Tip #638: When Traveling in France

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” Susan Heller What I’ve learned from participating in a guided tour of France, in no particular order: make sure that you bring an adapter or two for electronics, because French electricity is 230-240 […]

Tip #627: Make Travel Easier

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”  Anonymous If you travel frequently and you’re like me, you probably worry about having a packing list so you don’t forget anything important. Although you can check online, it can be difficult to anticipate weather or temperatures so you know what you’ll […]

Tip #556: Everyone Appreciates It When Learning is Fun

“Is ditchwater dull? Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun. ” G. K. Chesterton Even after all of these years of setting up training rooms to engage as many senses as possible, I still get nervous about how well it will be received by certain audiences. A case in point: […]

Tip #547: What I Did On My Thanksgiving Vacation

“Travelers, like poets, are mostly an angry race.” Richard Francis Burton This is a story about an air travel nightmare. Future flyers, take note! My daughter and I made plans to visit my mother for her 91st birthday party on Saturday, November 22nd. In order to save money flying around Thanksgiving, I booked our flights […]

Tip #528: You Have to Have a Sense of Humor

“I know [canned music] makes chickens lay more eggs and factory workers produce more. But how much more can they get out of you on an elevator? ” Victor Borge I’m going back to Nairobi, Kenya the second week in August to conduct a 5-day Train the Trainer program. I’ll be teaching 15 trainers how […]

Tip #478: What I’ve Learned From My International Travels- Part Two

“You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.“ William Hazlitt Make sure to sit in an aisle seat on long flights, so you can easily get up to stretch and walk. It helps to have your own earphones if you want to watch […]

Tip #477: What I’ve Learned From My International Travels- Part One

“Travel gives a character of experience to our knowledge, and brings the figures on the tablet of memory into strong relief.” Henry Tuckerman Pack all medications and a complete change of clothing in your carry on bag Wear compression stockings for long flights Bring your own water bottle onto the plane If you will be […]

Tip #476: The Flight From Frankfort- and Finally, Home

“I would like to spend my whole life traveling, if I could borrow another life to spend at home.”  William Hazlitt The flight from Frankfort to Chicago took about 8.5 hours. The flight crew was very young and I think, easily distracted. At one point, I watched a steward serve water to one aisle and […]

Tip #475: The Flight from Amman

“I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me that they are wonderful things for other people to go on.” Jean Kerr My flight was at 2:45 a.m. on Lufthansa. Mohammed picked me up a little after midnight. I tipped the bellhop 10 JD for hefting all four bags into […]

Tip #474: Work and Packing

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions.“ Kenneth Blanchard I spent today resting, reading, and reviewing some of the videos from the training the previous week. I also did light laundry, and sent other laundry to the cleaners. I like to avoid traveling with dirty clothing. I also wrote to Trisha to see if she could […]

Tip #473: Happily Back in Amman, After Aqaba

“Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.”  Theodore Isaac Rubin I walked into the hotel after 2 a.m. My first priority, once I was in my room, was a long hot shower. I didn’t get to bed until 4:30 a.m. (one thing I had to do […]

Tip #472: The Sad Saga of My Time in Aqaba

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”  Henry David Thoreau Then, on to Aqaba. Again I dozed, really too tired to try to communicate with Ahmed. We went through desert, saw tents and long flat homes of the Bedouins, lots of mountains, and then, as we began […]