This month’s desktop calendar wallpaper features a water lily floating in a pond on the grounds of the Four Seasons at Manele Bay in Lanai, Hawaii.
January 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Pond Lily - Lanai, HI

This is the February 2013 offering for our desktop calendar series – always free and available for iPad too! Get your February 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!  I took this photo of a water lily pond at the Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay. We were on Lanai because Chris had been invited to participate in the island’s  inaugural New […]


2013 Travel Trends, from ETC ’13

by Chris on January 27, 2013

What is the state of the American traveler? A few trends that I heard at the annual ETC conference in Orlando.

I spent this weekend at the annual conference put on by the Educational Travel Community (ETC), a place where tour operators and destinations can connect with universities and other entities that offer learning vacations for their alumni. If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen trips like this advertised in the back of your alumni magazine. This conference […]


2012 in Review: Travel Lessons Learned

by Chris on December 26, 2012

2012 in retrospect: Travel lessons learned after 132 (!!!) nights on the road.
Bear cubs in British Columbia

The week between Christmas and New Year’s always feels like one of reflection. It’s when I think about what went right and wrong during the year, and try to figure out what’s on tap for the future.While I’m not a huge resolution person – I’ve found that as soon as you write a plan, life has […]


Stranded by Sandy – or another winter storm? Here are some tips with how to rebook your flight when weather forces airline cancellations.
Hurricane Sandy path

A fabulous weekend getaway to Napa could have turned sour when Hurricane Sandy forced most of our party’s outgoing flights back to the East Coast to be canceled. Nothing is a bigger buzzkill than airline problems. But the Philly women on the trip – my sister and several of her friends who work for Fortune […]

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This week’s Photo Friday: In honor of our fifth-year wedding anniversary, a shot from the Captiva Island beach where we were married.
Beach chairs on Captiva Island, Florida

This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is CHAIRS. As regular readers might know, Florida’s Gulf Coast is one of my favorite places to relax and recharge. The chairs in the photo above are on the beach in front of the ‘Tween […]


Free desktop wallpaper for October 2012: A colorful scene of fall foliage in the Vermont countryside.
October 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Vermont Fall Foliage Picture

This is the October 2012 offering for our desktop calendar series – always free and available for iPad and iPhone too! Get your October 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! Chris and I had stayed overnight in Stowe on our way back from a fall foliage trip through northern Vermont and parts of Québec, Cananda, including the Eastern Townships, Quebec […]


This week’s Photo Friday theme is bridges, so we take you to Madison County, Iowa, which has the titular covered bridges of the popular book and movie.
Roseman Covered Bridge, Madison County, Iowa

This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is BRIDGES. My in-laws live in Atlantic, Iowa, a town of 7,500 an hour east of Omaha. I’ve visited several times, first for my husband’s high school reunion and last year to celebrate my mother and father-in-law’s […]


Free desktop wallpaper for September 2012: A birds-eye view of Napa Valley from a hot air balloon.
September 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Napa Hot Air Balloon Rides

This is the August 2012 offering for our desktop calendar series – always free and available for iPad and iPhone too! Get your August 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! This photo of the Napa Valley was taken from 2,000 feet, during an early morning hot air balloon ride.  September is the start of harvest season in California wine country […]

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A night in Paia, a surfer town on Maui North Shore, along with dinner at the well-known Mama’s Fish House.
Surfboard fence on Maui

After exploring Upcountry Maui for a magazine assignment, I spent one night in the surf town of Paia, in the center of Maui’s North Shore. As you can see by these photos, the North Shore on this island is much like it is on Oahu – a surfing paradise. This shot was taken from the […]


Time flies when you’re building a business: What I did on my summer non-vacation – and what’s on the horizon for fall.

It’s been a busy summer here at CATW’s Seattle headquarters. I spent most of July and August working on long-term projects for different clients, including a travel app prototype that had me channeling my inner Playboy and “writing” – or more accurately, compiling – restaurant “reviews” for those “masters” of the air quote, Zagat’s (now […]