I’ve got a bad case of wanderlust.

I’ve had the good fortune to travel quite a bit over the past few months – to quite diverse places.

Minneapolis to visit my old stomping grounds from the early 90s. A road trip loop from Oregon through Idaho, Utah, and Colorado – dropped my daughter off at school in Denver – then headed up through Wyoming to Jackson Hole and back home to Oregon. Brooklyn to meet up with my Becoming co-founder and dear friend, Susan McPherson. And next up a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Philippines to visit a family friend.

Travel begets travel. The travel bug bit this girl hard and I’m itching for adventure. What’s weighing heavily on my mind are the logistics involved – the planning, the booking and the packing…and where to go to next.

This newsletter is dedicated to travel to give us a nudge to hit the road.

Travel Reward Hacks

While my husband and I are not frequent flyer business travelers, we’re often able to fly using points. Our upcoming trip to the Philippines is paid for with rewards. The trick: putting everything on our credit cards and paying them off each month. This guide provides the ins-and-outs of hacking travel rewards to get "free" flights.

The Art of Packing

I tend to over pack. And then I wear the same thing over and over again. For my upcoming trip, I want to pack efficiently and effectively so I don’t have to lug a heavy bag around. Who would know how to pack better than the staff of Travel + Leisure?

Ultimate Road Trip

International travel is exciting. But there is nothing like a road trip. There’s so much to see right here in our own backyard. I came across this interactive mapon Mental Floss that provides a route around the US and what to see along the way.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.Broad, wholesome, charitable views of [wo]men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

― Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

Of the Day.

We promised to keep you relevant. Promise fulfilled.

Site of the day:

SmartTravel. For those who want straight up information about traveling.

App of the day:

Citymapper.For those who want to easily find their way around a city.

Store of the day:

Betabrand.For those who want stylish travel clothes.

Product of the day:

Travel Yoga Skort.For those who want a comfortable, stylish skirt with hidden pockets.

Podcast of the day:

Zero to Travel.For those who want useful travel hacks.

And now back to you, Jane.

Interesting news and other things that caught our eye.

Yikes! Check out this video recording of haunted happenings at a school in Ireland.

Dynasty is on reboot.

Can’t wait to download Sharon Jones’ new, and sadly last, recording.

Just finished "Behold the Dreamers" by Imbolo Mbue. A page turner about immigrants from Cameroon trying to make ends meet in NYC 2008. Gave me new insight and empathy.



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