Moved to Travel: What Books and Films Inspire Women’s Wanderlust?

What inspires you to travel to a particular place?  I posted that question on four sites for women travelers  (Girls Love Travel, Female Digital Nomads, Not So Young Female Bloggers, and Over 60 Female Travelers), asking them to share the books and films that made them take off for parts unknown. I received an avalanche … Continue reading Moved to Travel: What Books and Films Inspire Women’s Wanderlust?

Talking Turkey: Another Best/Worst Trip

It was 2:00 a.m. and we hadn’t slept for almost 35 hours. We had been waiting for a car to pick us up from the airport in Istanbul, and I couldn’t reach our hotel on my phone. Then I realized that the man standing near me had been holding up a sign since we arrived. … Continue reading Talking Turkey: Another Best/Worst Trip

Part 2: When Dreams Become Reality Then Become Hell: Traveling to Tibet in 1987

The journey continues In the winter of 1987 I entered Tibet by walking from Kodari in Nepal to Zhangmu in Tibet—a journey of about three miles. As I ran across the steep hill from the town to the road, what looked like boulders tumbled around me. The sounds of the large rocks whizzing by became … Continue reading Part 2: When Dreams Become Reality Then Become Hell: Traveling to Tibet in 1987

When Dreams Become Reality, Then Become Hell: Traveling to Tibet in 1987

“At 6,000 m (more than 19,500 ft.) above sea level, the Tibetan Plateau is both remote and hard to reach.” ---the BBC So I had always dreamed of reaching the “the roof of the world,” Tibet. I finally made it there in 1987, which turned out to be an inauspicious year to go. I had … Continue reading When Dreams Become Reality, Then Become Hell: Traveling to Tibet in 1987

I’m Not a Stalker…But My New Friends are All 40 Years Younger than Me

Not that I’m counting, but the last time I checked the “largest online community of female nomads” site, I had 542 likes and 153 comments. And all of the comments were at least civil, a strange and heady sensation. How did I, a 71-year old almost-virgin blogger, get to that site? Well, I found it … Continue reading I’m Not a Stalker…But My New Friends are All 40 Years Younger than Me

The Summer from Hell: Worst Trip I Ever Took, part 2

My brain hurts from trying to unearth memories of my truncated career as a tour guide for preteens and teenagers in Europe nearly 45 years ago. I believe that the experience (both the disasters and my inability to evade them) made me decide not to have children of my own. My daughter was born 15 … Continue reading The Summer from Hell: Worst Trip I Ever Took, part 2

The Summer from Hell: Worst Trip I Ever Took

So the ad appeared as if sent by a celestial messenger: Help Wanted---Tour Leader in Europe. It was 1976, and I was out of work. I had a series of short-term jobs vaguely related to my education in broadcast journalism---a low level job at a network news video library and a writing job at an audio production … Continue reading The Summer from Hell: Worst Trip I Ever Took