Ann Fisher

Yes, it’s me. The new haircut obligatory selfie :-).

I am a sixth generation Texan, named for a multi-great grandmother who arrived in Texas in 1836 weeks before the battle at the Alamo. I grew up in Mississippi and New Orleans, have lived in both Seattle and Manhattan, and finally moved back to Texas in 1990’s.

I have a darling teenage daughter who heads off to university in the fall of 2017. I have been divorced and am now widowed. Finally, I am a colon cancer survivor.

My career has been in higher education, where I worked for over twenty-five years in many capacities, including teaching courses in web-related topics and managing academic departments. I am now writing and traveling full time — what a wonderful thing!

This website will be a forum for many things. I want to talk about life, in all of its rich, wonderful and terrifying forms. I want to share my travels, my thoughts on life, and my experiences as a woman and a mom. I want to talk about the nature of reality and the meaning of life, and to celebrate being alive.

Let’s go! — Two of my favorite words.

I seek to strike a balance between frequent travel and luxury travel.

By mixing intermediate and luxury, I can go more often. Sometimes this means staying at a pensione or a bed and breakfast for a couple of nights and high-end hotels on other nights — all on one trip. It might mean finding an amazing apartment, taking cooking lessons, and then trying the recipes myself.

I love to travel — whether it’s with my daughter, my sister, or friends — or by myself. Solo travel is very freeing — and I always meet interesting people. So far my journeys have taken me to four continents and thirty-five countries.

Ann Fisher taking photographs in Pienza Italy

Shooting pictures in Pienza, Italy. Photograph, Carolyn Fisher.

Combining Luxury Travel and Less Expensive Travel

My approach the last year or so?

One year, a luxury trip to Italy, and then went camping and hiking in Big Bend National Park. Tall ship cruises in the Caribbean and Mediterrean, then road trips to New Orleans. All fabulous trips, but very different — and they struck a balance. That’s what it’s all about for me — maximum enjoyment for my travel dollars.

I like many kinds of travel: road trips, cruises, camping, and posh city stays focused on theater and fine food. You’ll find all of those things in my blog.

Travel in 2017

Man, it’s been a BUSY year!

I started with a pilgrimage to the New York Times Travel Show in January of 2017. I figured it was a good place to start as I looked at turning my blog into my full-time job. Next came a big road trip to New Mexico, focused on Santa Fe and Ghost Ranch.

Following that, I hopped a plane to St. Maarten to board Windstar’s Wind Surf, for a lovely trip through the British Virgin Islands.

In May, I attended my first TBEX conference in Huntsville, Alabama. TBEX is one of the largest networking and educational events for the travel blogging community — and this was a great experience! Then after my daughter graduated from high school, we headed to Disney World with good friends.

In June, my daughter Catherine and sister Carolyn joined me for a family safari in Zambia — in the Luangwa River valley with Robin Pope Safaris. What an amazing time! Absolute trip of a lifetime.

Robin Pope Safaris - photo of water buffalo and camp at Tena Tena.

Our trip with Robin Pope Safaris could not have been better — use links above to read more. Photographs courtesy of Robin Pope Safaris.

In August, I helped Catherine move into her dormitory in New York, then headed to Italy for a little time in my beloved Florence (read A Tale of Two Davids written for TravelWorld Magazine). October? A flight to Ireland to attend TBEX Europe in Killarney.

Last big trip of 2017 . . . a road trip along Florida’s Atlantic coast: St. Augustine, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami — culminating in a two week cruise (Key West, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia) on the Celebrity Reflection.

I’m, um . . . a little tired :-).

What’s next? A nap?!

Stay tuned — I’m planning 2018.


Find all of my travel articles here.

Ann in Castolon in Big Bend National Park. Photograph, Jim Stevens

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* * * Most of the photography on the site is my own. I also use photographs from Pixabay, and I purchase stock photos from Alamy, iStock Photo and 123RF Stock Photo.



35 Comments on About

  1. Hi

    Thanks so much for finding my blog, liking a post and commenting. Hope you come back again soon



  2. mycountryepoque // February 28, 2017 at 7:24 pm // Reply

    I have not stopped by since I read “The Train.” I lost track of you and I thought that you have stopped writing. But never mind, I have found you again and I will keep coming back for a read and a comment. Wishing you good health and keep writing. Juli


    • Juli, happy to see you back. Yes, I’ve been writing, travels and life, and who knows what will come next. My health is good, and I continue — Ann

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      • mycountryepoque // February 28, 2017 at 10:10 pm //

        arrrhh I am so happy to learn that you are in good shape with your health. Keep traveling, and writing will keep you going, the more you write the more the sense of travel will be fantastic, without it we cannot find some good episodes to write about. There is a beautiful world out there. Take care.

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  3. wishing you a wonderful 2017 🙂

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  4. Nice to meet you, Ann! Congrats on your clear scans. Saw your banner on Danny Ray’s sidebar and came to take a look. I have Texas roots, too, from my dad’s side, most based in East Texas. I shall enjoy reading your posts!

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  5. “I want to talk about life, in all of its rich, wonderful and terrifying forms.”
    This is exactly how I feel right now, since I’m on the brink of a big change for me, which is moving to college! Thank so much for this wonderful blog, I especially liked your short story about the train ride.


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  6. I read Michener’s ‘Poland’ while living in Poland. Taught English their for a year. It was a very good year, but the summer was much better than the winter, which was brutal. Do kind of wonder why I came back, sometimes, though.

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  7. A nice blog with neat and and clean layout. Loving the positive vibes in your words.

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  8. Great blog….good stories and good writing. Glad I found you.

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  9. What a super blog Ann. Demonstrates a level of organisation I can only dream of.
    Here’s to clear CT scans all the way to death in old age ❤️


    • Thank you, Lisa — the blog has been a work in progress. I recently changed WordPress themes, and that definitely helped with organization.

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      • Yes! I see that – it is a nice clean theme. I have changed themes a few times til I found one that suited my personality but also added a ‘structured’ look. Nice to meet you 😀

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    • Nice to meet you as well :-). I’m headed over to your blog to start reading. I read your Gravatar profile, and I am so pleased to hear about your success with your cancer.

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  10. Thanks for the follow and the kind words Ann. Cancer sucks but your attitude towards beating it is very uplifting. I’m part of a committee in my home state for Colon Cancer Prevention so I know all to well what battle you are fighting. Not that I’m trying to hijack your site but last week was their annual fundraiser if you would like to read about it.



    • Hi Gary, Thank you for your comments and I am always happy to have a link to things like your annual fundraiser. It’s great to connect people to events happening to support the fight against this disease. — Ann

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  11. Hello Ann. This is Shine. Nice to meet you. Your fighting inspires me a lot. I respect your courage to fight back to the Cancer. Not only that. I really wondered to see that the way you love your life after all those incidents. Hats off to your spirit. I’m following you to learn things from your journey.


    • Hi Shine, great to meet you as well, and as I said on your post about how perspective on life is everything, I completely agree. It’s not that I am never sad or scared, but I don’t stay in those feelings. I finished chemo a year ago and was in good spirits through it. I will have more treatment ahead of me, but right now, my CT scan this week was stable — no change, which means I have another 2-3 months of freedom. I feel free as a bird. When it is time to do surgery and more chemo, then I will dig in and take it one day at a time. And at the end, my prognosis is good, so I feel very thankful.

      I appreciate your thoughts, and I look forward to following you as well.

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  12. What a wonderful uplifting find! I cannot wait to see where life’s adventure takes you!


  13. You are a wonderful writer with a beautiful clean blog!
    Nice meeting you!


  14. In an effort to share the internet love, I’ve nominated you for a blog award! You can check out the details here, https://singlemomunschooling.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/sunshine-blogger-award/


  15. A very intimate and thoughtful place to visit. An invitation to share your life with you. Thank you for allowing us the privilege. Shall we open a nice bottle of wine and toast to the voyage ahead?


  16. you are a lovely writer of your thoughts and experiences Ann. It sounds like you have been through your share of grief. I too travel but spend more time in Scotland and Ireland though I love Italy too. Italian on Dad’s side. I also write stories as well as photograph. I’m not in world as much as I once was when I first began and actually was away from it for a few years. My inworld identity is on Desert dreams and Mice though most of my posting is on my story blog. I just find I want to engage more with the Real world of five senses but I do love the art and imagination I have found in SL. Do drop by again!! and so glad you have your health again.


    • To the dune mouse, Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I am so pleased to have found your blog — your images and your thoughts, so beautiful, so interesting.

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  17. Now that I’ve found you, I’ll never let you go, Cousin Ann 😉

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