Traveler's Recital

Traveling with “The One”

First, what is The One? Glad you asked. It is very simple. The One is that person that makes you feel as if you are on your "good spot" (READ HERE FOR MORE ABOUT THAT) no matter where you are. Traveling with "the one" is like bringing your good spot with you. Wherever you go with The One it always feels as…

Why We Love Returning Home

Anyone that loves to travel, and of course anyone that hates traveling, can tell you how good it feels to finally be home after a trip. No matter how pleasurable the trip, most of us love the feel of coming home. The question is, why? Why after 1 or 2 or 3 weeks in paradise do we like being away…

When Did Flying Become a Pain?

Let me say right up front, I have always loved flying. Whereas my mother is terrified by the simple idea of it, I have reveled in the experience since my earliest days. However my attitude has changed somewhat and I am not sure if it is me that changed, or the experience itself. Like most people who love to travel…

Sticker Shock – Shame on you Frontier

I have to admit I have not flown much in the past six months...a couple trips from Seattle to California. That did nothing to prepare me for the shock my wallet felt when I recently flew from Seattle to Denver on Frontier Airlines. Let me start by saying I was not the one paying for this trip, but when I…

Add-A-Day: The Road to Paradise (Mount Rainier National Park)

Add-A-Day: The Road to Paradise (Mount Rainier National Park)
On a clear day, views of Mount Rainier dominate much of western Washington. You see it when you fly into Seattle. You might see it from your hotel room. However, until you stand some place where you need to tilt your head back to see the top…you have not SEEN Mount Rainier. It makes a great Add-A-Day trip if you…

The Concept of “Add-A-Day”: Changing the Feel of Business Travel

The Concept of “Add-A-Day”: Changing the Feel of Business Travel
I used to travel for business…a lot. When people ask me about my travels I can rattle off a long list of places I have been. When they ask what place I enjoyed the most, I used to have no answer. Like many business travelers, I have been all over the world and many times saw nothing except airports, hotel…

Boeing 787: The Air that You Breathe

Boeing 787: The Air that You Breathe
There has been a lot written about the new Boeing Dreamliner (787). While the high tech carbon fiber construction, production delays, and problems with the lithium ion batteries have been getting all the news, this plane actually has some features that benefit your health and comfort. Anyone that flies much is aware that the air in a jetliner is dry...very…

Yellow Fever – Be Aware, But Not Afraid

During the 19th century, Yellow Fever was considered one of the most dangerous infectious diseases in the world. Today, with a readily available vaccine, the typical traveler has very little to worry about. That does not mean you can ignore the disease. Not only does some risk still exist even if you are vaccinated, but there are mandatory immunizations required…

That 5 Hour Flight Can Cause You Problems

We all know that being a couch potato, day, after day, after day, will have a negative impact on our physical health. We need some exercise to stay healthy. However, even for those of us that stay physically active, short periods of total inactivity can be problematic. Those 5+ hour flights, the all-day automobile drives, and the wonderfully lazy days…

Visiting Cuba on the QT – Part 1

The entire population of planet Earth is permitted to hop on a plane and visit Cuba anytime they want, except for citizens of the United States. For them, things are a bit more complicated. Let me start off by saying there is a legal way for US citizens to visit Cuba. Authorized “Travel Service Providers” are companies licensed by the…