Samantha Brown has been with the Travel Channel from the early days, a host since 1999. I know that her poise and fun on-camera style has inspired many to “just go”. I am no exception. Watching Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown fascinated me; this midwestern sounding woman is traveling all over the place and makes it look easy. She always carried the air of someone who wasn’t pretentious, privileged or arrogant. She was just a typical American tourist.
She inspired me to pursue a life away from my hometown; she inspired me to relax about being in the unfamiliar. We recently had a chance to hear her speak about her life as a TV host and her passion for travel. We are always trying to find fun things to do and when we caught a billboard for the Travel & Adventure Show it was a must.
After seeing that Sam Brown would be speaking there was not question when we were going. To meet an inspiration was amazing but what she had to say was even better. After all these years of being a TV host she is still approachable and sounds like she an old friend. The biggest concept she was trying to impress upon the audience was to travel your own way. There is a distinction between tourist and travelers but what does that matter as long as you are experiencing something.
Josh and I are travelers, we like to be a part of the places we visit, detest resorts and prefer to set a minimal itinerary. I am often a bit judgmental of tourist, how I feel they are doing it wrong. I know of some people who travel to another countries only to never leave a resort. I have a hard time understanding that but why should I care, it’s their holiday. It is about what you get out of it, not what others want.
Travel is also about more than just seeing the history of a place. I love going to museums but there is real value in being a part of the present. When we went to New Zealand we had the perfect mix. Visiting historic locations and museums while also being a part of local customs and eating local food. A highlight of our trip to Belize was having lunch from a street cart with the dive crew instead of going to a restaurant.
Brown did have one parting story that really struck me, once while in the middle a long string of filming (being gone for months like us), she was just craving a bit of home. I live out of a suitcase and have no home. There are times when this wears on Josh and I, that we have no place to call home. This is the hard part of traveling like we do, that lack a normalcy. There are times when we could drive into a city and see something spectacular but instead we just get takeout and do laundry. It is boring but at times more refreshing than a spa day. We travel our way.
Be a traveler or be a tourist but Just Go.
***This is part of a series of posts called “Travel Tuesday“, each covering topics unique to our lifestyle***
Posted in Travel Life, Travel Tuesday | Tagged life on the road, samantha brown, the Travel Channel, Travel & Adventure, Travel & Avdventure Show, Travel Channel, Travel Life, Travel Tuesday | Leave a Comment »
This is a sad week for the Scottish Terrier world. This week we said goodbye to Jazzi, the blogging extraordinaire. Jazzi crossed the rainbow bridge after 8 years with family. She was an ambassador for the breed, sharing with the world the joys of scottie life and the “uniqueness”. I am lucky enough to have met sweet Jazzi in person. Her peeps live not far from where we call home. Jazzi has even been out to see our exhibit. I think back fondly to some of our visits, seeing that spunky girl and having a cup of tea with her mom. Nothing I can say will take away the pain of such am event but I am glad I got to know her.
We are starting the end of our tour year with Rohde & Schwarz, so the next 8 weeks will be very fast and miles will be done. This week we are staying in the Northeast Region, New York, New Jersey and Virginia. Next week we will run up to Canada, including a first ever visit to Montreal.
A week off the road, well sort of. I am going to home to help my family with a few things while Josh stays in Detroit to help the company with a few things. Next week we hit St. Louis and Cedar Rapids. Then it is vacations time, we are joining Josh’s family in Missouri for a family reunion. Should be a heck of a good time.
Song of the week: My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit, a bit of a travelers song
Week in Review: Not much happened last week outside of work, we did have a cool visit to NASA Goddard which is a cool facility.
Posted in Coming this Week, Travel Life | Tagged Coming this week, Detoit MI, First Aid Kit, life on the road, Madison Heights MI, Mt. Sterling IL, My Silver Lining, travel, Travel Life | Leave a Comment »
Well, it has been too long since I have posted. No good excuse here just took some time away. Our schedule has been light lately and we have been taking advantage of the downtime to do some camping and backpacking. We are getting close to the point in the year where we change the tour schedule a bit and the next half will be fast moving.
For now this week holds a stop in Long Island and one near Baltimore. Next week is a maintenance week, so while Josh is staying in Detroit to oversee the truck work I am going home to Illinois. Lots of fun planned there. From there we do one more week in Midwest (Missouri and Iowa) before we take vacation and then head back East.
Song of the week: Shake by The Head and the Heart
Week in Review: I’m sure that it would offend a few people to find out that I don’t really care for Boston. So when we are in this part of the country and have time off we head up to New Hampshire. It is very much like the parts of Minnesota we miss. We did a little camping at Mt Sunapee State Park and had a lovely Anniversary celebration at The Maples at Warner B&B.
And just because I can, to my handsome husband of 7 years!! Happy Anniversary
Posted in Coming this Week, Travel Life | Tagged B&B, Baltimore, Coming this week, Concord, Concord NH, Goddard, life on the road, Long Island, New Hampshire, Shake, The Head and The Heart, The Maples at Warner, travel, Travel Life | Leave a Comment »