Allow me to share with you the people, books, and websites who have been the source and guide for all of my wanderings over the years and who continue to be my go-to for inspiration for the next great adventure.

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,

To gain all while you give,

To roam the roads of lands remote,

To travel is to live.”

–Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life : An autobiography

Samantha Brown has been my favorite travel guide for 20 years. From Great Hotels, Passport to Europe and Latin America, and now to Places to Love- I have followed her vicariously all over the world. She is vivacious and charming and watching her makes everyone think that she could be their best friend.


Then there is Rick Steves, the host with the most, that I have followed through his travels in Europe. He gives a real understanding of a place and the people and his guidebooks and shows are always the best when planning a trip. He is the tour guide that everyone wishes would be on any trip.

And finally to the amazing Patricia Shultz, the author of 1000 Places To See Before You Die. I have all of her books, each of them have been lovingly marked as I check each place off that I have seen. I have the daily calanders so each day I have a taste of places to go and things to see. I want to see all of the places that she writes about.

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