Well, hello again. Trips By Lance started nearly four years ago, but it seems like it’s time to start again. Looking back at 2016 — a year when Stacey officially joined the effort — we posted all of six times. It’s not her fault; we can thank my career decisions for the need for a rebirth of Trips By Lance. Let me explain.
Artists must have troubles. There must be depression, angst, love lost, anger or some sort of torment driving the art. It comes from the heart, whether in painting, musical note or written word. Artists are also daydreamers, they are passionate and they are flawed. Throw in a love of the road, a desire for isolation, a quest for pain in the midst of love and you have an artist. Or at least you have this artist. This is the story of one artist and some of those dreams in the note of life.
When I created Trips By Lance a few years ago it was an answer to a question. The question wasn’t too specific so the answer was even less so. After returning home from visiting England in the spring of 2012 we created a long-term goal of moving to the United Kingdom. As a responsible member of Generation X who is married with a child I knew I couldn’t just up and move. I needed a career plan. Trips By Lance wouldn’t necessarily be the answer, but it was a start. And before a destination can be reached, the journey has to be started.
I recently had a conversation with a few well-traveled people about the idea of travel to Europe with children. The consensus was that they wouldn’t dream of doing it, certainly not before the child turned 10. I politely disagreed, pointing out that we traveled to Europe with our son when he was 5. I was told we have a unique child, basically that we’re lucky.
People travel for different reasons. But as for Erin Crawford, she has a list and a deadline to meet. Today marks the launch of my wife’s debut novel, 30 First Dates. The book is a romantic comedy that includes a lot of travel-related scenes and adventures. Some of the scenes are pulled from our previous travel experiences: an apartment in the Latin Quarter in Paris, a B&B in Sonoma, treks up the Eiffel Tower and across the Brooklyn Bridge.