The Stocking-Stuffer That Inspired Me to Travel

Can you believe there are only 46 days left to Christmas? That means it’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts! I usually shop throughout the year when I travel, but I know most people are just starting to think about their holiday shopping since Halloween is over. Almost all of the stores have their holiday sections up—which I personally think is a little early—but I’ve come to accept it. If you’re looking for a great stocking-stuffer, then a is always a safe bet.

In fact, my sister Georgette gave me a when I was 20-years old that’s partly the reason I travel the world. It’s a long story, but I used to be afraid to fly and at times leave my house in Connecticut. Then one morning my friend’s mom called to say she had an extra ticket to fly to Tucson, Arizona, since her eldest son had backed out of going to his brother’s family day at an alcohol rehab facility. Since I didn’t drink (still don’t), she thought I would be a great example, and back then you could fly under someone else’s name. When the call came in, I told myself that if my horoscope calendar said something good, I would give it a shot. Sure enough it read “You will travel somewhere exotic today.” My heart almost stopped since it had never said anything like that before. I got on the plane and my fear of flying was over.

There are all kinds of Page-A-Day Calendars out there but some of the travel ones in particular are great—like the “1,000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day Calendar” or “Signspotting” (funny signs from around the world), calendars that help you learn a new language like “365 French Words-A-Year,” destination calendars like “A Year in Italy,” or ones that will help you fantasize like “365 Days of Islands.”

No matter what you fancy, there’s something for every traveler and most cost under $10. What’s your favorite calendar?


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I used to be afraid to fly and at times even leave the house! I conquered my fear (long story) and now I travel to 20+ countries a year sharing my firsthand knowledge, tips and deals with friends, family and readers. Please sign up to our free newsletters and tell your friends!

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