My grandma always said, “Travel is the best education,” and she put her money where her mouth was when I was 16 and needed money for a school trip to Mexico. It only cost her $200, and I raised another $200 by babysitting and such. It was an extremely
budget trip. The first leg of the trip, just to get us to the border — from Boise, Idaho to Nogales, Arizona — was 1100 miles in a school bus. It was a long
time ago, but I never forgot it.
In recent years my travels have been more or less limited to cities where the annual NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) conference is being held. I’m thinking San Diego (twice), Minneapolis, Baltimore, New Orleans, Scottsdale, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Chicago). But someday I will add the last few United States to my list (still missing Maine and a few of the deep south states); return to some places I’ve visited before (Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, France, Spain …does Heathrow airport count as visiting London? No, I didn’t think so.); and possibly visit some new ones (Scotland? Costa Rica? Australia?).
Meanwhile, allow me to share some travel resources with you.
Before You Go:
Do You Have a Virtual Will? — Org4life blog article
Ten Tips for Healthy Travel — from tripit.com
17 Easy Steps for Planning Your Next Trip — from nomadicmatt.com
What did we ever do without smartphones? I love no longer having to pack a separate phone, camera, flashlight, MP3 player, etc. Here are some apps I actually use:
Evernote (for collecting travel info, ideas, and confirmation emails)
Dropbox (for automatically uploading smartphone photos to the cloud)
Audible (for listening to audiobooks)
Pandora (for listening to music)
Google Maps (I like to use Street View for virtually previewing an area where I will be staying.)
Traveler Resource Center (Includes COVID-19 guidance)
There are many other apps that people use for, say, road trips. Apps for navigating, locating hotels and roadside attractions, monitoring gas usage, and star-gazing. But, well, when you start from Albuquerque most of your drive time is in the middle of nowhere, without a signal, so I’m less familiar with them.
How to Pack Like a Pro — Org4life blog article
Make Your Own Checklists! — Org4life blog article
Organized Packing for a Family – from noisecoveredindirt.com
Ultimate Travel Packing List — fun, interactive guide from budgetdirect.com.au, featuring Australian lingo
When You Get Home:
Getting Back on Track — Org4life blog article
There’s No Place Like Home — Org4life blog article
Awesome Armchair Travel:
Google’s World Wonders — virtual tours of 132 famous sites from cbsnews.com
Where have YOU been, and where are YOU going?