Amsterdam canal

I felt so Bilbo-esque four years ago when I said to myself, “Let’s go on an adventure.” Maybe Bilbo even felt like me, as if his life should have more meaning than it did. On paper, the age of 27 saw me with a philosophy degree, a divorce, debt, a recently deceased father, and a resume that most recently included video store clerk after being laid off from my dream job. So what was the natural thing to do? I’ll tell you what the natural thing was NOT…

Costa Rica coco sunset

I raise my hand at the bartender, “Una mas por favor,” I say with confidence, as if it hasn’t been a while since I’ve practiced Spanish (talking Spanish at my local taqueria in L.A. probably doesn’t count). He effortlessly pops the top off a Modelo beer and sets it in front of me. All around me I’m satisfied by the sound of only Spanish, though I’m only recognizing about one out of every ten words. But this isn’t my destination. No, this is Mexico City Airport, where I’m…

“Do you need another barf bag?” Whip, my co-pilot, asked me as we came out of another maneuver and after I had filled up one already. That’s right, my co-pilot, Whip. And for the intents and purposes of this blog post, you can call me, “Stormy.” Stormy being the pilot name I was given before being handed the controls of an aerobatic plane to fly ove Las Vegas and the Nevada desert. “Sure, just to be on the safe side,” I (Stormy) replied to Whip, though knowing that…

What is it that you’ve gained from travel? Did you meet your significant other or maybe you gained a new perspective on life as a result of traveling? Each trip is inherently unique and personal, offering something that the previous trip didn’t. It is for this reason that I continue to travel as frequently as I do, because each trip I take is so transformative. It’s this personal and transformative element of travel that Expedia is bringing out in their new Find Yours campaign.  During the month of…

It has been mere days since I disembarked Norwegian Jewel, making it both my first cruise and first trip to Alaska, and I’m still processing everything. Not to mention I’m just now recovering from the food coma of the trip. Being the independent traveler that I am, this was a break from my typical style of travel. While you’ll often find me putzing around destinations on my own agenda, this saw me aboard a cruise ship with thousands of other travelers on behalf of Expedia to find out…

There are just some destinations that it seems like everyone says that you have to visit at least once. Paris and New York City are certainly at the top of that list, but one of the destinations that I’ve heard as much as any other is Alaska. My father spoke more highly of it then any other destination he traveled to and I’ve had more friends then I can count who have told me that it’s a “must-visit” destination. However, for one reason or the other, Alaska hadn’t…

“Alaska is nothing to look at.” File that under things you aren’t likely to hear come out of someone’s mouth after visiting Alaska. Hearing friends talk about their experiences traveling to Alaska, coupled with stories of my father’s trips during my childhood, I was concerned that my expectations may have been a little too high when preparing to travel to Alaska with Expedia on Norwegian Jewel. I was worried that upon floating between large chunks of ice in Glacier Bay that I may take a peek and then…

Life’s one defining moment. It seems almost as elusive as love. What exactly is one’s defining moment in life? And does it only come around once or are there multiple defining moments that await us over the course of our life? Maybe you know a little something about what I’m talking about. For the athlete, it’s often winning a championship. For an actor or musician, it’s winning a major award. But what about for us commoners? Those defining moments of life may not be so easy to recognize….

My summer of travel has arrived; what I’m dubbing the “Summer of Spence”, in true Seinfeld fashion. It kicked off last weekend with my first of many boat rides of the summer, a ferry ride across the San Francisco Bay to spend the next few weeks in Sonoma wine country. However, that ferry doesn’t have anything on my biggest boat ride of the summer. It’s now just weeks away until I’ll be boarding my first cruise, an Alaskan cruise on the Norwegian Jewel on behalf of Expedia. Not…

While my calendar states that the official start of summer is still a couple weeks away, as far as I’m concerned, it’s already started. I’ve already got my first farmer’s tan, I’ve worn shorts several days in a row, and I’ve been riding around this week with the windows rolled down. These things all feel like luxuries to me right now since the traditional summer months in San Francisco often means wind, fog, and cool temperatures; a far cry from my summers growing up in North Carolina. However,…