Solo Travel Tips & Destinations

Oh Copenhagen, How I Love Thee.

When I woke up this morning I had no idea where I was. As I stumbled out of bed I remembered when I stubbed my toe — hard — on the door jam of the bathroom. It seems like nearly...

Believe it or Not, it’s Copenhagen

As soon as I landed in Copenhagen, I was ready to head to the National Museum. I’d read about its collection and the interesting history of Denmark that it celebrates. So, I hopped in a cab, checked into my room,...

Reflections on Paris

My time in the first city of this RTW adventure is coming to a close. Ironically, as I write this, I’m hearing what I write in a French accent in my head. The city has gotten into my brains. I...

The Grand Rising Ceremony

This morning, I went to Versailles. It was impressive, to be sure. Louis XIV built a hunting lodge on the spot in 1624/25 because of abundant game in the area. Like any man, he really wanted the ultimate man cave....

Slow Down to Speed Up

Unless they’re getting exercise – maybe on rollerblades – it seems like no one in Paris is in any real hurry. Even the police max out at about 25-30 mph. Perhaps it’s because everything around them has been around for...

Strolling in Paris

I don’t know if you’re aware. But, here in France, they speak French. Before coming, I highly recommend doing one or more of the following (1) already know French, (2) learn it quickly, or (3) find a French-speaking friend to...

Goodbye USA (for a month)

A central philosophy by which I live my life is Everybody’s got to be somewhere. Sometime, I’ll write a post about that (seemingly) defeatist approach. By the way, it’s not. Right now, I’m watching Delta Jets takeoff here in Atlanta,...

What to Pack

I’m getting ready to leave Greensboro. The regular announcement about only permitting one carryon and a smaller bag takes on new meaning because — in one of my proudest moments — I’ve got only two bags for this five week...

RTW Prep

On 15 November 2012, I’m leaving for a month-long sabbatical. I’m flying around the world. In airline parlance, it seems to be called an RTW trip. Admittedly, I haven’t done as much preparation or planning as a person should. I figure...

Canyonlands National Park

I didn’t visit Canyonlands National Park, it looks too desolate. And I’m not an expert camper (yet). But I thought you might enjoy this aerial shot from 35,000.