Most of the great travel writers I’ve known — and I’ve known almost all of them — are constantly on the road. I’ve always joked that they are either running away from something or toward something, and I saw myself as different and maybe a little more grounded than my peers.
I was wrong.
Now that we’re out here on the open road, I know I’m just like them. Today, we have a relatively short drive from Alabama’s Gulf Coast to New Orleans. Yet I still can’t wait to get behind the wheel of my Honda Pilot and point it west. And my three kids, who are a lot like me, say they’re just as excited.
You know what I’m talking about? Maybe your home is on the road, too. Maybe you feel the same way I do, that life in the suburbs with a daily nine-to-five grind is not for you. If you’re like me, you much prefer the five-to-nine routine: up at 5 a.m. to write the day’s stories, working all day until you finally give up, exhausted and collapse into bed at 9 p.m.
It’s an uncertain life. I’m not even sure where we’ll be going after New Orleans. Perhaps Dallas for a few days? San Antonio? I don’t even have hotel reservations yet, but isn’t that what makes life on the road so exciting? The not knowing?
I feel very lucky to be the consumer advocate who got the travel specialty. I was always meant for this. My early years were spent traveling with my parents and when I was in graduate school, I interned at the Los Angeles Times, which sent me through Northern California as a roving journalist. This is what I do.
Here are this week’s stories:
- As airlines try to monetize seat assignments, are disabled passengers being left behind? (Washington Post)
- Why you should use a travel agent (USA Today)
- Avoid The Worst Products Ever With These Insider Strategies. (Trust Me, You’ll Want To) (Huffington Post)
- Norwegian Cruise Line offers full refund for cruise gone bad – then retracts the offer (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
See you out there.