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My Top 10 Tips for Traveling in New Zealand

My Top 10 Tips for Traveling in New Zealand

Over the last few blog entries I’ve talked about the wonderful 2-week trip that Megan and I took to New Zealand. If the food, beautiful locations, and environmentally friendly aspects of NZ intrigue you and you decide to take a trip there, here are some tips to consider in no particular order: Plan on at […]


11 Most Beautiful Places We Visited in New Zealand

11 Most Beautiful Places We Visited in New Zealand

There is so much beauty in New Zealand. Really, there is so much beauty in every country, but it was possible for us to see many of the beautiful places in New Zealand in a short timeframe, so it felt like more beauty per square foot. Even just driving on the highway often ranged from […]


The Best Food We Ate in New Zealand

The Best Food We Ate in New Zealand

A huge part of the travel experience for me is trying new food, especially local- and region-specific food. So as Megan and I prepared for New Zealand–and throughout the trip–we tried to gather as many recommendations as possible to try along our journey (both from locals, Google Maps, and TripAdvisor). We were also lucky to […]


Leaving No Trace in New Zealand

Leaving No Trace in New Zealand

Megan and I spent the last 2 weeks traveling across both islands of New Zealand. I’m going to talk about different aspects of the trip over the next few blog posts, starting with one of my favorite things about the country: It is environmentally clean in a way that I haven’t seen in any other […]


The Cassoulet Story

The Cassoulet Story

True story: In late 2002, I traveled with my parents and brother to visit my sister in France, where she was studying abroad for the year. I was greatly looking forward to the land of bread and butter, crepes, and fashionable French women. But as soon as I arrived in Paris, I came down with […]


A Few Final Los Angeles Highlights

A Few Final Los Angeles Highlights

Before I move on to my various top 10 lists for 2018, I wanted to mention a few other major highlights from my trip to Los Angeles. I have photos of some of these (prepare for a lot of selfies!). The first highlight is that despite my flight out of St. Louis being delayed by […]


A Special Visit to The Magic Castle

A Special Visit to The Magic Castle

There’s one aspect of my Los Angeles trip for which I have no photos, and that’s because photos aren’t allowed at The Magic Castle. However, that won’t stop the experience from being burned in my memory as an amazing night to remember. When I requested LA recommendations on Facebook a few weeks ago, I got […]


My Survivor Adventure in Photos

My Survivor Adventure in Photos

Okay, I’m starting this a little later than I thought, so I’m going to post a bunch of photos in chronological order and explain what’s happening. Some context: I’m a huge Survivor fan (the TV show), and I had the opportunity to attend the live finale this year with a friend. I watch Survivor with […]


In Which City Would You Like to Go on a Food Tour?

In Which City Would You Like to Go on a Food Tour?

It’s rare that I have the chance to travel these days, but when I do, I like to eat well. Food is a huge part of a local culture. I’ve been thinking about this since my recent trip to Seattle. What I’ve realized is that when I hang out in a new city for a […]


What Are the 3 Most Beautiful Places You’ve Ever Seen?

What Are the 3 Most Beautiful Places You've Ever Seen?

Lately I’ve been thinking about the concept and future of travel, especially with the proliferation of technology. I think I was in Seattle when this occurred to me in reference to a World’s Fair. From what I understand, people used to travel from far and wide to attend World’s Fairs. But now if you want […]


8 Things I Learned About Seattle Last Week

8 Things I Learned About Seattle Last Week

Last week I spent 3 days in Seattle, primarily to visit my brother and his new baby. I had a great time, and along the way I learned some things about Seattle that I thought I’d share with you: Awesome gaming culture. Okay, I only saw a very small slice of gaming culture at Mox […]


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 […]