This post was most recently updated on January 13th, 2015
Why “Postcards and Passports”?
When I was a child, I went to my Grandma Zehrung’s home every week for Sunday dinner. I was awed by her stories of places she’d visited—the turquoise waters of Lake Louise or the jagged peaks of the Grand Tetons. The quickly scrawled messages on the back of her postcards to me only increased my desire to see and experience the places she’d gone. Unfortunately, the opportunity to travel with her never came before she passed away. But she did inspire my collection of postcards—from friends, family, and souvenir shops I frequented.
The best thing about a postcard is that it gives a single perfect glimpse of a location. Always perfect weather. No telephone lines or construction to mar the view. The best lighting and color possible. A postcard helps create a perfect memory. Just seeing the postcard can conjure up all the feelings and sights and smells of a place, if you’ve been there. And it can entice you to want to see a place you’ve never been. The tiny square of space for comment on the back is just enough to act as a teaser—to ensure that whoever receives the postcard you send will be delighted to know more.
I’m going to create a whole series of virtual “postcards” for you to enjoy. I’m going to take you places you’ve never been and share my memories of people, cultures, sights, tastes, and smells with you. My hope is that you’ll want to go, too—and share them with your family. That’s where the passports come in. Just like my family needed them to extend our travels, you’re going to want to use this site as a way to expand your knowledge of travel, find tips on how to get around with your family, and to explore the sights you most want to without breaking the bank. You can also ask questions on my Q & A page, and I’ll do my best to give a personal reply. Or better yet, treat your question to an entire blog feature.