plants only a few weeks after hurricane Irma stripped them bare. Driving from the airport toward Road Town, we pass buildings seemingly untouched by the storm, right next to ruins of what used to be …

How to Overnight at the Airport

Airports are fun, aren’t they? They cater to millions of people about to embark on exciting travel adventures, interesting business seminar trips, and highly anticipated family reunions. The airport is a maze of terminals, gates, lounges, and security checkpoints designed to shuttle people from place to place in the most effective and efficient way…right? Well, sometimes plans change. Flights get …

See the Light: Local Lantern Festivals

Ever since I watched this video I’ve been a bit obsessed with lantern festivals. I started mentally planning my trip to Thailand and imagining what it would be like to experience it in person. Not only is it a beautiful sight, but it focuses our attention upward, lifting our spirits, and encouraging us to let go of the past and …

Travel

The Pros and Cons of Companion Travel

Growing up, I was always told to travel with a buddy. We needed a companion to walk with us to the nurse’s office, in from recess, and during field trips to the zoo. Traveling anywhere alone not only seemed wrong, it was deemed dangerous. What if we get lost or left behind? The horror! As I got older, going out …

You’re Free to Move About the World

Travel has been a pretty important part of my life for as long as I can remember. Since I was a baby, my family would travel to the British Virgin Islands, our home away from home. After college, I took my first trip to Europe. Then when family started moving abroad, I just had to go visit! The craziness of …

New city, new food, New Orleans

It’s hard not to love a city that teems with life around every corner. Live music and dancing entertains passers-by, old world architecture is enhanced with fresh flowers in window boxes, colorful art lines streets, and colorful locals add their own spicy flavor to the mix. New Orleans lives up to all expectations of a city that loves to party. …

The City that Always Eats

Food, glorious food!  I wanted to sing it on Broadway during my latest trip to NYC, but musicals were not the focus this time.  My cousin may not have a gourmet kitchen, but who needs one when you live in a city with a Zagat rated restaurant on every corner?  Deciding which one to go to first was one of …

Wavering Wanderlust

Maybe it’s because traveling to five different countries in five weeks quenched my thirst for travel, but I don’t have the same burning desire to wander the globe as I did before.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s still a lot of world I want to see, but I don’t feel rushed to pack it all in like I did last …

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Nick of Time

As stories of unrest flash across the headlines in not one, but two of the places I just traveled to, a mix of emotions run through me, and I’m reminded to count my blessings. The Cairo that I visited was filled with history, wonder and excitement. The people I met were proud of their country and all it stands for. …

Journey through the swamps

Where to next?

Since I’ve returned to the states, I’ve been asked this question multiple times.  Even though I felt like jumping right back on a plane two days after I landed home, I haven’t booked any trips…yet. Believe me, I will travel again.  It may not be to as many countries all at once again, but I do feel another big trip …

Journal writing

Just Keep Writing, Writing, Writing

Still trying to find a balance between writing and travel. With all the travel planning for my round-the-world trip coming up at the end of the month, I must admit I have slacked a bit in writing. However, now I feel I’m back on track with multiple queries out to agents and publishers for my children’s books and articles. I’ve …

Inspiring site

Impressive, inspiring, indescribable

Three words from three travelers who are now very well educated in the history and culture of Egypt–and equally impressed about the inspiring experience that’s hard to describe. To see what’s left of the ancient temples and tombs and the grandeur of it all, it definitely leaves a lasting impression. It also leaves you in wonder of how it all …

Egyptian

__________ like an Egyptian

So far we’ve walked, talked, and ate like one since we landed in Cairo, and there’s still more to come. I say “we” because now I’m joined by a couple familiar faces: Mom, who’s always wanted to see the pyramids (check!), and Dad who claims at first he was dragged to the desert, but is now thankful for that. First …

Beijing

A long walk through Beijing

Our guide warned us there would be a lot of walking today through some of Beijing’s most popular sites, and he wasn’t kidding. We started our journey at Tian’anmen square, but with no protesters it just looked like one big open space with a large pillar and TV screens in the middle. Still a thrill to see an area so …

GBR Great Barrier Reef

The GBR

Well, I may not have found Nemo, but I sure did see a lot of different colors of fish and coral in the Great Barrier Reef. The day long cruise started with about a 90 minute catamaran ride out to the reef, and once I saw turquoise strands in the dark blue sea, I knew we had arrived. The warm …

Countries

5 countries/5 weeks in 5 DAYS

Back in April, when I booked this trip spanning multiple countries, I was curious how I would feel once the departure date got closer and closer. With Sunday quickly approaching, I can now say I have my waves of complete excitement and the occasional what the heck am I doing moments. Now that the travel arranging, visa and medical processes …

TWO WEEKS

After a lot of wishing and hoping and dreaming and planning, I’ll finally be TRAVELING two weeks from today.  We’ll see how much of my plans change between now and then, and what lovely travel surprises are in store. In the next two weeks I’ll be doing some shopping and confirming and more dreaming and packing.  I’ve already got a …

Visa country

Visa, don’t leave home without it

For my upcoming trip, I’m in need of two visas, one for India and one for China. The process of obtaining a Visa can be a tricky one, especially if you need more than one. Some things to keep in mind regarding Visas: 1.  They are time sensitive. Make sure you check how long they are valid for. There’s no …

Roadtrip

Road Trips

Now that plans for this fall are back on track, for the most part, I thought I would take some time to tell you all about the recent road trips I’ve taken over the last few weeks.  I’ve traveled up and down the east coast with family and friends, and boy are there stories to tell! I’ll start off by …

Travel perks

Where have all the travel perks gone?

In an economy that seems to still be in a downward spiral, you would think people would be rewarded in some way for spending their well-earned money and trying to breathe life back into the system.  Especially in travel, an industry that is probably so far back in people’s minds right now since they can’t afford to journey outside their …

One cancelled no more

1 down, hopefully no more to go

It was inevitable… all those flights I booked for this fall, one was bound to get cancelled on me.  Thank goodness I decided to go through airtreks to buy all the tickets.  Hopefully they can work their rerouting magic and get it all worked out.  Of course, this cancelled flight kind of throws the schedule off and may mean I …

My kind of Med

Travel Meds: Round Two

Today was travel med day.  I had a very nice consultation with the doctor about what I will need to do to survive my upcoming trip, health wise.  Two prescriptions and two shots later, I feel more prepared to combat whatever disease carrying microorganisms that may cross my path while traveling. What will possibly occur in the next 24 hours …

Welcoming signs

All signs point to YES!

Back when I decided to take this trip, I mentioned the idea to my current boss, and even though she seemed hesitant, she told me I just needed to give her a months notice so she could find someone to fill in for me.  So when I told her I was going to book the tickets and start this journey …

Three sisters

THREE MONTHS!

OK, so where did June go? I just realized my last post was the end of May, and now it’s the beginning of July. I didn’t mean to take a whole month off, and this upcoming trip has been on my mind ever since I booked the tickets, but June was a slow month planning wise. Now that there are only 3 …

Cabin on the beach

Cabin on the beach

What could be better than having a beach in your front yard?  How about having a rainforest in your backyard!  Or sleeping in your own private cabin nestled between the beach and rainforest.  That’s just what I will be doing this fall during my stay at the Cape Tribulation Beach House on the Daintree Coast in Australia.  This destination comes at the …

Point and shoot plus

Much more than point and shoot

Since the trip this fall was successful in cleaning out my savings account (which is slowly gaining strength again, thank you), I thought ahead to what I may be persuaded to buy once I start travelling, and how to get around it.  Visions of locals throwing their wares at me with promises of the “best deal” were starting to haunt …

So much time, so little left to do

With all the flights, some tours and most hotels booked, I’m starting to wonder what I’m missing before taking off at the end of September. I rarely book a trip this far in advance, but since I’m going to many different destinations, I thought it was the best idea in order to get the dates I want. Now that I have …

Normal state

Back to normal, almost

Since I plan on going to India at the end of the year, I’ve been advised to get many different shots and prescriptions before my trip. Over a week ago I started the process with a tetanus and hepatitis A shot (thankfully I already finished the round of required Hep B shots years ago). The nurse asked which arm I wrote with, and …

The world in the palm of my hand

In preparation of my world tour, I have invested in my first smartphone! Not only is my new htc Ozone equiped with Skype and email access, but I also just hooked it up to this blog so that I can be sure to keep everyone updated while I’m away! I’m still getting used to all the bells and whistles, but …

Travel

Round the world

I’ve been planning a trip around the world for a while.  It all started when I met a photographer who said he did it years ago for around $1,800!  Of course, I was shocked to hear such a thing was possible, and googled it as soon as I was in front of a computer.  To my surprise there were many …

After the storm

Hello world!

I surprised myself a little when I decided to call this “The Well Planned Traveler.”  Some of the best travel experiences I’ve had were unplanned, but I would be lying if I said they all started that way.  It all starts with a plan:  where to go, what to do (even if it’s just wandering around), what to bring.  If …