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I’m a writer!

I’m a writer!

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Aug 9, 2013
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  I chuckle at that statement. I’m a writer. I even have a playlist on iTunes called “I’m a writer!” for those tunes that help me type. Yes this personal joke may sound ridiculous in my head but the proof is in the pudding…and by pudding I mean pages. For the past few months I […]

Getting Scammed in Bangkok – Twice

Getting Scammed in Bangkok – Twice

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Jul 24, 2014
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Getting scammed in Bangkok There I stood being fitted for a suit jacket I did not want and had no intention of buying. I looked at myself in the mirror and saw a man that has been bested. I felt sick. I caught my eyes in the reflection and gazed in confusion. Rage. Self-contained rage. […]

3 Reasons Why I Was Skeptical About Thailand (& why I was wrong)

3 Reasons Why I Was Skeptical About Thailand (& why I was wrong)

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Jul 22, 2014
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3 Reasons Why I Was Skeptical About Thailand (& why I was wrong) I constantly preach that you should make up your own mind about experiences and places you visit. So why did I let other people’s impressions of Thailand sway me so much? For years now I have heard nothing but great things about […]

Instagramming California

Instagramming California

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Jul 21, 2014
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Instagramming California My visit through California on the #GreatCoastRoadTrip provided me with some great pictures. Seriously, how photogenic can one state be? From the breweries and wineries of Santa Barbara to the bright lights of Hollywood, California did not disappoint the eye. Here is a recap of my favorite Instagramming California shots. Instagramming California travel […]

Strolling Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco’s Original Hippie Hangout

Strolling Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco’s Original Hippie Hangout

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Jul 18, 2014
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Strolling Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco’s Original Hippie Hangout After checking into our Priceline won hotel (JW Marriott Union Square for $90 dollars!) we headed  out to try and catch the tail end of the North Beach Festival. From what the concierge told us, the North Beach Festival is an outdoors event with street performers, art installations, […]

Making the Most of Delayed Flight Compensation

Making the Most of Delayed Flight Compensation

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Jul 16, 2014
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Making the Most of Delayed Flight Compensation Missing your connecting flight doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. If your travel plans are interrupted by weather, a late take-off, or mechanical issues, you may be entitled to delayed flight compensation. Knowing what options are available  can help you make the most of an otherwise […]

Off to the (Wiener Dog) Races

Off to the (Wiener Dog) Races

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Jul 14, 2014
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What I did this weekend – Vancouver’s Wiener Dog Race There was a lot going on in Vancouver this weekend. A. Lot. Annual Kits days (also known as Khatsilano, a street festival with an insane number of bands, merchants, and sweet, delicious food trucks), the Van Doren Invitational – a pro bowlrider contest boasting a […]

A Special Guest at The West Beach Inn

A Special Guest at The West Beach Inn

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Jul 10, 2014
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A Special Guest at The West Beach Inn On my recent trip to Santa Barbara I had the pleasure of spending the night at the West Beach Inn courtesy of Coast Hotels. It was the first leg of my #GreatCoastRoadTrip and I was excited to be in Santa Barbara and staying at this unique hotel. […]

My Favorite California Eats

My Favorite California Eats

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Jul 1, 2014
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With my #GreatCoastRoadTrip came some seriously tasty California eats. From high-end restaurants in Santa Barbara to cheap street tacos everywhere, it was all good. We also sampled some  (lots)  great craft beer and Californian wine, which only made our meals that much better. Here’s a quick look back at some of my favorite California eats: […]

7 Reasons Why I Will Return to Santa Barbara

7 Reasons Why I Will Return to Santa Barbara

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Jun 27, 2014
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7 Reasons Why I Will Return to Santa Barbara On my recent visit to Santa Barbara I came to realize that it is a fun and hip town with much to offer – too much to pack into the short time-frame that I had there. Even though I hate to backtrack, I will return to […]

Los Angeles ZipCar – Zipping From Sight to Sight

Los Angeles ZipCar – Zipping From Sight to Sight

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Jun 23, 2014
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Los Angeles ZipCar – Zipping From Sight to Sight With our last day of the #GreatCoastRoadTrip our itinerary was wide open. With so many world famous sights to be seen in such little time we decided to make the most of our fun ride and headed out for a jam-packed tour using our Los Angeles […]

Flappers Comedy Club – Something Funny in Burbank

Flappers Comedy Club – Something Funny in Burbank

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Jun 19, 2014
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Flappers Comedy Club – Something Funny in Burbank Walking around downtown Burbank all we noticed was chain restaurant after chain restaurant – and they were all packed. As we walked further I couldn’t help but feel like Burbank had no soul. In a place where creativity, imagination, and entertainment is born how can Buffalo Wild Wings […]

Exposed: A Peek Behind Burbanks Scenes

Exposed: A Peek Behind Burbanks Scenes

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Jun 18, 2014
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A Peek Behind Burbanks Scenes Dubbed the “media capital of the world,” Burbank is home to some of the biggest companies in entertainment. Over the years Warner Bros, NBC, and Disney (among others) have produced hit TV shows and movies from this little city just north of Hollywood. Thankfully Burbank is also home to the […]

2 days in Santa Barbara

2 days in Santa Barbara

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Jun 16, 2014
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2 Days in Santa Barbara We arrived at the Coast West Beach  Inn sleepy-eyed and ready for a nap. Our flight south had us up at the ungodly hour of 3 AM so all our bodies wanted to do was shut down. Not the best way to start our 2 days in Santa Barbara but we […]

My Cali-Coast Road-Trip Playlist

My Cali-Coast Road-Trip Playlist

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Jun 13, 2014
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My Cali-Coast Road-Trip Playlist I love a good playlist. I always have. Over the years cassette tapes,  CDs, and the first-generation MP3 players have all been platforms for me to create the ultimate mix. I also love a good road-trip. Naturally the two to go hand-in-hand. There’s something about a songs connection to a moment […]

California. Where my Travel Addiction Began.

California. Where my Travel Addiction Began.

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Jun 11, 2014
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California. Where my Travel Addiction Began.   I am an explorer. I crave adventure. I seek the unknown. This is what is in me. This is what keeps me moving. This is why I hate to backtrack. An example of my habit/condition/lifestyle – after a recent trip to Sochi for the Winter Olympics I continued […]

Why I Dislike Dubai (& feel bad about it)

Why I Dislike Dubai (& feel bad about it)

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Jun 10, 2014
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Why I Dislike Dubai (& feel bad about it) For those of you that have been following along you may have noticed I’ve had less than encouraging things to say about my time in Dubai. Let me clear the air, Dubai is not the crap hole I may have portrayed – it just isn’t for […]

Over Dubai in 60 Seconds

Over Dubai in 60 Seconds

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Jun 8, 2014
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Over Dubai in 60 Seconds Here is a quick 8mm style recap of my exhilarating ride over Dubai. See the The World Islands, the Burj Al Arab, The Palm Jumeirah, the Atlantis Hotel, Jumeriah Beach, and of course the Burj Khalifa up close and in focus – or at least as in focus as my […]

Dubai Eats

Dubai Eats

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Jun 6, 2014
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Dubai Eats As I previously pointed out in my Making Sense of Dubai Mall Culture post, I knew nothing of Dubai prior to visiting. This was no different when it came to the food. I had a hard enough time imagining what the food in Turkey would be like but was pleasantly surprised there. This lead […]

Above Dubai – HeliDubai Review

Above Dubai – HeliDubai Review

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Jun 4, 2014
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Above Dubai – HeliDubai Review For a city that boasts some seriously cool (and massive) man-made structures it sure is tough to get a good look at them. The World islands  doesn’t look like much from the shore, same goes for the Palm Jumeirah – although you can walk around the latter, the effect of […]

Making Sense of Dubai Mall Culture

Making Sense of Dubai Mall Culture

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Jun 3, 2014
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Making Sense of Dubai Mall Culture The last thing I expected to see on my drive into town from the Dubai airport was a Tim Hortons, yet there it was. Amongst the cookie-cutter commercial buildings built on top of sand stood Canada’s favorite donut shop. It was an unexpected sight and all I could think […]

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