I spent years traveling the world. My rut was a seemingly endless swirl of airports, airplanes, taxis, hotels, and meeting rooms. Lately, I have been in a very different, less-acitve rut. I enjoy a comfortable life, doing whatever I want on most day...unless my family places demands on my time.
Comfortable routines are not easy to break. It takes desire, work...and demands from another person. One worries about how days will be spend. What should one pack? Will I find food that I like (besides ice cream)? Will the trip be great or horrible? Of course, that's before all the worries kick in about getting there, surviving the indignities of airports, renting cars, finding hotels, etc.
We are off to Florida for 4 weeks. The trip started as a two-week trip, and then my wife decided that this was not enough. Not wanting to stay so long in a hotel, we searched for a condominium on a nice beach. Miami's South Beach is okay, but not for too long. It turned out that minimum rental is two weeks...so that explains it. I will have to find ways to fill the day, but will have plenty of time to read, think, and write. We will take in movies, if anything seems appealing (it is a good way to get out of the mid-day heat). We will surely spend time in those museums of contemporary life, aka shopping malls.
The view out the window, whether it be Miami or up the coast, will be different, and the weather should be better (although Germany is competing with Florida temperatures at the moment).
This blog will become--in addition to its usual mixture of rants, worthless commentary, and foolish photos--a travel report. Whenever it moves me, I will pass on observations, opinions, and photos about things I see and do. It will not all be negative...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.