And on to the second quarter of the year in answering Small Planet Studio’s #GlobalLife365 Challenge! I feel a sense of accomplishment on finishing the first three months and moving (quickly, hopefully) through the next three to be caught up before the year is out. Here are April’s questions and answers.

1. Favorite memories of March

Anna’s birthday celebrations. Finally fulfilling a promise to make a chocolate peanut butter cup cake for a former colleague of mine and getting to spend time with former co-workers who I miss. Day o’ pierogi making! Easter with the family.

2. Favorite travel items

Luggage. Postcards. Planners. Journal.

3. Plane or train?

I am such a romantic and the thought of doing a transcontinental train trip really appeals to me. I would have had the full Orient Express trip on my bucket list. With what’s offered today, perhaps the Venice-Budapest-London journey. Those that are just one over night does not cut it for my romanticism. I’d also like to go from Seattle to Chicago on the train.

But I am a-okay with planes to get me somewhere quick.

4. Experiences I want to have

Because I like to be in control and plan out my days, I want to have more spontaneous, say “yes” experiences.

5. Ways I’m still 16 inside

Pop and 90’s hip hop music being my jams aside, I’d say emotionally I can still seem to be 16 inside.

6. Moments abroad I wish I could relive

All of them. None of them.

7. Things I commit to doing on my next trip

Share my anxieties out loud so that they may disappear sooner so that I can get on with enjoying my trip.

8. Things I never thought I’d do

Travel solo to Florence and Siena, Italy and Loch Ness, Scotland

Go to Russia

9. My least favorite part of travel

The time between waking up the day of a trip starts or ends until the plane takes off or the train pulls out of the station.

10. What makes me angry

Close-mindedness, manipulation, feeling helpless, stupidity

11. Favorite things about spring

The thaw out. Rain. The smell. Green, my favorite color, showing up again. Feeling of awakening and that more things are possible.

12. How I spent the weekend

It was restaurant week in Albany so a group of friends and I managed to agree on a restaurant to check out. Most of us had been there before, but just for beer as they have a large and wide selection. The food wasn’t bad either. I did find a beer that tastes a lot like Ale Asylum’s Hopalicious, a favorite Wisconsin beer of mine.

13. Advice I’d give a first time traveler

This question is at the crux of what Travel Lady Lindsay is all about, why she even exists and where she wants to go. I don’t think I have what I would consider a complete answer. For me the fact that the person is going is the success story. They have already said Yes. That’s often the hardest part. I would have them research as much information they could, sketch out a game plan of places to go and sites to visit, be familiar with local customs and some phrases in the language, and be aware of security concerns for tourists. Then I’d say be excited, relax and enjoy yourself.

14. Being abroad made me

Bolder, stronger, happier, more confident, feel smarter because I felt I was constantly learning new things about where I was, whole.

15. What I learned from my parents

Always live in places that are fun to visit. For them.

16. National sites I want to visit

I want to fill my National Parks Passport with stamps and stickers so all or most of them.

17. How I deal with jetlag

I walk around like a zombie until I can have a drink. Then I walk around some more. Basically trying to stay up until the location’s bedtime.

18. Best gifts I’ve been given

Experiential gifts – concert tickets, a plane ticket, entrance ticket to an event, a class, a course.

19. Things I never thought I’d like

Brussels sprouts, beets, kale, beer (I was a liquor drinker before Ireland), riding a bike all around town.

20. Places I want to revisit

I have yet to make it back to the Netherlands. I’d also love to get back to Zermatt, Switzerland. Always London.

21. How I define adventure

Always a component of the unknown

22. How I feel when I board a plane

Relief that I’m finally boarding mixed with anxiety about who I’ll be sitting with and excitement for wherever it is my final destination will be.

23. Favorite backyard travel destinations

I’m still slowly discovering these.

24. What I have in my work-space

25. On my must-not-to-do list

Walk down dark alleys alone. I can’t really think of anything else.

26. The weather today

According to the Farmers Almanac it was a in the 40s and with a light breeze.

27. What I’m looking forward to next month

Going to my sister’s in Vermont to celebrate our mom’s birthday and mother’s day. Warmer weather.

28. Planning: digital or paper?

I like to draw out a calendar on a sheet of paper to visualize the timing for planning for a trip

29. Strange places I’ve slept while traveling

I have been fortunate enough to not really have slept in any strange places. Or may not fortunate…

30. What’s good about reverse culture shock

You can potentially gain a new perspective on the place you are returning to. That fluidity can help with creating your “new” self and life that marries home and abroad.


Small Planet Studio‘s #GlobalYou365 Challenge was created as a “reflective challenge for global adventurers in re-entry” to aid travelers navigating the often choppy waters of returning home from abroad. This Challenge consists of a question a day and is a tool that can be used to help you create a lifestyle that accommodates both your abroad self and home self. Usually it is used for those coming home, but I sought to use the Challenge in reverse, as a great opportunity to reconnect with my traveling self to create a more global lifestyle today. You too can take the challenge by clicking here.