Questions To Ask Before Picking Your Travel Partner

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Recently, I went on a weekend getaway with my boyfriend, and although we’ve been together for 6 months, COVID-19 and quarantine put traveling on a hold for us for awhile. Finally, we wanted to take the precautions necessary, but still continue making memories and fulfilling our adventurous hearts. Traveling allows you to explore a new avenue of your relationship, whether that’s with a significant other, a family member, or a new friend. So traveling with a new partner had me thinking about tips and preliminary questions to ask and talk about before planning a trip together. 

Very first question, how do you like to travel? 

That’s very important question to ask yourself and to ask the person you are going to be traveling with. Are you a fly by the seat of your pants type of person or do you like to plan out an entire itinerary? Are you a deal traveler or do you like to splurge on fancy dinners and things to do when you’re out? Are you someone who likes to stay in the center of the action or are you more inclined to choose a quieter place? 

These are important to know about yourself and about your travel partner, so you can COLLABORATE to make the most of our trip. 

I can become anxious at times, if I leave too much room for spontaneity. I like to have a rough idea of the things I want to do, the places I want to see, different food places I want to try, and I like to stay in the center of the action so transportation is minimal. I know these things about me, but it can vary from place to place, which leads into the next question. 

Where are we going and WHY? 

When my friend, Sofia, and I were becoming close, we chose to take a trip together and we covered these questions. We planned to go to New Orleans and then drive over to a quaint town in Fairhope. We chose NOLA for two nights, so we could let loose, drink, explore, and have very late nights. I also communicated that 2 nights was my max there because my body can not handle three days of a non-stop party. So we did the party scene, and then spent the rest of our trip in a cute town in Alabama. That part of the trip was to relax, bike around town, visit antique shops, and try out local cafes. We did that for a couple days, and then we were on our way. By communicating what our whys for each location, we understood what we were both expected to get out of the travels and what we needed. 

What do you like to do when you travel? 

I’m not a night owl at all, and I promptly wake up at 7am every morning. So it’s important who I’m traveling with is either on the same page as me or we have a larger group to be able to disperse and do what we want to do. I would ask about sleeping and eating schedules and preferences. Are you traveling with someone who snores? (Maybe get an Airbnb with two rooms instead) Are you traveling with a vegetarian or someone with a restrictive diet? Food matters when you are out and about, so talk about it before hand to avoid pinch points. 

Ask about INTERESTS

I am a history junkie and can spend hours at museums. My mom and best friend, Samantha, have left me to wander through museums by myself before, so that wasn’t exactly their cup of tea. So do things that peak your interest, but also do things that you can do together. Do you like finding random things on Groupon? Are you a more outdoorsy person who likes zoos and boats and luaus? Are you into pub crawls and hole in the wall bars? Are you into shows and entertainment? Are you a beach or mountain person? Do you hike? Don’t assume they’ll like what you’re doing because after a few days of traveling together, the nicety can ware off. 

My advice is to communicate openly, don’t take things too seriously, and enjoy every moment of the newness of traveling. Traveling with someone makes your heart grow fonder, and reminds you how special creating memories is. 

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Episode 6 – All Things Chicago: Hot Spots with Ryan Valdez

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Last summer, mine and Sofia’s friend, Ryan, moved to the Windy City. Back in April 2019, I helped Ryan go apartment shopping in downtown and we got to explore to some really awesome places before he moved here. Since then, Sofia has visited Chicago and Ryan got to show her around to some of the best night life and bars. We were happy to hop on a call with Ry to ask him about his experiences, reminisce, and get his insight on how to survive Chicago on a budget. Here are so of his top places to go:

Restaurants 

Casual Dining

Portillos: 

https://www.portillos.com

Imperial Lamian:

https://imperial-lamian.com

Ramen Takeya fulton market:

http://www.ramentakeya.com/menu

Cafe Ba-ba Reeba:

https://www.cafebabareeba.com

Au Cheval:

auchevaldiner.com/

Best Day Time Activities

Depends on season:

Options: 

https://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/

Summer:

(cubs games, “beaches”, shops, Divvy bike, parks, rooftop bars) 

Fall/Winter (weather is brutal so limited options – Bulls game, second city, ice skating at McCormick or Maggie Daley) 

Best Night Time Activities:

Concerts and Bars (Lincoln Park, Old Town, West Loop, River North)

Coolest buildings in Chicago: Hancock, Water Tower for shopping, Willis Tower

Bars

Wrigleyville:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct-wrigley-bars-each-and-every-one-htmlstory.html

Sluggers:

http://www.sluggersbar.com

Point and Feather:

https://www.pointandfeatherchicago.com

Three Dots and a Dash (basement bar):

https://www.threedotschicago.com

What to Wear in Each Season

Fall: 

Light Jacket

Winter: Layer up, puffy coats, gloves, hats, be creative

Summer: Shorts, tees, tanks, anything goes 

  

When is the best time to visit Chicago? 

Ryan said: Summertime CHI is the best! – everyone is out & about, perfect weather, most things to do during this time 

 

Best places for Music and Theatre: 

CIBC Theatre:

CIBC Theatre

House of Blues 

https://www.houseofblues.com/chicago

 

How To Stay Safe in the City

Ryan said: not as scary as one might think – just be aware of you surroundings and try to have a buddy when you go out/walk through neighborhoods.

Thanks so much to our guest, Ryan, for letting us interview him! If you have more questions, reach out.

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WWT’s 2nd Episode: All Things New Orleans and Mardi Gras

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To find information on Mardi Gras:

Mardi Gras Parade Schedule 2020

https://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/parades/

Tours and entertainment:

Ghost tours via Trip Advisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Search?q=ghost%20tours&searchSessionId=78DD8D500192109089092921EDA4DBCE1582583446357ssid&sid=A5C5CC4E8BFD88131B8ABE975C4690421582583470808&blockRedirect=true&ssrc=a&geo=60864

New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo & Vampire Walking Tour (2 hours along, walking, entertaining $14)

https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g60864-d11453064-New_Orleans_Ghost_Voodoo_Vampire_Walking_Tour-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

http://www.lafittesblacksmithshop.com/Homepage.html

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is a historic structure at the corner of Bourbon Street and St. Philip Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Most likely built as a house in the 1770s during the Spanish colonial period, it is one of the oldest surviving structures in New Orleans. 

Food and History tour, French Quarter Food Tour, $65

https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g60864-d11454049-New_Orleans_Food_and_History_Tour-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html

River Boat Tours:

Creole Queen Mississippi River Cruise

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60864-d2178225-Reviews-Creole_Queen_Mississippi_River_Cruises-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html

Steamboat Natchez River Cruise

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60864-d549409-Reviews-Steamboat_Natchez-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html

Plantation house: Oak Alley Plantation

https://www.oakalleyplantation.com/sugarcane-plantation/plantation-tours

Carriage ride in French Quarters

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Products-g60864-zfc11970-zfg11873-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html?m=40646&supag=74046479642&supsc=aud-448833066947:dsa-650389793948&supai=358052534553&supap=&supdv=c&supnt=nt:g|clk:CjwKCAiAhc7yBRAdEiwAplGxX6E-FdyJQv7Dkyb5YHGkaiV_rrRwqfI-yfa4QkS6Qu1UFdagTDjT8RoClYwQAvD_BwE&suplp=9012211&supli=&supti=aud-448833066947:dsa-650389793948&tsem=true&supci=aud-448833066947:dsa-650389793948&supap1=&supap2=&gclid=CjwKCAiAhc7yBRAdEiwAplGxX6E-FdyJQv7Dkyb5YHGkaiV_rrRwqfI-yfa4QkS6Qu1UFdagTDjT8RoClYwQAvD_BwE

Graves/ grave yard

Nicholas Cage has his grave here even though he’s not dead yet, but it’s the only thing the government couldn’t take when he went bankrupt.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/nicolas-cage-s-pyramid-tomb

Marie Laveau’s fake grave is purple…painted over from the people drawling one it and making wishes.

https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/43436

Museums

Mardi Gras museum

of costumes and culture: off conti street

https://www.mardigrasworld.com

Jazz museum:

piano, saxophone:celebrate all forms of jazz 400 Esplanade Ave

https://nolajazzmuseum.org

WW2 museum ( NOLA’s #1 Attraction )

The National WWII Museum, formerly known as The National D-Day Museum, is a military history museum located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, on Andrew Higgins Drive between Camp Street and Magazine Street. Magazine street.

https://www.nationalww2museum.org

Old New Orleans rum,  2815 Frenchmen St, spiced rum world 2nd largest producer. “I drink and I know things”

https://celebrationdistillation.com

House of Blues: 

https://www.houseofblues.com/neworleans

Hole in the wall

Bookstores: 

William Faulkner House Books

https://faulknerhousebooks.com

Librarie

https://www.neworleans.com/listing/librarie-book-shop/33003/

Dauphin Street Book

https://www.facebook.com/DauphineStreetBooks/

Cape Robbin shoes on IG: @caperobbin, 

Food

Breakfast:

Café Du Monde:

Homepage

Cafe Fleur de Lis -breakfast BACON, strawberry mimosa

http://www.cafefleurdelis.com

Coterie restaurant & oyster bar

http://coterienola.com

Lunch:

Acme oyster house: Po boy, char grilled oysters, drunk root beer float.

https://acmeoyster.com

Napoleon oyster house

https://www.napoleonhouse.com

Central Grocery for homemade soda, looks like an old dinner:

http://www.centralgroceryneworleans.com

Coops Place (across for bb kings):

https://www.coopsplace.net

Dinner:

Apple Place :Aldolfo’s on Frenchmen St-cash, bottom bar, special sauce

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60864-d445261-Reviews-Adolfo_s-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html

Dickie Brennan’s steakhouse:

https://www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com

HOUSE OF BOURBON:

https://www.bourbonhouse.com

Oceana Grill:

Oceana Grill Home – New Orleans Restaurant

Music/nightlife:

Cat’s Meow for Karaoke:

http://catskaraoke.com

Fortune Telling, Live music, Art in Jackson Square:

http://www.experienceneworleans.com/jackson-square.html

Bb kings blues club(BBQ)

https://www.bbkings.com/new-orleans

Places to stay

Astor Crown plaza:

https://www.astorneworleans.com

The Marque suite, sister hotel on canal street:

https://www.bluegreenvacations.com/resorts/louisiana/the-marquee#gref

Hilton

http://www.hilton.com/search/hi/us/la/new_orleans/0/00000000000/0/0/0/0/10?WT.mc_id=zlada0ww1hi2psh3ggl4advbpp5dkt6multibr7_153669424_1003528&gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=CjwKCAiAhc7yBRAdEiwAplGxX3OIgTnaIsZXGK2PqWZvb98OhjiYn1fAKITnMqaRjvGZiJaCoxZ0oBoCpc4QAvD_BwE

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