Unlikely Travel Essentials

From the most versatile item I can't forget to zip bags, a reusable sack, cord purse, inflatable pillow and water bottle - here are some unlikely items I always remember to pack.

Epilogue to Sabbatical

Below are some observations, opinions and advice that I think are good to pass on for anyone considering long-term travel. The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends. - Shirley MacLaine Observations People are kind and generous I can't even begin to name the ways … Continue reading Epilogue to Sabbatical

Turkey, Stop 8

My final stop on this almost-6-month journey was in Istanbul. I did have the pleasure of spending a day there on a long layover about 3 years ago but this time around was so much better! I was able to stay about a week, meet several locals and see just about everything. The history, culture … Continue reading Turkey, Stop 8

United Arab Emirates, Stop 7

My second-to-last stop was in UAE. I stayed mainly in Dubai but I was also able to visit Abu Dhabi for a day. The friend I stayed with lived within walking distance to the marina and beach so I was close to nightlife and other activities. UAE turned 45 in 2016 and as such a … Continue reading United Arab Emirates, Stop 7

Egypt, Stop 6

Egypt was another incredible country! It was made even more so through the introductions made by new friends I met in Jordan. My tour guide in Jordan put me in touch with a friend in Egypt who arranged another friend to show me around. These are the kind of connections that I love most about … Continue reading Egypt, Stop 6

Jordan, Stop 5

Jordan was incredible, wonderful and so many other positive superlatives that I don't need to write. I arrived just one week after the attack in Karak so we were unable to make that scheduled stop. Instead, we saw Little Petra. But before we get to Little Petra, the trip began on Christmas Eve. Having booked … Continue reading Jordan, Stop 5