Once again work has me traveling this week, but this time it is for meetings in Dallas, Texas and then some fun in Austin, Texas.
I leave on Tuesday for a two day meeting in Dallas and then will fly down to Austin to visit a friend and his family. I have not been back to Austin for about 3 years so I am looking forward to the visit.
Part of me wishes everyone had to do this. It seems like we could get rid of all those wasted minutes with passengers throwing fits once they get on board a plane either insisting their bag will fit or more disturbingly they will fit.
I just flew across country in a middle seat for 6 hours and my 6’2″ frame didn’t appreciate the lack of leg room. It adds insult to injury when the passenger next to you also invades what little space you have.
Work is taking me to San Francisco this week. Unfortunately the way the meetings are structured it leaves me with virtually no time to spend apart from my colleagues and will likely mean that I’ll be slow to respond to any questions or comments. That doesn’t mean I won’t try to get out and enjoy an hour or two on my own but I do wish I had more time to enjoy San Francisco.
Perhaps I should have written this a few months ago since so many take summer vacations, but I save most of my travel for later in the year, preferring to enjoy summers in New England. Regardless, these money saving travel tips remain true year round.
1. Be flexible with your travel dates. Why does everyone plan vacations that start and end on weekends? You can take the same number of vacation days and leave mid-Week. The upside is airfares are often cheaper and you have two short work weeks.
2. There have never been more lodging options. Americans tend to stick to US chains when traveling abroad, but try local chains or independent hotels. You can often read reviews of these properties on sites like TripAdvisor.com and the popularity of sites like AirBnB and GayHomestays give you even more choices if you’d like to look beyond traditional lodging establishments.
3. Check out the destination’s tourism sites. Cities in particular often have websites set up to promote tourism that include discounts to places of interest to tourists and public transportation. It is worth checking out before you go.
4. Eat where the locals eat. Every city has great “cheap eats” that locals know and love. We always go out and splurge on a few meals, but some of our best dining experiences have been at places frequented by locals. Do a little homework up front or when you arrive ask locals for tips and suggestions.
5. Check local blogs for tips. You must’ve seen this one coming from a mile away. There are bloggers everywhere now and chatting with a local on where to stay, what to see (and more importantly what to avoid) can save you more than just money.
Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world so when I read a recent article on Huffington Post Travel, I knew I wanted to share it.
While I love the view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, I think when Sergio and I next visit, we’ll likely skip the inevitable long line and head out to Tour Montparnesse; a massive skyscraper less than two miles from the Eiffel Tower that has an open air terrace on the 56th floor – some 650 feet above the city’s skyline. Follow my link to check out the amazing view you may appreciate (and photograph) when you visit Paris – wicked awesome view.
Maverick Men Mayan Adventure: Nov 30 – Dec 7, 2014
Boston’s most notorious gay couple, The Maverick Men, are hosting 3,600 gay men on a private charter cruise that leaves from Miami, Florida with ports of call in Key West, Mexico and Honduras and you can join them.
Cole and Hunter make for great travel buddies. We enjoyed our time together last December in Brazil, but we will have to miss the cruise since we’ll be in South America. Perhaps you’d like to join the cruise and tell me all about it? More info about the cruise is here.
BosGuy, Hunter and Cole – Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro
This past weekend Sergio and I packed our bags and joined friends for a fun weekend in Ogunquit, Maine. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Ogunquit is another popular beach town for the LGBT community. It is a much smaller, less busy option to the craziness that defines Provincetown during the summer months.
I really love going to the beach in Ogunquit but if that isn’t your thing, the nearly 1.5 mile Marginal Way walk is a great alternative, as is spending time in the tiny village shopping, eating or walking down to the more quiet and picturesque – Perkins Cove. Below are some photos from this past weekend’s fun in Ogunquit.
If you have any questions about planning a day trip or longer stay in Ogunquit, Maine – feel free to reach out to me with your questions.
View of the dunes as you walk to the beach
A different kind of view – equally as engaging
Front Porch piano bar afternoon sing-along
Love the second floor deck at Maine Street Bar
Ogunquit is picture perfect no matter where you turn