The fire at Notre Dame teaches me a lesson I must learn over and over

Ancestry DNA tells me that I am 100% of French descent. This matches everything I know about my family history. I have vivid memories of being home with the chicken pox in the fourth grade, trying to teach myself French from the books in our home (my father spoke French before English, and my mother went to school half the day in English and half in French). I eventually became fluent in French and spent one glorious year living in French Alps. I am not French, but France is a part of me.

Notre Dame Cathedral on Fire
A friend shared this image of the fire, taken from City Hall

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Ask a Pilot!

What Unexpected Things May Be Happening on Your Flight

This week we had the opportunity to interview Rene, an airline pilot for one of the U.S. legacy carriers. He shared so much great information that we can’t possibly fit it all into one post!

Today Rene tells us about what unexpected things may be happening on your flight while you are busy enjoying your pretzels.

Number three was a bit of a surprise!


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Travel Mishaps–Are The Things That Go Wrong What We Remember the Most?

Hello blogosphere! I have missed you. I have been laid up for a week with the flu but am now crawling my way back. Since I have not been at my best, I thought it might be fun to write about another time I was not on top of my game. So, today we are going to talk about travel mishaps. And I don’t mean weather events, acts of God, or other factors out of our control. I’m referring to those instances when we need to look in the mirror and admit “mea culpa.” We are human, and humans make mistakes. I hope you will either laugh at or learn from mine and share your own!

Colombian pesos

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2019 Travel Resolutions — What are yours?

At the start of each new year, I love to sit down and think about a theme or tone I want to set for the year ahead. For me, this exercise invariably involves thoughts of travel. Over meals, I talk to the kids about what new places they would like to discover and what types of experiences would be of most interest to them. Between their wishes and ours (the parents), we come up with a rather LONG list. In addition, Jim and I have a list of destinations for kid-free trips that we are constantly curating (African safari anyone?).

The view from the airplane window as we fly low over the jagged Andes mountains

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Why “The Trip Takes Us”?

Our Why

At The Trip Takes Us, we want to help you travel more and better. What’s stopping you from exploring the globe? Time? Money? Knowledge? Decision fatigue? We will help you overcome all of these obstacles so you and your family can enjoy more travel.

In July 2017, our family experienced a life-changing event. On her way home from work, Kathy was hit head-on by a car while walking in a crosswalk. In a split second, our lives were changed forever. The road to recovery from broken bones, bruises, pain, PTSD, and a traumatic brain injury is long. Every day, we are reminded that tomorrow is not promised to us.

The lesson: Don’t put off the things you want to do! We cannot possibly know what the future will hold, so live your dreams today.

We are not digital nomads or location independent. We are regular people with jobs, kids’ schedules to juggle, volunteer commitments and, sadly, no trust fund. Nevertheless, we have rebuilt our life around travel, and you can too!

The Trip Takes Us is our opportunity to share with you how to build more travel into your life today. We hope to inspire you to stretch yourself, explore new places, avoid common pitfalls, grow, and have fun.

Our Name

We believe in the transformative power of travel, so in naming our blog, we drew on a favorite quote by author John Steinbeck from Travels with Charley: In Search of America:

“Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. Tour masters, schedules, reservations, brass-bound and inevitable, dash themselves to wreckage on the personality of the trip. Only when this is recognized can the blown-in-the glass bum relax and go along with it. Only then do the frustrations fall away. In this a journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

Thank you for joining us on this journey. Please be sure to subscribe to inspire YOUR next trip. Where will the trip take YOU?

Sun setting low on the horizon with gentle ripples of the ocean lulling you into a feeling of calm