• Travel Tips,  USA

    Uber vs Car Rental in LA – Which Costs Less?

    As I prepared for a recent trip to Los Angeles, I reflexively looked to reserve a rental car.  I’ve never not rented a car when flying into the LA area.  All the various attractions and activities that take me there are usually spread out. Having my own rental car always seemed necessary.  But car rental prices have been going through the roof lately – and sure enough, I found it…

  • Japan,  Travel Tips

    Tips for Using Public Transportation in Kyoto Japan

    Japan’s system of public transportation is glorious and complicated.  Prior to our trip to Kyoto Japan, I spent hours studying how to get around, and continued learning while there. I personally love using local public transportation when I travel. I will always choose a subway or a train if available.  To me, it’s one of the great ways to truly experience a place. By using public transportation, you can really…

  • Travel Tips

    Finding Great Local Tours

    Wherever I travel, I always try to find great local tours to enhance my experience. My style of experiential travel involves trying to get to the soul of place, whether that be through its food, it’s cultural heritage, it’s history, or it’s social dynamic. I don’t generally look for guided tours of the popular tourist attractions in each place. I prefer to read ahead and wander through those myself. Instead,…

  • Travel Tips

    Tips for A Safe Pandemic Road Trip

    The COVID-19 pandemic has turned daily life upside down. It’s been extra frustrating for a travel-lover like myself.  We cancelled a trip to Portugal last month, and it’s hard to foresee any international travel in the near future.   But, we just really needed to get away last weekend.  A local but safe pandemic road trip seemed our best and only realistic option. I’ve mentioned on this blog before that…

  • Travel Tips

    Why I Prefer Vacation Rentals Over Hotels

    I have long been a fan of vacation rentals.  I do stay in hotels sometimes, but I find that staying in vacation rentals helps me better achieve that experiential vibe I want when I travel.  When staying in a rental, I’m often in a neighborhood setting rather than a commercial district. This helps me better experience the soul of each place.   Staying in vacation rentals generally makes it easier…

  • Melatonin and Pycnogenol can both help to reduce jet lag
    Travel Tips

    This is How I Reduce Jet Lag

    As a retired physician traveler, I have put a lot of researched effort into how to reduce my jet lag over the years. And recently I’ve found two great new tools that have made a big difference for me – Pycnogenol and the Timeshifter app. Here is the approach I personally use to reduce jet lag on those long haul trips I so love. The information contained in this Post…