Posts Tagged "Travel"

Renting a car in Japan (among other nuances on our first day in the country)

When we touched down in Japan from Beijing, I remember thinking the sky looked particularly blue that day. After being immersed in the busyness of Chinese culture and ever present air pollution, Japan was like a warm blanket after a cold shower. Although—unlike China—I never felt totally welcome in Japan. It was like I wasn’t getting a “true” picture of Japanese culture, as compared to say, New Zealand and its people. The people in Japan are welcoming and kind, however there’s a sense that you’re always seeing their country from behind a thin veil — rightly so. This is the…

The Beauty of a Ski Utility Strap

Mollie and I consider ourselves professional travelers.  We travel coast to coast and country to country and have learned many tips and tricks along the way, such as knowing the best airlines for certain routes, how and when to get the best prices, and how to bypass baggage fees and weight restrictions. We rock the Platinum Medallion status and create wild itineraries that would have any well practiced travel agent’s head turning in circles. One nightmare I used to struggle with for big expeditions was transporting multiple bags with large amounts of gear. This is an example of what I…

And so it begins… (with a gaping hole)

December 23, 2012

Holy crap that took forever. I have never spent so much time traveling to get somewhere in all my life. Let me start at the beginning with the first half of the story… Sean and I left Waupaca first thing on Wednesday morning in a rental car we’d picked up from Appleton the night before. We had a smooth drive down to O’Hare in Chicago and flew soon thereafter to New York for an overnight layover. We stayed at the Hampton Inn JFK (pretty decent hotel with nice shuttles). Before we’d even arrived at the hotel though, we noticed that…