Tag - traveling wizard

The Greatest race on earth

The Indianapolis 500 has always been on my bucket list as a thing I’d like to do someday, but like most items on my list, I knew next to nothing about it. I figured, given its name and my uncanny deduction abilities, it was probably in Indianapolis. I had no idea that the “500” referred to the number of miles that the racers must drive to win the race. As luck would...

How Nerds Book Air Travel

I get almost as much enjoyment out of booking travel as actually being on a trip. It’s exciting to look at a map of the world and imagine the places I want to go; Unfortunately, sometimes when you plug in those exotic destinations, the browser doesn’t always show you what you want to see. Such was the case last week when I started trying to book a flight...

Need a Break from your Vegas Vacation?

  You’ve probably seen the zombies in Vegas. They aren’t the flesh eating kind that you might expect when you think of the undead. You can usually recognize their hollow sunken eyes staring deadly at a slot machine or watch them dragging their stiff corpses through the casino at 4 am. If you’re not seeing them, it might be you…..Las Vegas...

Is Dubai Everything They Say it Is?

What to expect from the most hyped tourist destination Whenever I mention I’m going to the Middle East, there’s a hushed silence that fills the air. Americans have this long-standing fear of Islamic radicals. Say the word “Dubai” to the same group and fear quickly turns to curiosity. Many people don’t realize that Dubai is not a country...

When in Rome….Geocache!

I was sitting in a wine bar the first time I ever heard of Geocaching. Two women at the table next to me were discussing their recent trip to New York and I kept hearing “geocaching” in the conversation. At first I thought they might be geologists but they were much to excited to be talking about rocks. My curiosity got the better of me and I finally...

Why I don’t use Priceline

I’ve never loved Priceline commercials. Maybe it’s because William Shatner seems much better suited to battling Gorn on a deserted planet than breaking through walls in a suit that seems a little too tight. Maybe it’s because their name doesn’t really sound “fun”. That whole “negotiator” theme seems designed to make you...