Vegas-Aruba-Bonaire-Curacao-Vegas Wrap Up

Posted: November 3, 2010    Categories: Aruba, Curacao, Nevada

The Kura Hulanda Hotel in Willemstad, Curacao

The Kura Hulanda Hotel in Willemstad, Curacao

My three week jaunt to Vegas, the Caribbean and back to Vegas is over. It was an interesting several weeks. Here is a quick recap of some of the things I did:

  • Spoke at the opening of the travel track at Blog World Expo. My speech was a remix of my Travel Porn speech from TBEX in New York earlier this year.
  • Ate at the Michelin 3-Star Restaurant, L’atelier de Joel Robuchon. It was the first time I have ever eaten at an official 3-star restaurant.
  • Did three dives: 2 wreck dives in Aruba and 1 in Curacao. The water visibility was great in both locations.
  • Got to drive around the explore the islands of Bonaire and Aruba.
  • Began doing video updates.

Did you know the Aria Hotel has no floors numbered in the 40's? It is because 4 is an unlucky number to Chinese

Did you know the Aria Hotel has no floors numbered in the 40's? It is because 4 is an unlucky number to Chinese

Overall I had a great time and I want to thank the Aruba Marriott and the Kura Hulanda Hotel in Curacao for sponsoring my stay in the Carribbean and the Aria Hotel and Casino for putting my up in Las Vegas.

I also had my Huffington Post article reprinted on Tim Ferriss’s blog this weekend. I’ve had a flood of emails since the article went up and I’m just now done with answering most of them. It was a really big wave a traffic and subscribers.

Luggage Makeover Update

I have an update on my decision to switch from a backpack to a suitcase. I know everyone is dying to hear about my luggage.</sarcasam> I’ve put the backpack away and have been using a suitcase for the last several months. It has significantly reduced the stress on my back, so to that extent it has been a success. However, without thinking, I was using an old suitcase I got 10 years ago. During my flights around the Caribbean, I was noticing that my bag was coming in over 50 pounds every time I would check in. Thankfully the people at the ticket counter were cool about it, but normally my bag with my tripod (the heaviest thing I carry) will check in at around 35 pounds (16kg). I didn’t know why it was so heavy.

Sailing in Aruba

Sailing in Aruba

Last Monday I took a luggage scale and weighed my empty suitcase. It was a shocking 19 pounds (8.6kg). Needless to say I’m not going to be using that anymore and the weight of my bag is something I’m going to pay more attention to in the future. I purchased a new quasi-backpack/suitcase which weights in at 7 pounds. Its a bit more than my backpack, but not that bad. Most importantly, it has wheels on it.

Where To Next?

Friday I’m off to Seattle to hang out with my friend Scott Kurtz who I haven’t seen in over a year. There is a pretty active community of travel bloggers in Seattle as well and I hope to meet several of them.

Then I’m off to Hawaii for several weeks where my goal is to just work. I’m going to edit photos and write all the articles that I’ve been putting off writing because I’ve been busy traveling. My plan is to mostly work and I don’t have a lot of adventures planned.

Once I get caught up I’m going to make some serious changes in how I travel and what sort of invitations I accept. I have to take time in between trips and during trips to catch up on photo editing and writing. I’m not doing anyone a favor, least of which myself, by moving at this pace.

As always, if you are in Seattle or Hawaii and would like to meet up, feel free to contact me.

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