A new travel column called ‘Going Places’ is coming to BTS News. And it’s going to be great!

Updated: Jan 26


Marilyn Robitaille

By MARILYN ROBITAILLE


Here we are in the midst of COVID on the scary rise and political chaos reaching a fever pitch.


You can either wallow in the bad news and let depression be your guide or put one foot in front of the other and hope that some day, some how, we’ll be on the other side of this.


If you’re able to find that glimmer of hope and go with it, then know you’re not alone.

From where I sit, I see the good in people all the time. Most of us still have more than our share for which to be grateful.


Given that, I’m excited that the ever-talented Sara Vanden Berge has green-lighted me to write a weekly travel piece for Beneath the Surface News. I hope this column will bridge us to the other side when we’ll be back in full force to go, and see, and do.


Once again, we’ll experience new places, people and even cultures. I, for one, plan to be ready.


For now, some of the content will need to be filed under “vicarious” or “future plans,” but in addition to recommended places to travel, both foreign and domestic, I’ll also write about helpful hints that will see you through lost luggage, airport delays and immigration control.

For many years, I led Tarleton State University’s study abroad program. I watched it grow from 20 student-participants to pre-pandemic numbers in the hundreds.


I’ve brokered exchange agreements with foreign universities, stood in line for lost passports with hysterical students, and shepherded dazed and confused travelers through yet another airport connection. I’ve had to add extra pages to my passport to accommodate the visa stamps. I know travel.


So thank you, Sara, for giving me this opportunity.


Next week, we’ll start with details about a great neighborhood in my favorite city on the planet, London.