Sleeping in Airports

My brother is in Ecuador right now, visiting a friend. Together, they are exploring the Galapagos Islands, making my dad and me supremely jealous — of what they’re getting to see, not how they got there.

Erich, my brother’s friend, is living in the mountains with a host family so in order to get down to the airport to meet my brother he had to take two buses and ride in the back of a milk truck for a couple hours. Not an ideal travel situation. And because my dad used points to book Adam’s travel, my brother had the not-so-fun experience of going north to get south and spending a night in an airport (which is not as uncommon as you may think).

When I heard this, I laughed… not because I thought it was funny but because I’ve been there and knew what he was in for.

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Michael, my Uber driver from Ethiopia

I’m a big fan of Uber. It’s convenient, keeps me from having to talk on the phone to anyone, makes payment simple. I also like talking to the drivers, learning why and how they became a driver, and get some locals’ insight into the place I’m visiting.

A few months ago, when I was in Orlando for a conference, I needed a ride from the airport to my hotel, so I called an Uber and met one of the most interesting drivers to date. Continue reading

Day About Town, Special Guest: Justin’s Mom!

Springtime in Nashville means allergies, thunderstorms, spiders, and, because we’ve all been cooped up for the winter, crowded downtown streets. Everyone wants to be out in the fresh air and sunshine, so doing anything even slightly touristy means fighting the crowds.

When Justin’s mom, Rhonda, came to visit, we wanted to play tourists in our own town and show her around a bit, checking out some sites she may not have seen on previous visits. Continue reading

Weird and Wonderful: The LA I Didn’t Know

Though I’ve been a few times, LA has never been high on my list of places to go. I don’t remember much from my first trip, when I was 11, or all that much from the trip I took at age 20. But I have only been back once in the last decade. Maybe the traffic deterred me. Or the timezone, so behind everyone else on a normal work day. Or my preconceptions about the plastic people. Perhaps it was the vague threat of earthquakes or the high cost of living. Or a combination of everything. Something has kept me from making the trip out there to visit friends for far too long.

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Our Love Affair with AirBNB

Love affairs can be intense.  They can be fulfilling (in more ways that one), heart-breaking, country-song-inspiring, appetite-suppressing, completely and totally engrossing. Love affairs can also be quiet, satisfying, romantic and provide much needed comfort and support.

When AirBNB first showed up on the scene, I was skeptical, not sure I was the right person for this kind of romance. But much like how Lyft and Uber seduced me, AirBNB has shown me and my family a whole new world, changing how we travel. I’ve fallen hard for the accommodation site, usually opting to rent an apartment over staying in a hotel. After staying in more than a dozen AirBNBs, I no longer think it’s just an infatuation. This love affair might be the real deal. Continue reading