perspective: the why & how

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.  ~Mark Twain

Whether visiting the diverse cultures and places of our world or exploring your home town, travel gives you a frame of reference for living your life. Understanding your perspective as a traveler allows you to journey with intention and keep your mind wide open.

Perspective: the Why & How is where you will find links to opinions, inspiration, and the lessons learned, travel tips, tricks and hacks that I have discovered on the road.

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Mission San Jose, San Antonio

 

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If you ask mehere you’ll find the why of Steal Just One Day. My viewpoint on topics such as the bonds we form while traveling and the greater-than-rubies value of a first-rate travel partner when you cannot stop vomiting, or balancing the risks and rewards make on the road and how to deal with those pesky land mines. Click If you ask me… to read more. 

 

click to read Tips, Tricks & Travel HacksTips, tricks & travel hacks On a quest for travel pointers, resources, and lessons learned? When I hit on a clever idea or tip (maybe cadged from another traveler), or learn a lesson the hard way, I’ll share it here. Timely tips can save you money, get you out of a tight spot, and support your travel plans. Fair warning: you won’t find words of wisdom starting with “You must do this” or “Don’t ever do that”. Travel rarely deals in absolutes, and besides, nobody likes a smarty-pants.

 

WWTD?click for travel inspiration: What would a Traveler do? Need motivation to haul your pack down from the attic and recover the spark of earlier travels? New to travel and looking for inspiration to Steal Just One Day from the ordinary grind? Check out What Would a Traveler Do and get packing!

 

 


Photography Class: Failure is an Option

Photography Class Failure

I lean toward the lethargic, work-wise. I’m not alone. There are others just like me, floating along on the stream of life only to discover (what, again?!) a chunk of time has passed with few of our vague ambitions achieved. But not this year. My plan this year was to turn the heat on myself, to make goals and get stuff done. Write better, …

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Traveler’s Guide to Dining in Cuba

Guide to Dining in Cuba

Because I lack self-control, I know long before my flight lands that over-indulging in food and beverages will be a highlight of the trip. Any trip. I plan for it. First thing, I do an online search: what to eat and drink in (insert destination here). Next, my pre-trip language studies focus on …

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Horse Riding and Travel: 5 Reasons to Ride

Horse Riding and Travel: 5 Reasons

Steel horseshoes struck 500-year-old cobblestones, echoing off brick walls of the homes and shops lining Callejón del Aguacate. Astride Frina, I tried out just-learned Spanish commands for horse riding and hoped she understood. I greeted children darting past on their way to school and the man peddling home-made hooch from his bicycle …

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Using Offline Maps for Travel

Offline maps for travel

Using cellular data when traveling is costly. Squandering it to find your way around an unfamiliar city eats up your data faster than Kobayashi eating hot dogs at Coney Island on July 4th. The best way to find your way around and still save cellular data is to use offline maps …

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STEP Program: Travel in the Age of Terror

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A couple of months before my recent trip to Europe bombs exploded in Brussels, including two at the airport. I don’t frighten easily, but like much of the world I stopped in my tracks to get more news. Since television and social media survive partly by being home to drama queens …

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Driving in Baja California: Margaritas and Ninja Cows

driving in Baja

Before I went driving in Baja California, I checked with an expert in negotiating Mexican roads. My driving abilities from Mexico have helped me get through Hollywood. ~Salma Hayek No doubt Ms. Hayek is right about that; she’s got a reputation as gutsy and no-nonsense, both handy qualities for an acting career …

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Driving in Morocco: a Search for Solitude and Connection

Driving in Morocco

A funny thing happened on the way to Chefchaouen. We went driving in Morocco for three months. From Tangier to Tiglit and Marrakech to Merzouga, we steered our VW camper van toward adventure. Crossing desert landscapes and fording rivers cut through breathtaking gorges, we wound through the maze-like streets of medinas in …

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World Heritage Day: Celebrate the Sites

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Did you know that April 18 is World Heritage Day? Well, I didn’t either until recently; a shame because I’ve been a grateful beneficiary of the fantastic World Heritage Program throughout my travels. What is the World Heritage Program? The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) World Heritage program …

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Sick on a Plane and Stuck in the Middle Seat

Moments before boarding the plane for the last leg heading home, I felt that queasy belly badness that lets you know that food poisoning is taking over your body and you’re going to be sick on a plane. My flight was about to take me to one of Dante’s 9 circles of hell. Circle number 3, …

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Packing for Travel: Know Thyself

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Packing for travel has one certainty, one hard and fast rule: there is no certainty and no hard and fast rule. Packing is an evolving science and art for every person who explores our world, whatever their mode of travel. Online advice about packing for travel will blow your brain …

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You Never Forget Your First Time: Let’s Get it On

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You never forget your first time. Furtive and fumbling, painful or sometimes (should we even admit this?) disappointing, that experience gets seared on your brain like grill marks on a prime steak. The memory is absorbed by every cell in the body and replayed throughout your lifetime just when you …

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Disconnecting to Accept the Promises of Travel

Travel Journal 2015, page 1

With a plane ticket and a smart phone, you can take the family and all of your friends along on pretty much any trip. Selfies and food photos, along with a wifi connection is all you need. I struggle with this constant connection while traveling. Sure, it’s great fun to share …

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Rules for Travel: Travel Journal 2015, page 11

Travel Journal, page 11~ 7 October 2015

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This Traveler’s Got a Brand New Bag

A member of a writer’s group I belong to recently posted this question: If you had to name the dumbest purchase you’ve ever made, what would it be? “Easy one”, I thought, “my first marriage license.” After I finished cracking myself up, I thought back on the massive ton of …

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Safety Tips for Travelers: 10 Common Sense Ways to Stay Safe

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In a previous Steal Just One Day post I reflected on whether the world is really as dangerous for travel as the media, your cousin, or my dentist would have you believe. Hint: it’s not. As a woman who takes travel seriously and has spent months, even years, on the road …

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The Traveler as Ambassador: Around the World in 32 Teeth

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My new dentist, Dr. Patel, took a trip to several of the world’s countries last week while examining my teeth. It went like this: Dentist: Hmmm. (Tapping a tooth.) Me: Cartagena, Colombia. Dentist: Excuse me? Me: That tooth. I had it filled in Cartagena. Dentist: Ah yes. Perilous country. And …

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Travel Journals: the Mundane and the Moving

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Brian and I have recently considered drawing up our wills. So far, we mostly talk about it over rum and tonics with a healthy squeeze of lime, or a bracing prickly pear margarita. You’d think it would be an easy process. We don’t have kids, we’re not bazillionaires, we don’t have …

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The Art of Eavesdropping: What Happened to Flossie and Other Misadventures

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“Flossie died playing cards.” Like any good snoop and all-around Nosy Parker, my ears perked up as the unseen woman in the booth behind me spoke. Eavesdropping doesn’t get much better than this. I heard indistinct mumbling. Damn it, speak up! I silently urged her lunch partner, as my head …

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How I Almost Became a Professional Wrestler (and Other Near-Careers)

When I was 5 years old, I decided to become a wrestler. The All-Star kind, not the Olympic sort. My future lay within the confines of a black and white television, where the inhabitants sported thigh-hugging tights, sequins as blinding as flashbulbs, lace-up leather boots, and mullets. I had a …

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Subterranean Paris: the Sewers Below the City of Light

This post is Part 4 of a series about visiting Alternative Paris. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, click to read Heading to Paris? Pack your Post-it notes, and part 2, Catacombs of Paris: Do I see Dead People?, and part 3, Falafel, History and Remembrance: Jewish Paris. Then return …

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