BFBs Weekend Well, it’s that time of year again when Mr. J abandons me for his annual guys weekend. … [Read more...] about Abandoned Again – Recipes for the Best Friends Brigade
New Caledonia – Half Land Half Water [Photo Stitching]
So how many of you have seen one of these half water half land pictures floating around the internet or Pinterest? Super cool, right. Mr. J informed me these are stitched or Photoshped pictures, or you have to have the right lens. I being the inquisitive or analytic person that I am did not believe Mr. J. [Mr. J refers to this beautiful quality as … [Read more...] about New Caledonia – Half Land Half Water [Photo Stitching]
Realities of Life As a Digital Nomad
Today, we have a friend and fellow digital nomad sharing her perspective of being on the road. I thought her point of view would be a great follow up to Mr. J’s guest spot on the podcast “How to Live a Cool Life with Phil Mackey.” I also plan on sharing my perspective in the days to come. Jess is a professional travel blogger. Visit her personal site here. Her blog offers … [Read more...] about Realities of Life As a Digital Nomad
Staying in French Polynesia
For this episode of Flashback Friday, I am revisiting French Polynesia. Jeff made several posts on our first anniversary trip to French Polynesia. We stayed two nights in Tahiti and one week on Moorea. This post covers our stay on both islands. To show Jeff that not all of my pictures are dumpster fires, here is a delightful photo of Jeff preparing for a sunset … [Read more...] about Staying in French Polynesia
Couple Leaves Comfort of Corporate to Pursue Dreams of World Travel
SAN FRANCISCO - For as long as they could remember, Jeff and Amanda Setter would try to balance global travel aspirations with local commitments. Working long hours in stressful jobs, they dreamed of escapes to remote destinations like the Indian Ocean, using the occasional life event like marriage as an excused absence from in-demand careers. Soon the couple found that … [Read more...] about Couple Leaves Comfort of Corporate to Pursue Dreams of World Travel
Is a $500 Fine for Negative Reviews a Brilliant Marketing Scheme?
An article has been making the rounds about an upstate New York Hotel fining customers $500 for leaving a negative review for their hotel. Here is the original text that sparked the story: If your guests are looking for a Marriott type hotel they may not like it here. Therefore: If you have booked the Inn for a wedding or other type of event anywhere in the region and given us … [Read more...] about Is a $500 Fine for Negative Reviews a Brilliant Marketing Scheme?
A Not So Luxurious Travel Day… or Why Can’t Airlines Just Be Honest?
Today was supposed to be a leisurely travel day. A midday flight from one polis to another (Minneapolis to Indianapolis), 90 minutes in a plane, a time zone shift and a wonderful dinner at St. Elmo steakhouse before heading to the Kentucky Derby tomorrow. Then I got to the airport and realized that I was missing something: Tickets to the Kentucky Derby. Sure, I had … [Read more...] about A Not So Luxurious Travel Day… or Why Can’t Airlines Just Be Honest?
Seeking Inspiration from the Countryside? Maybe a Free Ride on Amtrak Will Help!
Last week a friend posted an article to my Facebook timeline that details how Amtrak gave a writer a free ride from New York to Chicago to New York to work on her writing. This "writers residency” was designed to be a way to block out the noise of life and focus purely on writing. It sounds like the ride was a tremendous success and may set the table for other writers to get … [Read more...] about Seeking Inspiration from the Countryside? Maybe a Free Ride on Amtrak Will Help!
Golfing with Delta and American Express at Hazeltine National Golf Club
Hazeltine National Golf Club has hosted several major US Golf tournaments, including the US Open in 1970 and 1991 and the 2002 and 2009 PGA Championship. As a native Minnesotan and some-time golfer, Hazeltine is one of those courses that one never imagines they will have the opportunity to play. It just seems too far out of reach to golf at a private course that hosts major … [Read more...] about Golfing with Delta and American Express at Hazeltine National Golf Club
Offroading, Volcanoes, Andes Foothills and Near Misses in Argentina
The following is a recollection of an intense two-day drive through the foothills of the Andes Mountains on the Argentinian side. This trip occurred in 2010, well before I had ever fathomed being a travel blogger, and this is my first time putting the story into writing. This post covers just two days out of a 7 day, ~2,500 mile trip in Chile and Argentina. For more, check out … [Read more...] about Offroading, Volcanoes, Andes Foothills and Near Misses in Argentina