The Joy of Making a Mess

The Joy of Making a Mess

A few months back, I asked you to “Watch this Space – Just Not Quite Yet.” I was getting ready to make some changes on the website and I knew it wouldn’t be pretty. It still isn’t. I know just enough about technology to be dangerous, and I made a bit of a mess of things. But I’m working on it. For now, I’m just relishing the joy of making a mess.

It’s good to make a mess sometimes.

In this case, it’s making me rethink everything about how I want the website to look, which is making me rethink everything about what I want the website, and my company, to be. A lot has changed since Vero and I first started writing this blog in 2010. For starters, Vero is no longer working with me, though we remain close friends. We both moved into travel planning together, and while I continue doing it here, she does it through Pax Travel Design.

For another thing, I’ve started a new tour company, Unquote Travel, with a couple of blogging friends, offering small group tours all over the world, from France to Mongolia, from Peru to Cuba, and soon from the North Pole to the South Pole (well, the Arctic and Antarctica, anyway).

And while we started as a family travel site, my kids are almost out of the nest, my clients are not always families, and Unquote’s tours are mostly targeted to millennials!

So maybe it’s not a family travel site anymore.

I think what I want to feature here are stories about great vacations. Stories like Kathy Callahan’s story about a family safari trip, or Karen Schwarz’s story about her family trip to Joshua Tree, or Vero’s story about a girlfriend getaway to Charlottesville. I’d love to hear from you if you want to tell your vacation story!

I also want to write more about food and travel gear and fashion and music and… oh right, this is why we called it All Over the Map. I just want to do everything!

In any case, the website is still kind of a mess, but I’m working on it.

Do me a favor, though, and if you see anything that looks funny, let me know.

Watch This Space – just not quite yet

Watch This Space – just not quite yet

I know, I know. My blog has been pretty quiet for the past year or so.

There was stuff going on. And I’ve been active on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and Pinterest, with an occasional Snapchat experiment (username: pctotaro). Follow me there if you don’t already. 🙂

But now I’m gearing up to get active on the blog again. Over the next few weeks I’ll be tweaking the design and rearranging some things, so the website might look a little strange.

Bear with me.

The site should be up and running and beautiful by the beginning of September.

I’ll be sharing stories about great vacations, told by a variety of travelers. If you would like to contribute a story, get in touch and I’ll tell you more.

I’ll also be sharing hotel and resort reviews, product reviews, travel fashions, travel playlists, and travel deals.

But first things first: I’m heading down to Massanutten for a press trip to see what the resort I know as a ski destination offers in summer. I’ll post more about that in the coming weeks, but for now, watch my Instagram for some live updates from the trail.