Trip Tip #3 - Pack Like Madam Secretary

Like me, you may be a huge fan of Tea Leoni in Madam Secretary. You may be a big fan of the woman currently running for US President who was formerly called "Madam Secretary." And/or, you may be a globe-circumnavigating travel connoisseur of how to just do it ("it" being "travel"...such a big part of the whole Secretary of State gig) the right way. 

Whether you are an international voyager or an aspiring inveterate vagabond, Madeleine Albright (another former Madam Secretary) is spot-on in the quote above. We like the quote so much we consider it part of Mata Morrow's travel wear credo. 

Go with a open-mind. That part can only be improved on by going with a bit of homework under your belt. Go with a sturdy carry-on, or "never pack more than you can carry." This part makes it all the easier to grab the brass ring of an unexpected carousel, with no concerns dragging you down - worried where you're stowing the steamer trunk you schlepped. And last - bring care-free clothes. You'll feel better, and when we feel better, we look our best.

Thanks, Madam Secretary, for the worldly words of counsel. We'll see you on the road.

Trip Tip #2 - "Pack your Ruby Slippers" or; "You Left Home for a Reason"

If pragmatic Paige (see: key characters in the Mata Morrow mystery series) were offering packing advice, it would undoubtedly be that you have to pack around your shoes. They are the foundational aspect of preparation for any travel endeavor. So - go ahead and think about packing your ruby slippers, then consider the possibility that they are one of the very good reasons to leave home.

Check out Fashion Girl's excellent post (with a wealth of links!) about shoe selection, domestic or international, logging miles urban or outdoors. IGNORE the image with those ruby-red stilettos, bringing to mind the folly of showy shoes when on the road.

These carried Dorothy down the yellow brick road, but will they hold up on Hadrian's Wall?

These carried Dorothy down the yellow brick road, but will they hold up on Hadrian's Wall?

As always, comfort and versatility are key. You'll thank yourself for stowing those shoes in a separate waterproof bag. My dream travel footwear includes Naot boots for winter, Bjorn loafers for spring, Ecco sandals for summer, Dansko ankle boots for fall and Crocs (really - they come in so many different styles and colors now) for every trip and season.

What's your go-to footgear for the season ahead?