Author Archives: Debbie Franks

Maine Coast Feature
Featured Destinations

Down East Along the Maine Coast

They say if you could stretch out the entire Maine coast, every bay and cove and crevice expanded into a straight line, that line would reach all the way to California, nearly 3,000 miles away. The time it would take to explore each bit of the Maine coast would take… Read More
  • Debbie Franks |
  • September 6, 2018
Visit Boston
Featured Destinations

Boston: A Living Timeline

Yes, I live in the boonies of Southern Vermont, and I like it that way. But even in this pastoral wonderland, I regularly require a true Big City fix, and my closest bet is to visit Boston, one state south and just over two hours away. With Logan (BOS) as… Read More
  • Debbie Franks |
  • July 2, 2018
visit Vermont
Featured Destinations

Finding Magic in Southern Vermont: Spring and Summer

The first time I laid eyes on Vermont, it was a crisp early September afternoon in 1976. Naive, nervous, and hopeful, I had flown from San Antonio to Albany and then taken the bus to the town where, sight unseen, I was to spend my college years. I was immediately… Read More
  • Debbie Franks |
  • May 10, 2018
Manhattan Beach
Books and TV

Book Review: Manhattan Beach

I was pleased to see the novel Manhattan Beach included in Sandy Dominy's recent “Books You Should Read Now” in Prime Women. It's been on many other lists of notable books as well, so when I received it for Christmas I was eager to give Manhattan Beach a go. I hadn't read author… Read More
  • Debbie Franks |
  • March 25, 2018
second act
Career Transition

Consider an Exciting Second Act: Tour Director

Tour Directing and Guiding: Plunging In I've just returned from a five-day work conference. This annual event included breakout sessions, keynote speakers, and workshops on best practices and current developments in the industry, along with interviews for those participating in the job fair portion: all standard conference fair. But my… Read More
  • Debbie Franks |
  • February 5, 2018
women in travel
Featured Women

Women in Travel: Embracing the Adventure of Business Ownership

As a tour director, a huge contributor to my job satisfaction has been the relationships I've developed with incredible colleagues around the country. Women in travel are well represented, not only over the road with groups where my role lies, but also behind the scenes, in support operations and right… Read More
  • Debbie Franks |
  • December 13, 2017
gray divorce
Books and TV

Book Review: Gray Divorce by Jocelyn Elise Crowley

My own "gray divorce" was finalized when I was just past fifty, twenty-five years in and after a long separation during which I kept looking for ways to make things work. It was a frequently troubled marriage, one with signs from the beginning it might not last, but also, frequently,… Read More
  • Debbie Franks |
  • November 22, 2017
animal sanctuary
Featured Destinations

More than a Vacation: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah

A Mission Regular PRiME readers know about my love of travel around the U.S. and particularly in the Southwest. Last summer I had the chance for a special, if all too brief, stop in southern Utah. It was an experience I thought immediately of sharing with you all. I'm convinced… Read More
  • Debbie Franks |
  • November 1, 2017
visit Sedona
Featured Destinations

Visit Sedona: The Ultimate Guide for What to See and Do

Once a year and sometimes twice for the past seven years, any month between April and October (we haven't tried winter yet, but November through March are usually mild too), my significant other and I visit Sedona, Arizona for a week or more of relaxing and exploring. Flying to Phoenix… Read More
  • Debbie Franks |
  • September 30, 2017
visiting santa monica
Featured Destinations

Visiting Santa Monica for a Perfect Summer Getaway

The seemingly endless rains of Seattle and Portland. Dallas and Phoenix's encroaching heat. New York and Atlanta's oppressive humidity and bugs—or Chicago or Boston's blizzards. Wherever you're from, there are times of the year when you seek an escape from your usual climate, a place where you can embrace the… Read More
  • Debbie Franks |
  • May 28, 2017

About Debbie Franks

Debbie Franks

Debbie Franks is a freelance Tour Director who is lucky enough to work throughout the United States. She grew up in Tennessee and Texas but makes her home in southern Vermont, where she enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, and writing essays and fiction when she's not on the road.