Emily Witkop and Paul Lines are just like any other busy couple who spend a lot of time apart traveling on business. You see, Emily is a longtime flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. How did this traveling performer and this nomadic flight attendant meet?
I love solo travel. It’s my preferred style of vagabonding. That said, I also love traveling with my family, friends, and boyfriend from time to time. Not only is it fun but it also helps me strengthen my bond with the most important people in my life. Here’s how jet-setting improves each relationship.
Chances are, you’d love to travel as much as you want, wherever and whenever you want. But even though this would be amazing, it’s just not possible all the time. Luckily, there are ways to explore the world and put yourself in a nomadic mindset without leaving home. To help you plan your “trip,” here are 10 ways to have an amazing staycation.
Tourists are drawn to the legendary Black Forest in Germany. It inspired the Brothers Grimm, where they wrote Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty. The forest gets its name from the conifer trees that block out light — hence the “black” thing — but I find it more spectacular than spooky.
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What: In November, I traveled 2,000 miles to Sololá, Guatemala, where I watched rural indigenous girls graduate from secondary school. When she was a young girl, her mother taught her how to be a good “housewife” (her term, not mine) with minimal focus on education and schooling.
Six years ago, B.J. was boarding a plane from Nashville to visit his friends in Los Angeles. Luckily the stars aligned, and my flight to L.A. had a layover in Nashville. When B.J. boarded the plane in Nashville, he spotted an open window seat right next to me and asked if he could squeeze into the open window seat.
Dave Tomkins discovered the story behind his grandfather’s photos by retracing his steps. This photo is from Bern, Switzerland. (Photo by Stephen Clarke)
One day, I was on Facebook and saw that my friend Gemma was online. I told her that I really wanted to visit Australia, but was reluctant to go on my own. Thomas and I met in the Asylum Hostel in Cairns, Australia. As we were going back to our hostel that night he picked me up, ran into some sprinklers, and stayed there while we got soaked! It was so funny and a welcome relief from the heat of cairns.
Dominic Pace, bald-headed and goateed, stood beside his two sons and stared out into the cornfield. In his hand, Pace held a faded and worn New York Mets cap that belonged to his grandfather, who died the year before.
When you hear people say they are going on “the trip of a lifetime,” it brings to mind exotic or expensive destinations. Places like the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, natural wonders of the world like the aurora borealis in Alaska, or the Cook Islands, which sit at the end of the earth (actually, in the middle of the Pacific, but you know what I mean). Last March, I took the trip of a lifetime.
Just a side note: Because Chile is in the Southern Hemisphere, it was the equivalent of winter there – cold! Buenos Aires, Argentina is a quick trip, so I decided to visit the city. When I was traveling back to Chile, I noticed William on my plane.
After losing his wife to cancer, James Busch went on vacation to relax and regroup. Little did he know that a trip to Mexico would lead him to find love again.
After quitting her job, Paula Froelich decided to travel the world. She journeyed from Guatemala to Egypt, and shares the 9 important life lessons she learned along the way.
The sailing club I belonged to (mostly in name and dues only, as I rarely made time to sail) was having a winter regatta in the British Virgin Islands. On the flight, he mentioned that his good friend Ben had moved from New York City to St. Thomas the year earlier, to escape the hustle and bustle and to work on boats. The day before picking up our boat on the island of Tortola, we all headed to the bar at our hotel in St. Thomas. As I was sitting with the woman who was to be my cabin-mate (and is now one of my best friends), this cute guy walked over, sexy blonde in tow, and introduced himself as Ben.
Why: I came to Maui for the first time in 1978, and the spirituality and magic of the island and its people spoke to me. As a gay man, I knew that I ultimately wanted to operate a business that I owned and one that catered to the LGBT community. All of Hawaii is amazingly beautiful, but even the Hawaiians say “Maui no ka oi” (“Maui is the best”).
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In 2011, I was living and working in Cairo, Egypt, as a freelance multimedia journalist. Thinking this revolution might finish as fast as Egypt, I set out in a taxi with two other journalists to reach the rebel-held city of Benghazi on the eastern side of Libya.
Ben had also just graduated from high school and was on the cruise with his grandparents as a graduation gift. At that time, I did not know his name, and Lisa and I had dubbed him “the cute boy.” As the night progressed, I saw Ben at just about every place we stopped. Later that night, Lisa and I were standing in one of the lounges listening to some karaoke, and Ben walked up behind me.
Mattie Matthews writes a blog called 67 & Dumped. A few years ago, her husband dave (whose name she refuses to capitalize) unexpectedly left her for a younger woman and another life. Now she is traveling the world — and pushing outside her comfort zone in ways she never thought she could when she was younger. We check in with her in Italy. As I might have mentioned, my ex-husband dave is now living in another land with a new babe, so when I’m not busy sticking pins in a really good likeness of him I’m doing some traveling, mostly with my sister, Marcia.
We know that real-life travel isn’t what you read about in glossy magazines or see on the Travel Channel.