We've had a string of clear, cold days here in our little corner of the Alps, and the sunshine has been amazing.
This time of year, just before the real snow arrives, is one of my favorite times to go for chilly hikes up high in the mountains near us. I took the pic below on a family walk late on a Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago, when we encountered a bunch of paragliders taking advantage of the perfect conditions. (You can see the village of Samoëns in the bottom right of the photo, and that's Mont Blanc in the distance.)
Otherwise, we enjoyed our first family trip to to Paris during our kids' two-week break for Toussaint, or All Saints' Day. We're now back home, planning our Thanksgiving menu and making bets on when the first snow will fall in the backyard. (My money is on November 24...)
The Writing Life
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to interview travel legend Rick Steves (!) for a Q&A in The New York Times. Steves was literally walking around a Tuscan town when I reached him on his cell phone, and he told me that his endorphins were doing "little flip-flops" to be back in Italy. It was a fun conversation, and Steves was just as endearing as you would expect. He would finish answering a question, then stop and ask me: "Did that make sense? What do you think? Should I do it again?"
Steves talked for a long time about what his company is doing to reduce the climate emissions of their trips, but my limited word count meant that I could include only a tiny sliver of that part of the conversation in the final version of the Q&A. I'm hoping to find another way to share more of that, though, so watch this space...
(And by the way, I've "unlocked" my Q&A with Steves, so you can read it at this link for the next two weeks even if you don't subscribe to the NYT!)
I have two more stories in the works: one on train travel in Europe, and another on how to fly without using any fossil fuels (see the above pic for a hint). Very excited for both of those.
The Better Travel Podcast
It's been exactly six weeks since the launch of The Better Travel Podcast, which is very quickly turning into my favorite project of my career so far. It's such a steep learning curve, and I'm having so much fun with it. A huge thanks to everyone who supported the launch by listening, subscribing, leaving a review or telling a friend: I see you and I really appreciate your help!
Some highlights so far include my conversation with author and long-time Paris resident Lindsey Tramuta about the real Paris; the time I got to learn how New Zealand is preparing for the return of foreign tourists; and when I had the chance to interview the editorial director of one of my favorite travel magazines.
If you'd like to follow along, you can find the podcast on Instagram or Facebook, or of course you can always subscribe on Apple Podcasts. I've got some bigger names coming up as guests over the next month, so stay tuned! And thank you so much again for your support; it really means a lot.
That's all for now. Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a great rest of the week.