Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Coming Soon – The Travel Column by Debby Gies – And #Happy Birthday

Very excited to welcome D.G.Kaye.. Debby Gies as a new columnist for Smorgasbord. I know how much everyone has enjoyed Debby’s travel posts from her archives and was delighted when she accepted my invitation to write a column on a regular basis.

To get the ball rolling, she will be giving us the low down on how to plan and prepare for a cruise to ensure no hassle and plenty of enjoyment.

In three parts every fortnight from Monday 18th June, she will then move to a permanent monthly spot.

Debby has become been such an amazing supporter of the blog and contributor since early 2015 and apart from sharing my posts all over social media, her guest posts have always delighted and informed.

Apart from promoting her new role here on the blog.. I also wanted to wish her Happy Birthday. According to her Facebook profile she is 113!  She looks amazing for her age and is clearly a testament to her attitude to life……

Debby likes her cakes gluten free.. so we can all enjoy a slice or two of this one. Could not fit 113 candles on.. we don’t want a fire hazard.


Here is Kool & The Gang with A Celebration…Enjoy the day Debby and sorry not to be there to celebrate with you G… everybody on your feet.

Here is one of Debby’s latest guest posts on the aging issue… she is married to a toy boy of 80.. and G recently had to renew his driving license and required eye surgery to get it!  Debby moved heaven and earth and probably a few civil servants to tears (of laughter of course) in her campaign to get her love back on the road.

Read about the hoops D.G. was willing to jump through:

And here is her latest post on her own blog:

Debby has written a book about some of her travel adventures and with plenty of tips from packing to dealing with zealous customs officers, it is amusing and helpful to any traveler, particularly those unused to the airport ‘shenanigans’.

I know that her column is going to be very popular and I hope you will join us on June 18th.

About D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

Have Bags Will Travel

About the book

D.G. Kaye is back, and as she reflects on some of her more memorable vacations and travel snags, she finds herself constantly struggling to keep one step ahead of the ever-changing guidelines of the airlines–with her overweight luggage in tow. Her stories alert us to some of the pitfalls of being an obsessive shopper, especially when it comes time for D.G. to bring her treasures home, and remind us of the simpler days when traveling was a breeze.

In her quest to keep from tipping the scales, D.G. strives to devise new tricks to fit everything in her suitcases on each trip. Why is she consistently a target for Canada customs on her return journeys?

D.G.’s witty tales take us from airports, to travel escapades with best friends, to reflections on how time can change the places we hold dear in our hearts. Her memories will entertain and have you reminiscing about some of your own most treasured journeys–and perhaps make you contemplate revamping your packing strategies.

A recent review for Have Bags Will Travel

Super fun travel reading on April 20, 2018

“Have Bags, Will Travel” is a delightful read on the experiences of travel, fashion, the art of packing suitcases with the emphasis on having a good time. Author, D.G. Kaye details her days on board planes to many popular destinations and her vivacious antics with friends. She also relates her solo travels to exotic destinations with steep cliffs and too much baggage. I particularly enjoyed the details of the by-gone, romantic days aboard Wardair, and the exquisite details of vintage Las Vegas.

A consummate shopper, D.G. Kaye relates her rather humorous run-ins with customs officials. How does it feel to be singled out routinely by airline officials? A read through this humorous pages will give you the insight to these first-hand conflicts.

I would say this might be required reading for shoe connoisseurs and fashion mavens especially if they have a plane ticket in hand. Germ avoidance theory is also discussed, and it may never be possible to look at airplane bathrooms the same.

D.G. Kaye brings back the memories of best friends and blazing trips through the desert. Many readers will identify with the struggles of this stylish lady attempting to blend in to avoid a custom’s mishap. A short and super fun read, “Have Bags, Will Travel” is perfect for your next airplane ride.

And Amazon UK:

Other books by D.G. Kaye


Read all the reviews and buy the books:

and Amazon UK:

More reviews and follow Debby on Goodreads:

Connect to Debby Gies

About me:
Twitter: (yes there’s a story)

I am sure that you join me in wishing Debby a very Happy Birthday and I hope you will drop in on Monday 18th of June for the first post for her new travel column. Thanks Sally

65 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Coming Soon – The Travel Column by Debby Gies – And #Happy Birthday

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  2. Sally, thanks for the smiles, birthday wishes and the lovely introduction. I’m still laughing about your divulging my FB age. 🙂 Leave it to you to notice my age on FB, lol. Can’t wait to share my travel tips and stories! ❤ ❤

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  3. 113? Wow! That’s a great milestone, Debby. May I say that you’re looking great. At least Facebook didn’t get your actual birthday wrong, Or did they? Anyway, congratulations on the new role on Sally’s blog, and I hope you had a great birthday.
    Hugs to you both

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  5. The part about Debby turning 113 on Facebook made me laugh out loud 😀 I’m soooo excited for Debby having an upcoming column here, Sally. You two are leading the way when it comes to female bloggers ❤ I have no doubt that this collaboration will be amazing.

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