As each year comes to a close, reflecting on all of the positive moments that I’ve experienced throughout it, is a refreshing way to end a year and bring in a new one. I’d like to do just that in regards to my 2016 travels, so here is my 2016 travel recap.
It’s here. 2016 is over and 2017 is here. And, to boot, I have some travel goals that I am looking to accomplish this year. Here are a few of my big 2017 travel goals.
It has been a year. There have been some definite ups and downs throughout the year. I have heard a lot of people state that 2016 has been a horrible year, and at moments I have definitely agreed. We lost icons like Prince and Gwen Ifill. Myself, along with a number of friends and colleagues have suffered personal losses of family members.
I personally have had my own ups and downs. I have had travel triumphs, personal losses, and professional gains. It has truly been a roller coaster year. So while it had some low moments, I can’t totally write off 2016. In some ways, it has been one of my best years’ yet. So here is my 2016 Year in Review.
Having a co-owner who graduated first in his class at the Culinary Institute of America, worked at the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and has been the executive chef at places as prestigious as the United Nations in New York, it has every right to put on airs as some restaurants of even lesser credentials do. Yet Corner Kitchen Asheville emanates warmth and aromatic charm the instant you walk up the porch and through its threshold.
This tip is born of experience. Last year, a few days after Christmas, I was one of the unlucky many who got stuck at Chicago O’Hare when freezing rain hit. What should have been a 6-hour trip (with connection) turned into a 21-hour ordeal. That’s right… 21 hours door to door to get from Chicago to the west coast. And if I hadn’t taken some proactive measures, I could have been stuck for days. So here are some tips on what to do when you get stuck due to travel delays.
It’s that time of year. That time when everyone and their mothers hit the skies heading home to visit loved ones. The crowded flights and airports combined with El Nino and unpredictable weather can be a recipe for disaster. Some of these tips to avoid holiday travel snafus may be no-brainers, but bear repeating. Especially during this time of year.
From a foodie perspective, New Mexico comes in first with its biggest foodie export: delicious New Mexico green chiles. And while we had plenty of green chiles while in Santa Fe (more on that coming soon), that isn’t the only delightful cuisine that Santa Fe boasts. We decided to learn more about the influence Spanish cuisine on the area in the Authentic Spanish Tapas cooking demonstration at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. And, of course, enjoy the feast that ensued.
It’s one thing to periodically check your email, or log in to social media, or check out the news of the day from your preferred news outlet online. It is quite another to be a working professional on the road. Given that I bring my laptop on every trip and I work while traveling, I have quite a bit of experience with this. Trying to run a business while traveling can be tricky business if you don’t plan right. It can mean the difference between working for a few hours a day then enjoying your destination or major headaches. Here are ways to be efficient in your work and tips for traveling and working, whether traveling domestically or abroad.
Look, we all have them. We all have a moment when we realize we screwed something up and an “oh, crap!” or other choice word flies out of our mouths. It happens to the best of us. This seems to especially be the case when we travel. Now mind you, you want to avoid huge errors, like forgetting your passport or visas for the country you are entering, but in everyday life, things happen. I am no stranger to this, and on my recent Eurotrip, I definitely had my…moments. Some couldn’t be avoided and some could. These are my latest travel blunders, and they were all on one trip.
Before the days of unlimited calls, people had to pay close attention to the minutes they used on their cell phones. But when traveling overseas, it is important to pay attention to both phone and more importantly data usage. Most people don’t realize that even if you don’t open the email, the fact that it came into your phone means it is eating up data. In order to avoid a big for hundreds or even thousands of dollars, use these tips on how to avoid a huge cell phone bill when traveling overseas.