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Feb 13 2017

Two Weeks in Cuba

Two weeks in Cuba is the perfect amount of time to get a diverse view of the country. Our two week travel itinerary for Cuba will bring you through cities and small towns and provide plenty of beach time. We recommend spending at least four days in Havana as there is so much to explore in Cuba’s largest city. This itinerary begins and ends in Havana and takes you on an overnight trip to Vinales, on to Veradero and then two days each in Trinidad and Cienfuegos.   Cuba's surprisingly diverse terrain...

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Jan 30 2017

What motivates you to travel?

For the past few years, Eric and I have traveled mostly as a couple. We sold just about everything we owned, moved to Thailand, explored Southeast Asia together, moved back to the U.S. and have been making trips ever since. Our love for travel, though, began way before we met. For each of us, family trips were an important part of our childhood and a way to connect with immediate and extended family members. When my cousins and I were all young, we would meet up a few times a...

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Dec 28 2016

A Weekend in Downtown DC at the Marriott Marquis

It’s always a treat to explore a town you know well or once lived in as a tourist. I had a great time staying at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC for a weekend and exploring an area that has gone through an amazing transformation since I first moved there five years ago. My very first apartment in DC was near the convention center, but not much else. What an amazing place to live that would be now, with some incredibly hip restaurants around the corner, art galleries, boutiques and more....

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Nov 16 2016

8 Stocking stuffers for the traveling gentleman

It's getting close to the holidays and Christmas shopping will be upon us soon. In an effort to ease the pain of shopping for the men on your Christmas list (men can be notoriously difficult to shop for), I've compiled a list of eight great stocking stuffers that any stylish traveling man will love. Manly men on the go need gifts they can take with them when they jet to their next destination.  Grid-It – $14 The Grid-It System is an elastic organization system for electronics and personal items made of a...

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Aug 08 2016

Adventure Activities in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai was our beautiful home base for a year and there are always plenty of things to see and do in this amazing city. Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand and the most culturally significant city in Northern Thailand. There are hundreds of temples and cultural sites to visit within the city limits. Chiang Mai also offers plenty of adventure activities which we were excited to explore. We found some great tour companies and locations to explore and highly recommend braving the heat and going on...

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Aug 03 2016

On the road with Maui Jim Sunglasses

As a frequent traveler I always find myself in sunny destinations carrying around at least two different pairs of sunglasses. One pair ends up not offering enough sun protection and the other is usually too dark. This might be because I always tend to pick sunglasses based solely on the styling and fit. I have never given much thought about the lens quality… until now. After trying out some new Maui Jim shades with color enhancing lens technology, my world has literally become a lot more beautiful. Maui Jim sunglasses use...

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Jul 08 2016

Millikin Creek Napa

Our next stop on our trip through Napa was to the quaint Milliken Creek Inn. Appropriately named since it sits on the Napa River which runs along the back side of the property. We enjoyed the boutique feel that the property offered. It was tucked just off the road with several entrances to access the guest rooms which were laid out much like apartments. Along the creek, there were areas for lounging, a wooden deck to observe the property and some trails through the trees. Across the water, the view...

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How To Stay Organized While You Travel

When you’re living out of a suitcase, things can get pretty messy. If you’re living out of a small suitcase, every item should be packed strategically. Staying organized while you travel is a way to lessen the stress that comes with being on the go and will help you look and feel your best. Since you are carrying your mess with you, let’s focus on that suitcase as the most important place to start with organization.     Keep your suitcase organized with these 5 tips   Pack your “just in case” items first so...

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May 07 2016

Five Reasons to Visit Columbus, Ohio

We recently took a road trip through Ohio on a journey to pick up trailer toilets for our event facility from the manufacturer in Indiana. (I know, weird story.) I don't know if we would have ended up there otherwise, but it turned out to be worth the visit! Our beautiful drive through West Virginia came to an abrupt halt when the mountains were replaced with endless corn fields. Not a tree in sight and the only thing breaking the horizon in places were the occasional wind turbine. If you’re...

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Apr 24 2016

Six Scenic Flight Tours Around the World

One of the best ways to see a new city (or an old one) is from above. And I don’t mean staring through your tiny circular window as the wheels drop over a new destination. I mean preferably with the wind in your face soaring over the best natural and manmade wonders your location has to offer. After trying a few flying adventures, we can definitively say this one of our favorite types of exploration. You can gain a new perspective from the air: an improved sense of scale and...

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Apr 14 2016

Surviving Songkran: Tips for Thailand’s Largest Water Fight

If you’re enjoying Songkran this week, first of all, have fun! You’re going to have an exhausting, amazing experience fighting and laughing with thousands of strangers in celebration of the Thai new year. Several Southeast Asian countries celebrate Songkran by pouring water on each other as a blessing. Temples will be packed with patrons and streets filled with water fights.   Chiang Mai is home to one of the most rambunctious and largest celebrations, but you can participate all over the country. We ended our time living in Chiang Mai with the...

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Apr 09 2016

Where to eat in Penn Quarter and Chinatown D.C.

It seems every week there is at least one new restaurant in D.C. Some last longer than others, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t hundreds of amazing spots to choose from. The Chinatown/Metro Center area is full of examples. If you’re attending an event at the Verizon Center, visiting one of the museums in the area or just looking for a great neighborhood for meals, don’t skip this location.   One of my favorite things to do when I visit The District (and when I visit anywhere) is eat. My most...

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Mar 19 2016

The Inn on Randolph: Napa Valley

After wine, Napa might immediately bring to mind a quaint bed and breakfast with great service and delicious cuisine. That’s exactly what we found at The Inn on Randolph, one of Napa’s top rated boutique accommodations. When we pulled into Napa, we were pleased to see how beautiful the town is. Victorian homes with manicured lawns line the streets. The Inn on Randolph fits seamlessly into the neighborhood and its charming curb appeal made us feel like we were right at home. The Rooms The main house, which includes the dining...

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Mar 04 2016

Snowboarding At The Omni Homestead

The Homestead, its two golf courses, pool complex, natural springs, 400 plus rooms and plentiful meeting spaces and banquet halls acts as a massive time machine, transporting us back to an era when guests summered in mountain cottages, hit the gym in floor length skirts and dressed to the nines for afternoon tea. Even the newer wing, added in the ‘70s, has been redone to match the style of the older portion of the resort. The hallways are lined with black and white photographs of the grounds and interior as...

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Mar 02 2016

What Not To Wear In Southeast Asia

Many people come to the region and all they think of when wondering "What should I wear in Southeast Asia" is “It's hot.” Well, it is hot, and often humid, but it is also conservative. We know the heat can be intense, and we are sweating, too, but it’s no excuse to be disrespectful. In big cities and places where tourism is a major part of the economy, locals are accustomed to seeing people walking around in booty shorts and barely there tank tops (I’m referring to men and women...

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Feb 06 2016

San Francisco Chinatown Food Tour

There are few things we love more than to explore a new city’s cuisine. While we had heard mixed reviews of San Francisco’s Chinatown (it’s overrated; really small) we knew we couldn’t miss it. So we were really excited to find a food tour on Tinggly that included a walk through Chinatown and beyond into North Beach led by a local.   We met our guide at Chinatown’s gate and set off towards our first stop: Eastern Bakery, the oldest bakery in San Francisco. We got to try a sampling of savory and...

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Jan 27 2016

The Fairmont San Francisco

The Fairmont greets guests with an impressive lobby that almost forces you to stop and look around - and up - to take in all the detail. Grand couches are arranged into intimate seating areas in the middle under surrounding a massive vase. To the left, signs guide guests to a hair salon and gift shop; to the right, check in behind a stately counter. The impressive building with 592 guest rooms has several dining options, lounges and stunning event spaces.   The History The Fairmont is centrally located atop San Francisco’s Nob...

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Jan 21 2016

What to do in Napa: Three Day Itinerary

As we sat at a winery built to resemble an Iranian Palace, I had a seemingly ridiculous thought that Napa was not as uptight and ritzy as I had expected. Maybe the warm hospitality and the earnestly relayed story of immigrants living the American Dream made the imported travertine feel somehow obtainable. Or maybe a few days of wine tasting with a private driver, visiting an Italian castle and staying in one of the top BnBs in the country had clouded my judgement.   But now, a few days and an entire...

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Jan 19 2016

9 Ways to Beat Jet Lag

Ah, the long haul traveler’s worst nightmare. Or at least close to worst. Jet lag is a plague everyone crossing time zones has to deal with. Our latest trip from the West to the East Coast of the Unites States reminded us that even a few hours difference can throw you off for days. Not to mention flying across the world and being thrown 12 hours into the future. You’re hungry in the middle of the night, you can’t sleep or you sleep all day, you’re disoriented and maybe grumpy....

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Jan 13 2016

A Day of Wine Tasting In Downtown Napa

Eric and I spent an amazing week in California where we spent 4 nights in the Napa Valley. While we usually travel with just the two of us, we were excited to be joined by our friends Allie and Andrew, especially since we are all wine lovers. We spent our first full day in downtown Napa, setting off from The Inn on Randolph with way too many free tasting cards.   We began the day at Vermeil tasting room where we sat in a room with a panoramic photo of the vineyard and...

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Jan 11 2016

Journey To Alcatraz

Sometimes tourist attractions are listed as the number one activity in their city for a reason. Even if you tend to shy away from crowded spots, when tours are well done, the journey includes incredible views, and you’re visiting the most infamous island in the world, it can be completely worth it. Alcatraz is not a tourist attraction to be skipped. We had a great time, learned a lot about the history of the creepy rock and it turned out to be a great rainy day activity.   “The Rock” as it...

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Jan 10 2016

The best luxury hotels of 2015

Narrowing down the best hotels of 2015 was even more difficult than last year. During this past year, we stayed in more than 70 different hotels in 7 different countries. Two of our favorite things about traveling in Southeast Asia are the amazing customer service at the resorts and hotels and the unique design concepts at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. The region is home to some impressive global brands as well as hidden gems.   A few of these properties stand out most in our mind. It was...

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Dec 14 2015

Christmas Gifts for Travelers

If you have a frequent traveler or someone with an upcoming trip on your Christmas list this year, you may be tempted to get them something that will be useful for them on the go. Has your sister been talking your ear off about how excited she is to take pictures on her trip to Germany over Christmas? Or maybe your best friend mentioned they want to upgrade their headphones before they have to fly across the country?   Traveling is always exciting and there are tons of gadgets to help make...

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Dec 08 2015

Best Spas in Chiang Mai

When travelers visit Thailand, a traditional Thai massage is often at the top of their list of must-do activities. Anyone who has spent an extended period of time in Southeast Asia has felt the pain of realizing they can no longer afford multiple massages or spa visits each week. Nothing will spoil a traveler like the availability of $5 foot massages on every corner.   We encourage anyone taking a trip to Thailand to go one step further and treat themselves to a proper spa experience. Getting a Thai massage on a thin...

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