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Travel Tales and Destinations

Amsterdam, again?

In college, I spent $5 on a poster of Van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles” to cover up the ivory cinderblock walls of my dorm room. A few years and many twists of fate later, I stood an arm’s length from the original painting at the Van Gogh Museum on...

My First Oktoberfest

Over 6 million people attend Munich’s famed Oktoberfest over it’s two week run. This year marked my first appearance there. With only a few weeks to prepare, I read every blog post that I could find aimed at first-timers. Now that I have the advantage of hindsight…

Getting to Iceland

Iceland always felt like one of those faraway, once-in-a-lifetime trips that I never imagined I would be able to take. In my mind, it was like Antarctica or the Moon. It would be incredible to see, but was too far away, too expensive and too logistically difficult for...

Iceland Day One: Isolation and Scenery

Temporarily thwarted in our quest for Iceland’s fountain of youth, we decided to find coffee in the next town over. We pulled up to a restaurant that was also closed. Someone who happened to be walking by directed us to Cafe Bryggjan in GrindavĂ­k. GrindavĂ­k is a...

Iceland Day Two: Waterfalls and a Volcano

The next morning we woke to the weather for which we had packed. It was grey and chilly, with occasional drizzle. We reasoned that a rainy day was as good a day as any to see the more famous waterfalls on Iceland’s South Coast. Armed with homemade sandwiches and...

Iceland Day Three

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the next morning was marked by a touch of a queasy stomach and a throbbing head. The day was overcast and the wind was so strong and forceful I could basically lean into it at a 40 degree angle without falling over. Those two conditions...

The Same Trip, Three Times?

There are two ways to vacation: adventure mode or escape mode. For adventure, you build a trip around exploring someplace new and unfamiliar. For escape, you go somewhere comfortable and familiar that is far enough from home that you can relax. In a perfect world, you...

Hotels and Early Check-In

Back in 2008, the universal iPhone adapter meant almost everyone on the planet could plug in the same way. Hotels rushed to upgrade alarm clocks and room accessories to accommodate hordes of iPhone wielding tourists. It was a clear indicator of the tight competition...

The South and the Sun King

Paris is a magical city full of intriguing history, fantastic architecture, and of course, great shopping, food and wine. While I could write about it for days, here’s one of the many fun and obscure bits of trivia that connect one of Paris’ most famous...

Why Fragrances Make the Best Souvenirs

Next time you are at walking through a home that’s for sale, you may notice a subtle realtor’s trick: cookie dough in the oven on low heat or a bowl of fresh lemons on a table. Unless you hate cookies, the smell will quickly remind you of “a time...

Europe for $20 a Week

The excuse most people use for never making it to Europe is the cost. It’s understandable, but it is pretty weak. Here’s the trick to getting yourself to Europe for a much needed vacation on just $20 a week.

A Quote about the Algiers Ferry

I appreciate being quoted in the NOLA.com/Times-Picayune article about the Algiers Ferry. To give some context to those who may never have used the ferry or might not understand residents’ frustration with the lack of support and management it’s now...

Travel Marketing by Email

Email marketing offers a unique opportunity to engage in a dialogue with potential customers, making it particularly disappointing when that opportunity is lost or ignored. It’s 2014 and marketers are trying to appeal to those at the intersection of impulse buyer and leisure traveler by using techniques that have been around since 1998.

Why the Paris Love Locks Matter

Amidst all the hubbub about whether clipping locks to the world famous Pont des Arts bridge in Paris should be banned, the question few have asked is “why are people doing this at all? Why is this even a thing?” It seems logical that if you want to stop people from doing something, asking them why they are doing it is a good first step.

Why River Cruises are on the Rise

One regret I have when looking back at my college days is that I never went on one of those epic, life-changing backpacking through Europe adventures. I know that even against the backdrop of the most majestic of European cities, I probably would have been miserable....

Chasing Kirsten Dunst

The story of how a chance news article about Kirsten Dunst prompted my pursuit of dual US/German citizenship, and the process that followed.

Baggage Tracking Inside Airports

Often when traveling, passengers arrive at baggage claim well before their bags do. Then they are forced to stand around the baggage claim carousel and wait, wondering when the bags will appear, or if their bag has been misplaced or misdirected. The overall baggage...