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Iceland: Fire & Ice, and Hot Dogs

Iceland. Maybe you think of people living in a winter snow land year round, the thrill of the northern lights, or if you are like me you remember the big bad Iceland hockey team from the movie Mighty Ducks. Can you name one city in Iceland? There’s that one major...

LONDON: The 3 Day Agenda

From Iceland to UK. Reykjavik to London. Leaving Iceland felt like I was leaving a football game in the first quarter; there was still so much left to see. But, my plan was to hop on planes and see places, a lot of them. Here I try not to add yet one more London blog...

Step-by-Step: The 22 Hour Layover in Casablanca

  During my layover time in Casablanca,   you could watch the movie Casablanca 13 times in a row.   But I didn't do that. I haven't even seen the movie once. May not ever watch it either. What I did instead is go explore this city realizing I wouldn't...

The Art of the Layover

Most of the time I despise layovers. Like most travelers, I just want to have a non-stop flight to wherever I'm going. But when you're going overseas that's rarely possible. It just can't always work out like that. This isn't about sitting on your phone in the...

57 Hours in Costa Rica

Let's go to Costa Rica. That's how my 2 day trip began in April of 2016. That was said on a Saturday, and I was on a plane for San Jose, Costa Rica that Monday night. The roundtrip flight was 8,600 Southwest points and $74 for international taxes and fees. I took with...

The most delicious place to be in Faro, Portugal

I was fresh off the plane in Faro, Portugal.   Excitement level on high, a new city to discover. I navigated my way from the airport terminal onto a bus headed for the city center. Although my iphone 6 was in airplane mode I kept my gps open and a pin on my...

Top 4 Budget Friendly Activities in Cartagena

With only 2 days to spend in Cartagena, I tried to get an adequate fill of the city while also not rushing around for 48 straight hours. I stayed in the neighborhood Getsemani. It is walking distance to the ocean, night life, and the many day tours to the islands...

Pick up Games in Buenos Aires

Let me start off by saying the search for a public outdoor basketball court was not easy. You would think a big city like BA would be home to more than just randomly placed public futbol (soccer) fields. Especially since Argentina is not a total stranger to the...

By the Numbers: A 22 Day Journey

Looking back on one of my favorite travel itineraries, breaking it down by the numbers. This trip, made possible by a 3 week break in my work schedule, was booked only a week ahead of time. The small window of planning...

CAIRO: 7 Places to Experience True Egyptian Culture

Cairo, Egypt. You probably picture sand dunes and camels with some pyramids in the distance. Those pyramids must be the city of Cairo right? This place is jam packed with culture. The pyramids are only a piece of this city. Like Luxor and Aswan in the South, Cairo is...