Finding Locals

The sun stands high over the campanile as I begin to melt.  A group of tourists, all in matching orange shirts, bump into me as a man with a camera steps on my bare toes after trying to take a picture of the basilica.  If I put my arms out and spin, I would take…

Be a Morning Person

I understand that very few individuals out there are morning people.  Even if that is the case, I urge you to become one on your travels.  When I recount my favorite travel memories, so many have taken place in the early morning, before the tourists have been dumped off their ships, buses, or whatever vessels…

The Master of European Travel: Rick Steves

Rick Steves has been traveling with me since my first trip to Europe. His guidebooks offer the insider tips every traveler needs to get rid of the tourist label.  His company, Europe Through the Back Door, promotes thoughtful travel at an affordable price.  If you are going to Europe, he is your man.  I wouldn’t…