Notes From Home: In Praise of Vintage Postcards

July 24, 2017Notes from Home

“The world before us is a postcard, and I imagine the story we are writing on it.”  ~ Mary E. Pearson My grandmother Ida Oldenburg was someone who labeled things. She wrote names and dates on the backs of photos in her albums. The front pages of her favorite books contained the names of the … Read More

Notes from Home: Ideas for Figuring Out Where to Travel Next

June 26, 2017Notes from Home

“Where are you going next?” It’s the question I’m asked most frequently, especially after returning home from a trip. Truth be told, it’s a question I often ask myself, sometimes even before my bags have been unpacked, with the dust on my shoes still fresh from the latest adventure. And with a world of unlimited … Read More

Notes from Home: Travel Planning 101 – Part 2

January 2, 2017Notes from Home

Researching travel ideas on the internet is a bit like an old-fashioned treasure hunt. You have a clear idea of what you’re looking for when you begin, but one site leads to another, and instead of learning about coffee shops in Buenos Aires, you soon find yourself getting lost in turf labyrinths in England! I’ve … Read More

Notes from Home: On Blogging, Fate & Taking Risks

December 12, 2016Notes from Home

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist It was an idea that had been simmering for a long time. I thought about it while brushing my teeth and walking the dog and tying my shoes. Like a whisper in the wind, it would … Read More

Notes from Home: Great Travel & Unexpected Moments

November 14, 2016Notes from Home

“All journeys have a secret destination of which the traveler is unaware.” ~Martin Buber A while ago, Cruisecritic.com member brazilgirl asked if I had a favorite itinerary. It was a tough question and one that took me quite by surprise. The travel destination most on my mind is usually the journey I’m currently planning or … Read More

Notes from Home: Travel Packing 101

September 19, 2016Notes from Home

My friend Donna is a bit of a marvel when it comes to packing for travel. No matter how long the trip or where she is headed, she never checks a bag. Ever. From bicycling in Europe to a month-long journey through Australia, she and her husband carry everything with them, washing what they need … Read More

Notes from Home: Those Post-Travel Blues

June 13, 2016Notes from Home

“It is a strange thing to come home. While yet on the journey, you cannot at all realize how strange it will be.” ~Selma Lagerlöf I remember the feeling as if it happened yesterday. We were home from vacation – a four-day cruise off the coast of California – and I was standing at the … Read More

Notes from Home: On Writing

April 11, 2016Notes from Home

“After changes upon changes, we are more or less the same. After changes we are more or less the same.” ~Paul Simon, The Boxer A familiar feeling swept over me the other day as I was writing a blog post. Like a warm breeze of comfort, it swooped down out-of-the-blue and made me smile to … Read More

Notes from Home: Travel Planning 101

March 7, 2016Notes from Home

It happened quite by accident. I was planning our family’s first vacation abroad. It was a special trip for the four of us – one week in London, one week in Paris, a birthday celebration and my first time back in London since studying there in college. With guide books and maps laid out on the … Read More

Notes from Home: The Extroverted Traveler

February 25, 2016England, Notes from Home

“Extroverts have more fun.” ~Rick Steves Travel writer Rick Steves tucks a page of wisdom in the introduction section of his guide books. He calls it his “Back Door Travel Philosophy,” his thoughts on the value of travel and how it impacts our lives. But it’s paragraph five that I think is the real gem: … Read More