I love to travel, and when I travel I love the self-sufficiency offered by staying in houses and apartments rather than hotels. Shopping in local markets and cooking meals with travel companions is so much fun!
One of my favorite travel quotes, from Susan Sontag: "I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list."
I'm originally from a small town in Illinois, and lived in Houston 8 years before moving to San Marcos for college. I lived in the Austin area (Austin, San Marcos, and Wimberley) during and after college, and now my "home base" is Fort Worth, Texas, where I teach and study literature at TCU. I am a doctoral candidate working on a PhD in English (British literature, to be specific).