This morning, I write this update with the soundtrack of hammering pulsating from another room. We are two weeks into the renovation project and that noise, along with an oddly vast spectrum of destruction and construction sounds, is our current Tuscany-theme music. Our entire world is work-in-progress as we live in the space while tackling … More Crazy. Beautiful. And, Full Speed. Highlights of Our First Two Weeks of Tuscan Apartment Renovation
For my “Travel Secrets” column this week for Paste magazine, the topic is a favorite of many adventurous travelers: going solo. Solo travel allows us to learn more about ourselves without the filter of companionship as well as connect more deeply to the experience. We believe every traveler should venture out on their own, at least once. … More The Sweet Freedom of Traveling Solo
Walking in the Sahara was like nothing we had ever experienced. The only way I can describe the feeling is like seeing the ocean for the first time. Expansive, almost too big for this world. My first impulse was the same as most travelers. I flipped out my phone and took a picture. As that … More Spending Too Much to Stay Connected?
Riding atop an elephant in the forests around Chiang Dao, Thailand was scary and thrilling. I remember split-second panic as the enormous creature began head-butting a tree, with me astride. The mahout assured everyone on our excursion this behavior was completely natural. No reason for alarm. That was over eleven years ago and Matt and … More A New Year’s Resolution: More Mindful Travel
December 2016 During research and interviews for my latest “Travel Secrets” column for Paste magazine, I began to realize how little I truly knew about my rights when it comes to flight. Like many travelers, I was packing enough assumptions to burst a roller bag. My usual MO with a majorly delayed or cancelled flight … More What Every Traveler Needs to Know – Flight Rights