A trip in the making

Before the trip comes the planning. And sometimes the plan is more fun than the trip.

Planning is a time for making decisions, which isn’t always easy. Settling on an itinerary, selecting lodging, figuring out transportation and choosing activities and sights. Sometimes that means making sacrifices. There’s never as much time as I want to go everywhere I want to go.

It’s also a time for anticipation, for imagining the trip and learning about the places I’ll visit.

When planning a trip, everything goes smoothly. I am never tired, my feet never hurt, I don’t get lost or miss a train or lose anything. Planning is like the perfect dress rehearsal.

Usually, the performance doesn’t end up going quite so perfectly. But that’s part of the adventure!

Machu Picchu sunrise On my way to Peru (4/23/2022)

I’m heading to South America for the second time, and at 11:55 tonight I’ll be on my way to Peru. Right now I’m sitting in the AeroMexico lounge at the airport in Mexico City awaiting my flight.

Screenshot showing JayWay travel logo and form That feeling when plans keep changing (2/26/2022)

My plans keep changing.

Remember when I was going to go to Israel and Jordan in the fall of 2020?

We all know what happened next.

I rescheduled for the fall of 2021. In late 2020, a vaccine was on the horizon, and once I was vaccinated, I was planning to be on the go again. And I decided to to spend some time in Istanbul prior to the main trip.

We all know what happened next.

Beach at Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico Nayarit: One more road trip before the end of the year (12/12/2021)

I’m taking a road trip to Nayarit!

Since the pandemic, I’ve had to postpone or cancel some plans for overseas travel. But I’m trying to make up for it by seeing Mexico. Already this year I’ve been to on a road trip to the states of Zacatecas and Aguascalientes, and on tours to Guanajuato and Copper Canyon. And now I’m getting ready to leave on one more road trip: to the state of Nayarit, on the Pacific coast

Photo of a large tortoise on a grassy area Out with Israel, in with [read on] (11/6/2021)

After almost two years of planning my trip to Israel, today I canceled.

Wadi Rum landscape Planning: Like Juggling Live Fish (10/13/2021)

Planning my upcoming trip to Turkey, Ethiopia, Israel, and Jordan has become a huge challenge. And considering I’m going on a tour, that’s a pretty remarkable statement. I’ve planned complete two- and three-week adventures all by myself, and it hasn’t been this complicated.

I’ve already postponed this trip twice due to Covid, and now it seems I’ll be able to travel next spring. But it’s still complicated.

My next trip: Copper Canyon (10/8/2021)

For my next adventure, I’m going to Copper Canyon (in Spanish, Las Barrancas del Cubre), in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

An Impulsive Guanajuato Getaway (7/21/2021)

Guanajuato has been called the most beautiful city in Mexico and it’s definitely the most attractive city we’ve visited.

Simon Fairbairn and Erin McNeaney, Never Ending Voyage
Zacatecas Panoramic View My Pueblos Mágicos Road Trip: Stops and Stays (5/9/2021)

I’m looking forward to my upcoming road trip, and I’m trying to learn a little about the places I’m going, my stops and stays, before I leave.

I’m happy to share some of my research with my friends and family and whoever else reads my blog. If you don’t want all the details, here’s a TL;DR version.

Logo of the Pueblos Mágicos program Pueblos Mágicos: A road trip (5/2/2021)
  • Mexico has 132 Pueblos Mágicos.
  • I haven’t traveled since February 2020.
  • We’re in the middle of a global pandemic that makes international travel complicated.
  • I love a good road trip.
  • I’m fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • May is the hottest month of the year at Lake Chapala.

So guess what that means: I’m going to take a road trip!

Lalibela Rock Church Israel-Plus: Postponements and a new itinerary (3/8/2021)

In early January 2020 I booked a tour to Jordan, Israel, and Palestine for October and November of that year.

I postponed the trip last summer, scheduling it instead for October and November 2021.

Then, this week, I decided to postpone it again.

I’ve rebooked for February and March of 2022.