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Why do I travel

August 18th, 2015 · Comments Off on Why do I travel

Interesting question was posted on reddit: Why do you travel? Traveling has enriched me greatly for some wildly different reasons. Mostly, I travel because I like the break from the routine. It forces me to try different foods, sleep in different places, interact with new people, maybe even speak a different language. It encourages me […]

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Driving in Ireland

July 31st, 2015 · Comments Off on Driving in Ireland

I knew that in the UK and Ireland, people drive on the left side of the road. I heard the advice “drive left, look right” at intersections, and repeated the mantra to myself all during the drive. However, what I didn’t anticipate was that the roads and parking lots are all designed for smaller cars […]

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Tags: Travel Advice · Trip Reports

Misc Lessons from Ireland trip

July 31st, 2015 · Comments Off on Misc Lessons from Ireland trip

We spent 8 days driving in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Here are some miscellaneous notes: Clothes: Ireland in summer was in the 50s to low 60s Fahrenheit every day. It rained almost every day, and was sunny almost every day. Clothes: if you can afford it: wear a nice waterproof outer shell, an insulating layer, […]

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Tags: Travel · Travel Advice

Most-used smartphone travel apps

August 31st, 2014 · Comments Off on Most-used smartphone travel apps

I’m just finishing up a driving trip in Germany, and my #1 indespensible app has to be my navigation app. I just cannot imagine driving around a foreign-language country without it. I have a year of German under my belt, but I still cannot understand all the road signs, the exits can be confusing, and […]

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Planning a trip

May 7th, 2014 · Comments Off on Planning a trip

A novice traveler on Reddit was nervous about planning their upcoming trip, and asking for general trip planning advice. I thought I came up with some good advice: There’s no one way to do it. Everybody has their balance of how much they like to plan in advance and how much they want to be […]

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Things to do in New York City “off the beaten path”

August 5th, 2013 · Comments Off on Things to do in New York City “off the beaten path”

For some reason, people on Reddit always want to know what to do that’s “off the beaten path” or “not the usual tourist things”. Well, frankly, the “usual tourist things” in New York are pretty awesome. But, here are some things that might be considered “off the beaten path” that I enjoyed during my time […]

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Three short US travel getaways

April 22nd, 2013 · Comments Off on Three short US travel getaways

A question was posed on Reddit: How can I use my Southwest Airlines Frequent Flier miles to enjoy a modest but relaxing US-based vacation? I came up with this answer. All are cities that Southwest flies to: Suggestion 1: Sanibel/Captiva Fly to Ft Meyers, Florida. Rent a car and drive to Sanibel/Captiva Island (about an […]

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Things to do in Cape Cod

October 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Things to do in Cape Cod

Ice cream. Lots of great ice creameries. Most are probably closed in October. Lots of historic houses, windmills, lighthouses, mills to visit. Probably mostly closed in October, but you can visit the grounds. The walk out to Race Point Lighthouse is beautiful; do this at low tide. Fairly strenuous. World-class bicycle trails. Awesomeness on two […]

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Accuracy of the Wintec WBT-201 GPS logger in different conditions

September 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Accuracy of the Wintec WBT-201 GPS logger in different conditions

I can say that the Wintec G-Rays WBT-201 has worked with my iMac and MacBook Air, reliably and consistently, for over a year. It claims to operate for up to 8 hours, and I think that’s about right. I sync the .gpx file with my Mac using the free Houdah GPS software. Here are some […]

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Tags: Photo Gear · Photography (writing) · Travel

Rally for Sanity

October 30th, 2010 · Comments Off on Rally for Sanity

We flew to BWI, took a bus and a train to DC, to attend Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity. We walked from L’Enfant Plaza to Gallery Place, squeezing through masses of people. Then we flew home on the same day. More photos on Flickr.

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Tags: Family · Travel