Crazy. Beautiful. And, Full Speed. Highlights of Our First Two Weeks of Tuscan Apartment Renovation

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

A New Year’s Resolution: More Mindful Travel

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

What Every Traveler Needs to Know – Flight Rights

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