Blog Update – July 2013

So, it has been a disgracefully long time since my last post.  Close to 6 months.  It was the result of a combination of factors and the most significant of those is that my wife and I relocated to Atlanta, GA this spring.  Selling our old house and setting up shop in a new city presented a lot of time-consuming activities, plus I started a new job which has kept me quite busy for the past several months.

That being said, I am making a commitment to begin posting more updates to the blog and will begin with this post detailing some of the upcoming travels we have booked through the end of 2013.  In addition to those specified below, I am going to try and put out a few more in my travel photos series.

July: Starwood status challenge results

August: Hotel Review: Westin Birmingham

September: No travel plans as of yet but I may try and get my wife to do a guest-posting review of the hotel she is staying at in Miami.

October: The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection from Marriott in New Orleans, LA.  The Roosevelt, Waldorf-Astoria in New Orleans, LA

November: No travel plans as of yet.

December: Trip report from Green Bay, WI for Packers vs. Falcons game.  Lufthansa Business Class from ATL-FRA-FCO, return from BCN-FRA-ATL.  Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf-Astoria in Rome, Italy. Hilton Diaganol Mar in Barcelona, Spain.  Trip report from the Rome/Barcelona trip.


What I hope to provide through my blog posts

I have three primary goals for this blog:

1.) To provide short city and country guides that focus on a segment of the population that has been noticeably absent from the travel guide industry,   young professionals.  My definition of this is an educated individual between the ages of 23-34 that has the resources to be able to travel in comfort, but not luxury.  I do not intend for this to be a luxury travel guide nor do I intend for this to be a backpacker’ guide.

2.) My second goal is to document my travels for business and the trips I take with my wife.

3.) The third, and probably least significant goal, is to provide some random thoughts on the travel industry as a whole.

As I continue to develop content I may add focus areas but this should be a good start!

About me (and my wife)

My name is Michael and I am 28 years old and have been married for a little bit more than two years.  After getting married my wife and I moved into the New Orleans Metro Area to be closer to family.  However, after roughly 1.5 years in New Orleans a new job opportunity came up and we moved back to Atlanta, GA.  My wife and I have no children and have a 2-year old German Shorthair Pointer.  I do believe that we are both very lucky in all regards.

I am employed as a consultant.  I travel quite extensively with my company throughout the Southeast.

My wife works for an electrical contractor in a market development role.  We both have the luxury of living very close to where we work.  She does not travel for work.

How I became addicted to travel

I believe a hearty thank you should be given to my parents for my now continuing and growing desire to explore the world.  They thought that all of their children should experience cultures outside of the US and for both my sister’s and brother’s college graduation they took the entire family to Europe.  Luckily, I was the youngest and got to tag along on both trips beginning with my sister’s graduation from college in 1989.  I was the ripe age of 4.

My first trip was to Germany, Italy and Austria in May of 1989.  Obviously, I do not remember much from the trip but a few things are still clear.  On this trip we rented a car and drove through Southern Germany, Austria and Northern Italy.  Aside from a push down a hill delivered by my brother at Ludwig’s Summer Palace in Southern Germany and my sister sticking her legs out of the sunroof of our car, there is not much that I remember.  Fortunately, I made almost this exact same trip just a few years ago.

My desire for travel was reinforced when my brother graduated from college in 1992.  Once again, my parents gathered up our family, minus my sister due to her recent wedding, and took us to the U.K.  After our trip through London and the British countryside exploring cathedrals and castles I knew, even at the age of 8, that I needed travel to be a significant part of my life.

Since 1992, I have ventured across the pond seven additional times and I am now hooked on travel.

My hope for this blog is to have an outlet to discuss my travels and hopefully provide advice that is useful to those of you who might be interested in a specific destination/hotel/airline.  Occasionally, I will try to cover current travel topics and some issues that come with traveling.

My goal is to initially generate one blog post per week, hopefully increasing that to 2 per week or more as I begin to have more ideas.

My primary focus in the blog posts will be to discuss the places I have traveled to (cities in particular) and provide my opinion on what is worthwhile and what is not.  I also hope to eventually branch into discussing some hotel and restaurant options (that I have stayed in and eaten at) for each place and discussing my travels as they happen for work.  With that said, please feel free to contact me with any comments/suggestions. Enjoy!