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Fingers Crossed

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Travel | 4 comments

I’d like to think I’m not superstitious, but then something good happens, and I’m afraid I’ll jinx it.

Can I whisper this to you?

We booked tickets to Europe.

Italy mural

There was a killer deal on round-trip flights to Madrid at the end of August. And, while I love Spain, it’s not our final destination this time.

Neither of us have been to Italy, and I have wanted to go since I was a kid, since learning that Venice had streets made of water, since I first saw photos of Pompeii’s ruins frozen in time, since my young fascination with Renaissance art, since seeing Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.

We had planned to go for our 10th anniversary, and then our 11th, and, by last year, I had pretty much lost hope.


But now there’s an international flight with our name on it.

We plan to celebrate our 13th anniversary early, take our own Roman holiday, see a boat parade in Venice, stay in the agriturismo of this couple whose podcast we listen to, wander the ruins of Pompeii, and maybe even visit the Florence that is not in Arizona.

13 has always been my lucky number.

Not that I’m superstitious.

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Travel Trade-Offs

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Travel | 4 comments

There’s no such thing as an ideal trip – or even an ideal itinerary. It’s more like a series of bargains you make with yourself, hoping to get the best deal based on what you value.

United States puzzle

Do you see more sights or spend more time at each one? Pack to be prepared for every situation or have less to carry? Visit familiar places or risk venturing somewhere new? Have the security of making reservations or the flexibility of winging it? Spend extra money to stay close to the main attraction (city center, theme park, historic site…) or spend extra time getting yourself there?

Chiricahua trail

How do you tackle your travel dilemmas?

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An East Coast Winter Wedding: Figuring Out What to Pack

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Travel | 4 comments

My cousin is getting married at the end of the year in Charlottesville, Virginia, a couple hours south of Washington DC. We’ll head out there, see Charlottesville, and spend a couple days in DC.

For us Arizonans, it’s gonna be cold.

So, along with researching what to see/do/eat in DC and Virginia (and making a pretty serious DC/Virginia/Maryland Pinterest board), I’ve been trying to figure out how to pack light but stay warm!


Here are a few articles I’ve found helpful:

Do you have recommendations of winter DC sights or cold-weather packing tips?

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Best airport shoes?

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Travel | 7 comments

The right shoes make a huge difference when you’re traveling – starting at the airport. A lot of times, though, departure day shoes are kind of an afterthought.


A discussion about shoes at the airport on a designlovefest post got me rethinking this. (See comments #7-12.)

To me, the Holy Grail of airport footwear would be something you could rush to catch a flight in, remove easily for airport security, wear with socks (if you don’t want to be barefoot while your shoes get x-rayed), as well as, of course, looking great with your travel outfits.


While it’s a lot for one pair of shoes to aspire to, I’m thinking my new go-tos for hopping a plane will either be in the canvas slip-on genre (like TOMS or these Hellyer Slippers) or comfy flats (like ballet slippers or updated Mary Janes) with no-show socks.


What is your airport shoe strategy?

(PS In case you missed it, check out my tips for packing shoes.)

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Overheard before Anaheim

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Travel | 6 comments

“Don’t be alarmed: I’m taking the styrofoam cooler, and there’s a head in there.”

“Is it Yoda’s head?”

It was. And I wasn’t alarmed, because these are the kinds of conversations you have when you’re getting ready to go to a Star Wars convention.



“Argh! Why did they schedule the 3D Episode 3 screening at the same time as the C3PO Spotlight?!”



“I brought an emergency Jedi robe.”


More on our Star Wars Celebration Anaheim trip soon. In the meantime, you can get a glimpse of the fun/craziness on Instagram.

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