Get to Know Me

I may not be what you expect of a travel blogger. I’m not 20-something. I haven’t been traveling since birth.  I’m not a digital nomad and for that matter, I’m not a full-time traveler.

 

I enjoy exploring cities with a bit of grit like Tijuana or Valparaiso Chile. Mix that with a grand adventure, sprinkle in a bit of luxury (no camping for this girl), and top it all off with some amazing food and I’m a happy girl.

 

I’ve been writing professionally for almost 20 years and I’ve been traveling earnestly and writing about it for the past 10 years.

Fun Facts & Stats About My Travels and Adventures

  • My early travel experiences were family trips to NJ and Florida to visit my grandparent.
  • In 6th grade, the family did a trip across the US by car and camping. When we came home my parents divorced. True story. What could be more Gen X??
  • I was 20 before flying on a commercial plane.
  • Much of my early travel was cruising, I’ve seen a lot of islands but later branched out to take several. Mediterranean cruises and cruised around South America for our 20th wedding anniversary.
  • My first trip out of the US was to Canada in 1988. In those days US Citizens could visit without a Passport.
  • I didn’t have a passport until I was 44.
  • I took my first trip abroad at 45.
  • My first trip abroad was to Egypt in 2011 during their Arab Spring. This trip changed the way I travel and it’s when I “caught the bug.”
  • Egypt was also my first semi-solo trip (semi-solo because it was not entirely on my own).
  • I’ve been to 33 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
  • I have visited 22 countries, not bad for 10 years, and a part-time traveler.
  • 5 continents down, two to go!!
  • My most unique travel experience was sitting with a group of Bedouin men in Egypt sipping tea and coffee while they smoked hash and conversed in Arabic.  I smiled a lot.
  • My favorite US city is San Diego and I could visit Italy and Mexico over and over again.
  • I consciously avoided visiting California until I was 50 because I was afraid I might never go home
  • My favorite thing to do in a new city is walk and walk and walk. Lisbon is all uphill.
  • I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities but at the end of the day, give me a comfy bed to sleep in, please.
  • I love all things that go fast, cars, rollercoasters, watercraft, planes, well, you get the idea.
  • I’ve driven a Ferrari at 140 mph.
  • I jumped out of a plane to mark my 50th Birthday. This was on my 50 before 50 Bucket list.
  • The idea of bungee jumping makes my body hurt.
  • I’ve ridden a camel in the desert, journeyed into pyramids, and climbed Mt. Sinai for sunrise.
  • I briefly thought I was going to be locked up abroad when SSSS showed up on my boarding pass in Paris

Brand and destination hoping to connect with the adventurous Gen Xer, should head to my Work With Me page. 

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Beyond My Travels

Since at this stage in my life, I’m not a full-time traveler, I thought you might be interested in knowing a little bit about my life off the road. 

 

My husband Bill and I purchased our home near Atlantic City, NJ in 2019. And the house is perfect for a Gen Xer and a Boomer. It is a retro 1980’s contemporary that was in need of some love and remains a work in progress.  We live here with our 6 furry critters: 2 dogs (Bodi and Nola). As well as 4 cats (Abby, Bugsy, Cheetoh, and Syd). All rescues.

 

Evidently, I enjoy having dirty hands as I’m an avid gardener and mudslinger (potter). And it’s a good thing I don’t mind a bit of dirt since the new home has tons of flowerbeds and a natural landscape. During the summer you can find me tending to my gardens usually with the dogs by my side. Currently, I don’t have my own pottery studio but it’s in the plans. 

 

We enjoy having friends and family visit, as well as, spending time at the beach and taking our JetSki out and whizzing around the bay. Oh, and I drink a lot of coffee. 

 

 I must say, it’s not a bad life. 

Some Additional Factoids About Me

  • I’m on the older end of Generation X
  • I’ve been married for 25 years
  • I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Public Relations
  • At 29 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
  • I’m a former triathlete. I started competing after my diagnosis with MS
  • I became legally disabled at 39. I had gone from competing in triathlons to having full body tremors and walking with a cane
  • I was co-founder and President of a small non-profit for 8 years; it was the most rewarding work I’ve ever done.
  • I’m sarcastic and a bit self-deprecating. You will probably see that in my writing.
  • I do my best thinking when I’m working in my garden
  • I have a titanium hip
  • I’m a natural storyteller
  • If you want to hang with me you better have a sense of humor.
  • At the same time, if you want to hang with me you better be able to dive into deep philosophical, political, and intellectual debates.

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