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5 Tips for a Comfortable Airport Experience

We’ve all been there, hustling line ups at the airport, unpleasant surprises with flight delays and getting cramped and dehydrated 50,000 feet in the air. In the last 6 months, I’ve hopped on and off more airplanes than I can count with my fingers.  With all the traveling, I’ve narrowed down 5 essential tips for a smooth and painless airport experience. 1)Always have an Airport App My favorite is FlightView.  It’s a free App that basically allows you to track any flight.  Just pop in the airline number and the date you’re flying and it will automatically look up the flight and push any updates to your phone.  This is extremely useful and will give you piece of mind knowing that your phone will notify you in of any delays in real time.  You can download it here: iOS // Android 2)Carry-on over Checked There are so many reasons to skip the baggage check.  Not only are you saving money, but you’ll fly comfortably knowing your belongings are with you throughout the entire duration on your trip.  If you must …

Pittsburg and Ohio: Baseball and Stumbling upon one Hell of a Waffle House

Our last full day stop at Pittsburg was a rather spontaneous one.  We actually didn’t have anything planned at all.  Whilst doing some impromptu research on the city, we thought maybe we’d check out the Carnegie Science Center there.  Unfortunately… Pittsburg’s plethora of confusing and winding roads took us on a detour which pushed our time back a bit.  So instead we drove aimlessly around looking for a place to settle for dinner… got lost… and stumbled upon this amazing view of the city.  There, we met a couple of locals and asked them what to check out.  With the recommendation of eating on Market street, we were off.   Market street is essentially a square with a bunch of restaurants and this cool glass castle-like building.  After days of eating greasy American food, we were feeling like Asian cuisine.  On the particular day we were in Pittsburg, there must have been some sort of Anime or Comic convention going on because people were dressed up like cartoons all around the street.  We saw Lightning from FF13 and …

Rome: Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Roman Forum

We came from the all time high of our Tuscany tour to the bustling and crowded city of Rome.  As much as I don’t want to kick off our 4 day adventure in Rome on a negative note, I have to admit I wasn’t too thrilled about smoggy air, hoards of evident tourists, and dusty streets.  This should not be surprising as Rome is a hot spot for both vacationers and business.  Aside from our impressions of the city, the second thing on our mind was food and at this point I was already a little sick of pizza but it literally is the most readily available street food.  We grabbed a slice for dinner and retired early to get ready for a jam packed day of sightseeing the next morning.   We stayed at Gaius Roma B&B and I make a point of mentioning this because the owners of the place are an old married couple and they are honestly the NICEST people I have come across.  They are so polite and genuine and they …

Backpacking 101

In about a week I will be departing the safe confines of my temporary San Francisco home and venturing across Europe.  Along with my travel partner, we’ve been preparing months in advance, making sure we hit every city on our bucket list and getting the most out of our month long journey.  I know a lot of you guys will be doing your fair share of travelling this summer so I thought I’d share some of the best tips I’ve come across in preparation. Cell phones: Don’t fall into the “international packages” trap.  Forget about your local service provider, you’re WAY better off getting an unlocked phone and buying a SIM card and plan from one of the local carriers.  There is supposedly countless kiosks scattered across major European cities that will gladly sell you a cheap SIM card.  I’ve done some research and found that Vodafone offers the best service in terms of coverage and quality.  Bell Canada’s best offer for a European plan was $50/month for 50 sent texts, 50 minutesm 25MB of data.  Vodafone …