travel

What’s the Video You’ve Shared the Most?

I subscribe to a lot of YouTube channels, and I “like” maybe 5% of those that I watch. On rare occasions, I’ll share videos on this blog, or maybe I’ll send them to 1 or 2 friends if I think they’ll like them. So it was a surprise to me when I found myself sharing […]


You Decide: Which Bucket-List Item Should I Do Next?

You Decide: Which Bucket-List Item Should I Do Next?

I’m a few years behind on this news, but while watching Last Week Tonight today, I heard that rapper Pitbull once ran an online poll to let fans decide where he would go next. The result? Pitbull performed at the Walmart in Kodiak, Alaska. (To his credit, not only did he travel from Miami to […]


If Money Were Not a Factor, Where Would Your Next Vacation Be?

If Money Were Not a Factor, Where Would Your Next Vacation Be?

Over the weekend I had a nice long chat with a friend about vacations. A long time ago, she identified a personal need/desire to take one vacation each year. She’s traveled around the world and experienced lots of different places, but for these vacations, she specifically likes to go to someplace exotic and relax for […]


Which Airplane Seat Do You Prefer?

Which Airplane Seat Do You Prefer?

I’m a middle-seat guy. Apparently that’s a rare preference–so much so that airline experts are actively discussing ideas of how to encourage people to choose the middle seat. As this Fast Company article noted, “[The middle seat is] inherently less comfortable, and a third of people on a plane will be stuck with it.” When I […]


My First Time in an Airbnb

My First Time in an Airbnb

As I mentioned yesterday, this past weekend in Austin provided a weekend of firsts for me, including my first-ever stay in an Airbnb. For a long time I’ve confused Airbnb with couchsurfing. Couchsurfing is when you crash on someone’s couch or spare bed while they’re still in the house. I assume shenanigans are often involved. […]


A Tour of Rustic England…for Introverts

A Tour of Rustic England...for Introverts

I love this concept.  There’s a company starting something called a “Sacred Introvert Retreat Tour” in the Somerset/Wessex region of England. In some ways, it’s a typical tour. You visit beautiful, ancient landmarks and soak in the scenery. You eat local food. You learn about the history. But where it deviates from the norm is […]


Where Would You Go for a Food Vacation?

Where Would You Go for a Food Vacation?

While feasting on one of the many delicious homecooked meals I ate while in Virginia recently, the topic of “food vacations” came up. Whenever I travel–particularly abroad–eating at a lot of interesting, local dishes is really important to me. My family visited me in Kyoto for a week back in 2001, and I planned every […]


Want to Write? Take a Train

Want to Write? Take a Train

Yesterday I had a heated debate with a friend about Megabus vs. Amtrak. Megabus is a bus that offers super low fairs if you book your seat well in advance, and every day the price goes up a little bit. Amtrak is the system of trains in the US. The debate itself is irrelevant (it […]


I Want to Go to There

I Want to Go to There

Yesterday a site called Twisted Sifter posted their top 100 photos of 2012. There are some really creative photos in the mix, but the ones that truly moved me were of locations I had never heard of or seen before. They struck me as a few of the places I’d love to visit in my […]


How to Eat Your Way Across Austin, Texas: A Photo Blog

How to Eat Your Way Across Austin, Texas: A Photo Blog

Two and a half years ago, my friend Eric quit his job as a lawyer and moved down to Austin with his girlfriend to pursue the dream of owning a restaurant. 8 weeks later, he had a food truck called The Peached Tortilla up and running, and he’s been quite successful. I’ve been wanting to […]


Things I Learned About Myself by Traveling Abroad Alone

Things I Learned About Myself by Traveling Abroad Alone

This past week I’ve discussed my Ireland trip in detail, and I’d like to end the week with a reflection on what I learned from going on this trip solo. I wanted to stretch myself on this trip, to step outside of my comfort zone. I’m a planner at heart, and thus I didn’t plan […]


11 Ways to Have a Great Vacation in Ireland

11 Ways to Have a Great Vacation in Ireland

Make sure you stay tuned for the contest at the end of this entry. It involves Irish chocolate! I spent the last 6 days just outside Dublin in Clontarf, Ireland. It was a solo trip, and I’ll delve into what I learned about myself tomorrow. But for now, here are 11 insights I have into […]


5 Reasons to Stay at the Clontarf Castle Hotel

5 Reasons to Stay at the Clontarf Castle Hotel

I’ve always wanted to live in a castle. Unless I ever get filthy rich or decide to pursue a career in butlery, that’s not going to happen. Thus I satisfied part of that childhood desire of mine by staying in a castle the last four nights. Tonight is my last night in the Clontarf Castle […]


Ireland by Percentage so Far

If all I knew about Ireland came from the first day and a half of observations and experience, here are all the assumptions I’d make about Ireland: It rains 0% of the time. 99% of Irish people are thin and seemingly in shape. 50% of dogs that walk by me are somewhat interested in tasting […]


By the Time You Read This…

By the Time You Read This...

…I’ll be a stranger in a strange land. That’s right, I’m in Ireland. I’m writing this post on Wednesday, but I’ve scheduled it to publish at exactly the time that my plane sets down in Dublin. This trip is unlike any other I’ve ever taken. The only planning I’ve done is buying a plane ticket […]


The Best Test of a Relationship

The Best Test of a Relationship

I’ve been quoted in many books of quotes as saying, “The best test of a relationship is to take a trip together.” In my experience, it’s completely true. When you’re on a trip, you’re outside of your comfort zone. Your raw, unedited side comes out, and you get to see what your significant others’ raw, […]


7 Random Road Trip Tips and Thoughts

7 Random Road Trip Tips and Thoughts

Back during a time when I was making many road trips for my first–and last–long-distance relationship, I wrote an entry about how I’d pimp my ride for long trips if I could. Today I have a few follow-up tips and thoughts for long road trips, particularly those for which you’re alone for 10+ hours. Crunchy […]


How Do You Travel?

How Do You Travel?

I’m fascinated by how people travel and vacation in different ways. Picture your ideal vacation. Say you get a week off work and have a $1,500 budget. Where do you go? What do you do? Here’s what I’d do: I’d fly to a foreign land, find a remote town and settle in for the week […]


Mom Stories: Part 1

Mom Stories: Part 1

One of the most endearing, loving, and amusing things my mother does is overprepare me for travel abroad. It all started back in 2001 when I was headed to Kyoto for the year. Concerned about the quality of the water in Japan (a first-world country where people don’t, contrary to popular belief, drink unfiltered toilet […]


Things I Learned on the Drive

Things I Learned on the Drive

I recently drove back home to Virginia for Christmas. Why drive 13 hours instead of fly? One, Biddy is too big to take on the plane. Two, I can’t fly directly to Richmond, so counting the drive to the airport, security, two flights, the layover, and the drive home, it adds up to about 8 […]


Some Thoughts About Louisville

Some Thoughts About Louisville

For a variety of reasons, I’ve been to Louisville a number of times over the last year and a half. I wrote this entry on last year’s Kentucky Derby, along with this entry on a Ray Lamontagne concert. I paid Louisville another visit on Thursday and Friday, this time for another concert. I have a few […]


10 Fun Facts About Memphis

10 Fun Facts About Memphis

I spent the last weekend in Memphis, Tennessee for a bachelor party for a good friend of mine. I learned a lot about Memphis during my time there, so I thought I’d share some fun facts about the city. I hope I can think of ten of them. The food is delicious but quite unhealthy. […]


Vegas #5: Travel in Packs

Vegas #5: Travel in Packs

How well do you travel in groups? What conflicts have you experienced in group travel? What’s the ideal number of people to travel with? When I’m dating someone new, I consider the first road trip or flight together a good test for how the relationship is going. It’s a great way to see someone else […]


Vegas #4: The Things I Shouldn’t Tell You

Vegas #4: The Things I Shouldn't Tell You

I went to Vegas this past weekend expecting a relatively calm weekend. I’m not a partier; I like to drink, but I generally avoid the crowds at clubs and crazy bars. I guess strip clubs are an option in Vegas, but again, not really my thing. I did, however, discover something that I didn’t know […]