Every night before a flight, I organize my purse. I take out old receipts, garbage and unnecessary crap that I don't need for the flight and put in only what I need for the next day's trip: wallet, tickets and/or printed confirmation number and itinerary, lip gloss, nasal spray, any medications needed, a pair of socks and our passports.
If you have been thinking about making a big change in your life, do it. Don't regret not doing it later. Take some time now to reflect on where you are and where you want to go. Set goals and talk to others about them. And when someone looks at you with that blank stare and says "you're crazy," just smile and be thankful you took the leap.
Although I'm not a parent, I am blessed to have children of family and friends in my life whom I love dearly. And I treat my relationships with them with the utmost importance and respect. Given my belief in the importance and benefits of travel, it got me thinking of ideas for showing kids that it is, indeed, a small world after all.
Our idyllic holiday break could easily devolve into everyone staring at their own electronic devices in the car, and quiet, boring dinners resulting from too much together time with nothing new to talk about. Sound familiar? I decided that our family time was too precious and fleeting to let that happen, so I began to think about what I could do to keep everyone engaged and happy.