Things I have learned while traveling and other random travel thoughts:

Looking at your surroundings may help more than staring at the map. Years ago, a friend and I were at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. We wanted to go to the Eiffel Tower so we were studying the map. A police officer asked us if we needed help. This conversation was in French on his part and very limited French/English on mine. We asked “where is the Eiffel Tower?” He smiled, pointed behind us, and said “un, deux, trois” meaning any of the roads would take us there. It was right behind us?!?

Some airports close at night. In 2005, my daughters, the same friend as mentioned above, her daughter and I flew into Billings, Montana. As we walked away from the gate, they were turning off the lights behind us. Also always check that the rental car headlights are on or you will be stopped by the police in the first moments of your vacation.

First class is a cool way to fly. Wide leather seats, real utensils, hot towel, cookies and milk. I have only flown first class twice but awesome.

No matter where you take your kids, the hotel or campground pool is the most exciting part.

Once isn’t enough – seven places I have visited and would like to visit again:
1. Black Hills of South Dakota
2. The Grand Tetons
3. Prince Edward Island
4. Vancouver Island
5. Alaska – different places than first visit
6. Edinburgh, Scotland
7. Ireland

Twice isn’t enough for:
1. Paris
2. London

Bucket List for outside of the USA:
1. Australia and New Zealand
2. Italy
3. Germany
4. train trip across Canada

There are 6 states I haven’t visited and would like to so I can say I have been to all 50 states. I haven’t been to: Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, North Dakota, Idaho and Hawaii.

Where would you like to travel to?