About me



Peru Travel: Kids playing dolls in the Arequipa Market while parents are working.

Peru Travel: Kids playing dolls in the Arequipa Market while parents are working.

Love to travel, solo or with friends.

At the end of a school year in Lausanne, Switzerland, when I was 19, my roommate and I traveled by train through Italy before our flight home. I saw so much that year and met people from all over the world. I had housemates from various European countries as well as Iran, the Philippines, Honduras, Brazil, Venezuela, Sweden, Japan, and many more. I was fascinated by the cultural differences and histories of these women. I discovered I am a traveler, not a tourist. 

In 1988, I had an opportunity to go to the USSR with a college group. Then in 1995, my newly widowed mother and I decided to take a trip together again. We chose Greece and Turkey, an area of the world we both were anxious to experience.

That trip led to many more adventures.  Over the next 12 years, we toured Israel and Egypt, spent three weeks traveling through China, drove through southern England, cruised the Danube. I also went to France, Italy, Austria, Ireland, Alaska, Mexico, Hawaii, Peru, and the Baltic countries.

In the last three years, I’ve delighted to visit Scotland, Iceland, and Norway, and beautiful Nova Scotia.
What I discovered is the initial delight of a 19-year-old traveling outside her country for the first time hadn’t diminished; it had blossomed. I see the world in a different light because of my travels. Having experienced so many different cultures, I have a better understanding of world events. I’m changed forever after experiencing sites like the Pyramids at Giza, Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, lavender fields in Provence, the straw island in Lake Titicaca, Norwegian Fjords, Paris’s Eiffel Tower, Alaskan glaciers, Parthenon in Athens, Colosseum in Rome, and so on?


  • shelley August 5, 2013 at 8:29 pm Reply

    You are Fabulous…..Good for you
    Kathy Schlitzer.com go for it !

    • Kathryn Schlitzer August 6, 2013 at 12:17 am Reply

      Thanks Shell – I’m enjoying the writing. Come back periodically as I add more posts – or better still follow me. Just click the “follow me” link on the home page. I’m planning a trip to NYC to do agency visits this fall I’ll let you know when. Dinner? K

  • Victoria January 26, 2016 at 9:45 am Reply

    Hello Shelley,
    This is Victoria from Villa SASIE in St Barts, writing from St Barts just now! read your postings with interest and pleasure. I have spent much time in Concord Massachusetts, went to Smith college and Harvard Medical School, lived and worked umpteen years in Zurich CH and LOVE Montreal and have son-in-law and Canadian grandchildren! I LOVE travelling like you, and arrived at 16yrs to smith College from Singapore and have not stopped since then!!

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