“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

TravelHaven Tips — Don’t Forget Your Heart

We’ve been sharing hints from Laura Manske‘s article Surprising, Smart Secrets Of Top Travel Pros. Not all the tips are practical. Even travel pros have their softer side.


“Enjoy your good luck travel charms. I wear a little rope bracelet whenever I travel to South America. At my first travel conference in Lima, Peru, I missed a transfer and found myself across town from my destination with little prospect of getting a rush-hour taxi. Then, in the lobby of my hotel, I met an exhibitor at the same conference. Long story short, we found a shared cab to the conference, I practiced my Spanish with him, and he gave me the bracelet.”
— Brian Major, executive editor,

“Cherish something sentimental. I wear or carry a piece of my mother’s jewelry. When I’m frustrated, lonely, or annoyed, I touch it and think, “How would Mother have handled this situation?” I know in most cases she would be more patient, friendly, and humble. She’d be grateful to be on a trip, regardless of the inconveniences.”
— Marybeth Bond, book author, travel journalist, National Geographic and CNN;

“Tuck into your carry-on bag something sentimental. Ten years ago, my sweet son gave me a wooden Christmas ornament that depicts San Cristobal, the patron saint of travelers. It has been in my camera bag ever since as I have traveled through more than 40 countries. It always brings a smile to my face and a sense of peace when I see it or run my hand across it.”
— Lynn O’Rourke Hayes, travel journalist,

“Pack your curiosity! It’s a quality that often eludes me in my day-to-day life where I walk around with a see no evil/hear no evil/speak no evil attitude. But when I’m on the road, I am open and eager for new experiences.”
— Sherry Amantenstein, travel journalist

“Share daily experiences with a faraway loved one. My travel ritual that truly helps me enjoy each place I go even more? Every day, I email what I’ve discovered and experienced, along with photographs, to my 97-year-old grandmother, who instilled in me my love of travel. She likes to hear about my adventures and always emails me back smart questions. It is a way to share the beauty of what I’m seeing with someone else when I so often travel alone for my work.”
— Karen Schaler, travel journalist, TV host/correspondent, Travel Therapy® TV and online video series; book author, Travel Therapy: Where Do You Need to Go?;
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