Sans doute, for those who are paying attention, Womantraveler has taken a very l ong vacation. Refreshment is often necessary, especially in the always-on wired world. But I shall return! So keep checking back for fresh insights and tips focusing on the two essential prongs that inspire this blog: mastering business travel and escaping it all with very cool getaways. Ciao!
Womantraveler Esther Snyder, founder of the cult favorite In-N-Out Burger, has died, and we celebrate her West Coast drive-through burger locations and the carhop spirit of American Graffiti.
Midsummer Day, or the summer solstice, is the longest day of the year, and in Scandinavian countries, the "midnight sun" stays up all night during this early summer period.
Sending our college graduates and teenage kids abroad for summer studies or student travel takes a village for even a seasoned womantraveler -- with planning complexities far beyond sports and arts camps. There are several ways we can set the right stage for a great travel experience for our newly touring teens and 20-somethings...
"I love to wake up in a new country and know a whole new world is right there for me to explore," says author Frances Mayes, whose memoir Under the Tuscan Sun was only the beginning of her appeal to the womantraveler in all of us. In an interview with the Sacramento Bee, Mayes describes her adventurous spirit, which she also chronicles in her new book, A Year in the World.
Journalist Joanne Omang, who helped create the new language of "los desaparecidos" 30 years ago in Argentina, returns to observe the human rights progress that the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo's protests have slowly fostered.
Rather than advocating hobo-style train-hopping, womantraveler wants to reward this adventurous young journalist for her impressive piece of writing in the San Francisco Chronicle. As an undaunted explorer, she finds danger an acceptable risk in this thrill-seeking subculture that now attracts the middle class.
We all have our miserable air travel stories -- about the passengers, not the airlines. Most of us do not desire a food court or party bus experience while we're crammed on airplanes with people we don't know. We are flying for business, or even pleasure, but we did not choose to spend our day with you -- we got are stuck with you for a few very long hours. So, mind your manners, please!
Moving home and job for a womantraveler isn't unlike a complex travel experience. It's necessary to be a visionary planner and a resourceful concierge, yet personally fearless, incessantly curious and comfortably adaptable. Skills as a manager are added value in the orchestration of huge amounts of activity, and it's ok to occasionally throw your hands in the air (or have a big cry) and say "help!" No wonder moving is high on the list of the major stressors of life.
I recently discovered this intriguing map book that charts the imagination of the inventor as it transcends actual landscapes and treats them with artistic vision. It maps to my approach that maps are full of backstory -- and much more than lines on paper connecting geographical places.