With baby’s birthday falling the day before mine, I have grand visions of the two of us planning elaborate trips abroad to celebrate our special day. A mid-January summer in Australia might be nice, or baby’s first snowfall in Eastern Europe. Until then, it’s nothing but grand reveries for the two of us … and a few links to quench our wanderlust.
- I am a stickler for packing light — a single carry-on and a messenger bag were all I brought on my honeymoon in Italy, and I assembled no fewer than 25 outfits from their contents. Yes, I’m awfully proud. These GoToobs from HumanGear are calling my name — the suction cup is brilliant, and they’re shaped for an easy fit in your TSA-approved ziploc bag. Plus, I like that they’re transparent and *also* available in a variety of colors for easy grab and go.
- I might not be able to afford a stay in a posh New York hotel, but I can afford $39.99 for Taschen’s New York.
- Feast on an authentic Italian meal in the home of an authentic Italian family? Yes, please.
- National Geographic’s Intelligent Traveler blog has some consistently inspiring stuff about “the essence of place.”
- Mighty Girl’s master packing list is very similar to my own … and I highly suggest saving one’s list as a document that can be updated and modified to reflect upcoming travels. Keep a copy in your suitcase to make it easy come check-out time … no more forgetting your eye mask in the nightstand drawer.
- Steve McCurry, the man behind National Geographic’s most famous cover, has a blog with consistently beautiful travel photographs. I caught an exhibition of his at the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts (where saw the photograph at right) and fell in love with his penchant for capturing color, emotion and story with the flick of his index finger. It doesn’t hurt that I happen to agree with his empathetic worldview. There’s something to be said for getting out and interacting with the rest of the world — it changes a person the way nothing else can.