When I was growing up my family took a few vacations. I can still remember the trip we took in 1965 to Alberta, Canada in our camper. I’m still chuckling about my dad showing the border guard his starter pistol.
In the summer of 1975 traveling really changed for me. That was the the year that my parents, for reason only known to God, allowed me to go to Scotland by myself for 30 days to the Johnny Miller Golf Academy. There I joined about 30 other high school aged boys for a golfing adventure like none other. I got to play Carnoustie the day after The Open. I still remember that I shot an 81 with 9 penalty strokes. We also got to play St Andrews and, through a bit of luck, the group of 10 boys were invited into the trophy room at the Royal & Ancient (R&A).
As a couple, our overseas travels together started in 1991 when the company I was working for sent me to the Netherlands for a conference. Leslie joined me a few days later and we had the most wonderful time. I can still hear our pension host shaking his head and telling us “Not bloomen” when we told him the local botanic garden was definitely “Bloomen”.
Over the last 25 years we’ve learned how to travel smart. Where to stay, what to eat, what to see and most importantly how to fit in like a local. We’ve traveled over a million airline miles covering 30 countries and 6 continents. And now we’re going to give back.
On this blog we’ll tell our story; give you suggestions about what to see at various locations; provide you with meaningful tips; and tell you about great products, both ours and others, to use when you travel. Along the way we’ll tell you our stories. Stories like the “Block of Ricotta”, “You Can’t Handle your Soda”, “Ubatuba = Ubasola”, “The Bayeux Freeze” and more. You will understand where and how we got the various travel philosophies like, “There are those that travel light and those that wish they did,” “You’ll be back,” and “The Booty Bag.”
So sit back and read and listen to our tales of travel. Our hope is that you will be inspired to travel smart and experience many adventures of your own. Then tell the tale. We’d love to hear your stories!