Monthly Archives: December 2012

Monday Travel Updates – Upgrading My Gear Edition

Posted by on December 17, 2012

I’ve been in Wisconsin now for a bit over two weeks so there is little in the way of travel to report. I’ve been spending my time editing photos, writing and upgrading much of my gear.

I wrote last week about my quest for a bag. I still haven’t figured out which one I’m going to buy, and I have to act quickly. I’m on the road again in a little over 2 weeks.

I have however been upgrade most of my electronics. I’ve been traveling with some of the same gear for over 4 years. My laptop was one that I purchased in Vietnam in November 2008. My backup hard drives were purchased in Australia March of 2008. (more…)

My Most Memorable Hotels of 2012

Posted by on December 16, 2012

Hotel Room of the year: Airport Holiday Inn, Newark

For the second year in a row, I’m posting the list of my most memorable hotels of the past year.

As before, this list isn’t necessarily a list of the “best” hotels. I don’t go out of my way to find hotels to review and I’m not a hotel reviewer. I don’t have a checklist that I go through in each location. My list ranges from luxury hotels to youth hostels. I would recommend all of the properties listed, but often for very different reasons. I stayed at least one night in every one of the locations listed. Simply visiting a hotel is not sufficient to get put on the list no matter how cool the hotel might be.

My choices when I look for accommodations are almost always pragmatic. I don’t really care about luxury rooms and usually just want something clean with good interent. Some of these were paid for by myself and some of them were comped. The vast majority of comped rooms I got did not make this list.

Without further ado, here are my most memorable hotesl of 2012!