For as long as I can remember, my daydreams have always involved travel. My parents were great role models – long road trips were a part of every family vacation. When I graduated from high school, I knew there was college and all sorts of other things in my future, but all I wanted was to see the Eiffel Tower.

After graduation, I worked a series of jobs and saved every dime until I had enough cash to buy an open-ended ticket to London and to afford several frugal months abroad. Best investment I ever made.  In the space of one long, sleepless plane ride, I left my insular West Coast childhood forever behind me and plunged into a hundred nights of culture shock, embarrassment, and surprise.  And fun… so much incredible fun.

Fast forward to today, and I’ve visited over 40 countries on every continent except Antarctica. Thanks to technology, politics, and my own learning curve, the act of travel has certainly changed since that first mind-blowing trip, but the excitement hasn’t diminished a bit. I cherish every stamp in my passport.

To borrow a particularly dreary business term, I plan to share “lessons learned” from several decades of enthusiastic travel. In that spirit, I hope the Travel posts here will inform (or at least amuse) you, arouse your curiosity, or inspire you to get out there and hit the road.