Reading back on my Travel Photography page here, it all seems so quaint. Photo storage devices; portable hard drives. I wrote that content last March, now it is outdated.
Cloud computing makes all of this unnecessary. You can store all – or your most important images in the cloud and not have to take the time to backup to an external device.
When I was developing his site earlier this year, my client Francois at the Saint Barth Dental Association introduced me to Dropbox. Dropbox gives you 5 gigs of free cloud storage. As you refer friends or add devices, you get more storage.
I’ve booked 4 trips in the past 2 days in addition to the 2 already scheduled for May and June. Want to know how I’m keeping them all straight?
In an effort to speak real Spanish, instead of just adding “o” to the end of French words, I’ve been taking weekly lessons at FluentCity and have not gone away since December. Now, I’m making up for lost time and have at least 1 trip planned per month through October. Plus, I’m considering a lengthy vacation in September but having trouble deciding: Mexico or Malta?
How am I organizing these trips and making sure every necessary component is booked? List making and consistent calendar usage.
Here’s where I’m going and how I’m planning:
Beacon Hill Alley, Boston
A common question on Tripadvisor’s NYC forum is what location is best combined with a trip to New York. The answer, of course, depends on your interests. Based on a lifetime spent traveling around the NYC area, I’ve come up with some suggestions. This list just scratches the surface and reflects my interests, so don’t expect any entries on golf, sporty pursuits or hiking other than on city streets!
The Obvious Choices:
Washington, DC – A little over 3 hours from NYC by train, this is probably the #1 combo for overseas visitors. You can fly, but Amtrak is a lot more civilized, as long as it is on time. If you’re on a budget and your schedule is a little more flexible, consider Bolt or Mega Bus. The monuments, Smithsonian, Spy Museum (reserve in advance) are some of the major attractions. The Monaco, a Kimpton Hotel, and others often have great weekend deals.
Philadelphia – a good option for history and art lovers. Home to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and other major locations pertinent to American history. One of the best art museums in the country and that is before the Barnes Foundation’s Philadelphia branch opens in May. Reading Terminal Market for moderate food options; anything Jose Garces for special meals. The original Buddakan is here too. The well located Loews Hotel often has specials. Book Amtrak early for the best fares, or Bolt or Mega buses are fine for the relatively short trip, depending on traffic. The NJ Transit to Septa is less expensive than Amtrak but can take up to 3 hours for the 1.5 hour trip.
Posted in Destinations, Food and Wine, New York, Trip Planning
Tagged NYC and beach trip, NYC and Boston, NYC and Bucks County, NYC and Niagara Falls, NYC and Philadelphia, NYC and Woodstock, NYC combo trip, NYC weekend trips, Savannah, USA Multi-city vacations
*not counting the camera and laptop
April school break and summer travel will be here before you know it. Are you ready? Here are some of my favorite travel products and gadgets to make me more comfortable, and more secure on the road.
Noise Canceling Headphones – I’m sure the Bose are better, but I am happy with my Audio Technica ATH-ANC7Bs for 1/2 the price. And, they’ve lasted for years unlike the cheaper sets I used to have to replace every 6 months from Radio Shack. The carrying case is huge, but it is smaller than the Bose.
Sighs of the Bride, one of the recipes taught by Estela Silva at Mexican Home Cooking School
The older I get, the more meaningful I want my travel experiences. The likelihood of taking a dedicated beach vacation is nil. If I opt for a beach locale, there is surely excellent snorkeling or sightseeing like Mayan ruins nearby.
I’m not knocking beach vacations, everyone needs to relax, but sometimes you want more.
Now that I’ve managed to stay at a company long enough to earn 4 weeks of vacation, I have the luxury of taking different types of trips throughout the year. The days of needing a week planted on a chaise lounge to recover from a year of work are hopefully over.
Posted in Destinations, Food and Wine, Photography, Snorkeling, Solo Travel, Trip Planning
Tagged cooking vacations, culinary travel, dive lodges, Educational Travel, Glovers Atoll Belize, Jim Cline Photo Tours, language training, Mexican Home Cooking School, Off the Wall Resort Belize, photo classes, photography tours, religious pilgrimage vacations, Specialty travel, volunteer vacations
CBS launched Season 20 of the Amazing Race last Sunday night, so it’s early enough to jump in if you’re not already watching my favorite TV show. Even we regular viewers can’t keep most of the cast straight yet, as evidenced by the discussion on the online fan forums.
Teams of 2 people with a pre-existing relationship travel around the world, completing challenges to finish each leg. The last team to finish the leg is usually eliminated, although there are a few non-elimination legs. At the beginning of each leg, the teams are told where they have to go in written clues, and sometimes how to get there.
Loehmann’s – Discount Shopper’s Mecca
Interested in a condensed route to some of the best discount shopping in Manhattan? Don’t spend your time and energy shopping around – I’ve done the legwork for you!
“Never pay retail” is an adage most New Yorkers have ingrained in their souls. We know that due to the huge sales volume and selection of retail options here, we can usually find the best prices on anything; sometimes even better than the price at the country of the item’s origination.
Thanks to early advanced training from a mother who could be a professional shopper, over the years I have distinguished myself as a savvy buyer. I’m the person friends, coworkers and clients ask when they need to find anything; one of my areas of expertise on Tripadvisor is shopping and sourcing items.
While shopping opportunities abound in NYC, I’ve chosen the route I typically take on weekends – from my neighborhood in Chelsea to the northern reaches of the Village. I’ve also included alternatives in different parts of Manhattan.
Posted in Destination Research, New York, Shopping
Tagged budget New York, budget NYC, Chelsea shopping, Flatiron shopping, New York discount shopping, New York shopping, NYC best shopping, NYC clothing discounts, NYC cookware stores, NYC discount shopping, NYC luggage stores, NYC outlets, NYC shopping itenerary, NYC shopping itinerary, Village shopping, where to shop New York, Where to shop NYC
Unless you plan to join the cartel, become a high ranking Mexican military or police officer before your next vacation, your chance of encountering danger is slim….
Beware the Falling Coconut
At least once a year, I go to Mexico. And, I’m not dead. Before every trip, well meaning relatives, friends, coworkers and clients insist I will die if I go to Mexico. And, yet, I keep coming back…. Alive.
While I can’t guarantee your safety, especially on the US/Mexican border, I can tell you what to do to avoid the real potential for danger in Mexico. Beware falling coconuts and uneven sidewalks.
Posted in Destination Research, Destinations, Mexico
Tagged drug cartel violence, Mayan Riviera travel, Merida, Mexico Colonial cities safety, Mexico danger, Mexico safety, Mexico travel, Quitana Roo, Yucatan peninsula