A cardboard box or a Louis Vuitton?

Alright.  You're just going to have to give me a moment while I get all philosophical...today is just one of those days.  If you've seen this blog before, I hope you've noticed the quote just to the left of my posts: "don't let your luggage dictate your travels."  I heard it originally when Slam Poet Shane Koyczan  performed the poem "We Are More" during the opening ceremonies at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. It was brilliant.  Canadians must have been bursting with pride all over the place because it really was a beautifully spoken love letter to their country. This particular line, however, became wedged in my head and the more I let it marinate, the more I appreciated it. Perhaps he's saying don't let all your preconceived notions close your mind and heart off to what there is to see & experience. Have an open mind and a good attitude. It could also mean where you've been doesn't have to dictate where you can go. Travel is like that for me.  It's a new perspective, a fresh start, a re-boot.  Every time I go somewhere...anywhere, I come back a little different - I've learned something new, I've met someone new, I've looked at the world with different eyes.  Maybe that's why I love it so much.  Here's the poem in it's entirety: We Are More by Shane Koyczan.

Sheesh... that was deep. Now I'll lighten up...I promise...


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I didn’t dip my toe in an ocean until I turned 25 and my friend Sandy and I traveled to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. After that week, I was hooked. I loved being somewhere new; smelling the smells, tasting new food, seeing how other people lived. It energized me. As luck would have it, I landed a job that allowed me to travel all over the US and often to Canada. Being a sports event television producer, I was on the road all the time. That's when my love affair with travel began. Now, its 20 years later and still no one gets more “geeked up” about planning a vacation than I do. All I need is a destination and some travel companions and my fire is lit! I start delving into my favorite hotel sites, sifting through photos and reviews, comparing, contrasting -it’s like an addiction. The travel shows with tips and trends? I study them like a playbook. I LOVE doing the things most people hate doing before they go on vacation. Whether it be searching for a food tasting tour with a local or discovering a romantic B&B in the middle of New York - I’ve found it and I’ll share it with you. So....where should we go?