Note: These travels were completed a few weeks before the Covid-19 outbreak in the US.
As a Florida man living in New York for the past year, there was a lingering feeling for me that was unsettling.
In the NYC area I feel I’m at the mercy of humanity. It’s a stark contrast to the blanket feeling where I grew up in Florida of being at the mercy of nature.
Mankind is changing and deforesting Florida rapidly, but it still feels to me like lightning, grasshoppers, gators, greenery and other untamed habitants dominate the state.
On a hiking trail in John Pennekamp State Park, Key Largo, Florida.
It’s not looking very rewarding so far, but Skiplagged now has a rewards program.
How does it work? Continue reading
Sandwiched between my first two flights ever on Finnair was a 20-hour layover in Helsinki, Finland.
The waters off of the 18th century fortress of Suomenlinna in Helsinki.
The flights weren’t quite as magical as the layover, but they were comfortable and painless. Continue reading
After arriving at the airport recently with a few co-workers, we all headed for security, assuming we’d all checked in already.
One of us hadn’t, which made me realize: there are a few simple travel hacks that travel lovers take for granted, but that people who don’t care as much for traveling might not be aware of.
These hacks could make for much calmer sailing when it comes to air travel.
1. Check in to your flight ASAP.
I don’t work for Roadtrippers.
Nor was I compensated in any way for this post.
I just really like the app.
The app came out in 2012, but I recently discovered it’s useful not only for road-tripping, but also for planning your exploration of a city.
Here’s why it’s awesome.
The stretch of California coast known as Big Sur was crisp and sunny on Christmas Eve, though the previous day’s rain left puddles all around.
I recently had a chance to spend a night in the heart of historic Milan, Italy.
It’s a mash of fashion, food, art and history that I would love to one day get to know better.
For now, here are a few photos from 24 hours there:
I served hundreds of cups of Caffé Verona blend coffee working at Starbucks in high school, all without knowing anything about the seemingly random city in Italy it was named after.
Art students from around the world flock to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and one of the most popular cities in the world for studying abroad.
A little more than an hour’s train ride from Rome, it’s also hugely popular among tourists.
Venice will soon be lost to rising waters is what some say, if the MOSE Project fails. Or if you’re Donald Trump, it’s just a ploy by China to distract us.
The streets near the transit center are packed with tourists. They thin out as you get lost in the maze of stone and water streets, but fill again if you approach Piazza San Marco, the main square (some Venetians want tourists to disappear).
To work its charm, Venice required nothing of me. Not even a gondola ride. Just that I walk, explore. Get lost, as is the popular advice.