travel advice

[Travel Advice] Denver

Random Observation/Comment #627: Every city has its own hidden charm. I see what you did there, Denver. Things Colorado Does Well Hiking and Scenery – Colorado is easily one of the most beautiful places. Walking out of the airport you can clearly see the Rocky Mountains in the horizon. Amazing hiking is a short drive away. There’s enough trails and...

[Travel Advice] Babymoon

Random Observation/Comment #579: Besides the frequent bathroom breaks and lighter walks, this adventure roadtrip was pretty much like the rest. Crushed it. What’s a babymoon? Similar to a honeymoon, a babymoon is a celebration of a life-changing milestone. It’s a last hurrah, but also supporting the foundation we build in our relationship. Kids will grow up and leave the nest, but we’ll...

[Travel Advice] Switzerland

Random Observation/Comment #558: Rural areas of Switzerland are basically the un-ironic representations you might see in Disney World. There are mountains everywhere and there’s a radio station that yodels choir music. Things Switzerland Does Well Efficiency – For the most part, the Swiss get things done and done pretty quickly Maintained Natural scenery and beauty – There are not many power...

[Travel Advice] Bermuda (in Jan)

Random Observation/Comment #539: Traveling during off season is risky, but certainly rewarding when you want some quiet and great deals. January temperatures are usually in the upper 50s in Bermuda, so bring warm layers because the damp code does, “chill ya to da bone.” Luckily, due to our freakishly warm winter, we scored some sunny days in the 70s and...

[Travel Advice] Austin, Texas

Random Observation/Comment #535: Everything is bigger in Texas. Hook ’em! I love long weekend trips and this one to Austin was exceptionally excellent and well-balanced. The wife and I flew out Thursday night and back Sunday night through one of those awesome JetBlue winter wanderland deals, and just had a wonderful time. Austin is one of those super kind cities with...

[Travel Advice] Sag Harbor Mini Moon

Random Observation/Comment #530: MiniMoons are great. I need more of these long weekends away. For our mini honeymoon (AKA MiniMoon), Wanessa did a long weekend out in Sag Harbor with a general agenda of drinking wine, picking pumpkins, and eating cheese. All-in-all it was pretty perfect and really made this whole marriage and spending-the-rest-of-our-lives-together thing sink in. Things Sag Harbor...

[Travel Advice] Ubud, Bali

Random Observation/Comment #526: Napoli and now Ubud – I think I’m unintentionally following the path from Eat, Pray, Love. Bali is a pretty big Island packed with hidden gems and beautiful culture. One may think it’s all about the beaches and surfing, but the side streets and temples really make this place alive. The Balinese people also fully complete the package....

[Travel Advice] Phuket

Random Observation/Comment #516: A productive vacation is one where you’re not thinking about being productive. I actually need to teach myself to relax sometimes (or at least justify that it’s good for me). Things Phuket does well Reasonable prices – one can live very comfortably here with average $3 meals Spices (specifically curry and Tom yum soups) – I love...

[Travel Advice] Hong Kong

Random Observation/Comment #515: If you read TripAdvisor, almost every recommendation for visiting Hong Kong is eating food (it’s not, but it should be). Bring your appetite and elastic waist pants. Things Hong Kong Does Well Seafood. I love the large family style dinners that give you a bit of everything. Give me all the jellyfish, scallops, and steamed fish! MTR....

[Travel Advice] Japan

Random Observation/Comment #513: Japan’s blend of the traditional and downright weird is comforting. Whatever the roots may be, they are firmly grounded. Things Japan Does Amazingly Transportation – while it looks unbelievably confusing, it is pretty darn efficient. Food – I have a separate entry about how much I love Japanese cuisine. I think I just like all Asian food....

[Travel Advice] Italy Emilia-Romagna Road Trip

Random Observation/Comment #486: If you have celiacs, you’d probably die in Italy of starvation (or be miserable and grumpy all the time). This full road trip includes drives to towns of Brisighella, Bologna, Rimini, San Marino (for the passport stamp), Ravenna, Imola, Dozza, Castelvetro, Castelnuovo, Modena, and Parma. Things Emilia-Romagna does well: Pasta pasta pasta. It’s just so freaking good....

[Travel Advice] Norway Activities

Random Observation/Comment #284: If there’s nothing to do, go eat something. If it’s too expensive to eat, go get drunk. If it’s too expensive to get drunk, go take a nap. For context on the socialism and pricing piece of Norway, please first read the previous post. Things Norway does well: Infrastructure and cleanliness Men seem more attractive than women...

[Travel Advice] Norway Prices

Random Observation/Comment #283: Norway is so expensive, it makes NYC cringe. $15 for a Big Mac. Wtf… I normally write my travel advice with “things given place does well” and “things given place needs to improve”, but I feel Norway needs a bit of a preface to the complexity of its environment and economy. The number one thing you’ll find...

[Travel Advice] Istanbul

Random Observation/Comment #439: Have you ever woke up thinking you were going to South Africa to find out you were tricked to go to Istanbul, but then landed in Bulgaria? That’s why I love being a bear. Things Istanbul does well: Street food – You will certainly eat well here. Prepare for a lot of meat and sweets. Kumpir potatoes...

[Travel Advice] Boston

Random Observation/Comment #434: It’s important to differentiate a sports rival hatred with travel advice. It’d be unfair to judge Boston based on the Bruins or Red Sox rivalry, but man do they suck. Things Boston Does Well: College campuses. Harvard, MIT, North Eastern, and Boston University all have beautiful campuses for walking and crashing their local tours. I’d really just...

[Travel Advice] Vancouver

Random Observation/Comment #425: From my travel experience, I’ve found that all major cities have the same key components. There are pockets of cultural groups, old towns, ghettos, rich areas, financial districts, tall buildings, sprinkling of parks, and hipster scenes. These seem to just naturally form and if you really want to experience the culture, you’ll need to dig much deeper....

[Travel Advice] Whistler

Random Observation/Comment #424: When Chinese parents get older and more health conscious (obsessive), they love vacations with a lot of leisure strolling and fresh air. I planned a full 6-day trip for my parents and my aunt to Whistler + Vancouver to get an overall mix of nature and culture. Verdict: it wasn’t a typical bear trip, but we certainly...

[Travel Advice] Beijing

Random Observation/Comment #412: Smog is smoggy. Looking at the Earth as an organism, humans are definitely the worst disease the Earth has ever caught. You need to stop with those one night stands, Mother Nature. Things China Does Great: Great Wall. It’s pretty great and epic. Certainly worth every penny to go and see it with your own eyes if...

[Travel Advice] Nepal – Pokhara

Random Observation/Comment #409: Wherever we go and whatever we do, safety first – stories later. Things Nepal Does Well: Delicious Indian food (vegetarian). I can’t say much about the meat products since I was a vegetarian the entire Nepal trip, but all the stews, curries, and momo dishes were extremely flavorful and delicious. I also found it to be quite...

[Travel Advice] Brazil – Rio de Janero and Parati

[Travel Advice] Brazil – Rio de Janero and Parati

Random Observation/Comment #357: “There are no pretty women in Brazil.” is what I practiced saying to my gf throughout the trip. Things Brazil Does Well: Churrascaria (A.K.A. Brazilian barbecue, A.K.A. all-you-can-eat meat heaven) is awesome and relatively cheap. You must do this at least once while you’re here and you’ll be mighty satisfied afterwards. Eat all the meat. Note that...

[Travel Advice] Rome (as a local)

Random Observation/Comment #354: Italians and Chinese are very similar with family values and their love of food. Maybe that’s every big family conversation. Things To Eat: Pasta pasta pasta, Gelato, Pasta pasta pasta, Cappuccino. For those that need liquid courage in the morning, get a corrected espresso. It’s corrected with Bailey’s or whisky. It’s awesome. If you like chocolate coffee...

[Travel Guide] Grand Cayman

[Travel Guide] Grand Cayman

Random Observation/Comment #341: Always order seafood if you’re staying on an island. Well, maybe not Long Island; that place is gross. Triumphs During the Trip: Got scuba certified Saw a Caribbean reef shark about 15 feet away (peed my wetsuit) Saw silverfish and tried to hit them (they really move like in Finding Nemo) Held a Sting Ray (felt like...

[Travel Guide] Scotland

[Travel Guide] Scotland

Random Observation/Comment #327: I don’t think I spent a day sober in Scotland. I can’t be an alcoholic if I’m on vacation, right? Is Scotland, as a travel destination, right for you? Things you must like: Drinking whisky (period). That’s basically it. 

[Travel Guide] South Africa

[Travel Guide] South Africa

Random Observation/Comment #324: South Africa really needs a radio station devoted to Lion King songs. It would get all the tourist listeners. Is South Africa, as a travel destination, right for you? Things you must like: Adventures Roughing it in the wild Impromptu decisions Driving long distances (~7 hours per day) Animals far away Photography (because someone will be stopping...

Ireland: It’s so Green

Ireland: It’s so Green

Random Observation/Comment #277: I’ve been taking a lot of these long-weekend trips of 3 nights. I think they are the perfect number of days before you stop being productive with your foreign-country-adventure. After all, these vacations are more for my exploration of a new country than the relaxation from any type of stress. What can be so stressful if I’m...