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
I love Starwood points. I’ve mentioned this before. Of the hotel loyalty programs, I think Starwood has the most valuable currency. It doesn’t hurt that I also happen to like their hotel chains, have their American Express, and have linked my Uber account to my SPG account so I get free Starwood points for every Uber ride.
I consider my Starwood Amex my second most valuable credit card behind my Chase Sapphire Preferred. It’s the card I use for most general day-to-day purchases (unless I have a card that earns more points per dollar in certain categories like travel and gas stations).
And unrelated to my small crush on Starwood, I’m a HUGE Chicago Cubs fan. I am also one of those nerds trying to see a baseball game in every ballpark in the country. And it just so happens the Cubs, for the first time in years, have decided to grant mercy on their loyal fans and actually be competitive. Since my son was born (and yes I take full credit for this win streak) they’re winners of 9 in a row and 15 of their last 16 games.
And so when I was flying out to Chicago for a conference in June, there was one thing I knew I had to do: Use my Starwood points to get two tickets to a fancy suite right behind home plate for the Cubs vs. Dodgers.
Maybe the Cubs aren’t your thing. Here’s the not so secret, secret: That’s OK- because Starwood offers you the chance to use your SPG points for concerts with back stage access, the best seats at sporting events, and more! You just have to know where to look! 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
I’m not a sucker for most of the fancy things in life. I drive a 2004 Honda Accord I plan to drive till it stops running. I’ve lived in small apartments for most of my adult life. I’m fond of saying that I spend money on food and travel, and that’s about it.
But I do love business class when flying. It’s the lounge access, the ability to try wines I’d never ever spend my own money on, and the chance to take what’s usually the most frustrating part of the travel experience and make it something to actually look forward to.
And so our most recent international business class experience was a fun one for me: I got to try business class on a 787 Dreamliner for the first time. Not only that, we flew it on one of the fanciest carriers that fly the skies today: Qatar. How was it? In a word: Superb. Continue reading
“If anyone asks, you’re my cousin.” Up until then, I was trying to play it cool. Yes, I felt like my lungs were closing up on me, my breath labored and in shorter supply. “This is what asthma feels like” I try and joke to myself. But my joke falls as flat as the limited air in my chest, and I’m caught up in fear and uncertainty. I haven’t felt like this since I was a teenager. What happens if I have an asthma attack abroad? I was leading a delegation from the university I work at, and so I kept thinking about the group of people under my care, going through the most emotional day of our week long journey, and how can I care for them sitting in an emergency room? who has been through much worse I tried to tell myself, I can’t let this stop me now! As we walk into the hospital, Elba, my friend and contact at the nonprofit we work with in El Salvador, is the essence of the calm I seek to project. She calls over a doctor and then calmly whispers to me, “if anyone asks, you’re my cousin. Otherwise, they won’t let me stay with you and there’s no way in hell I am leaving you.” Before a doctor even approaches, I breathe a little easier.
Being pushed around in a wheelchair in an ER in a foreign country- not my finest or happiest moment.
When you spend enough time on the road, you learn some interesting things. We’ve covered the profound self discoveries of traveling alone, tapped into what motivates us most to travel, and profiled an incredible fellow traveler or two on this site. But we’ve left out one key post we know you’re all on pins and needles, waiting in anticipation for us to at last write about it: Random airport trivia. We’re talking some of the most head scratching, occasionally useless, but perfectly random trivia a traveler could find on your most beloved (or despised airport).
From time to time, we like to read about millennials and travel. Shocking I know. Feedly has been an amazing friend of ours since the death of Google Reader just over a year ago, as it’s easy to compile various blogs and Google alerts that keep us up to date on trends and fun reads worth sharing here. And this week, Feedly had A LOt to share with us. What are we reading, and what might you be missing out on? Continue reading
Travel blogging sounds a lot more glamorous than it truly is. It dawned on me the other night, as I sat staring at a scramble of code on my computer screen that had been taunting me for four hours. But it’s not just that things like WordPress, SEO, HTML, and so much more don’t come natural, it’s more complicated than that. Writing, it takes time. More and more, I am learning the art of drafting my work and for any post that makes it on the blog, there are often multiple versions of it dead in my draft folder. But more than anything else, unless you’ve made it your full time gig (I keep floating the words “digital nomad” to Laura on a weekly basis hoping one day she’ll agree) you’re often on the road in short bursts, and writing your posts from the boringness of your living room.
But you do it for the moments like these, when the view from your office changes into this… Continue reading
This post originally appeared on Thought Catalog.
I’m about to turn 31 tomorrow and I still don’t know what I want to do with my life, or so I am told. In my late 20’s, not having a “career track” freaked me out. I was told again and again that I needed to find direction, settle down and of course, grow up. But here I am at 31, as uncertain in many ways as I was at 21. Rather than scare me, this gives me incredible strength. Continue reading
From time to time, we find some really great travel news and blogs and want to share them with you! See below for some of our favorite stories for the week. Have a story you like? Add it to the comments or send us a message!
– Families with young children, it looks like Uber now has your back. In New York, they’ve created UberFamily, which is essentially Uber with car seats! Continue reading