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Dirty Secrets of a Travel Blogger

Maybe it’s too early in our “blogger-reader” relationship to be this honest, but I hope not. I hope you all will appreciate the truth.

As you all know, Bill and I are moving to Portland, Oregon. You may have also deduced that, like Matthew and Molly of Bub Gourmand, I’m headed to Beer Bloggers Conference. This means I am “getting ready to go” on more levels than I can quite keep track of.

Please, allow me to show you what I’ve packed so far:

An table showing everything I've packed for my trip at 6:45 am tomorrow. Which is to say, an empty table.

Now, let me show you my packing list:

  • Smittytown
  • Moody tongue
  • Earplugs
  • 2 water bottles
  • Snacks

I’d love to tell you this is abnormal. I can’t tell you how much saying such would make me happy. But another thing I can’t do is lie to you.

And that’s my secret. I have all these travel tips, but they come about because I am about the most disorganized traveler in the world. And Bill? He’s not any better. He was, but then I finally adopted his tendency to make lists in Evernote1. That made my packing better.

Faded teal hair being clippered short.

I did, however, do one important thing to get ready for Beer Bloggers Conference. I changed things up. I went from shaggy and faded to trimmed and bright.

Purple, short hair and a big smile!

Now? I’m ready for anything. Including packing and writing you all a post about what that looked like, if you are interested. Please let me know!

Edited 2015-07-16 6:05 am: This is what my table looked like around 6:00 or 7:00 pm last night.

Yes, that table is on a single side.


1 I can’t sing the praises of a premium Evernote account to share notes with friends/partners/colleagues you’re traveling with enough. It makes coordination SO much easier. And, no, this isn’t a paid plug. I don’t even know if they do that. I just love it and want to share the love.

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