Out and About

I’ve been on the move the past couple of months working, traveling, and training for upcoming half marathons. From the East Coast to the West Coast I’ve explored Toronto, DC, Portland, and Baltimore. There have been bike rides, half-marathons up grueling hills, wine tasting, live Reggae bands, lighthouses, cliff climbing, and yummy food, and puppy travel adventures.

Cosmo took his first and longest flight, 6 hours from NYC to Portland, Oregon. Everything seemed to be going smoothly, he was hanging out in his dog carrier sticking his head out to scope the airport scene and enjoying a rawhide…..until we got on the plane. Things were foreign and needed to be explored and hanging out in a dog carrier was no longer fun. I tried to distracted him with chit chat but as the plane began to take off he was no longer interested in what I had to say and began to freak out.

Thankfully we had some amazing Delta Airlines attendants on our flight and I set his dog carrier in my lap during the flight which helped him to calmed down. Of course I couldn’t get much else done other than listen to music and watch the inflight movie while Cosmo looked out the window and struggled to fight sleep. He’s such a character lol. Poor puppy didn’t want to miss a thin. If I drank water he gave me the look like “Where’s mine?”, and if I had a snack he needed one too. It was like having a child lol nothing was my own, good thing I came prepared with snacks for him and water.

Summer 2013 Part 2

We landed in Portland and headed west to explore the coast for a day and I sadly had to leave Cosmo behind :( This was a one way trip for him and he now has a new forever home with one of my best friends. It was difficult to leave him and I cried, but between work and travel and a new upcoming Coast Guard duty station either overseas or on a cutter he deserve to have someone around all the time. He’s such a great puppy and spoiled rotten and now has a new play-pal Bailey to spend his days playing and napping with.

From Portland, Oregon to Dundee for a hilly and grueling half marathon we managed to make to the end and just in time for the post-race wine celebration. The race was definitely a challenge and around mile 10 I was upset with my friend for talking me into running, but we stuck it out, we survived, and laugh over wine at the end. And we’ll actually be signing up to run again next year to beat our awful time. Challenge accepted!

Summer 2013 Part 1

Home from Portland I was in the office for a few days working the night shift and catching up on training, then it was off for a weekend in Baltimore and DC for dancing, a reggae wine festival, and catching up with old friends. How is your summer going so far? Have you crossed anything off of your travel list, or discovered someplace new in your neighborhood?

Next month I’ll be head to Atlantic City for one of my best friends birthday, Texas to see my brother from another mother, and Beantown. It’s also restaurant week in NYC until August 16th, so I’ll be checking out new restaurants and meeting up for a blogger lunch with Learning Patience, I can’t wait to chat and meet her in person!

Until Next Time! -xo AGT

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles…

Whether your next adventure is on the road, in the sky, or via railroad you have tons of options no matter what part of the world you are traveling. What’s your favorite way to travel?

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Planes: Feel like Jet-setting to your next destination?

What’s your favorite airline? These are my usual go to airlines:

  • Delta – Very military friendly, it has been my experience that Delta always takes care of its service memebers
  • Jetblue – 2  free checked bags, extra leg room, and excellent service! Need I say more?
  • American Airlines – Very military friendly, it has been my experience that American Airlines always takes care of its service memebers

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Grand Central Station – NYC

Trains: In large cities like NYC, Toronto, and Washington D.C city transit is the way to go, but if you feel like going on a long adventure and taking your time getting there train travel is the way to go.

The airport express train at the Oslo main station. Oslo, Norway Taken By – Mr. Kjetil Ree

Amtrak  – on my list of things to do. I’ve always wanted to ride Amtrak – sit back and enjoy the scenery and experience one of the oldest forms of transportation. – http://www.amtrak.com/home

Via Rail Canada – try the Rockies and Pacific, Vancover to Toronto route and ride in in a glass-top car to see the beautiful scenery as the trains zips through the country. – http://www.viarail.ca

Europe Speed Train – I’ve taken this from Germany to Paris and made great time; very convenient when you need to maximize your time.

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Automobiles: Hail a taxi, ride in style with a driver, or hit the road for a road-trip

Luxury Black Car Service – sometimes you just want to treat yourself during your travels, enjoy a more comfortable ride to and from the airport, or spice up your night out on the town and be driven around. When I’m in NYC I use Luxury Blue Limousines to get to and from the airport. Uber is another great option to try!

Out and About using Luxury Blue Car Service in NYC

Car Share Programs – The principle of CarSharing is simple: Individuals gain the benefits of a private car without the costs and responsibilities of ownership. I don’t have any personal experience using a car share program because I have a car, but I do think its an excellent idea especially in large cities where you may only need a car for a quick getaway or to run errands around town. Have you used one of these before?

Photo Credit: The Social Sonic Traveler

Buses: A great way to travel on a budget; sit back and leave the ride to someone else.  I’ve ridden the bus numerous times down to D.C from NYC because it’s so much cheaper than driving or flying. A typical flight will run you  a min of $200, driving will run you about $100 -150 roundtrip for gas and tolls – while you can typically get a round trip bus ticket for $30-60.

Bolt Bus – an extension of Greyhound- signing up for a free membership gets you head of the line privileges when it comes time to board the bus, and if you’re lucky you’ll get to “Bolt for a Buck!”. Every schedule will sell at least one $1.00 ticket. The $1.00 ticket will be sold at random and generally within the first handful of seats sold. The earlier you book your ticket, the greater your odds are of grabbing a seat for a buck. – https://www.boltbus.com

DC2NY – dubbed a “luxurious” ride, the seats are super comfy, and they provide you with a bottle of water, a movie viewing, outlets to charge your appliances, and free wifi while you sit back and enjoy the ride to your destination. The ride to and from D.C and NYC is typically $30 each way.  I like to use this service when Bolt Bus’ prices get outrageous. Sign up for a free membership and get a $1 off the advertised fare. Every dollar counts right? –https://www.dc2ny.com

Megabus – I have never used their service before, but I have a couple of friends who have. This double-decker, wifi ready, charter beats out Boltbus and DC2NY with its list of travel destinations and even goes to Canada. When they moved their loading station in NYC from Port Authority to the boondocks of 34th street between 11th and 12th Aves the possibility of me and others I know using their services consistently was lost. You’d need to either take a cab, be dropped off by a friend, or walk 3-4 avenues with your luggage. Call me high maintenance, but I prefer the convenience of being right near a train station. – http://us.megabus.com

What’s your favorite way to travel?

Until Next Time! -xo AGT