The Places I’ve Been

Four years of travel selfies. Click the links to learn more and plan your vacation to these delightful destinations. 2018 Blue Bonnets & Wildflowers – Fredericksburg, Texas Outdoor Adventures – Chattanooga, Tennessee Chicago by Train – Chicago, Illinois Sporting and Adventure – Kansas City, Kansas Islands & Lighthouses – Door County, Wisconsin Playtime – Indian…

Surrender to the Moment

Although I’m a goal-oriented person, I have also found the importance of learning to release the need to control the outcome of situations. Acceptance, and surrendering to a situation has helped me overcome fears and phobias in the process. E.g. I can plan a trip and set it into motion, but I cannot control the…

My New Favorite Travel Accessory

I have a new favorite travel accessory. Around Christmas time, I was reading an article on travel pillows when I came across a review of the Tumi Patrol Packable Travel Puffer Jacket. I’m always on the lookout for the ultimate travel accessory, especially if it has multiple uses and saves luggage space.

Want Less Fear, More Joy? Take the Next Step

I stepped off the train into a blizzard. As I stood there trying to figure out where to go, I heard the conductor’s cry of All Aboard!, and knew I would soon be left to fend for myself. Yet fear never entered my consciousness. Instead, fully immersed in the moment and its requirements, I took the next step.

Notes on Loneliness

Is solo travel lonely? Not in my opinion. But… Part of me yearns for companionship on my trips because I know the joy of sharing an experience, and the comfort of having someone with me. Yet another part of me feels guilty for enjoying it so thoroughly while alone. In Into the Wild, Christopher McCandless…

Beginnings

One year ago today I got on the Southwest Chief train to New Mexico. Feeling nostalgic because I learned a lot of lessons that trip. Plus it’ll always be my first… I was scared silly and it shows in this picture I took just before the train departed. It’s ironic that today I’m making arrangements…