- Posted August 27, 2013 by
Oak Park, Illinois
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100 Ways to Travel Better: Your tips
I became a very good packer, so that former flight attendants marveled at my many shoes and elegant zip bags. I developed high-tech capabilities for entertainment and reservations, so that airport time was not 'lost' but maximized. My attitude was one of gratitude and acceptance of chance encounters or major setbacks.
Fortunately I have friends in Norway, England, Switzerland, Chile, and Australia! I added a reunion in Paris, exploration of the South Island in New Zealand, and a wedding outside of Vienna for a full compliment of passport usage. Highlights include the opera houses, Hadrian's Wall; Pablo Neruda's home in Isla Negra; Viegland Garden and café in Oslo, the museum district in Vienna; Rhine Falls and Pilatus cog railroad near Lucerne; the tea tree lake and vast beaches near Sydney; and the wine country of central Otago outside Queensland!
Most outstanding was surviving the earthquake in Chile! My friends and I were unhurt, but 7.5 on the scale lasting for many minutes was terrifying and completely changed our agenda! I learned to have sturdy shoes, passport, water bottle,and flashlight next to my bed! Crashing glass makes it impossible to reach an exit safely.
Ole college roommates and family were my domestic destinations which included: CT,CO,VA, LA,CA, and NYC. I enjoyed 'shabby-chic' shopping in re-sale shops; discovering toys for my grandson in museum and gallery shops; and sampling Cape lobster rolls, Roanoke peanut soup, Balboa Island fresh oysters, MD crab-cakes, NOLA po-boys, and small batch local brews. I developed American themes to focus my explorations: trees and flowers, civil war, architecture, or independent bookshops.
My purchases have tended to be scarves, earrings, museum guides, and unusual journals for future note-taking. Nothing too bulky for the one-suitcase traveler.
I learned the day of travel is most exhausting, so that I plan spa-events the following day; massage, lite meals, and a good soak in fragrant bath salts with candles burning.
Photos/memories of those Ahhhh-Moments watching the moon rise over the Andes, the sunlight striking the Remarkables mountain range across from Queenstown, the view from the Jules Verne bar, or the concert with trumpeter Allison Bolson . These are the take-ways/keep-sakes of a magical year of travel. These renew friendships and solidify a sense of humanity.
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