Travel Lessons

Life is a Creative Journey, Not a Guided Tour

49 states (all but Alaska) and 85 countries so far…since 1950.

Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, Bosnia, Botswana, Canada, Cape Verde, China-Hong Kong, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany-east, Germany-west, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Eire (Ireland,) Northern Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea-South, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia Federation, Scotland, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad, Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, US, Vatican City State, Scotland, Wales, Zambia, Zimbabwe


This section of my website contains the following writings.

1.   Life & Business Lessons

Learned from Traveling Around the World

2.   Life is a Creative Journey, Not a Guided Tour

(draft of the book)

3.   Journey based or inspired articles

4.   Global Photo Albums

5.    Wandering Alan’s Journals

Links to my Travel Journals and Photos


1.  Life & Business Lessons

from traveling to 49 US states and 85 countries around the Globe

From the streets of London, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, Auckland, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur,

Mexico City or small towns in many coutnries or states I have written the lessons

I have learned for Life and in Business.  My goal is to share these for your benefit.

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World Travel and Work Related Articles (PDFs)

Articles about lessons for life and business from my traveling since 1950

in 49 US states and completely around the world to 85 countries.

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10 Articles published in NSA-GA Chapter Newsletter


Crossing Borders – lessons learned


2.  Life is a Creative Journey, Not a Guided Tour

(here is a draft of my book…it is a book in process and progress…

some of the chapters are only begun, some are sketches, others almost complete)

To read the following go to my blog Alan is Writing


0-Why this book? – Journeys


1-Journey book structure

2-Journey, trip, tour, vacation

3-your trips, tours, journeys, vacations

4-your self created journey

5-journey learnings to grow from

6-our many life journeys

7-everyone has at least one

8-Discovering your Journey Style

9-Examing intersections

10-dealing with other travelers

11-accepting guided tours

12-cre8ng journeys

13-Bon Voyage


3.  Additional Journey based articles

(complete articles)

To read the following go to my blog Alan is Writing

2001 Wandering Around the World

A weekend of journeys

baggage, luggage, sacks & backpacks

Chennai arrival

Courage is a Three Letter Word

Crichton and My Travel Similarities

Each Day a Journey

Family trip notes

Healing Journey-David Smith – my notes

I Will Never Forget

Inspirations Behind Journeys

Lessons From My Journeys

Life is a Creative Journey…some thoughts

My Life Wandering Merry

My Parents-My 1st Journeys

My Parents-1st journerys-mom/dad

Travel Journey quotes

Traveling for Work-journeys

Wandering in Search for Creativity

What Journeys Preceded Yours?


Links to my Travel Journals and Photos

4. To virtually travel around the world with me go to my SMUGMUG account at http://wanderingalan.smugmug or to…Global Photo Albums oror

5.  and/or go to and read my    Wandering Alan’s Journals