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Traveler, Know Thyself

galapagos turtleHi. Welcome to Short Visits Travel. I might have named this site The Reluctant Blogger (which is probably taken already), because it wasn’t my idea to start a travel blog. My husband suggested I start my own site after contributing a few travel articles to his Spanish-language site. . . and here I am.

The quote at the top of the photo is my travel motto, and this site was initially created to help you find and design a short vacation, whether it’s for a day, a long weekend, or several days; and whether it’s close to home or on another continent. It has roots in several trips our family has taken, in particular a trip to Peru and Ecuador in 2015. Our travel dates were very limited and we wanted to visit the Galapagos, but many articles I found online say that one “needs” at least 7-10 days to do that. We had five. Yet after a bit of research and only minimal planning, we had a great time and saw quite a bit, and without any stress. I believe the key to a successful vacation, anywhere and of any length, is knowing yourself and following your heart . . . not the crowd.

Probably like many sites, Short Visits Travel quickly morphed into a more personal narrative, and now includes posts about my life in general: as an American expat in Germany, as part of a family, and as a free thinker. Think of these pages as short visits through my mind.

Luann Rouff

Easy Spelt Bread with Chia
Germans are crazy about spelt. I was surprised to easily find this wonderful grain/flour in all the grocery stores, and
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A Last-Minute Trip to Lake Constance and the Rhine Falls, Full of Happy Accidents
Is it possible to see Constance, Mainau, Meersburg, and the Rhine Falls in four days? Of course! You can even
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The Other Germany: 24 Hours in a Small Bavarian Village
If the residents of a small village can happily spend 24+ years here, you can surely enjoy 24 hours. Unless
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Keeping Condoms in the Kitchen
A few years ago, a mundane exchange in the kitchen with my teenage son struck me really funny. As I
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Malta’s Monochromatic Beauty
Five days in Malta over Christmas only whet our appetites for this small island nation. Aside from wanting a short
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Late Summer Drought
For my father After the eighteenth day I left the hose alone. Whether this decision rendered me Powerful or powerless
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