What is it that helps make up the fabric of Americans? Patriotism? ¬†Work ethic? A love for buffets and big gulps? These are probably just a few things that come to mind when you think about what makes up the fabric of Americans. But what about travel? What role does travel play in the life of Americans? If our jobs have anything to say about it, then not much. Most Americans receive two weeks of vacation per year, of which many don’t even use. A survey last year…

Is it really the final week of January? It seems like just yesterday that my barber was asking me if I had any New Year’s resolutions (Actually it nearly was. It was three days ago and she followed that up with telling me that I was too young to have gray hair). January is one of my favorite months of the year. For one, because it’s the last full month I get to enjoy at my current age, and secondly because it’s a time of eager planning as…

I pulled out my calendar tonight to take a look at the coming weeks. I don’t know what was scarier: The act of pulling a calendar out or seeing it chock-full. When I was walking to the beach every day for sunset in Central America last year at this time, I didn’t exactly need a calendar. “Pura vida” as it’s called in Costa Rica. However, amidst being a full-time writer and launching a new business, the first couple weeks of 2012 have been an adventure in and of…

“You are young, broke, and beautiful.” These were the words I said while handing out stickers to people standing in line Monday evening who were waiting to get into the viewing party of Broke-Ass Stuart’s new IFC travel television show: Young Broke & Beautiful. So that I didn’t come across as one of those creepy flyer hander outers on the strip of Las Vegas, I probably responded with something about how these stickers couldn’t even be found on Ebay or Craigslist. “Now Spencer, did you volunteer just so…