Vacation Recap: Five Days in Vienna

Last week, I took a last minute whirlwind vacation to Vienna, Austria – and it was fabulous! Work has been incredibly stressful lately, so when my friend Craig (who’s spending six weeks traveling in Africa and Eastern Europe) invited me to join him for a few days in Austria… I said yes. Thanks to my stash of airline miles, it didn’t cost anything out of pocket for me to book flights there and back. The only challenge was the itinerary: {Read More}

Weekend / Race Recap: Ragnar Virginia

Thursday night kicked off my second ever Ragnar Relay experience. Although this time was with many of the same coworkers from when I ran Ragnar Chicago last year, this year’s race was totally different – we had signed up for a trail Ragnar in Richmond, Virginia! Trail Ragnar Relays are very different from road Ragnar Relays. On the road, you and your teammates are all in a van, while one person runs. At designated exchanges, another team member jumps out {Read More}

Review / Giveaway: EatSmart Packing Cubes

Ever since my promotion to Director, my travel schedule has gotten a little bit crazier, as I’m now responsible for managing multiple projects across multiple clients – which means a lot more travel. I thought I had packing down to a science, but I recently added a new product to help me corral my stuff: EatSmart’s Packing Cubes. I had never bothered with packing cubes before, as I already typically roll my clothes to save on space – couldn’t I {Read More}

Weekend Recap: Parties and Plane Delays

I was exhausted going into Labor Day weekend, and I think I’m even more exhausted coming out of it. Unfortunately, I think that’s going to be the norm for me me over the next couple of months as my campaign kicks into high gear… so I’d better get used to being busy! (Fortunately, I love it.) On Friday evening, I caught a flight from Denver to Albany, New York, where I was visiting my family for the holiday weekend. Unfortunately, {Read More}

Week Recap: CalEx Experience Camp

I’ve been struggling all week to explain to coworkers, friends, and family where I was last week. I spent the week volunteering at California Experience Camp (#CalEx), a free summer sleepaway camp for children who have lost a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. And while it’s easy to state the facts like that, it’s not at all easy to describe what it felt like to be there. I heard about camp through a former coworker, who includes Experience Camp every year {Read More}

Weekend Recap: My Favorite Boulder Local Activities

This was another fabulous, albeit short and packed, weekend! On Thursday night, I flew to Chicago for all-day training Friday… and also to meet up with my good friend Caitlin, who moved from Boulder to Chicago last summer. Unfortunately, my flight to Chicago was several hours delayed due to weather, and the delay meant that I couldn’t get to see Caitlin Thursday night for dinner as planned :( Instead, I ate #PlaneDinner (United’s shrimp and sausage paella, which always looks {Read More}

The No-Decision Workout

I had a rough night of travel last night. I accidentally left my driver’s license at home (I had stashed it in a pocket of my ski jacket this weekend and forgotten to retrieve it), which meant some hassle trying to get through TSA security without an ID. It was surprisingly easier than I expected – I showed them a credit card with my name on it and a prescription in my bag with my name and address, and then {Read More}

Sponsored Shoe Review: Reebok Fast Flexweave Sneakers

This post was sponsored by Reebok as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. This morning, I drove up to the mountains to ski as usual – but rather than driving home later, several of us are sticking around in Vail for the weekend. My friend Sarah had told us about the annual Pink Vail event, a ski day to raise money to fight cancer, and we’ve been looking {Read More}

Travel Thursday: Fair is a Four-Letter Word

One of my favorite blog authors is Eric Barker, who writes thought-provoking and well-researched columns over at Barking Up the Wrong Tree. (He also recently published a book by the same name, if you prefer to do your reading offline.) And to kick off the year, he wrote a great post addressing a popular New Year’s resolution: This Is The Easy Way To Save Money: 6 Powerful Secrets From Research. I was enjoying the piece thoroughly, as I usually enjoy Eric’s {Read More}

Travel Thursday: Setting the Upfront Tone for a Happy Customer Journey

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Travel Thursday post, but with the holiday break fast approaching, I thought it might be a good time to jump back in. This week: why is the airline industry so hated, and what can airlines realistically do about it? Flying is unfortunately not usually a pleasant experience, and some of that blame does fall on the airlines. Back in the golden age of flying (pre-deregulation), the government set ticket prices and amenities {Read More}