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A. I've needed extra pages urgently sewn in over the years! I once discovered that my daughter's passport had expired on the way to the airport for a family trip to Paris. There were tears.
Q. What untapped destination should people know about?
A. You can now take a cruise from Anchorage to New York over the top of the planet, floating through the once ice-locked Northwest Passage, sipping cocktails and waving at polar bears. People should know about it, because it is staggering proof that we've broken earth's air conditioner and it is time to brace for the worst.
Q. What is your best and/or worst vacation memory?
A. A four-day cruise on one of those floating apartment buildings. It was pure misery.
Q. What's the most important thing you've learned from your travels?
A. That people on every side of the globe are more alike than different. We may cook in different styles or pray to different powers, but we all want safety and stability for our kids and genuine connection with friends and neighbors. The happiest communities around the world are those with the least corruption and most trust in each other. That is easiest to create when everyone looks, prays and earns the same, but can we do it in America? The experiment continues.
Q. What are your five favorite cities?
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A. Paris, Hong Kong, Florence, Cusco (Peru), San Francisco.
Q. Where would you like to go that you have never been to before?
A. Mongolia, Siberia, Antarctica, the moon.
Q. What kind of research do you do before you go away on a trip?
A. Long-form magazine journalism and the best fiction set in my destination.
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