Attending a Travel Show for the First Time

Every year in the nation’s largest city, delegations from around the world gather to dazzle us with dreamy offerings from every corner of the globe. Various tourist bureaus, travel industry businesses, journalist and speakers converge for one weekend dedicated to that favorite fancy. I’m talking about the New York Times Travel Show. This year is…

Front Page!

This week I was featured on the front page of my hometown newspaper, the Saint Marys Star. I was interviewed about my travels, focusing on Kansas and day trip opportunities within two hours from St. Marys. It was not the first time I had been in the newspaper, but it was a first for being…

A Very Cayman Christmas

For the first time in history, my employer decided to close for the winter holidays. I saw this as an opportunity for another trip; somewhere with sand and palm trees, and an even 80 degrees. The prices of flights during Christmas week are astronomical, but we found a fairly good deal and headed for the…

The Final Four

I like to have quests. They give me something to look forward to, help keep me motivated, and break the routine of the daily grind. Maybe this idea started when I saw episodes of the animated series Jonny Quest, but the road trip category started in high school, when I began taking road trips to…

Podcasted!

I am excited to share my first featured episode on a podcast. Through the magic of TravelCon, I connected with Dramatic Travels’ Aaron Schlein and was interviewed shortly after the conference about my journey from travel inspiration to finally landing on my blogging niche area. It was completely unscripted and minimally edited, if at all….

Points and Miles and a Weekend in Chicago (Not Chicago)

Less than a week after returning from a 5-day family visit to Kansas, I was heading back to the Central Time Zone for the third time within a 30-day period. My life had been accelerated since Austin and just a week after that I learned about another conference that would add to the life-changing dynamic…

Austin City, Unlimited

Thick plumes of barbecue-scented smoke drifting towards Zilker Park. Runners, joggers, cyclists and walkers, sweating profusely in the hot late September sun, crowd the parallel paths that run along side the wide Colorado River. Thumping music pouring out of air conditioned dive bars across the street from late night taco stands catering to a youthful…

Making Mistakes on the Road

Being afraid of all the ways something can go wrong is what prevents some people from traveling, or even taking a chance on other aspects of their lives. To be sure, things can and sometimes do go wrong, but that doesn’t have to break your trip experience. In fact, many of the unexpected things or…

Postmarked: F’burg

One of my long-time hobbies is marcophily, better known as postmark collecting. Despite being quite an obscure thing to do, there is a nonprofit club devoted to this, and I have been a member for 25 years. To commemorate the occasion, I was invited to receive a plaque at this year’s annual convention in nearby…

My New “Favorite” Country

One question that I tend to cringe at is “what’s your favorite country” because each place offers different experiences that really can’t be compared. Sure, there are there are places that stand out, but I believe each of my travels is precious. That said, Peru was something special for sure. I expected to love it,…