Terrible news, you guys. It’s Wine Wednesday and *gasp*–due to our joint promise not to drink during the week, we’re officially on a hiatus from celebrating our favorite holiday of the week. Life is ROUGH. (Yeah, we know, we’re leery of this lasting too long, too).
On behalf of the world, Dr. Rothwell: you are an idiot. Man Hallucinates After Eating World’s Spiciest Curry
This is just too adorable. The packing list?! We, too, understand the importance of packing the right costumes. Ready for Thailand: Our Experienced Traveller
Alright, officially pursuing lives as professional housesitters. Sign us up. Dream housesits around the world: Travelers share their most memorable housesitting experiences
Oh no. We love Roberta’s. A Naked Waitress Served Pizza at Roberta’s, and More News
Power to you, girlfriend. We definitely suffer from SAD come January. Finding the Joy in Winter
Oh, hey self-promotion time! Have you seen our new tumblr? It’s, like, pretty rad. We think. We don’t really know because we’re still unsure of what we’re going to do with it from here on out. Thoughts? Follow us!
While we’re on the subject of ourselves, have you tweeted us your best guesses for our first confirmed LT adventure of 2013? Let us know with the hashtag #LTGoesTo. So far we’ve gotten guesses for Napa and Miami, so we’ll tell you this: we’re heading abroad once more!
the romantic & the wino
We love this. Next time a non-traveler says “ahh, I’m so jealous you studied abroad/are going here/take all your vacation time,” we’re sending them this. If I Can Travel the World, Anyone Can
Well, handy dandy. Twitter tips for travellers
Definitely understand missing that first time magic, but we also love returning to a city we’ve visited before and having it feel a bit like home. Why You Can Never Go Back to Your Favorite Place
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that we’ll ever be the girls that choose biking as our top choice in sightseeing. A Paris Green Guide
The romantic & hubs bought a French tabloid in Charles de Gaulle and it was surprisingly helpful in learning French slang! Language Tips for the Bohemian Traveler
the romantic & the wino
With my trip only two short weeks away from today (eee!!), one thing has me both excited and anxious: disconnecting from my New York life. I’m refusing to go international on my blackberry, and this is the first time I’m going away while working somewhere that generally expects me to be available at all times. Sure I’ll be able to check in every few days, and I don’t think this will really be a problem, but it has heightened my awareness when it comes to people who stay connected while traveling… especially on Twitter & Facebook and, as is standard ‘round these parts, I’ve collected my findings into a handy-dandy list.
1. The “I am on vacation and I MEAN it” post – these people shut down their computer, leave for the airport, post a quick status saying “flying off to…” and that is IT. They are off the grid. Their cell phones don’t work, they don’t care about your birthday, and they sure as hell aren’t responding to your inside joke wall post until after their trip is over.
2. The check-in addict – You know the ones. “Bob has just checked into JFK Terminal 5.” “Bob has just checked into Gate 7.” “Bob has just checked into Flight #546.” “Bob has just checked into Dayton, Ohio.” Like, come on, guy. You’re not even going anywhere interesting (no offense, Dayton…). At least post something with your check-in, like a picture or a funny quip. Give me SOMETHING. There’s a girl on my feed who has lately been checking into every cab she takes. What IS that?
3. The people that post every second so you’ll be jealous of their amaaaaaaazing experience – These people are my biggest pet peeve. “Omg, just had the most amaaaaaazing gelato in Florence.” “LOL AMAAAAZING TIME OUT IN VEGAS, LUV MY GURLZ!!!” “Amaaaaaaazing hike through the alps” complete with a mobile upload of them hand-feeding a goat. Shut up. You’re not even making me jealous, you’re making me annoyed. Not only do I not want to go to these places now, I know that I will never, ever be able to travel with you.
4. The people that post every second so you’ll be jealous of their amazing experience and actually get the job done – These people are my second biggest pet peeve, because instead of annoyed, I’m actually jealous, and that’s almost worse. And they’re not posting annoying things, either. They’re posting cute pictures of llamas in Machu Picchu and pictures of the kids they’re helping in Kenya and the view from their hotel room looking over the Eiffel Tower. And I turn green and it is irritating.
5. The “look at all the photos I took!” post – These people put up their status before leaving, maybe send an update or two while they’re gone, and then BAM. Come back with two 200-photo Facebook albums documenting every second of their trip. I can’t really tell if this is obnoxious or not, because I am totally this one. I assume it probably is annoying, but I also know that when these posts hit my newsfeed, I am SUCKED. IN. Seriously, like for hours. It’s bad—and it’s usually not even people I care about in any other capacity. And I’m sure somewhere out there, someone is clicking through my honeymoon album thinking the same thing.
Having experienced vacation with someone who can’t put their phone down for five seconds, the wino and I can both attest to how not fun it is to travel with that. The most important thing is, no matter which category you fall into: keep things in perspective while traveling. You wanted to get away for a reason, and the only way you’re going to come back feeling refreshed and relaxed is if you allow yourself to disconnect. The hardest decision you’ll have to make the next few days should be what you’re having for lunch–when else will that happen when you’re back in the real world?