Summer Reading

As sweltering heat gives way to cool evening breezes, as back-to-school sales give way to fall-fashion finds, as Bay Area traffic worsens from stress-inducing to why-do-I-choose-to-live-here, the summer gently rolls into autumn. It’s made me realize that working with the children’s choir (more on that in a later post), has bumped into a succession of summer houseguests, which has coincided with busier workperiods; and it’s all rolled into two months of neglecting The Rambling Suitcase. Classifying the hiatus as a summer break, I’m easing back into it by sharing this curated list of travel-related articles. Happy reading!

20 Reasons to Drop Everything and Go to Spain »

Pretty convincing. (I’ve experienced or researched doing items here, and will vouch for the legitimacy of this list.) While I don’t recommend you literally drop everything, I do recommend you visit (or revisit) España. Admit it…that name alone inspires all sorts of vivid imagery.

Why is America the ‘no-vacation nation’? »
It’s a shame that 40% of Americans don’t use all their vacation days. A shame! A sad, sad thing. A travesty. It’s crazy to think Americans Are Too Afraid And Stressed To Take Days Off From Work when Europeans (and Australians and Brazilians) vacation for a month or more. Listen up: Want a raise? Try taking a vacation.

A Photo Break (in Italy, of course) »
Because we all love looking at beautiful photos. Because this is not the first thing you think of when you think “Italy.” Because you need a holiday after reading about Americans not vacationing.

Why We Travel »
It’s a good read despite it being an old article. Skip to the end if it’s too long for you. You’ll be glad you did.

Top 10 Sexiest Accents in the World »
We all love a good accent. Well, most of us do anyway. Surprise: Irish is the current favorite. Italian has made top of the list again since winning the polls in CNN’s World’s 12 sexiest accents.