Why are you on the road and how often do you travel?
I used to consider requesting a permanent cot at O’Hare Airport, better known to frequent travelers as ORD. And better known to more frequent travelers as Orchard Field – hence the acronym. That’s right, the land
under what is now Chicago’s bustling O’Hare Airport used to operate as an apple orchard. The years I spent practicing as an attorney took me all over the U.S., largely to non “destination” metropolises like Hyrum, Utah. It meant flying in a plane and living out of a hotel about three days per week. These days, my travels have changed and are mostly for leisure…I’ll take that kind of travel as often as I can get it!
Where else do you like to visit and do you use any travel websites to helpyou?
A visit to Positano, Italy is always at the top of my list, as is Ay, France for the Henry IV champagne festival, which could make any of my years complete. Close seconds include Geneva, Switzerland, especially descending upon it from a southern-approach though hairpin turning mountain roads; and Drumnadrochit, Scotland for salmon fishing on Loc Ness (sadly, I haven’t yet tracked down Nessy).
Domestically, I always welcome a trip to one of the U.S.’s most underrated states: Kentucky, for a day at the Keenland. And who doesn’t enjoy spending a sun-filled day sipping on wine right from the barrel one of Sonoma, California’s intimate wineries?
What are some of your travel challenges you would like to reduce?
The BIGGEST: Where the heck are women supposed to put shier dirty shoes in a suitcase? Yes, we see the two pockets that the made-in-China luggage manufacturers have carelessly sewn into the suitcase lining. Well guess what? They fit, if we’re being generous, one pair of FLATS, or two pairs of sandals or flip flops. They don’t work for heels and they sick out into the place that’s supposed to carry our clothes! That’s no bueno.
What are some Pearls of Travel Wisdom you would like to share with other women travelers?
My pearl of wisdom is sharing the solution to the traveling shoe problem, which I took into my own hands by starting a grass roots company for the perfect shoe covers. They’re called SHOEFLY bags and they are ultra-lightweight, stretchy, perfect sized bags, that can carry a pair of shoes anywhere! They go with me when I travel long distance, and they even go with me to work and to the gym. They keep the icky shoe bottoms on heels, running shoes, flats, and boots from rubbing up close and personal with clothes and other stuff in my luggage, purses, bags and totes. SHOEFLY bags are soft so they protect your shoes whether they’re on the go
or in your closet. They’re great for carrying kids shoes too!
– Alexis Weed
New York, NY