I visited Africa last year — Tanzania and Kenya. It was the trip of a lifetime. I travel a few times a year, with really big trips every two to three years. I just returned from a trip out West to the Rockies and the Grand Tetons. It's hard to beat the majestic beauty that lies within this country.

Do you plan your travel online or hire a professional?

Our "go-to" agency is Poe Travel in Arkansas. I found them when planning my Turkey trip years ago, and they helped us with Africa and other places.

What is the one item you will not travel without?

My camera. It is a Nikon D-70, a really good digital camera. I started my career as a film photographer. I spend a lot of time photographing while I am traveling.

Do you travel with recording devices, in case the destination might turn up a story to cover?

I am keenly aware that any trip could turn into a working vacation, so I always make certain I have international service on the cellphone, and I have a smartphone.

Do you have an all-time favorite travel read or author?

I often buy books that are inspired by where I am. I just read "The Children's Blizzard" when I was in South Dakota. It is the story of the 1880s blizzard, in the midst of the Norwegian and German settlement of the Dakotas.



If you go



Ocean County, N.J.



Jayne Miller's beloved Barnegat Bay peninsula is dotted with tiny historic towns and long stretches of white beaches. The coastal region includes the popular resort areas of Seaside Heights and Point Pleasant Beach.



Getting there



Ocean County is north of Atlantic City and about 160 miles from Baltimore. Take Interstate 95 north to the Jersey Turnpike. Merge onto Route 73 via exit 4 and go to Route 70 E. After three roundabouts, turn right onto Route 37 for about 13 miles. oceancountygov.com/areamap.htm