World Health Day: A Chance to Get It Right

You probably know that April 7 is World Health Day (#WorldHealthDay), but did you know that this awareness day was started by the World Health Organization (WHO) and has been celebrated annually since 1950? Each year, the WHO aims to bring worldwide attention to a particular theme, and this year, it’s “Building a fairer, healthierContinue reading “World Health Day: A Chance to Get It Right”

How YOU Doin’?

Restrictions are lifting where I live. Starbucks has re-opened some of their stores but only for mobile-order pickup. I’m really curious to know what’s happening and changing where you live, so please share your tales (and photos) with us. Stay healthy and take care, everyone! (This article was originally posted on May 6, 2020 onContinue reading “How YOU Doin’?”

Turn Your Airline Sleep Mask into a Face Mask

In early April 2020, in order to protect ourselves and others, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) advised that everyone wear some type of face covering ​when in public. Some cities and counties throughout the United States have now made varying degrees of that instruction a mandate for essential businesses and their customers, as wellContinue reading “Turn Your Airline Sleep Mask into a Face Mask”

A New Normal

Hey Travelphilers! What an incredible change in life and society we’ve gone through in the past few weeks! We are all coping with different and continually-evolving levels of this coronavirus pandemic, and my heart goes out to all of you. Whether you’re self-isolating, mandated to shelter in place, working from home, suffering from loss ofContinue reading “A New Normal”

My Travels in Vietnam and Cambodia Amid the Coronavirus Scare

  Let me be clear, the illnesses and deaths related to COVID-19 are serious and sad, but I’m interested in perspective and thoughtful risk assessment as a traveler. And I simply want to share what I’ve found researching medical information and also my own personal experiences from my recent journey. While the situation is constantlyContinue reading “My Travels in Vietnam and Cambodia Amid the Coronavirus Scare”

Cruising? Why?

In doing research for his newest guidebook, Northern European Cruise Ports, Rick Steves’ primary task is to double-check and update logistical and sightseeing information in port:  how to you get from the ship terminal to the city center, what are the operating hours for TIs/museums/churches, what’s new, what’s no longer around, and how do youContinue reading “Cruising? Why?”

Is There a Doctor in l’Hôtel?

You know that tickle-throat, on-the-verge-of-a-festering-cold feeling?  The one that tells you “If you ignore me, it can only go horribly wrong from here”?  Yeah, it sucks.  But you know what’s worse?  Ignoring it while you’re traveling abroad. Such was my lot seven weeks into a nine-week stint on the road, earlier this year.  I hadContinue reading “Is There a Doctor in l’Hôtel?”