As 2009 swings into gear, I find myself excited for what comes next. Where will my globe-trotting dreams lead? What fulfilling creative project will land on my desktop. What new, or existing, client will bring passion and vision to the new year? Who will I meet and learn from? It’s sure to be a journey full of extraordinary experiences!


To say that life is a trip is an understatement. Each of us brings our own point of view, our past experiences, and our unique expectations to the adventure. There is no one way to do life. That’s why, with a new year, Wild Pair partner Judith Fein and I have decided to launch a new venture: Your life IS a trip and our goal is to help you maximize the experience. Whatever you do, we want to help you do it the best way possible. You CAN be a traveler, rather than a tourist, in your own is dedicated to you and your stories: inspirational, fun, and everything in between. So rev up your writing engines and send us your stories! Plus, come back often for exclusive audio and video clips, photo slideshows and expanded coverage. Your Life Is A Trip, and we hope to be part of it!


Going forward, continues to be one-stop-shopping for travel advice, vacation tips, gadget reviews and much more, with new features being added constantly. So visit often. And remember, if you have a favorite travel provider, book, organization or gear and gadget recommendation, please let me know —- I’d love to hear from you!


Best wishes for health, happiness, prosperity and all that you wish for in 2009!


Bon Voyage,




Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".