A Few Questions from “Family Trips”

Earlier this week I mentioned a new-to-me podcast I’m really enjoying, Family Trips. One thing I didn’t mention is that they end every episode with a series of quick-fire questions that I thought would be fun to ask (and answer): What’s your preferred vacation: relaxing, adventurous, or educational? What’s your preferred method of travel: car, … Read more

Food, Drink, and Tourism on Grand Cayman

I love partaking in local cuisine whenever I travel, and Grand Cayman provided an interesting challenge in that respect. There was absolutely local island cuisine, but part of the Cayman DNA is also British (tropic British?). Also, several of the restaurants near our condo had a Mediterranean theme, for some reason–still great food and with … Read more

Snorkeling in the Cayman Islands

After experiencing snorkeling for the first time in Key West in 2022, I was hooked. There’s an entire world just a few feet underwater! I knew this conceptually but didn’t truly grasp how accessible that world is–all it takes is a mask and a tube for air. As special as Key West was, I was … Read more

Grand Cayman: Why Did We Go Here?

A few months ago, we were looking at a busy, cold holiday season, and we thought: What if we delayed the holidays for a few weeks and went somewhere tropical? Megan talked to her parents, brother, and sister-in-law about the idea, and it was well received. We all had different things we wanted to get … Read more

Have You Ever Relaxed on Vacation?

Most vacations I’ve ever taken have been purposeful. We’re going to this place to see these things, eat this food, hang out with specific people, etc. That’s even the case for more low-key vacations, like family reunions or trips to the Gamer’s Ranch. Partially as a result of this sense of purpose (added to the … Read more

What’s Your Travel Hobby?

A combination of our recent trip to Branson and a friend’s engagement made me realize something that I wish I had learned many years ago: I think there’s a huge benefit in having a travel hobby, particularly if you share that hobby with your partner. By “travel hobby” I’m referring to a hobby that’s already … Read more

Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Biddy

For Megan’s parents’ 40th anniversary, they invited us and a few other family members to join them in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Last week I spent 3+ days with them enjoying beautiful weather, stunning scenery, healthy hikes, dynamic disc golf, and amazing animals in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone. I’ll post a bunch … Read more

Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser (Part 3)

Happy May the 4th! It’s really a nice coincidence that we experienced the Starcruiser just a few days before Star Wars Day. Here are Part 1 (setting, cast, and friends) and Part 2 (the megagame). As I conclude this 3-part series, I’ll share a few random elements from the weekend. These posts just barely touch … Read more

Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser (Part 2)

Yesterday I explained the core concept of the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser experience in Orlando, along with highlights like the set design, the cast, and my friends and fellow guests. Today I’ll share some other highlights from the experience, focusing on the megagame itself. In addition to being a beautiful, thematic hotel, the 2-day experience … Read more