November 14, 2018

As I explore more about this topic in my The Time to Travel is Now series, I’ll talk about fear of flying, traveling to destinations with preconceived notions like Russia and the Middle East, and meeting people all around the world that challenged me in becoming a better person.

October 30, 2018

A preview of stories to come

September 13, 2018

I love exploring New York. No, not the isle of Manhattan, but the other New York, the one you don’t see on television shows like Law & Order or Marvel movie blockbusters. I’m talking about the New York that prefers trees to skyscrapers, farmland to brownstones, and lakes and rivers instead of traffic jams and crowded sidewalks. By taking a ride up the 87 Interstate, that runs north from the Bronx to Montreal...

July 21, 2018

Landmark

     1.   an object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognized from a distance, especially one that enables someone to establish their location.

     2.   an event, discovery, or change marking an important stage or turning point in something.


     Synonyms: turning point, milestone, watershed, critical point, benchmark.

#1 is the definition we probably use most. It's easy to locate and identify an iconic landmar...

June 26, 2018

My “Bourdain Moment” was in St. Petersburg, Russia with our local guide Vladimir, who took us to a friend’s residence for a home cooked meal. Vladimir didn’t tell me or my parents this in the beginning, he just suggested we follow him up an old staircase to a communal flat at the top of an old building. I didn’t know where I was going, only that I trusted Vladimir (who I just met the day before). I was in a strange land, with I must admit, a strange tour guide, but I wasn’t scared.

The communal f...

May 2, 2018

So I was off to see the Shire (of Lord of the Rings fame); however, I must have not set my watch on New Zealand time after hopping a flight from Melbourne, Australia the day before. I missed the bus to where they filmed the Hobbit's home village -- it was probably too touristy anyway, so I took a mindful moment to center myself, not to be disappointed on my best laid plans, breathed in and out and took a bus in the opposite direction. To where? I had no idea, just to the end of the line....

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Travel. It's my life's blood. If I don't board a plane, hop a train, or make a wrong turn, I don't feel like myself. I love getting lost!

                            - b.l. richards 

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