Globetrotting, fab events, and can I sleep now?

Globetrotting, fab events, and can I sleep now?

by Xio Axelrod

If you could see me, you might notice dark circles under my eyes and a sort of bewildered look in them. Traveling 11,000 miles in one week will do that to you. I think I mentioned before that 2016 has been the year of Xio flying all over the damn place, lol. It’s been a blast! But it’s also been…well…pretty exhausting.

Let’s recap:

Back in April, I flew to Las Vegas for the 2016 RT Booklovers convention. Which. Was. Awesome. I live in Philadelphia, so that’s 4400 air miles roundtrip.


The RT Book Fair is HUGE!

Two days after I returned from Vegas, I flew to London to perform at a private event in the Wiltshire countryside. I stayed in England for a week before driving up to Scotland to do a bit of research. It was my first time in Scotland, and the time went by way too quickly for me. I flew home from London in early May. That’s 7100 miles by air, another 750 miles in the car. And I lost one of the feet on my suitcase. :\


George’s Square – Glasgow, Scotland

In July, I flew to San Diego for Romance Writers of America‘s annual conference. I go every year, and every year it’s in an amazing location. (Next year, we’re in Disney World!) I’d never been to San Diego, and the conference was informative, entertaining, and a ridiculous amount of fun. Roundtrip, we’re talking another 4800 air miles.

August brought me to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for a family wedding. It was a nice 4-day weekend, and a beautiful celebration. But by that point, I never wanted to see an airport again. 🙂 Add another 3100 air miles to my tally. Wait, is that a crack on my hardshell? I may need new luggage.

September gave me (and my poor bag) a break from flying, but not from travel and hotels. First up was the fabulous Baltimore Book Festival with my friends at Maryland Romance Writers. This is a huge event that takes place every year. If you love books, comics, music, food, and booze, this is the place for you. Baltimore is very close to Philly, so I was able to take the train. Only 200 miles roundtrip on Amtrak. Back in Philly, I hosted the the 14th annual PhauxCon, a tiny fan-driven, scifi/fantasy conference I throw every year.


Baltimore Book Festival

Right after PhauxCon, I was back at the airport to start a crazy two-week span that brought me from coast-to-coast-to-coast. First, I flew to Dublin, Ireland for the Claddagh Author Event. This was my first time in Ireland, and my first international book signing. It was an amazing event, and I met some very cool people. My only regret is that I didn’t have time to see more of the country. Roundtrip, this jaunt was 6600 air miles.


I only saw the Temple Bar district from the bus, but…

Four days after I got back from Dublin, I was on a plane to the Bay Area for the annual visit to my in-laws. This at least afforded me some time to catch up on editing and other, you know, actual work. LOL! I was able to get quite a bit done, and I’m grateful for that. There’s no direct flight to San Jose from Philadelphia, so I had a (very quick!) stopover in Phoenix. By the way, going from 60F to 95F to 50F in one day is kinda bizarre, lol. Back to the miles, though. This trip gave me 5400 more of them. It also bumped me up to Gold on my frequent flyer plan. Suddenly, I was a “priority” passenger, with early boarding, free checked luggage (which they treated gently), etc. Ooo la la! I’m fancy now. 😉

So, I’m home. And I will be for the next two weeks until – you guessed it – I’ll be on the road, or in the air, again. This time, it’s for an honest to goodness vacation. Woot! Mr. X and I are off to Jamaica. It’ll be my first time there (this is a year for many firsts) and I cannot wait to kick back on the beach, sip Rum Runners…and write. Yep. Write. Because, you know, that’s my job and I love it. This trip will give me approximately 3100 air miles, 2 bottles of rum, and 11 pounds of Jamaican patties. My tummy will be happy!


Thus will conclude my year of strapping myself into flying, metal buses. After traveling 3,000,000 (okay, 35,450) miles, stick a fork in me. I’m done. So is my suitcase. It’s shot, which is a shame because I love my silver hard-shell covered in stickers.

I won’t have to pack a bag again until May when it starts all over with RT in Atlanta. And that, my friends, is going to be one hell of a show. Hope to see you there! Mama will have a brand new bag and she’ll be ready to roll.


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  1. Next time we have to make sure we see more of Ireland! Would be fun to travel around! Hopefully my knee will be better by then. 🙂

  2. Susan Scott Shelley says:

    Busy, busy, busy! Wow! I’m tired just readying about all of your travels! 🙂

  3. Lady, I’d be exhausted. But you’ve been to a couple of my favorite places and a few that are on my bucket list. Good luck with the rest of your travels in 2016

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