“[A] yearning to travel to exotic, distant lands is part of a woman’s human condition, a yearning that grows stronger as each year passes.”
This is a sentence that my grandmother, June "Bug" Bradley, underlined in a 1983 newspaper article titled “If Mate Won’t Go, Go Yourself.” I found the article clipping folded neatly, flattened between two pages of “Travel Diary #3,” a 150 page handwritten journal that she kept during a 3-week solo adventure to Europe in 1982.
“Travel Diary #3” belongs to a series of 11 diaries she wrote to document her adventures across all seven continents over 30 years. This newspaper clip is just one of the personal treasures found among the journals, documents, photos, audio cassette tapes, and film negatives jammed lovingly into her (now-vintage) American Tourister suitcase that has been sitting in my closet for nearly a decade since her passing.
All images throughout the site are photographs of objects found in suitcase.
Click or hover over the Bug icon throughout the site for helpful tooltips.
The bug is here to help!