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Knowledge & Skills

 “Knowledge itself is power”

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

“The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it”



My purpose for writing this blog

Someone said, “a little learning is a dangerous thing—almost as dangerous as a lot of ignorance.” Ergo, it stands to reason that the more you know, the more confident you will be traveling. My mission here is to equip you with that extra information and insight.

Nan Rinella's mission

I’ve traveled from Alaska to Australia, Hawaii to Japan one way and to Europe another. If I haven’t been there I will share the experiences and advice from other seasoned travelers who have been literally around the globe.


Feel free to ask questions in the comment sections or email me.


“The world is a great book, of which they who never stir from home read only a page.” –Augustine of Hippo

What kind of a traveler are you?

Traveling Girl

  • Budding business commuter

Business traveler

  • Late blooming Indiana Joan

Single female traveler

  • Gallivanting grandma

Grandma traveler

  • Swinging solo

Girl traveling

  • Serious sightseer

Chic traveler

  • Timid traveler
  • Mother of a student adventurer
  • Student open to suggestions

young female traveler

  • Senior explorer
  • Modern mom with kids
  • Person with pets
  • Person with special needs
The trick of the smart & savvy traveler is having the knowledge and applying it.

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  • Be smart—prepare
  • Be shrewd—avoid being a target
  • Pack skinny—think light
  • Know the steps to take for special needs
  • Safeguard your health
  • Be a savvy business pro
  • Know how to survive in emergencies
  • Stay sane when eventualities happen

Follow my blog as I share the details and the secrets.


Travel with confidence that you’re armed with the knowledge of the risks and have taken the smart steps to avoid or tackle them.
Traveling has never been safer

Exploitive news aside, you are more at risk at home than on the road. But whether traveling across town, about the country, or around the world, there are savvy tricks you can use to make your traveling safer, and therefore more enjoyable and carefree.

I do so love to share scrumptious quotes! True wisdom never goes out of style. That’s why I’ll be sharing pearls of wisdom from the ancients though the moderns and quoting the experts to illustrate my points in this blog.

I cover serious issues but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun doing it.

Nan Rinella having fun


This is the place to learn the secrets of the savvy traveler.

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My website was designed and built by Author Media of Castle Media Group. I have known the president, Thomas Umstattd Jr., personally for years. I recommend their blog Author Tech Tips. Their web classes are also excellent.

Pictures I include are from my personal library. My professional photo and business card photo is by Gray’s Studios of Amarillo, Texas. Others taken in Palo Duro Canyon are by Kevin Briles Photography, also of Amarillo.

Many other shots of myself and other people were taken on my travels for the C.S. Lewis Foundation events and were taken by my dear friend and colleague, professional photographer and writer, Lancia E. Smith. I also use photos from iStockPhoto & DreamsTime.


This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here are my own. The information I offer is from my own experience and comprehensive research. I include quotes from other people, living and dead, with proper attribution. Quotes are from books I’ve read and I give credit to the authors with links to their works and websites.

I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages from its use.