I'm a 37-year old Seattle girl who was bitten by the travel bug on my first tour of Europe in 2004. This personal blog follows my attempts to visit as many countries as I can, as often as my budget will allow. Since starting this blog in 2007, I've also worked as a freelance copywriter for an online travel publication. This only served to add even more must-see locations to my already extended list.
Follow me as I try to balance "real life" with exploring the world, all while trying to conquer a wickedly ironic case of homesickness.



Freedom without free time

The US has finally - FINALLY - opened up to considering joining the rest of the developed world by bringing the Paid Vacation Act of 2009 to Congress. While my first reaction is that a single week is still rather paltry by comparison, my official position is that I'll support anything that is aiming us in the right direction. And I sincerely didn't think a bill proposing a single week of paid vacation would ruffle many feathers at all. I was shocked that it did. I'm even more shocked that these arguments are now properly threatening this bill.

If you want to educate yourself about the bill, click here. If you want to see the revealing statistics on how sad American paid vacation currently is, click here. And finally, a great rebuttal to all the arguments against the bill.

To any American reading this post, I plead for you to seriously consider using your voice. Consider that this could open up other opportunities as well, including increased maternity leave for mothers and fathers. If you support this act, please contact your House Representative as well as your Congressman/woman and urge them to pass this bill.

And to all the people opposing a simple week of vacation: WOW, you need it more than the rest of us!


A bit more description

Click here for another perspective of our Austrian holiday, or just a lesson in which sister has the degree in writing.


Smelling like the loo

Dear (insert any airline name here),

Hand soap and air freshener should never be the same product.



New idea for journaling

I saw this on one of my favorite blogs today.
I think this is a brilliant alternative
to traditional travel journaling!

(Of course, mine wouldn't look nearly as beautiful!)
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