February 3rd, 2011
I get it. You want to see something new, escape winter weather, and cure your boredom. But rather than looking up flights to another hemisphere, think about what local ground you may not have covered.
Yes, this is a travel blog. As much as I love exploring the other side of the country and the other side of the world, though, engaging in that kind of travel all the time is not so sustainable or affordable.
The last time I was bored to the point of tears, feeling trapped in my apartment, I decided to go for a long walk. I wandered into a cemetery near my house. An hour later, I was still walking around that cemetery—it was huge, and I had only covered a fraction of it. The calming effect of walking among headstones, and my amazement at the vastness of the space, cured my travel bug that day.
Maybe you think it’s creepy to lurk among graves and call it a travel experience. You might be right. My point is that those strange, new, unforgettable experiences you’re craving could be right around the corner.
Sneak up onto your roof at night. Walk until you hit the waterfront. Take the train to the end of the line. Simply take a different route home. Just switch on that wide-eyed, up-for-anything travel mode and you’ll be guaranteed some kind of adventure.
November 26th, 2010
I lived in Massachusetts for 20 years and never knew the beauty of the Berkshires until I went on a travel writing assignment for Trazzler this past week. It had never occurred to me to visit the area before, but I loved it. Here’s why.
Spirit of cooperation. There is a dearth of chain stores and a plethora of small, independent businesses. Almost everywhere I went I noticed that the small businesses—inns, shops, restaurants, farms, galleries—actively promoted each other and sold local products. It’s a sustainable, friendly model that I would be glad to support as a tourist or resident.
Seasonal, local food. An innkeeper told me that the farm-to-table dining movement originated in the Berkshires. And beyond restaurants, there are plenty of opportunities to visit farms and see directly where your food comes from.
Outdoor activities. Hiking trails, scenic views, and natural wonders abound.
Olivia's Overlook. Photo by Joanna Eng.
Creative culture. My trip was filled with an eclectic mix of galleries, museums, public art, and live music. Even when I wasn’t looking for art, I found it everywhere, including town recycling bins.
Brain food. At every stop, there was something to learn: how my beer was brewed, why this area of woods has fewer trees, the political history behind the song they’re about to sing, the origin of the marble in that fireplace.