Turning 50 seems like a great time to recommend some of my favorite places and share a few travel reflections and some lessons learned from my travels.
Here’s my number one travel tip: travel as light as you possibly can. Go with just a carryon. I’m down to 20 liter backpack that weighs less than 8 kilograms when it’s fully loaded that will fit in the small overhead bins of the regional airlines. As a good friend told me years ago, all you really need to travel is your passport, a credit card and a little cash. I’d add that you must have a camera, too. But I’m a photographer : ) Here is a little known secret: other countries have washing machines and dryers. Better yet, drop it off at a full service laundry and pick it up the next day. All you really need is enough clothes for a week or so no matter how long your trip is. Having a bunch of luggage with you is like carrying a millstone with you on your travels. Be free!
Favorite completely touristy thing I love to do in Paris:
Most Important Travel Lesson Learned…
You can work out anywhere!
The best part of the journey is often just relaxing and taking it easy.
My favorite place in the world is still the North Shore on Kauai.
Teenagers are similar the world over.
Havana is the best place to experience a time warp.
Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the most surreal place I’ve visited.
But if you want to watch the sunrise over the main temple at Angkor Wat, you may have company.
Venice is the best city in the world to get lost in.
This is what D Day and WWII are about for me…
The best gift I give myself before I travel is learning just a bit of the local language.
“Strange Days is playing on the jukebox, the Amsterdam bar cat is waiting and the beer is great…where are you?” This was the message letting me know my kids had arrived in the Netherlands and were inviting me to hang out at a local bar they’d found. Evenings like that are the reason I travel. The perfect moment you can’t possibly plan.
And the Honfluer collie…
Cinque Terra – my fav place in Europe to hike, eat amazing food, drink tasty wine and relax.
Hallstatt is the Austrian version of Cinque Terra. Which means it’s cleaner and more orderly and the beer is awesome. But the wine and food…well, it’s not Italy. The train ride from Salzburg to Hallstatt is stunning and the hiking above the village is steep and beautiful.
Favorite National Parks. Yellowstone and Grand Teton are my favorite national parks. Killer mountains, grizzly bears, buffalo, wolves…no shortage of reasons to love YNP and GTNP. YNP can be crazy in the summer but once you’re a few miles into the backcountry there is plenty of solitude. And as stunning as GTNP is, it gets only a fraction of the visitors as it’s neighbor to the north.
Elephants are amazing…
An African safari is even more amazing than you might imagine.
St John is the best Caribbean island for snorkeling, hiking and killer beaches!
As much as I love to travel, it’s tough to beat Colorado in the summer!