Belfast, Northern Ireland: Fish and Chips and a History of Conflict

Belfast, Northern Ireland: The Antrim Coast is gorgeous.

As I talked about our cruise itinerary, perhaps my least anticipated port was Belfast. In advance of our cruise, I hired a guide with the expectation that we would see some of the coastline, and a couple of murals.

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Liverpool, and a Jaunt to Northern Wales

A jaunt to Northern Wales: Conwy Castle

While in Liverpool, people tend to do some sort of Beatles-related tour. Alas, I don’t really like the Beatles. Mind you, I don’t not like them, but I am ambivalent, and don’t want to spend my whole day seeing places that inspired them. I would rather see . . . → Read More: Liverpool, and a Jaunt to Northern Wales

Inverness, Scotland: Castles and Whisky

Inverness, Scotland: Celebrity Silhouette

Boarding the Celebrity Silhouette in Amsterdam was a bit hectic. But once we dropped luggage and waited in a short check-in line, we made our way through security, customs, and onto the ship. Being pushed and shoved through the Van Gogh museum that morning was unpleasant, to say the least. . . . → Read More: Inverness, Scotland: Castles and Whisky

Two Days In Amsterdam, Part Two

Two Days In Amsterdam: Portrait of Three Weary Travelers.

When I have only a short period of time someplace, I like to cram in as much as possible. With that in mind, I was overly optimistic when I told our friends “we’ll meet you in the lobby ay 8:30 AM” to stroll over to . . . → Read More: Two Days In Amsterdam, Part Two

Two Days in Amsterdam

Two days in Amsterdam is not enough.

I could spend a month wandering the streets of Amsterdam, strolling along the canals and soaking up the ambiance. Unfortunately, I only had two days in Amsterdam, so we had to pack a lot into a short time. We somehow made an earlier than anticipated flight from . . . → Read More: Two Days in Amsterdam

London Travelogue, Part III: British Food Does Not Suck

London Travelogue – Westminster Abbey

Another morning, another gorgeous stroll, this time to Westminster Abbey. We got there just before the 9:30 AM opening, and with advance tickets, we were in and exploring early. Westminster Abbey is not only a fully functioning church, with several services each day, but also a burial place for . . . → Read More: London Travelogue, Part III: British Food Does Not Suck

London Travelogue, Part II: We’ll Never Be Royals

London Travelogue Part II: Starting the day in Green Park.

We awoke to beautiful sunshine and a freezing, Florida-winter-esque temperature of 58 degrees. But my long sleeves, jeans, and fleece vest kept me overly prepared. It turns out, it was only cold for about five minutes until we started our stroll through Green Park . . . → Read More: London Travelogue, Part II: We’ll Never Be Royals

London Travelogue, Part I: Crown Jewels and Michelin Stars

London Travelogue: Someone needs to guard the Crown Jewels.

The plan was to arrive in London, get to the hotel, have some lunch and then tour the Tower of London. That didn’t happen. The flight landed an hour early into London, had a fast-pass through customs, and our luggage came quickly. We were so . . . → Read More: London Travelogue, Part I: Crown Jewels and Michelin Stars

Travel 201: When Things Go Wrong (and How to Fix Them)

Champagne is always a good way to start a vacation.

Forrest Gump may have said it best: sh*t happens. Don’t let a small (or large) mishap ruin your vacation. Things happen. That is simply a fact of travel (and life), but it is how you respond to those things that can be the difference . . . → Read More: Travel 201: When Things Go Wrong (and How to Fix Them)

10 Tips for a Better Vacation

Travel tip (and random picture of the Duomo in Florence. Go visit. It is better in person.)

Americans are the worst. We are terrible at using up all of our vacation time, and then some people are not too good at maximizing the time they have taken off. SAD! As a travel professional, I . . . → Read More: 10 Tips for a Better Vacation

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