50 Best Travel Quotes Ever

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Here are the 50 best travel quotes of all time (in my humble opinion).  Some of them may seem to be more inspirational than travel, but in my world, the two are intertwined. 1.  "Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling." ~ Roman Payne 2.  … [Read more...]

Bahamian Rhapsody

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I didn’t want to do it. Every fiber of my being was screaming, “NO!” The seemingly vertical drop looked bottomless. But I had no choice… after all, I had  a reputation to maintain. I’d already nailed adrenaline stunts like skydiving,  hang gliding, and tons of bad-ass roller coasters with ease. So … [Read more...]

On the Road for the Donuts in South Dakota

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“You have to stop at Wall Drug,” said Kathy, my buffalo safari guide at Custer State Park. I’d just told her I was going to visit South Dakota’s Badlands the next day.  “And make sure you get one of their homemade donuts – they’re legendary.”  Decision made.  I’ll travel just about anywhere for … [Read more...]

A Word About Travel Snobs

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Just read a really great article about “travel snobs” by William Chalmers in the Huffington Press.  Travel snobs top my list of pet peeves.  If I hear the term "authentic travel" one more time, I will scream! "Travel [is] a highly subjective personal experience and diversity [is] a good thing!" … [Read more...]

How to Conquer San Diego’s Potato Chip Rock

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“Hiking is NOT one of my superpowers,” I said to my three companions. But it was too late to turn back; we were more than halfway there. Read about our efforts to take command of Potato Chip Rock near San Diego, published by Trekity, January 20, 2013 Check out the hilarious video of our … [Read more...]

Girls Get “High” in Hawaii

I jumped out of a perfectly good plane!

The small round light turned green, the plane decreased speed to the point of hover (or so it seemed), and the bottom of the garage-like metal door began to creak its slow, ominous rise.  Strapped into my tandem jumpmaster as snuggly as I would allow without dinner and a movie, there was no turning … [Read more...]

Turning Japanese: My Geisha Makeover

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“Stop laughing. You need the right attitude to pull this off,” I said to Rebecca and Marie, head turned away to hide my own smirk. We shuffled our way towards the shrine looming at the end of the cobblestone street, less than a quarter of a mile away. The wooden platform of the Japanese geta on our … [Read more...]

Sista Cruise: Look Out Bahamas!

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  The Provoyeur Girls Crush the Bahamas video here. Best girlfriend getaway ever!  Celebrating my sister, Aimee's 40th birthday on the Carnival Fantasy -- had a TON of fun.  Oh, the laughs.  I'm talkin' 24/7 giggles, laughs, hoots and hollers!  Waterslides, lazy (crazy) river, … [Read more...]

“Use your freakin’ words!”

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I don’t often link to other people’s articles.  In fact, I think this may be my first time.  Last night I came across this post in Devin Galaudet’s self-described “no B.S blog about travel, writing and life.” It was his second paragraph that had me doing a fist-pumping “yeah, baby!” “When I … [Read more...]

Some days are like that, even in…..the Midwest

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Tell me…. do I look dangerous to you?  Apparently the TSA still thinks so. Rapid City Regional Airport.  Just another nondescript launching pad in the life of a travel writer.  Or so I thought. But it turned out to be a no-good, very bad, terrible day. As I’m going through security in the … [Read more...]

7 Reasons Why Traveling is a Waste of Time

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Is traveling a waste of time?  You decide.... It’s obsolete.  In the “olden” days, you had to travel to see amazing sights.  Now, you can just turn on the TV and see the pyramids of Giza, the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, and the remote sandy beaches of the Seychelles.  Nowadays … [Read more...]

Girls Gone Bored

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This is why I love traveling with my peeps, Marie and Rebecca… On our recent trip to Japan, we were stuck in the railway station in Osaka, waiting to be picked up by our guide, who was late and still stuck in rush hour traffic. After wasting an hour in a jam-packed restaurant, I suggested that … [Read more...]

Breasts = Lethal Weapons?

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Apparently the TSA thinks so. I was on my way from New Hampshire to Oregon a couple of weeks ago.  I wasn’t in a particularly good mood to begin with, having had to extract myself from my nice, warm, thick microfiber sheets at 3:30 a.m. in order to catch a 6 a.m. flight.   I was singularly … [Read more...]