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When Travel Goes Wrong

February 4, 2015
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When Travel Goes Wrong

Security at Paris Orly can rest easy tonight knowing they’ve confiscated a dangerous quantity of moisturizer from me, a truly radical traveler hell bent on world domination. I normally don’t let things like this get to me, but I’ve never had that appropriately sized bottle questioned at any major airport, which reinforces my fear...
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What does 1400 euros/night get you?

February 2, 2015
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What does 1400 euros/night get you?

As many of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter know, I used this Paris trip to cash in my Hyatt free nights’ awards at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome. I was going back and forth as to whether I wanted to use them both in one location; there are plenty of Couchsurfers in...
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It doesn’t matter what you do in Paris

February 1, 2015
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It doesn’t matter what you do in Paris

The quality of my room doesn’t matter. The fact that I used my free nights’ rewards from spending with my Chase Hyatt Visa for two days in the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome is irrelevant. The fact I was given a free upgrade to a suite which costs upwards of 1000€/night means nothing. As do...
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First Time in Liverpool

January 31, 2015
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First Time in Liverpool

“We’ll be arriving 3 minutes early today. We do apologize for the inconvenience of coming in early. If that causes any inconvenience for any of our passengers… Tough.” My stay in the UK was full of fun and food. Despite all this talk about British food being unpalatable by American standards, I found the...
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London as an Adult

January 23, 2015
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London as an Adult

Although I firmly believe in the value of people getting their kids out in the world at a young age – though not before four, when they’re unlikely to retain any of it – I have to question some of my parents’ travel choices. Photographs prove I was on Long Beach at age four,...
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Avoiding Guards at the Stairway to Heaven

January 12, 2015
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Avoiding Guards at the Stairway to Heaven

As my cousin drove me from Honolulu International Airport to Kailua via the H3, the first thing I noticed was a long trail of steps leading up a particularly steep mountain face. Even with the jet lag and hunger from a six-hour flight, this caught my attention. Oahu is filled with amazing mountains and...
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Failure to Reach Pearl Harbor

January 8, 2015
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Failure to Reach Pearl Harbor

Oahu has been amazing so far. Having left Texas when the temperature dropped below zero, I had forgotten just how good the sun can feel. Couple that with a great setup in Kailua, and things are shaping up nicely. It’s only been two days. I emerged from the airport inappropriately dressed in a business...
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Once A Traveler in 2015

January 2, 2015
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Once A Traveler in 2015

Where’s my hoverboard? Back to the Future did prophesize Google Glass, but I’m still waiting for my flying shoes that allow me to go on long runs in the air (think of the reduction in impact on everyone’s knees!) Another year come and gone. I admit I didn’t blog as often in 2014 as...
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The Canadian Side

December 23, 2014
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The Canadian Side

I visited Niagara Falls (the attraction, not the city) back in 2010 when I was touring the country working as a marketing rep for one of the most despicable people to ever walk the planet. Fortunately, escaping the stress of this job was simple, as I had a lot of travel under my belt...
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Travel Tips: Some People Just Want to Share their Misery

November 22, 2014
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I recently took the Golden Gate Transit bus from San Francisco to Petaluma. Although I’ve had issues from time to time with punctuality and drivers who let the slightest bit of authority go to their heads by not allowing me to carry a duffel bag on board, for the most part, the rides are...
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