Travel

[Travel Advice] Tel Aviv, Israel

Random Observation/Comment #781: There’s so much more to eat and see in Israel. Time to plan another trip. What Tel Aviv Does Well: Things I Didn’t Expect: Quick Itinerary: I didn’t have a long trip. For me, it was more about catching up with old friends and being in the moment. We did walk around everywhere though. Wandering areas Places...

[Travel Advice] Maui, Hawaii

Random Observation/Comment #778: I’m happy with switching my whole wardrobe to Aloha shirts. Things Maui does well Rainbows – To get rainbows, you also need a lot of random rain. It’s overall beautiful weather with a spritz of precipitation and high winds at times Perfect temperatures – It’s always 85 degrees Fahrenheit plus or minus 10 degrees depending on the...

[Travel Advice] ETH Mexico City

Random Observation/Comment #770: Hackathons are super fun and definitely a good way to connect with all this remote working. Observations about Mexico City Mezcal is so smooth and smoky – Definitely get some of the top shelf bottles for around $30USD. It’s dangerously delicious. Large pedestrian street potholes – I almost fell into these while walking around. Definitely be careful...

[Travel Advice] Utah Glamping

Random Observation/Comment #769: Get lost in the details of the vastness. Observations about Utah Moab has awesome restaurants – I loved the different food options in Moab. Even though we were comfortable cooking, sometimes you just want to eat without cleaning dishes. Drive scenic route 128 – From i70, take the exit on Cisco to catch route 128. The drive...

[Travel Advice] Amsterdam

Random Observation/Comment #758: I could see myself living in Amsterdam. Things Amsterdam Does Well Beautiful canals and wandering – There’s no shortage of scenic bridge photos overlooking into a canal. I think every corner is just gorgeous and it’s lovely just being surprised. Biking commute – There’s still cars on some major streets and crazy thin one-way roads, but bikes...

30 Refreshed Travel Tips

Random Observation/Comment #757: For me, traveling is a mentality. I look at my experiences differently and just absorb the vibes of the new culture and people. Why this List? I haven’t done an international trip since COVID started, so I needed to think through this process for my devconnect / ETHAmsterdam conference. Here’s some things I wrote down before my...

30 Conferences I Want to Attend

Random Observation/Comment #738: I don’t miss conferences, but I miss my conference-goer acquaintances. It’s been way too long. Why this List? If I were single, without responsibility, and given my current capital, I’d probably do a year long challenge of attending fun conferences and events. Unfortunately (and fortunately), I do have an amazing home life and would rather spend the...

[Travel Advice] Glenwood Springs / Hanging Lake

Random Observation/Comment #722: Just as I rather buy a business class flight when bringing Evie, I totally rather go glamping than roughing it. Observations about Glenwood Springs: Incredibly beautiful and easy i70 drive (even better if you take the Aspen route) – Take your time driving out there. Cute small town with lots of great food – There’s not a...

[Travel Advice] Keystone

Random Observation/Comment #687: I can’t believe this is all just a 1.5-hour drive away. It used to take an hour just to get out of the city. Things We Loved Driving – The i-70 is just so gorgeous winding between the mountains. While Evie was napping in the car, we just Google’d “scenic drives” and was not disappointed. It’s a...

30 Flying Tips with a Toddler During a Pandemic

Random Observation/Comment #673: I’m okay with not flying for a while Why this List? In order to move cross country, we decided to suffer 4-hours and take the airport risk rather than driving over 3 days and take the hotel risk. Here are some tips we used on prep and execution for this flight. Prep – Things to Buy We...

Cross Country Move Guide

Random Observation/Comment #669: New adventures are meant to be scary and exciting. We’ve got plenty of time to change. This isn’t my first time moving. I know this because I already have a full blogpost of lessons learned around packing. What’s new to me is a cross country move in the middle of a pandemic. There were a lot of...

[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] Sonoma

Random Observation/Comment #616: Don’t forget to schedule date nights. Don’t forget to schedule travel without the baby. It wasn’t a lot of time, but a long weekend is what I used to take for bear trips. This one was a lot of fun and much needed time with the wife (and without the toddler). Many thanks to my parents for...

[Travel Advice] Grand Canyon Las Vegas Babymoon

Random Observation/Comment #581: Not all activities revolve around drinking. It may seem like most of them do though… I’ll drink to that. See previous blogpost for our babymoon planning. At a very high level, we spent 2.5 days roadtripping from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon, Page, and Sedona, then spent the other 2.5 days relaxing by the pool at the Wynn...

[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...

[Biz Travel Advice] San Francisco

Random Observation/Comment #572: Adapt to a healthy and productive routine quickly during business travel. As mentioned in an earlier post about business travel advice, travel for business is a completely different beast from travel for leisure. There’s expectations to do more than just eat, take photos, sight see, and eat some more. It’s absolutely necessary to blend in and enter...

Business Travel Advice

Random Observation/Comment #564: “There’s no place like 127.0.0.1” I love to travel, so when I was offered a chance to run some workshops in APAC for two weeks, I emphatically agreed. Here were my series of reactions: Celebration. Woohoo! I’m going to check-off Australia and Singapore! My standard “travel research” routine. This basically consists of me indulging in travelporn destination...

[Travel Advice] Norwegian Alaska cruise

Random Observation/Comment #561: We took the Norwegian Pearl (y’argh). Yes, I kept saying y’argh after the ship name. It’ll never got old. Things NCL Alaskan Cruise did well Access to remote locations – We learned that locations like Juneau and Ketchikan can only be accessed 3 ways, “boat, air, or birth canal” (pause for laughter). Taking a cruise offers the opportunity to visit...

[Travel Advice] Pacific Northwest roadtrip

Random Observation/Comment #560: Honeymoon Roadtrip was the best choice ever. A lot of car tunes, audiobooks, podcasts, and funny discussions that brought us closer. Things Pacific Northwest Does Well Pure nature bliss – National parks are sprinkled throughout this magical place. Clouds – When you get the non-rainy ones, they’re really something #cloudporn Hospitality – Super friendly people with a lot...

[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] Maine

Random Observation/Comment #551: Let’s all live in Maine. Simpler fashion, delicious seafood, and hiking to your heart’s content. TL;DR: Maine is really beautiful and an unexpected foodie scene. We now want to visit every national park and come back here for more Fore Street. Things Maine Does Well Lobstah – whether you’re getting full 1 1/2 lb hard shells, hot...

[Travel Advice] St. Petersburg, Florida

Random Observation/Comment #549: Wedding weekends are a wonderful thing. It’s a lot more fun when you’re not photographing them and can just enjoy. Congratulations to Niki and TomTom! May you fall deeper in love everyday. As this wasn’t a standard bear travel trip, I didn’t do my standard due diligence planning of activities. I assumed I’d be at a resort...

[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...