Whenever I think of the stars and the universe, my first inclination is to ponder the Horsehead Nebula, technically known as Barnard 33. A cloud of cosmic dust and gas, the nebula takes the form of my favorite animal. Three guesses as to which one.
I find it extremely useful to prepare myself for writing science fiction by first getting lost in a space image like this. Other worldly - that's the ticket! You have to feel different to write differently. I think I just wrote an axiom.
I have been fortunate to have visited many places. This does not mean, however, that I spent a lot of money getting around. If you are one of those folks that have money to burn traveling first class, then my travel methods and accommodations may not be for you.
Backpacking in the Great Smoky Mountains
Scuba diving in Roatan, Honduras, from diver's base Coco View Resort
Staying in Highlands, North Carolina at the Colonial Pines Inn
Visiting Maine and the Boothbay Region
Cooling it in Silverton, Colorado
V.P. of Sales at Marko Janitorial Supply.
Viewing a full rainbow early on an October, 2012 workday at Marko Janitorial Supply. That's called "playin' hookie." No gold found though.
Reading great books, especially classics like War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Here in 2012 it is difficult to believe that a story written in 1898 could still hold it's own in the science fiction realm, but it does!