Are you carrying too much baggage?

For many years I frequently traveled for business. It was a challenge with my travel schedule to get into a regular exercise routine, so I brought gym shoes with me on business trips. I planned to spend an hour in the evenings on the treadmill at my hotel. Trip after trip, I’d pack my gym…

A Fish Story

When it’s raining fish, get out of the water! – Note to Traveler


Travel is much easier when you go with the flow.

By the Sea

Nothing lifts my spirits more than a lazy afternoon on a beach chair watching the sun’s reflection on a calm blue sea. If I could live anywhere, there is no other place I’d rather be than by the sea. To quote Jacques Yves Cousteau, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its…

My Loves

One of the hardest parts of travel is leaving our sweet dog Buddy behind. While I know he is in good hands while we’re away; he’s my baby. As far as Buddy is concerned, he doesn’t mind; he’s having fun at doggy Disneyland, playing with his friends all day.   Inspiration: Beloved.  

Local Color

Have you ever noticed the signature colors of your local area or other places you’ve seen around the world? For much of my life, I went about my daily routine rather blind to the colors and details of my surroundings. It only seemed when I traveled someplace new that I noticed the vibrancy and character…

Small Plane, Rain, and Dense Gray Clouds Make for Bumpy Travel

I’ve been itching to post photos of a flight from Bradley Airport to Newark Airport on our way back home to San Francisco during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Not the best weather for air travel but certainly not the worst. I wasn’t looking forward to the bumpy ride in the small commuter jet. Despite the gloom, the…

Wish our dog fit under an airplane seat

What’s up with the rule that only dogs that fit under an airplane seat can travel in coach with their human parents? While our sweet dog, Buddy, meets the weight criterion for most airlines, we learned he’s a little too tall to comfortably fit in a regulation size pet carrier. I sure wish he fit under…

A Recipe for a Good Travel Companion

I have found that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. – Mark Twain   Combine equal parts of compatible personalities, common interests, similar budgets, reasonable expectations, and good communication to create a winning recipe for a good travel companion. Mix well….

Feeling Your Best When Traveling

You are what you eat, so don’t be fast, cheap, easy, or fake.  -Unknown   Do you find yourself eating fast food when traveling? Eating healthy is a challenge when away from home. Stress, lack of healthy choices, and an irrational fear of starvation make burritos and cheeseburgers look divine. Fast-food restaurants line airport terminals….

Are You a Traveler or a Tourist?

The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. -G.K. Chesterton   Whether you consider yourself a traveler who likes to explore or a tourist who prefers a well-planned trip, each of us has a unique travel style. Many of us are a blend of both styles. The key…

The Most Important Thing to Bring on Your Travels 

Everything is funny as long as it happens to someone else. – Will Rogers   What I know for sure, the most important thing to bring on your travels is a good sense of humor. My friends, no matter what happens, a good sense of humor will help you stay positive should anything go wrong….