Travel Diary: Tips for Your Next Trip

Linda Dini Jenkins from Travel the Write Way

Linda Dini Jenkins from Travel Italy the Write Way


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Tips From Traveling Friends

I have a blogging friend whom I have never met, yet our thinking trains seem to often run along the same rails — and it happened again this week. I had planned to write a post about some items I’m adding to my travel closet stash, and Linda also wrote a post about the things that are on her travel must-have list.

Linda Dini Jenkins is a travel writer who blogs at Travel the Write Way. She offers tips about tourist destinations, and plans tours in Italy for small group travel. Here’s what she says about this week’s post.

“It’s trip planning season again. At least that’s what all my travel blog colleagues are writing about in their columns lately. This is the time of year, they say, when people start to plan for their annual holiday, especially if that holiday involves crossing oceans. To help potential travelers in their search, all kinds of lists are appearing to promote the top 10 beach destinations, the best European bargain spots, “undiscovered” this or that, and what you should or shouldn’t pack on said trip.”

mVbAnI53kl4Eh7XqP3G0v9ALinda is also the author of a delightful travel memoir, entitled Up At the Villa: Travels with My Husband. I received this book as a gift from a friend who is also friends with Linda and her husband, and has traveled with them to Italy (see Kathy’s guest post here). For those of you who love travel diaries, this is a good one. You can purchase it at Linda’s web site.

Are you ready to jump over to Linda’s site to see what she thinks you need for your own packing and traveling? Wait just one minute so that I can show you what I’m going to buy for Music Man and me.

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Two New Accessories For Our Travel Stash

I have been struggling with how to attach various bags to my rolling suitcase without it getting drunk and toppling over from the shifting weight of my camera bag or my enormous Vera Bradley duffel. In one of my catalog walks, I found this ingenious bungee cord which is designed just for luggage! I’m buying it in the leopard print, but I’m also buying a black one for Music Man.

GotMyReservations Aix en ProvenceWhile traveling in France this year, I was eager to shop at the markets and took a folding shopping tote with me just in case. Here we are in Aix-en-Provence with our guide, Philip Haslett from Unique Provence Tours, carrying my tote (I decided to crop my friends out of this photo, as it wasn’t the most flattering of the thousands we shot). Until I saw these photos, I didn’t realize how garish my shopping tote was. It stood out like a sore thumb everywhere we went.

Then I saw these Reusable Shopping Totes on They are exactly the same size as the one pictured, but I can order the combination of colors that suits me and Music Man from Clearly we will choose a more muted set of colors than my electric blue tote that Philip is carrying.

Keep Your Passport Up to Date

Don’t forget that you need a passport that is good for at least six months after you return home from your trip outside of the United States. Don’t wait to the last minute to get yours renewed, or you may end up like a friend of mine who is waiting for Fedex today to bring her daughter’s passport for a trip to St. Lucia tomorrow. I really hope it comes. (Update: the passport arrived this morning. Whew!)

For More Travel Fun, Visit My Friends

In addition to featuring Linda at Travel Italy the Write Way today, I’m also linking up with Oh, the Places I’ve Been at The Tablescaper. I hope you will stop by and visit these fantastic bloggers!

Got my bags, got my reservations,
Spent each dime I could afford. 
Like a child in wild anticipation, 
I long to hear that, “All aboard!”

Music and lyrics by Bud Green, Les Brown and Ben Homer (1944)


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5 thoughts on “Travel Diary: Tips for Your Next Trip

  1. I’m sending this to my Mom. She loves to travel, especially to other continents, and although I think she may have her game together, I think she’ll appreciate these tips. Goodness knows that woman SHOPS when she travels!!! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  2. I have added that Bungee cord to my wish list. I am forever trying to precariously balance a bag on top of my rolling carry-on, and this will help it from inevitably falling off. The passport tip is excellent. One of my friends was traveling from Texas to Thailand and then on to Malaysia. Thailand had no problem with less than 6 months validity on her daughter’s passport, but Malaysia wouldn’t let them enter. They ended up having to fly to the USA Embassy in Bangkok to get an an emergency passport before they could continue on to Malaysia as planned. It’s definitely something you want to handle before you leave home.

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