Sicily — Why I Went, and Why You Should Too

I’ve just wrapped up a long season of guiding tours in Sicily. If you don’t know much about Sicily, you’re not alone. Even if it’s the largest province in Italy, it is a place that seasoned travelers to Italy overlook. But that would be a mistake, this island is richer and more historic than Rome […]

Travel Shoe Spreadsheet

The Perfect Travel Shoe I wouldn’t say that a travel shoe can make a trip, but they sure as heck can break a trip. I’ve been on the hunt for years to find the perfect travel shoe. It’s my business and I take it seriously. I asked my readers to suggest their favorite travel shoe […]

Homemade Travel Gifts

If you’re like me, you may not like the idea of mindless swapping of useless gifts at Christmastime. I prefer to give something practical, even if it’s socks. Socks are a great gift! But maybe that’s because my feet are cold right now. Better than a deeply practical gift is one that is practical and […]

Travel Gifts for the Intermediate Traveler

In my last post, I wrote about some travel gift ideas for beginner travelers, today I have some ideas about gifts for the Intermediate Traveler. What is an Intermediate Traveler? Someone that’s been a few places and knows their way around an airport. They may not be hanging with the swank group in the Elite […]

Packing, Man Style

The packing advice I’ve given so far is obviously from a woman’s perspective. I’d like to give a little space to talk about what men may want to bring. I’m no man, although I have always lived with lots of men, I had three male roommates in college as well as a husband and two […]

Taking a Break from Electronics: Travel Sketching

In our electronics-obsessed world, I’ve become more and more alarmed about how our devices are changing our experiences. Let me start by saying that I’m no better than anyone else. I’m writing you on my iPhone right now, and I plan to write more about how to use technology while you travel. Electronics have huge […]

Packing Luxuries for Europe: You Don’t Need That, But You Might Want It

As all of the previous posts can attest, I am very careful and thoughtful about what I bring with me on a trip. The reasons are obvious, I need to carry whatever I choose for up to 7 weeks at a go. Minimalism is very important. Comfort is also important, so balance is the key. […]

Packing for Europe: The Miracle of the Scarf

 Other than my smartphone my other indispensable travel item, akin to a Swiss Army knife, is a scarf. If only MacGyver had known about packing scarves, maybe that show would still exist. Scarves may seem like something frumpy that only women of a certain age wear. Not so! You should own a nice, big scarf. […]

Packing for European Travel: You Don’t Need That

I’ve covered the basics in my bag when I’m packing for Europe. There are probably a few things that you may identify as missing. That’s fine, not everyone will bring exactly the same things, everyone has different needs. There are a few things you really don’t need, though, and you may disagree with me here. […]

Bringing Technology to Travel: Part One, Cell Phones

Hello from Alto Adige in Italy, and a welcome to all new readers from ricksteves.com! Rick has been kind enough to feature my blog again this month (Grazie Rick!), so I’ll be continuing my series on packing techniques through the end of October, possibly beyond. I’ll also be sharing travel tips and stories from the […]

Packing: A Delicate Subject…Travel Underwear

I have gone through all of my clothes in previous posts but there is one obvious thing missing- underwear. I have two little boys at home, so I am very aware that the word “underpants” makes everyone giggle and a little uncomfortable. ‘Panties’ is even worse, it makes me feel icky even writing it. My […]

Packing: Let’s Start from the Top

Its time to get down to the most serious business. My clothes. That’s what packing is mostly comprised of, after all. To recap earlier posts, my idea is this- it doesn’t matter how much you bring, but it does matter how much it weighs. If you can bring lighter things, you can bring more if […]