Category: Travel

How to Make the Most of a Long Layover

12 Hours in Beijing = tour the Great Wall There are those key moments in life when you are reminded of why the person you are with is your perfect travel buddy. The latest moment occurred a few months ago, when Lakisha looked at me and said, ͞So, we have to stop in Beijing on the way home from Thailand. We can have a … Read More How to Make the Most of a Long Layover

Time to recharge – A trip to Crete without a list

​​We’ve all been there before as we prep for an upcoming vacation. Plane tickets booked, hotel confirmed, airport transfers ready…But instead of allowing ourselves to “turn our brains off”, we start with the “real work.” Step 1) Google “top ten sites at XYZ location” Step 2) Reach out to close friends to get recommendations for the things we “must see.” Step 3) Post on … Read More Time to recharge – A trip to Crete without a list

Napa like a baller, without dropping a week’s salary

My wife and I have had the opportunity to visit Napa three times in a little over two years. After visiting a number of wineries, we can say without fail that:  Silver Oak, Cakebread, and Hall are hands down the best wineries we’ve tried in Napa, with Domaine Chandon coming in a close fourth. Over the course of this time, we’ve noticed a few … Read More Napa like a baller, without dropping a week’s salary

The Iceland Survival Guide: Nine essential tips that I learned the hard way.

When my wife and I posted photos from our recent trip to Iceland, it seemed like the comments weren’t just about the natural beauty of the locations, but also a running tally of people who had been there, or had it on their wish list. With the wide variety of flight options leaving out of several different airports, and a free stopover on the way … Read More The Iceland Survival Guide: Nine essential tips that I learned the hard way.

Enjoy the journey, not just the destination: Five steps to making the most of your airport experience

My husband and I just returned from an international vacation in Crete, which featured a layover in Istanbul, and an overnight stay at an Air B&B in Athens. Our final location was absolutely breathtaking, but we also enjoyed the journey along the way. So often when people arrive at the airport, they focus on getting from point A to point B and the hassles … Read More Enjoy the journey, not just the destination:
Five steps to making the most of your airport experience

Five tips for a quick trip to Kona 

For this blog post we listed our tips in a video. But if you want more detail read below. ​​ 1. Rent a car: Kona is on the Big Island and it’s called that for a reason…it’s Huge! You can Uber or taxi but it’s much more expensive. We booked a rental car for 4 days from Avis for $130. However, the price estimate … Read More Five tips for a quick trip to Kona 

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Top five pet peeves on an airline flight and how to fix them

We all have them, things that other passengers do on board a flight that just drive you a little crazy. After witnessing all five of these “transgressions” throughout the course of yesterday’s nine-hour flight, I felt compelled to make a list. Here are my top five in-flight pet peeves and solutions to make a better flight experience for all. 1. Remove your oversized backpacks!  … Read More Top five pet peeves on an airline flight and how to fix them