While I've not travelled extensively, I do love it. A fan of the Rick Steves approach to travel, when we go overseas we choose to stay at small family run hotels in the city center, and occasionally we shop for dinner at the local grocery store instead of going out to a restaurant. Other ideas I've gained from reading Rick Steves' travel guides are that it's better to spend your money on experiences rather than on high priced hotels or tour groups that insulate you from the local experiences, and if possible, save daylight for sightseeing rather than travel.
Portions of my poem, "Sleeping on the Train," were based on our experience travelling from Prague to Budapest. Saving our daytime for touring Budapest, we boarded a train at 10:00 p.m. at the Prague station. Unlike anything you might envision from Hercule Poirot's ride on the Orient Express, these sleeper compartments were a small spartan room with a window, bunk beds against one wall, a corner wash basin and a small closet behind a curtain. Comfortable enough to sleep—nothing more.
Gail Wawrzyniak is a North Carolina writer bringing together her love of art, history and writing.