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Guidelines for Happy Traveling

Design Diversion

I’m taking a little diversion today from the kind of posts I normally do.

The reason:  I found a list of travel guidelines in an old journal not too long ago and have been thinking about them ever since.

The journal contained scribbled notes from a trip to Chile with my son and a lovely excursion to Paris and the Almalfi Coast of Italy with my husband and friends.  While I enjoyed browsing and remembering both experiences, what intrigued me was the little list I had copied into the front cover.

The list is labeled, “Guidelines for Happy Traveling.”

As I look at this list, I think: “Wow. These are good guidelines for life.”  So I invite you to read and comment.  Please share your thoughts and experiences.

1.    Avoid the beaten path.

2.    See humor in frustrations.

3.    Find graceful solutions to messes.

4.    Look for commonalities.

5.    Remain calm and centered.

6.    Throw baggage overboard.

7.    Learn to travel light physically and emotionally.

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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.


  1. posted by
    Oct 19, 2009 Reply

    These are excellent guidelines for both travel and life. #2 is key…especially when #3 fails. : )

  2. posted by
    Nancy Wanty
    Oct 21, 2009 Reply

    You are right, Susan, terrific guidelines for life as well as travel.

  3. posted by
    Susan Chu
    Oct 27, 2009 Reply

    I agree that these are great guidelines for life as well. My sister would agree too; she is always telling me not to sweat the small stuff because she thinks I sometimes dwell on unimportant matters.

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