My early flight home from Minneapolis yesterday morning was delayed by two hours. After a while I gave in and bought a magazine in the airport gift shop. I was halfway through before realizing I had already read it–and that I’d bought it two business trips ago.
The day before I insisted I was in Michigan (I was wrong) and that it was Tuesday (it was Monday). Should I take this as a sign I’m traveling too much?
Despite my lack of travel posts around here lately, I’ve been on the road quite a bit. In September I flew to Denver to see my sister, took connecting flights both ways to Connecticut to work (and got stuck in Philly overnight) and made my way to Houston.
When I’m traveling for work I take a suitcase with wheels and usually don’t get to explore the city. My job in Connecticut had me in the suburbs without a car (an hour taxi ride from the Hartford airport) and in Houston I worked in a meeting room in the same hotel I stayed in. I only left the hotel twice to walk across a parking lot to dinner. Although having your travel paid for sounds great, now that I experience it often I realize it isn’t as great as it sounds to a backpacker counting her pennies.
Luckily I get to visit D.C. and New Jersey a few times a year and always try to arrange an extra day to see the sights. In both cases I can rely on public transportation to get around and there is plenty to see. Hopefully after my next business trip to New York in a few weeks I’ll get organized and post all of the photos of the adventures I had on my past three trips there.
Less than a week to go until Meet, Plan, Go! I’ll be speaking in a breakout group at the Chicago event this time around, but there are tons of amazing and experienced travelers at all of the events.
So, if you’ve ever been jealous of my trips and wondered how you could possibly travel around-the-world or long-term get yourself to Austin, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, South Florida or Toronto next Tuesday, October 16th.
Our lovely host, Lisa Lubin, was on WGN news last week talking about the Chicago event (watch the video here). The event has historically sold out, so get your tickets now if you plan on going and don’t want to risk door tickets selling out. Still unconvinced? Here’s ten more reasons to attend this year.
October? Has it really been that long? There’s so much I’ve been planning to talk about here but I’ve been really bad about getting around to it. I don’t think I’ve even mentioned my New Mexico vacation, or finished writing about my All You Can Jet trip. There’s a few months of my Where I Slept series I skipped that I will be catching up on in January so there’s something to look forward to.
Here’s a flash mob Mumbai-style to close out 2011. Have a happy new year!
It’s hard to believe that it has already been a year since I was on the first Meet, Plan, Go! panel in Chicago. Two of the women who attended Chicago’s talk last year are already on their own RTW trips. Katie cornered me after the event let out last year because she’d never met anyone who had traveled through Central Asia. Now she’s running marathons in Estonia and teaching English in Russia on her way to the ‘stans.
Lisa Lubin is hosting again on October 18th this year and is offering readers the chance to win a ticket to the Chicago event on her blog. This event is a great push for anyone who’s been considering traveling long-term but has been afraid to take the leap. Tickets are available for Chicago as well as 16 other North American cities October 18th.
Before I went to Japan in 2004 I thought riding the magical Shinkansen train would be just like it seems in this video (I wish!):
J’en veux un!
Over his lifetime my uncle has been involved with many charities and told me about one where he helped to send bicycles to India. At the time I wondered why anyone would go to the trouble to ship containers of old bicycles to the other side of the world. During my travels I have seen first hand how transportation helps people become self-sufficient and improve their lives. I have seen people go as far as to construct bicycles out of wood, as you can see in this photo from The Congo. Watch the video below to see how much a difference 20,000 bicycles made in Nicaragua.
via Swiss Miss.