Two to Travel (And Tango)

Travel Tips and Inspiration From Millennials, For Millennials

Author: Patrick Furlong (page 1 of 16)

Flyer Talk Furlong

Note: The posts here have been a lot less frequent as of late. You may have noticed. What can I say, being a new dad is at once exhausting as well as awesome, and I find myself putting more and more of my time to hanging out with the little homie, or sleeping. Somehow, the two of those loves have yet to go hand in hand. But soon enough, we’ll increase the posts, and we’ve got a few good ones on our front burner:

1. A review of the Avianca LifeMiles program, for people looking to ditch United’s program. 

2. How to survive a LOOOONG delay with an infant. A recent trip to Chicago where we were delayed 2 hours from boarding and then on the tarmac an additional 4 hours has really helped us hone in our skills on that one.

3. We’ll have hotel reviews from two places we loved, and a few tools for beginners features coming out.

So thanks for kicking it with us and letting us enjoy time being a new family! Stay tuned for more. 

Flyer Talk Furlong. Of all the sometimes questionable nicknames I’ve been given by friends and loved ones in life, this is perhaps my favorite. Not long after college, I got into the idea of traveling on the cheap. When the coupon clipper in me met the miles and points game, there was no turning back. I was hooked on the large savings, and the chance to really take advantage of certain luxuries I would never ever dare pay for.

Over the years, I’ve gotten in on some pretty great deals. I’ve flown across the world on mistake fares. I’ve stayed in luxurious hotels people like me have no business being in. And I’ve transformed from a twenty year old who had visited two countries to someone who in his early 30’s stopped counting after visiting 40_+ countries. And yet, in my many travels and with my many tricks, I’ve never, ever achieved one of the things I desired most. Until now! Continue reading

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Year In Review: Top Five Lessons Learned in 2015

It’s the end of the year. Holiday music has given away to the top whatever of 2015 lists, and we’re all caught up in the mood. In this house, things are no different. What a year it’s been. New places visited, long-awaited returns to some old stomping grounds, a bunch of miles flown, oh, and the whole bringing new life into the world which occurred about half way through it all. We’ve seen some cool new sights, learned a lot of new tricks, and have a memory or two we much rather not have had. 😉  Continue reading

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Last Minute Travel Gifts

So you procrastinated and procrastinated and now here we are, a few short days from Christmas and you don’t have any good gifts for the special traveler in your life. If this is you, fear not- we’ve got gift ideas to help you out! Looking for travel related gifts before Christmas? Here’s what we suggest!  Continue reading

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Tips for Traveling With a Two Month Old Baby

Note: So the Little Homie is now 4 months old, and this article is about traveling with a two month old. Yeah, you might say we’ve neglected the blog a bit to handle (or attempt) other things: Namely our full time jobs, raising a child, and sleep. But nonetheless, hope this post is relevant and timely for some folks!

Laura and I are slightly crazy: With our little homie a few days past the ripe age of 2 months old, we hopped on a plane with him. Anyone who has had a kid or is about to soon knows there is a well rehearsed script to the whole pregnancy process. It goes something like this:

Person: Oh my gosh, you’re having a baby?

You: Yes (goofy ass smile on face)

Person: Congratulations! Boy or girl?

You: Boy (or girl)

Person: Do you have a name yet?

You: No

Person: I just love (insert hip name of the year)

But as travelers, the people who knew us always had another question, something along the lines of: “I bet you’re really going to miss traveling, huh?” But here’s the thing: Laura and I have never been those people that thought the entrance of children in our lives meant the death of travel. But nor are we the folks who believe life as we know it need not change. And so the answer was always complex: We won’t miss travel, because we still will travel, but we may once in a while miss the way we used to travel.

And so our first trip was… Well, it was a lot of things. But most of all it was smooth, joyous, and worth repeating. And rest assured, repeat it we did, with more than double the mileage a month later. So stay tuned for tips for traveling with a three month old baby What did we do right that we definitely will do again? What could we improve? Believe you and me, we’ve got more than enough tips for traveling with a two month old.  Continue reading

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Ignatian Solidarity Network Teach In: 10 Years Later

What is it you believe? Caminando, caminando. What matters most in this world? Caminando, caminando.  Continue reading

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What We’re Reading This Week: A Taste of the Sacred and Profound

From time to time, we love to share great reads we’ve found elsewhere. Often times they’re amazing tips and tricks to really take advantage of a great deal. Sometimes they’re just quirky articles that highlight the WTF of travel. But sometimes, it feels like beautiful travel prose finds us left and right. This is one of those weeks. These articles stirred our imaginations. They made us restless with the biggest questions in life. And they brought a few tears to our eyes. In the midst of your busy life, you’d do well to take 5-10 minutes to really soak these articles up, that much I am sure of.  Continue reading

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Why I’m a Card Carrying (Millennial) Member of the AARP

For any of my friends with European wanderlust, I tell them to join AARP. That’s right- Laura and I are card-carrying members of the American Association for Retired People. Aside from getting interesting newsletters about Medicare- we get a benefit that blows all other travel benefits out of the water, at least for us. And here’s the thing: Everyone always thinks you have to be of a certain age to join AARP but the reality is that anyone can sign up for membership. It’s $16 a year, and it might just save you $800 off your next flight across the pond! How?  Continue reading

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Why You Should Be Paying More Attention to “Best Rate Guarantees”

I like to save money as much as the next reader on this blog. That’s why I’m obsessed with points and miles to the extreme, as in a friend has lovingly taken to refer to me as “Flyer Talk Furlong” kind of extreme. But maximizing your travel potential, as we’ve said again and again, isn’t just about playing the points and miles game. It’s also about practical ways to save money, and one of the best ways to do that is through researching “best rate guarantees” when booking hotels. Why? Let me give you a case study.

The other day I was looking for a hotel in Washington D.C. Lightning in the clouds over Washington DC

I found a Starwood property at a rate of $165 a night on the Starwood website, not bad at all. I booked it but as is my custom, I went to check how the rate compares to other sites, and what I found, was the jackpot of best rate guarantees. I searched Trip Advisor and Kayak, and found a rate through a website called Get a Room (wish I was joking but I’m not) for $65. What I did next saved me hundreds of dollars, but also got me a bonus that is very valuable for any savvy traveler.  Continue reading

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The Broad Museum Guide

Where you been? If you hang out with us here enough, you know that a couple months ago we welcomed our first little homie into the world. And as will come to no surprise to the parents reading this, it turns out raising an infant is indeed a full time job. Add that to the full time job I have to feed said infant and provide him an insane amount of diapers, it turns out hobbies like running, or reading, or writing for this blog go out the window.

But I’m back (at least for now), and happy to say Laura and I got to give the little homie his first taste of culture when we were able to attend a sneak peak of LA’s most anticipated museum opening in years: The Broad, which officially opens today, September 20, 2015.

So here’s the deal. I’m not an art connoisseur and won’t pretend to be. Turns out the little homie was actually more patient in the museum than I am in most museums. Maybe he’s getting his mama’s eye for art. But we did have a chance to really explore the museum, and so here’s what to expect from this post:

1. Visiting the Broad 101. All the basic need to knows if you’re gonna check out what I’d consider an awesome museum and the surrounding Bunker Hill area of downtown LA. 

2. Tips and tricks. Yep, there are tips and tricks, and at the preview we picked up on a few of them that you REALLY need to read if you’ll visit.

3. Just a few photos of some of our favorite art because, after all, you want to go check this place out for yourself.  Continue reading

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Using Amazon Fire Stick in a Hotel: Our Newest Must Have Travel Gadget

The other day I made a wise and affordable investment: I put down $39 and bought an Amazon Fire Stick. I already have an Apple TV that I’m (mostly) happy with. So why add another streaming device? On one hand, I like the ease with which I can access Amazon Prime. While I love Netflix, Amazon Prime has added some good and unique content I can’t normally access on Netflix. I’m talking The Good Wife, Catastrophe (which is funny as hell by the way), Covert Affairs, The Americans, Bosch, and Alpha House to name but a few shows I may soon be digging. Sound like a lot? Don’t judge, I’ve got tons of late night hours to invest in rocking a child back to sleep.

But the real reason for buying an Amazon Fire Stick goes deeper, and is much more important to fellow travelers, especially if you ever stay in a hotel. In March Amazon made a HUGE software update that works in all of our favor: Continue reading

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