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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 […]

Connected South of 49 – Roam Mobility Review

Connected South of 49 – Roam Mobility Review

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Mar 30, 2015
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Connected South of 49 – Roam Mobility SIM Review With my recent month long+ trip through the States I had the opportunity to test out Roam Mobility, a USA and Mexico SIM card provider based out of Richmond BC. With the need for reliable and affordable data connection I was more than happy to take […]

The Best Travel Photo Series on the Interwebs

The Best Travel Photo Series on the Interwebs

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Mar 27, 2015
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The Best Travel Photo Series on the Interwebs With my year+ long trip comes the unique opportunity to share some images and stories from around the world. Over pizza and beer before leaving Vancouver I brainstormed with friends for a travel photo series to share while on the go. It had to be something fun, on-brand, […]

What to do with 8 hours in Rome

What to do with 8 hours in Rome

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Mar 25, 2015
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What to do with 8 hours in Rome As mentioned in my post on the Library Hotel and what to do with a short layover in NYC, I love me a good stop over. So much so that I consider them “Bonus Stops” and use them as a chance to see somewhere extra or new. […]

CHALET SUZANNE: The forgotten gem of Lake Wales

CHALET SUZANNE: The forgotten gem of Lake Wales

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Mar 23, 2015
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CHALET SUZANNE: The forgotten gem of Lake Wales Shaun and I spent a few weeks earlier this year visiting my parents in their snowbird home – Lake Wales, Florida (with stops in Nashville, Louisville and Key West). Lake Wales is a sleepy little town in central Florida about 1.5 hours south of Orlando – and the […]

Unique New York – My Short Layover in NYC

Unique New York – My Short Layover in NYC

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Mar 20, 2015
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Unique New York – My Short Layover in NYC New York City has so much to offer visitors. From Broadway shows to world-class museums and famous sites seen in film and television time and time again, there is much to see and do. With a recent stop over I had intended to document my short layover […]

Getting Busy in NYC – Library Hotel Review

Getting Busy in NYC – Library Hotel Review

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Mar 18, 2015
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Getting Busy in NYC – Library Hotel Review I love a good layover. What many perceive as an annoyance I see as an opportunity to see somewhere extra or somewhere new. If long layovers were branded as “Bonus Stops” maybe more people would see this. Anyway, I recently planned one of these “Bonus Stops” for […]

Why I Decided to Live in Cape Town

Why I Decided to Live in Cape Town

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Mar 17, 2015
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Why I Decided to Live in Cape Town Big, fun, and exciting news people! I have decided to (temporarily) stop traveling and start living. No, I haven’t thrown in my travel towel or am too home sick to move. Stopping and living was always on the itinerary – to live in Cape Town was not. Time […]

Florida Eats

Florida Eats

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Mar 12, 2015
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Florida Eats – What a Month in the Sunshine State Looks Like. When I think of Florida I certainly do not think of it as a foodie destination, unless of course we’re talking giant smoked turkey legs at the theme parks, those are delicious. Sadly many share this thought – Florida eats not being the […]

Circa 39 Review – A Travel Inspired Hotel in Miami Beach

Circa 39 Review – A Travel Inspired Hotel in Miami Beach

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Mar 9, 2015
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Circa 39 Review – A Travel Inspired Hotel in Miami Beach Life is a trip, words that couldn’t be more on brand for this site and for a boutique hotel for me to stay at while in Miami. This inspirational quote (among many others) can be found proudly on display at Circa 39, a travel […]

Failing to Launch at the Kennedy Space Center

Failing to Launch at the Kennedy Space Center

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Mar 5, 2015
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Failing to Launch at the Kennedy Space Center Rockets are awesome. Space travel is amazing. The very fact that man walked on the moon is mind blowing. So why in the world did I feel like I was walking into a theme park at the Kennedy space Center instead of the historical facility that it is? I […]

Man vs. Florida Key Lime Pie

Man vs. Florida Key Lime Pie

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Mar 3, 2015
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Man vs. Florida Key Lime Pie Key West is Key lime crazy. As mentioned in my 6 odd things to do in Key West post, you can find Florida Key Lime in everything from chewing gum to cleaning supplies. Of course, catalyst of the the Key Lime rise to fame (and best way to eat them) is in pie form. […]

NYAH Key West – Not Your Average Hotel Review

NYAH Key West – Not Your Average Hotel Review

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Feb 26, 2015
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NYAH Key West – Not Your Average Hotel Review As the name suggests, NYAH Key West is self-described as ‘not your average hotel’. A bold statement that had me intrigued. While in town seeking out all the odd attractions in Key West and the best places to drink that don’t suck I had the opportunity to stay at NYAH Key […]

5 Unique Bars in Key West that Don’t Suck

5 Unique Bars in Key West that Don’t Suck

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Feb 24, 2015
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5 Unique Bars in Key West that don’t Suck There are more than a few bars in Key West. So many so that one would think drinking is Key West’s biggest attraction. It certainly is what people go there to do, even the likes of Ernest Hemingway. For five years in the 1930’s Hemingway split […]

Key Weird – 6 Odd Things to do in Key West

Key Weird – 6 Odd Things to do in Key West

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Feb 20, 2015
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Key Weird – 6 Odd Things to do in Key West Key West is an odd place. I mean it would have to be with a history built on ship wrecking salvagers and isolation. Today it is somewhat of a hippie haven, inhabited by those seeking out warmer climates and a laid-back life. Along with them comes the strange, […]

The 6-Toed Cats of The Hemingway House

The 6-Toed Cats of The Hemingway House

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Feb 18, 2015
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The 6-Toed Cats of The Hemingway House Ernest Hemingway was a superstitious dude. So much so that when he came across a six-toed feline in Key West he was convinced it would bring him good luck. With that thought he decided to surround his gorgeous Key West home with them. I’m not talking 3 or 4 “surround your home with them” […]

My 1st Impression of Key West

My 1st Impression of Key West

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Feb 16, 2015
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My 1st Impression of Key West “The bridge is ouuuuttt!!!” This Arnold Schwarzenegger line from his 1994 film “True Lies” rang through my head (and car) a couple dozen times while making the trek down the historic overseas highway. Ever since seeing this cool 7-mile bridge in that movie I have wanted to make my […]

5 Reasons to Visit Nashville Now

5 Reasons to Visit Nashville Now

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Feb 12, 2015
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5 Reasons to Visit Nashville Now Nashville is rad, and don’t people know it. In recent years tourism numbers to Music City are up, as is the desire for those to live there. When asking locals their thoughts on this sudden boom they all seem to point at the same thing – the vibrant music scene […]

The Ultimate Mancation – My Super Bowl Fan Experience

The Ultimate Mancation – My Super Bowl Fan Experience

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Feb 10, 2015
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The Ultimate Mancation – My Super Bowl Fan Experience As the blue and red confetti rained down on the University of Phoenix Stadium I couldn’t help but feel blessed. In shock of what had just transpired, I tried hard to shift my focus from disappointment to appreciation. I had just spent three awesome days with […]

Staying Friendly in Nashville – Hutton Hotel Review

Staying Friendly in Nashville – Hutton Hotel Review

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Feb 6, 2015
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Staying Friendly in Nashville – Hutton Hotel Review Nashville is an amazing town. With a rich musical heritage and an up and coming downtown core, there is much to love about Music City. My appreciation for Nashville though comes from a different angle.  Sure The Country Music Hall of Fame is great (even to this […]

Visiting the Johnny Cash Museum

Visiting the Johnny Cash Museum

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Feb 4, 2015
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Visiting the Johnny Cash Museum Easily the attraction I was most excited to visit while in Nashville was the Johnny Cash Museum. As mentioned in my cynical review of the Country Music Hall of Fame, I’m not the biggest fan of country. I do, however, love me some Johnny Cash. To label the Man in Black as […]

Touring RCA Studio B – Home of the Nashville Sound

Touring RCA Studio B – Home of the Nashville Sound

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Feb 2, 2015
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Touring RCA Studio B – Home of the Nashville Sound My visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame was a surprising highlight from my time in Nashville. Even though I’m not the biggest Country Music fan, I found the exhibits and memorabilia of the museum fascinating. Of all the Country Music taken in that […]

A Cynical Review of the Country Music Hall of Fame

A Cynical Review of the Country Music Hall of Fame

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Jan 29, 2015
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A Cynical Review of the Country Music Hall of Fame I don’t care much for country music. Wait. Let me back up. I don’t care much for what country music has become. Twangy ballads about heartache or kickin it country style, they all sound the same to me. Evidently, I’m not the only one: Pretty […]

2 Reasons Why I will Return to Kentucky

2 Reasons Why I will Return to Kentucky

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Jan 27, 2015
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The Kentucky Derby and the Bourbon Trail – 2 Reasons why I will Return to Kentucky With little time to spend in the Blue Grass State I was still able to get a glimpse of why I want to return to Kentucky. No, I’m not talking finger-licking-good chicken. The reasons I will return to Kentucky, The Kentucky […]

Where Baseball Bats are Born – Visiting the Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum

Where Baseball Bats are Born – Visiting the Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum

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Jan 23, 2015
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Visiting the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum  Not but 12 hours after hoisting Larry Bird’s 85/86 MVP trophy over my head I was swinging Yankee legend Mickey Mantle’s game used bat. By this point in my trip the sports fan in me was screaming “stop while you’re ahead!” How did I get to put my […]

Visiting French Lick – Larry Bird’s Small Town

Visiting French Lick – Larry Bird’s Small Town

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Jan 21, 2015
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Visiting French Lick – Larry Bird’s Small Town I am going age myself here. NBA Superstar’s volume #1, that is when my desire for visiting French Lick was born. This “fusion of music and sports like never before” put this small Indiana town on the map for me. I received this VHS tape (remember those?) for my […]

Golfing Princeville at Hanalei – One of America’s Best

Golfing Princeville at Hanalei – One of America’s Best

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Jan 19, 2015
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Golfing Princeville at Hanalei – One of America’s Best Kauai lured us in a way that the ‘Big Island’ and other Hawaii destinations hadn’t. It is rich in both Hawaii’s famous surf, the aloha spirit, and the expansive island scenery that humbles as much as it inspires. One element we hadn’t totally accounted for when we started […]

Capt Andy’s Sailing Review – Dad jokes, Pterodactyls, and the Na Pali Coast

Capt Andy’s Sailing Review – Dad jokes, Pterodactyls, and the Na Pali Coast

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Jan 15, 2015
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Capt Andy’s Sailing Review Waking up at the crack of dawn isn’t something I really want to do on vacation. However since most things in Kauai close at about 11pm we found ourselves getting to bed early most nights which made the early rise to get to Capt Andy’s sailing a little easier. Plus, it was […]

2015 Travel Plans…So Far

2015 Travel Plans…So Far

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Jan 13, 2015
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2015 Travel Plans…So Far With all the awesome of 2014 behind me it is time to look ahead. 2015 will be the biggest year for me in regards to travel and this site. The end of 2014 saw me leave my desk job, sell my house and all but a few possessions as I prepared for […]

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