When’s the last time you got spontaneous? “Let’s just go. Let’s just go somewhere,” I say to Mr Twos. It’s Saturday, 11 am on Anzac Day weekend. The fall weather is exactly what I’d order off a menu if there were such a thing, and I want to ride in the car with the top down (the cars’, not mine),… View Post
“Can you come downstairs and drive my car into the garage? I’m kind of nervous.” My friend Julie has come to my apartment in the city so we can have a big day out playing tourist. She lives in the ‘burbs on a gigantic block with a garden sporting hydrangea blooms as big as my head, so she’s not used… View Post
It’s easier to plan your first campervan trip than you may think. The freedom! The adventure! See your own backyard YOUR way- you can even take your pet with you. Have van, will travel. Let’s do this!
Never have I ever……. lost my passport. via GIPHY It was a while ago, 2013 to be exact, and I was heading for my first visit back to America since we’d moved to Australia. Y’all, the EMOTIONS at play – excitement, guilt, and fear wrangled for their places on the podium. It’s safe to say that I wasn’t on my… View Post
Home Exchanges can be a great way to baby step back into travel on your own terms – away from crowds, in luxury style, with your own space. You can swap your city condo for a sailboat, or your peaceful mountain cabin for something on the shores of crystal blue waters. House swapping has been around since the 1950’s when… View Post
Raise your hand if you’re sick to death of reading about it. Hearing about it. Every. Dadgum. Day. I’ve been addicted to this Coronavirus Dashboard but’ve managed to reduce my hand-wringing and checking it to just once a week- usually Sunday… not sure what that says about my Sundays. Data collection day. (Seriously tho, have a look at this, it’s… View Post
Suitcase triage. How to clean your luggage and why you want to get on that right away.
COVID-19 has skulked in like a slick Trojan Horse with a boot to kick ass and a list to take names, and here we sit. Like ducks. Are you waiting and wondering what’s next? How long this’ll take? I’m convinced that no one knows anything, really – experts and politicians and talking heads dribbling and shooting like freshmen on the… View Post
It used to be that getting away for the trip of a lifetime was worth any cost, and I don’t just mean the one that gets deducted from your bank account. Jetting to and fro with not even a passing thought to offsets, the leveraging of native peoples for their [super inexpensive] labor and handicrafts, and plunking down a wad… View Post
The newest trend among the travel elite is here, and it isn’t going away. The Sustainable Travelers have arrived, bringing along deep pockets to pay for their virtue. Hotels and other venues are sharpening their tools and offering their very best in order to attract loyalty from this monied and more morally conscious breed of gypsy, with offerings that respect… View Post
Do y’all ever get that niggling sense of dread that immediately precedes a trip? Ignore it, you decide. I’ll just ignore it. It sneaks barely into the very edge of your consciousness and settles in to torture you slowly (but efficiently) like a Gloria Estefan song on repeat. It begins as a vague disquiet, mimicking the smell of burnt popcorn…. View Post
In Chinatown, Sydney, gauzy red lanterns and gawping dragons spar for space among tourists and locals along Haymarket, for the Lunar New Year celebrations which will soon be underway. The largest bash of its type outside Asia, there’s a jubilant atmosphere with scrumptious street food to savor and traditional lion dancers entertaining crowds. It’s all about luck and good fortune… View Post