Miranda suffers from wanderlust and refuses to settle anywhere for an extended period of time (as you can see by where she’s lived). This causes both joy and frustration for her husband and two dogs – a chocolate lab who thinks he’s a lap dog and a Pomeranian who thinks she’s a hunter. She lives in the US and travels the world by plane, train, and pen as a writer: experiencing other cultures, making observations, and gathering inspiration for her work. She wholeheartedly believes that if you can’t travel by plane or train then you can always go to a new place through written words.
Miranda started plane, train, & pen to document her travels, her writing, and the things that inspire her – words, architecture, scenery, people, interior design, and otherwise. The goal of plane, train, & pen is to encourage both herself and others to live life vigorously.
home: the most recent posts for the week
travel: cities abroad and in the US (traveled to or lived in) documented by pictures, observations, and insight with tabs for locations, what to eat, and general travel tips (budgeting, packing, itinerary, etc.)
writing: tabs for manuscripts in progress, original free verse or traditional poetry, excerpts of original short stories or novels, general observations, and recent publications
diy: projects done at home whether big (demo and rebuilding of a portion of the second floor) or small (limewashing a fireplace) tabbed by topic
1. When do you post new travel locations?
A: Each location spans roughly three weeks worth of posts (Tuesdays, Thursday, and Fridays) with new locations posting on Tuesdays. A DIY post or a travel observation post will sometimes get mixed in there.
2. How do you afford to travel?
A: The biggest thing we do to save money is to pick a general location (say, Eastern Europe) and let deals dictate where we go and when (to an extent) rather than starting with a specfic place in mind. We travel on a budget, visit as many locations overseas as possible at a time and save between each trip. Airfare is the most expensive piece (we use sites like skyscanner (with its everywhere option), skiplagged (anywhere option using a major airport), momondo, and hipmunk) so we typically take longer trips, stay in budget hotels or use Airbnb, and travel by train between cities. Occasionally it is actually less expensive to fly between cities so we use Rome2Rio or GoEuro to compare before we book either one.
3. How do you decide where to go?
A: I search for a grouping of locations that are: a) within my budget, especially if there are deals or during shoulder-season; b) within a sensible proximity to one another; and c) intriguing (for reasons that vary every time).
4. What kind of camera do you use?
A: I use a Nikon D50, as well as my galaxy (or J’s iPhone).
5. Who takes the photographs?
A: J (my husband) takes the pictures of me (and some of the food because he just can’t help himself), but I take the other photos.
6. Can I use your photos?
A: Of course, you may use two photos at maximum unless you contact me directly. If you use them, make sure to link back to my page as they are all copyrighted. Please see the Disclaimer for more information.
7. How can I contact you?
A: You can email me at: email@example.com, tweet me @MRayHall, or post on the plane, train, & pen facebook page with any questions or comments.
8. Would you consider my guest post?
A: I am open to guest posts as long as the topic correlates to what this blog is about – travel, writing, and living the life you want. If you’re interested in guest blogging for the site please send an email to the link above or PM me on the facebook page with a short description of your idea.
– M. Ray Hall