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So Laura and I love a few things:
2. Each other.
3. Great food.
4. High quality reading material.
And probably in that order. #DontJudge
So if you asked us to name our favorite magazines in the world, the list would look like this:
3. The Economist
4. ESPN the Magazine
5. National Geographic Traveler
And actually, when I asked Laura for her favorite magazines, she cocked her head to the side, rubbed her pregnant belly, and said “I like Time.” Then she confessed: “I don’t read a lot of magazines” and so she sat down in front of her computer to research magazines she likes.
She’s still there. I want to save you the time (get it) and this is a travel blog, so we’re going to bypass The Economist and ESPN, painful as that may be, and skip to what matters most here and now: AFAR Magazine, because we’re giving away a couple of subscriptions ! Want to win? It’s easy! Continue reading
Who doesn’t like getting something for almost nothing? Laura and I are a bit infamous in our social circles for being hard behind the pop culture times. Movies are no different. We usually see a big hit months after everyone else has. Well this summer, much like last summer, we have no excuse. Because we each have multiple ways to get in on a buy one get one free movie ticket deal that lasts through August 21, 2015. Want a free movie ticket every Friday this summer? It’s easy! Continue reading
Europe is a big place. Obvious point I know. And yet, for my American friends in particular, Europe can get boxed into a very small space that consists mainly of Paris, Rome, and London. And let’s be real here: Rome is horribly overrated.
And there’s one city I LOVE more than any other in Europe, and when I say it is my favorite, opinion is always strongly divided. Some people love it and get excited someone else sees it the same way, but by and large people strongly disagree with me on it. But here is the interesting thing: The people who often disagree most strongly, have never ever stepped foot in the city because they often think of one thing and one thing only when they think of the city: Continue reading
We know many of our readers travel through JFK fairly frequently. And so I was surprised in talking with some friends from New York the other day to learn what I thought was common knowledge was in fact mind-blowing to said group of friends. If you travel to JFK, you most likely use either Metro or the LIRR to get close to the airport, before taking the AirTrain into the terminals. And if you’re in terminals 6-8, and don’t want to wait for the train to go ALL THE WAY AROUND the airport, we’ve got a simple secret that will save time and stress.
The secret is simple. Once you enter the AirTrain, you’ll take it first to Federal Circle, aka the car rental spot. The next spot is terminal 1, then 2, and so on. If you’re in terminals 6-8, the secret is pretty simple, and yet I noticed on my most recent trip used almost exclusively by the airport employees only.
If you want to save time, do this:
1. When the train reaches terminal 1, get out.
2. Walk across to wait at the other track. You’ll notice on the screens that those trains aren’t going back to Jamaica or Federal Circle. Instead, you’re now waiting for an internal terminal train only. And so next stop from terminal 1? Terminal 8.
It’s a simple secret to be sure, but one that saves us a lot of time when we’re waiting for a flight on American in terminal 8, or any of the airlines in terminals 6-8.
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I was going through Google Analytics the other day and pretty excited to see that one of our most read posts is about what do around LAX on a layover or delay. Another popular post was our guide to ethical eating in Los Angeles. Looking to eat good and do good? Then that post is for you! And it got us thinking: While we know a lot about travel, we also know a hell of a lot about a place near and dear to our heart: Los Angeles. Oh I know, you think Los Angeles is nothing but traffic, fake people, and Hollywood. While that’s all here, that’s only a fraction of the story that is LA. LA, arrogant as it may sound, is a city for people in the know. You have to dedicate your love to it and when you do, it loves you back. I could go on in cheesy clichés, but the reality as it pertains to this post is this: LA has some damn good coffee, and if you’re drinking Starbucks, Coffee Bean, or Peet’s Coffee, in the words of a 1980’s hero of mine Mr. T, I pity the fool…
So you’re in LA. Maybe you’re in downtown. Perhaps Santa Monica or one of the Playas. You’re looking for third wave coffee. No matter where you are in this great city of ours, we’ve got coffee that will rock your socks, and have you flippantly talk with disdain about Starbucks. Want to know where to get the best and most unique cups of Joe? Continue reading
I’m homesick. I think there’s probably some commandment about places travel bloggers aren’t supposed to go. I mean, it does sound a bit pretentious when I say things like “But I don’t want to go to Africa for the third time in six months” or “my back is just so messed up from all the international travel I’ve had as of late.”
Simons Town Quayside Hotel. Complaining about so much travel with views like these makes it even more obnoxious to complain!
But here’s a bit of truth: By June 1, the total mileage I will have flown since January 1 will be just over 80,000 miles. To give perspective, that’s like LA to New York, round-trip, more than 16 times. Continue reading
Note: One of the joys of traveling is meeting other travelers. So it goes with travel blogging and writing that a joy of doing this work is meeting other people who write about travel! We were fortunate to connect with Mary Davis, a freelance writer who offered to write a post on her recent experience about great places to travel for young couples interested in a little bit of romance. Enjoy!
Looking for a romantic getaway? Want a special location for a very special occasion? Europe offers some of the best romantic getaways for young couples on the planet. Here are my top 5 destinations: Continue reading
LAN is one of my favorite airlines. Given the large amount of work I do in South America, I’m onboard a number of LAN flights. Often, I’m passing through Lima which is never any good since, well, the lounges in Lima leave something to do. But on this recent trip to Argentina, I not only had the chance to fly the LAN Dreamliner, I had a chance to stop through Santiago and visit the brand new LAN VIP lounge. Is it one of their best? Does it put Santiago on the map as far as one of the best lounges in the region? Continue reading