Our First Airbnb Experience

 Surprisingly, Carrie and I only recently stayed in our first Airbnb. Our first stay happened to be in the home of Airbnb, San Francisco. On a recent work/leisure trip to San Francisco I had the chance to experience both accommodation options in the city-a hotel in Union Square, which I won’t name and an Airbnb in the Mission, which I will happily promote. 

Wait… it cost you how much to travel to Helsinki, Finland and back?

Full disclosure, Carrie and I are not independently wealthy. We earn average salaries for our positions and education in the Washington DC metropolitan area. People often ask how we afford to travel as much as we do.  Well the secret is...

Jordan Road Trip Part III: The Dead Sea to Madaba

Mid-morning on day five of our road trip we began our drive up the windy route through the hills toward the historical city of Madaba, where I (Albert) served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. With the Dead Sea receding in the distance behind us, my excitement grew.  I had been looking forward to returning to Madaba since I left nearly 8 years ago. 

Jordan Road Trip Part II: Aqaba to the Dead Sea

After a few days of lounging around in balmy Aqaba we packed our car yet again and drove north to the Dead Sea.  Even though Albert and I both lived in Jordan for two years, neither of us had taken the Jordan Valley Highway.  This highway spans the length of the country from Aqaba in the south to just near the border with Syria in the north running along the Dead Sea and Jordan River.

Jordan Road Trip Part I: Amman to Aqaba

After spending a few days in Amman, Albert and I packed up the little Hyundai we rented from Budget and headed to the furthest point south in Jordan, Aqaba.   Situated on the Gulf of Aqaba and bordered by Saudi Arabia and Israel, with Egypt off in the horizon, Aqaba has a desert climate and makes a perfect escape in the colder months.

Weekend in NYC for The NY Times Travel Show

At the end of January, Carrie and I traveled to New York City to attend The New York Times Travel Show!  The travel show is a full 3 days, with sessions for travel professionals on the first day, followed by two days of sessions for the public and access to the exhibit hall where hundreds of destinations market themselves to would-be travelers. It’s the event for anyone interested in travel.

Top 5 Beach Destinations to Escape the Winter and Tips to Get You There

We recently met up with travel bloggers Diana and Hope of MVMT Travel Beyond Bounds at The NY Times Travel Show.  As part of our Escape the Winter campaign this week we interviewed Diana and Hope about their top 5 beach destinations to escape the winter and tips to get you there.

Day trip to the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon

Lebanon is of course so much more than Beirut. If you have the time during your visit we highly recommend you travel outside of the bustling capital. During our recent trip to Lebanon we opted for a guided day trip with Lebanon Tours to Anjar, Baalbek and Chateau Ksara all in the Beqaa Valley.

What Country Does Tourism Impact the Most Economically?

Tourism, as I have mentioned before, is one of the most important global industries.  To understand its magnitude, in 2015 its contribution to global gross domestic product (GDP) accounted for 9.8% of global trade and supported 284 million jobs, roughly 1 in 11 jobs worldwide.  The global scale of tourism of course impacts domestic economies differently depending upon the size of the economy and the scale of tourism.

What to do in Gulfport, Mississippi

When I was in New Orleans in October I decided to take a short day-trip to Mississippi while Albert was working.  I had done some research leading up to the trip but couldn’t make up my mind on where to go so I decided to just drive along the Gulf Coast until I found a place I liked. After a scenic hour and a half drive, the white sandy beaches of Gulfport beckoned me to stay. Mississippi’s second largest city was the perfect place to stop for the day.

3 Hotels You Must Stay In

Over the years Carrie and I have stayed in a lot of hotels, some average, and others superb and beyond our expectations. Finding a gem of a hotel can turn a good trip into an amazing trip.  Here are 3 hotels you must stay in based on uniqueness of the property, quality and comfort of the hotel and the room, and unexpectedly stunning views and excellent locations, all aspects that enhance your stay.