Travel Tips

International travel benefits the brain

March 31, 2015

A recent article in The Atlantic quotes Mark Twain, who wrote in his travelogue The Innocents Abroad that travel is “fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” The article goes on to talk about how travel may help us be more open-minded and increase our creativity… Foreign experiences increase both cognitive flexibility and depth and integrativeness of thought, the […]

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Barcelona, Spain – walk, dine, sleep

March 30, 2015

“Barcelona bubbles with life in its narrow Barri Gòtic alleys, along the pedestrian boulevard called the Ramblas, in the funky bohemian quarter of El Born, and throughout the chic, grid-planned part of town called the Eixample. Its Old City is made for seeing on foot, full of winding lanes that emerge into secluded squares dotted […]

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How to Stream Video When Traveling Overseas

February 6, 2015

Have you every been traveling overseas and had trouble connecting to Netflix, Amazon, Skype, Facebook or other video streaming and social media sites?  That’s because the websites you are trying to get to are often restricted by (or to) the country you are traveling in.  But there is an easy way to get around the restriction. […]

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The Quiet Traveler

December 5, 2012

I am an introvert. Recently completing the Myers-Briggs personality test confirmed my thoughts, and reading Susan Cain’s book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking deepened my understanding. The terms “introvert” and “extrovert” were first made popular by psychologist Carl Jung in the 1920s and then later by the Myers-Briggs […]

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US Cross Country Road Trip

August 12, 2011

A funny thing happened on the way to the wedding… we decided to convert our Honda CRV into a camper van and drive from Washington State to Maryland. We are fortunate to have some liberty with how much time we take. Initially, we were thinking a month, but as we begin to plan, five weeks […]

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Gluten-free food in airports

June 6, 2011

Gluten-free in airports often means a bag of nuts and maybe a piece of fruit… one of my favorite gluten-free blogs: Gluten Free Girl and the Chef, talks about this in her post gluten-free in airports. Change is coming and the big news from Shauna involves our own Alaska Airlines… “I’m thrilled that Alaska Airlines has […]

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What to do when your flight is canceled

January 31, 2011

Earlier this month Alaska Airlines canceled our flight from Boston to Seattle after de-icing fumes filled the cabin. First we deplaned, leaving our luggage on board. Soon snacks and drinks arrived to keep us all fat & happy. I was optimistic that once the fumes had been circulated out we would re-board… but that was […]

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Travel yoga

January 27, 2011

Bring your yoga practice along when you travel. I asked Djuna Mascall, our yoga teacher, for a travel yoga sequence. Something that would allow us to continue our practice while we are on the road. Here is Djuna’s travel yoga sequence with her thoughts on each pose. I have provided relevant links to the Yoga Journal, if […]

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Springtime in Kyoto, Japan

November 17, 2010

April 2007 found us in Tokyo and Kyoto for 10 days… I tagged along on a business trip of Jay’s. Here are some notes and impressions I jotted down at the time… this blog covers Kyoto. Springtime in Kyoto… showers of cherry blossoms. There is a happiness, a festive feeling associated with the blossoms as […]

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MacBook Air: Why It’s The Best Travel Computer

October 30, 2010

Today I am updating this post on our new MacBook Air. It’s the best travel computer you can find – we won’t be going anywhere without it. Walt Mossberg reviewed it at the Wall Street Journal, and I include highlights of that review below. Of the new MacBook Air, Walt says “these are gorgeous, very thin […]

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Traveling without a plan

September 13, 2010

Opening ourselves up to new experiences is part of the intrigue of travel. Our best travel stories are of the unexpected surprises along the way… positive and even seemingly negative at the time. Things that happen which give us a jolt, put us on a different trajectory, let us see a situation in a different […]

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My Favorite Travel Computers

April 27, 2010

Sue and I enjoy traveling with minimal pre-planning and booking. Sure, before we start the trip we will have a general sense of what route we will take over the course of the trip, but we purposefully avoid making detailed commitments to itinerary until we are in country. We like to get to where we […]

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Wellington, NZ

February 23, 2010

Often the motels in NZ have laundry facilities and that is where I was a few hours before hitting the road for Wellington. The old washer/dryer were quite slow and a very friendly lady from Wellington stopped by with her wash. She was curious about our travels and when she heard that we were off […]

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Pack light & right

January 27, 2010

If you’re not going to wear it more than three times, don’t pack it! When I read this at Rick Steves’ travel website I had an aha moment and began paring down my clothing pile. My habit is to put together the clothes I think I might want to take a week or two ahead. […]

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