Earlier this month I took a trip to New Orleans for a work-related conference and had to check a bag for the first time in many, many years. I made few mental notes about the experience from the perspective of someone who never checks luggage: 1) The process takes up a lot of time. On … Continue reading The pain of checking a bag
Month: November 2017
Why I still carry a real camera instead of relying on my iPhone for vacation photos
Earlier in the week I was looking through some old vacation photos, and as recently as 2011, I noticed that many people in my snapshots are holding small point and shoot cameras as they're out and about. How quickly things have changed. Stand alone point and shoots (abbreviated P&S for the remainder of this article) … Continue reading Why I still carry a real camera instead of relying on my iPhone for vacation photos
Travel Insurance Part 2 of 2 – How to get it
This post is a continuation of my Part 1 discussion of travel insurance. Today we'll discuss whether or not you should even bother getting a travel insurance policy, and if you do decide you want one, how to go about acquiring it without getting ripped off. Question 1: Do I even need to buy this? … Continue reading Travel Insurance Part 2 of 2 – How to get it
Photo essay: New Orleans French Quarter
I had been to New Orleans a few times in the past, but this was the first visit where I was able to check out some of the historical sights in the French Quarter as well as some of the voodoo related places. Bourbon Street is undergoing some construction and is a complete mess at … Continue reading Photo essay: New Orleans French Quarter
The one extremely rare time I actually checked a bag
I'm currently in New Orleans for a work conference. Ah... the smell. One of the most distinctive smelling places in the world. Not a good smell, but there it is. I find myself in a very rare situation on this trip: I brought a checked bag. Yeah, I'm not happy about it either, but … Continue reading The one extremely rare time I actually checked a bag
Off to New Orleans!
I'm headed to New Orleans early this morning for the next several days for a work-related conference. It's been many years since I partied on Bourbon Street, so I'm looking forward to hanging out there again. I had a very interesting luggage conundrum that came up with this trip that I'll talk about in more … Continue reading Off to New Orleans!
Travel Insurance Part 1 of 2 – What it is and why you may want it
On every group tour I've ever done, one question that is always asked by the helpful customer service representative is whether or not I want to purchase travel insurance. These add-ons have become more popular over the years, and some tour companies will not allow you to travel to certain destinations without it. This topic … Continue reading Travel Insurance Part 1 of 2 – What it is and why you may want it
How I can pack for a month+ with a single small backpack
For most travelers who, over the course of time, become "light packers," the pinnacle of this achievement is being able to fit all their belongings into one standard rectangular wheeled carry-on bag. One that looks like this: While that's all and good compared to the hassle of dragging around a monstrous checked bag, I think … Continue reading How I can pack for a month+ with a single small backpack