Adventure

Time For Festivals

Giant Disco BallSince my trip to Iceland, I haven't done much international travel.  In fact, I haven't done much travel at all except for a trip to Georgia early in June.  The last couple months, I've spent my time working my day job, spending time with family and friends, going through the pain of buying an airplane, biking all over the place during Pedalpalooza, and going to a number of festivals. Since the end of May, I've attended SOAK, What The Festival?! and this last weekend was Oregon Country Fair.  All three festivals are quite different, but are each quite amazing - and all located in Oregon! (more…)

Adventure

Blue Lagoon Alternatives: Iceland’s Other Hot Springs

There are well over a million visitors heading to Iceland every year these days and the number one tourist attraction is the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa.  Known for it's pearl blue water and beauty, it is also known to be quite packed with people (a reservation is recommend), and also comes at a hefty price tag (starts at around $60!).  During my visit to Iceland, I was doing it on a budget, so I didn't make an appearance at the Blue Lagoon, and instead partook in the numerous other hot springs around the country of Iceland.  Here are a number of the ones I went to soak - avoid the crowds and save some cash. (more…)

Europe

Iceland: Viewing The Northern Lights

northern lightsMany people don’t realize that this incredible phenomenon (Northern Lights) is elusive and unpredictable. Yes, even in a place like Iceland...
I just recently spent eight days in Iceland attempting to see the Northern Lights, and though it never happened, it was still an incredible trip.  If you end up going to Iceland and planning to see the lights, then follow these tips from Expert Vagabond. (more…)

Festivals

First Time At SXSW

sxsw-2016-platinumlogo This last week I went to Austin, Texas for work, seeing friends, and SXSW (South by South West). The trip didn’t last as long as I would have liked (like most), but in the time I was there, I had a blast. I’m actually quite exhausted from a week of getting up early to get work done, and stopping in the early afternoon to go out and enjoy what SXSW had to offer until late into the night. I spent the majority of my time with my friends and hosts, Jake and Maria, whom I met in Puerto Rico last New Year (2014-15). Along with them, I made new friends along the way and caught up with old ones. I’ll be back in Portland for this weekend before heading out again to San Ramon (3/21-25). You never know about San Ramon, but it should be a decent enough time. If you want some more details about SXSW or my time in Austin, then keep on reading! (more…)

Festivals

Headed To Austin for SXSW

Austin-SXSW I'm sitting in the Seattle Alaska Airlines lounge complimentary of my Lounge Club card.  I'm waiting here for my flight to Austin which I'll be in for the next week to partake in SXSW.  I've heard great things about the conference/festival/party and decided I finally needed to go check it out.  I have been to Austin a number of times for work, and this one will be a lot like those, except in the evenings, I'll be enjoying the life of SXSW.  One of the biggest perks to Austin though is seeing and catching up with awesome friends I have in the area.  Can't wait to get back into Austin! (more…)

Travel Hacking

Save Money Flying KLM-AMS Direct

My friend Melissa pointed this hack out to me and I'm glad she did.  Melissa hit me up the other day asking me a way to save some money on getting to Amsterdam from Portland towards the end of May.  I told her to consider other directs from places like Seattle or Vancouver, but she was able to make her direct from PDX a lot cheaper. (more…)

Adventure

First Taste Of Chile

Torres Glacier Gray JasonWednesday (January 13th) I returned from a fast moving almost-three week trip around the beautiful country of Chile.  This was my first taste of Chile, and for that matter, South America.  The trip ranged from numerous long flights, beautiful wineries, fireworks on the beaches of Valparaiso, taking it easy enjoying the restaurants, cafes, and parks in Santiago, overnight hiking in Southern Patagonia, and playing with Penguins as far south from home as I'd ever been.  Just like any trip, it wasn't long enough, but I had quite the adventure and am glad to share with you my first taste of Chile. (more…)

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Off To Punta Arenas – Patagonia Chile

torres-del-paineSitting here at Gerardo's place in Santiago, Chile.  I'm getting my bag together to catch my flight for Punta Arenas with Lewis and Gerardo.  Our flight leaves Santiago around 9:45pm and gets into Punta Arenas around 1am.  Punta Arenas is the equivalent to going to Alaska, and silly enough, I only packed for mild-summer weather.  I went to the mall here and picked up a pair of hiking books for the upcoming plan of going into Patagonia.  Hopefully we don't freeze. (more…)