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

A Moment in History

MLK weekend I took a roadtrip to Washington D.C to visit friends and participate in events for the 57th Inauguration. We registered for National Day of Service, purchased tickets for a pre-inaugural gala, and signed up to get tickets for the inaugural ball. Unfortunately, Ticketmaster released the inaugural tickets the night before they were suppose to go out and we were unable to get tickets to the inaugural ball because they were sold out :(

I packed up the car Friday morning and got on the road. It took about 3hours and 45min to get there since I left early and was able to beat the Friday traffic. When everyone arrived in town we met up on U Street for drinks and danced the night away.

Saturday we went down to the National Mall for National Day of Service excited to volunteer. “In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”” – mlkday.gov

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It actually turned out to be an expo with local organizations involving Health, Education, Environment, Veterans and Military Families, and Faith.

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I signed my pledge card to volunteer in 2013

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We stopped to write letters to veterans

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Red Cross was present, giving mini CPR classes to attendees

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After walking around we headed out to check out the monuments and grab dinner

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Saturday night we attended the J.I Group’s Pre-Inaugural Gala

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Sunday was a very relaxing day…we slept in, went to brunch, and watched football at a local bar. Monday, the alarm went off at 6am to give us enough time to layer up and grab a quick breakfast before taking the train to the National Mall to view the Inauguration Ceremony

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We arrived around 9am and the first few sections were already filled. Some people had been camped out since 6am.

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We found a spot and settled in, the ceremony wasn’t scheduled to begin until 11:30

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After a pictures and a little nap it was time for the ceremony to begin

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I love history and I think that it is truly a special moment in history to witness and experience an inauguration. It has been witnessed by American citizens for more than 200 years, the first being George Washington’s in 1789, held in New York City.

Check out more pictures on my facebook page

Love AGT :)
Photos Taken With: Canon Powershot A2300

Another Year of Adventures

Travel Plans for 2013

January – Washington D.C

February – Orlando, FL to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon

March – Bday Celebration in the Dominican Repulic, Maryland for a leadership conference

April – Cross Country road trip from NYC to Portland, Oregon

July – Portland, Oregon to run the Fueled by Wine Half Marathon

August – Jamaica for the Besties Bday

September – Napa Valley, CA and San Francisco

October – Germany, Greece, and Spain

December – TBD

The budgeting is done and the plans are proposed, here’s to another year of adventures! What are your travel plans for the year? How far in advance do you plan for a trip?

Love AGT :)

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