Weekend plans

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Alright, after looking at several hotels and websites throughout the week, it’s time to get really serious. This weekend, after running errands and such, I am taking time to do some comprehensive research on hotels and flight deals on Travelocity and American Airlines to pick the best deal. Continue reading

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TBT: Where the Japan trip started

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This takes me back.

So where did this Japan trip all start? Well, this thing goes all the way back to college in my freshman year with my hometown friend. Both of us wanted to visit Japan so we started planning the best we could for two college kids with no spending money and late to classes all the time. Yeah, we were truly invested (sarcasm here) in the trip (we had no idea what the hell we were doing). Continue reading

Manic Monday: Going Japan heavy this week

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Alright, this is going to be a very busy week in terms of Japan research. With the sports blogging down to a single blog post, I have more time for writing and research and Japan needs to get going. I know I have stated in the past I am nervous to book a trip like this solo, I am going to do it. Again, if there is anyone out there that wants to join forces, speak up!

I have narrowed it down to either booking the travel package with American Airlines or through one of the many travel websites (Expedia or Travelocity, they are all about the same in terms of pricing). I have to figure out the best hotel for the best prices and it has to match my needs (that will be in another blog later this week, I hope). I won’t be booking the package this week, but will be determining the hotel and region that will best suit what I want.

It’s been a really long process, but its going to be worth all the work. The Manic Monday is back once again!

Shibuya or Shinjuku?

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Alright, I’m calling out travel bloggers, travel fans, and anyone who has visited Japan, specifically Tokyo in the past. Which is the best spot to stay in for a first time visitor, Shibuya or Shinjuku?

I’m reading Trip Advisor and other helpful websites, but I wanted to reach out to people that have been there and can give me some information on these two areas because I am trying to find the best hotel for my needs.

I’m looking for information on the two areas because they appear to be the two big tourist spots that will have a night life, restaurants, and shopping that will be in my budget range as well as be centrally located in Japan to hit all the tourist sites.

I have had some great conversations in the past with people that have visited Japan before and I am grateful for that, but I wanted to reach out again and get some specific information on these areas. Any info will be greatly appreciated!

Fear and an SOS

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It’s all a little daunting.

I’m not afraid to admit, I have some fear. I have never booked any kind of trip like this before, especially to a foreign country. And with the possibility of traveling solo, I have legit fear so I felt it was necessary to put my thoughts into a blog and express what is running through my mind. Continue reading

Short trip to New York

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Despite a rainy/snowy Thursday, NYC was great.

So my quick business trip to New York is over today. I flew into JFK on Wednesday afternoon under 60 degree and sunny skies. By Thursday, as the image above shows, it was in the 30s and snowing as I headed to my work conference at Baruch College in Manhattan. Overall it was a short but solid trip. My hotel was great and walking distance to everything. I found NYC pizza, a NYC bakery, and I ventured to find Shake Shack before leaving and it is everything everyone has talked about. I enjoyed my Friday night in the city but as I pack up my bag on Saturday morning, I am eager to get home. NYC is and always will be amazing, but as I write this, its 19 degrees outside and its in the 80s back home. This Florida boy is eager to get to JFK and get back. Peace out NYC, thanks for being a great host city again.