Layover Love

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Unlike most people I know, I absolutely love layovers.

I don't mean the short, running between gates hoping not to miss your flight kinds. I mean a good long layover that gives you a chance to explore a place that you wouldn't likely have been going to otherwise. Even the shorter several hour layovers are nice because you get to eat some cool regional foods sometimes. 

On my (not so) recent trip to Bali, I arranged for two ridiculously long layovers in Singapore. One for the daytime and one for the evening which required a hotel room for a night. It was amazing. We got to see just about all of the attractions in Singapore and explore a city that we likely wouldn't have gone to otherwise. Singapore is beautiful and fun, has some delicious food, and was a really great place to revisit since I hadn't been back since I was three.

Layover Musings

1. A good long layover is cheaper than paying for additional flight legs to get you there. The cost of our 17 hour and 19 hour layovers was built into the cost of the flight. This amount of time enabled us to have breakfast with orangutans at the Singapore Zoo, visit the Singapore Flyer, and Gardens By the Bay. Oh, and eat lots and lots of chicken rice. 

2. A long layover is under 24 hours and because of that, if you are flying the same airline all the way through, you most likely won't have to recheck your bags. As long as you have checked them for the entire flight, you are set. So just keep some pajamas in your carry-on! 

3. I typically will get a hotel close to the airport if I have to catch an early flight the next morning so after I get off one flight, I check-in and leave my bags at the hotel to make things easier for later. The airport hotels are usually quite a bit cheaper than those downtown so it's a win win!

For an upcoming trip I'm planning, I have two long layovers in a nearby Asian country which will give me ample time to see a couple tourist attractions and catch a few night markets. I absolutely cannot wait!

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ACM 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

If you've been following my blog for even a couple of days, you know how much I love country music. Every April is the Academny of Country Music Awards and aside from last year, they are always here in Las Vegas. 

I took the weekend off so I could attend the festival and I gotta say, while the performers were great, this is probably my last ACM fest. When it started a few years ago, it was at the Orleans and was smaller and definitely a lot more awesome despite the smaller more run down venue. This year it was held at the new Las Vegas Festival Grounds. While very nice, it meant much larger crowds, harder parking, higher prices, and just more mayhem than I can deal with at this point in my life. One of my favorite annual events has become a little too much of a circus for me to deal with and considering all the smaller ACM events around town, I think I would have had a way better time (and fewer sunburns) at any number of those events. 

That said, I did catch some awesome performances, including a few of my personal favorites.

Old Dominion at ACM Fest and the After Party.

It was really special getting to see Matt and the guys accept the ACM award for best new vocal group or duo. After seeing them the first time back in 2014 when they had an audience of about 40 and nobody knew who they were, it's just amazing to see how far they've come. Nobody deserved that award more than these guys.

Brett Eldredge always puts on a great show.

My fave- Sam Hunt... The only reason I stood in the sun towards the front of the crowd for about five hours that day. 


Dustin Lynch at the After Party. 

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Zion Camping

Thursday, June 9, 2016

So for Corey's birthday, we wanted to get out of town but we didn't want to spend a whole lot of cash. The year before, we had gotten a bunch of cheap camping gear that we had yet to use, so Corey grabbed a new tent (his had a hole in it), some chairs, and a pump for our air mattress so that we would be all set to hit the road. 

We both really enjoy camping and being outdoors and had been wanting to take a little camping trip to Zion for a while so the planning was pretty easy. We also figured this was a great test run of all our equipment since we had yet to use any of it.

The drive to Zion is always pretty easy and not very congested. I had gotten super lucky and snagged a last minute booking at the Watchman Campground right inside the park. The other campground is first come first serve and that concept alone always induces a ton of stress for me. We had a beautiful HUGE site with a ton of space for our really big tent. The only downside was that it had rained pretty heavily the day before so getting the tent stakes to hold was a bit of a pain. 

The weather that day was absolutely perfect and we had a couple of nice (slightly undercooked) meals by the fire. Great way to celebrate my sweetie's birthday!


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

So May has always been an anniversary month for me since May 06 marks the day I started this blog.

That came and went without me even realizing it. I will pay attention on Year 5.

May is also my cheesy one year anniversary with the love of my life so it's a nice month.

We wanted to celebrate in style but didn't really have the time or disposable income to leave town, so we opted for the Pahrump Winery. My brain doesn't usually conjure up any fancy images when I think of a place known for legal prostitution and fireworks.

Fortunately, the winery is a nice little change of scenery from the mounds and mounds of sand surrounding the area. We had a nice dinner, a wine tasting, and enjoyed a pretty nice sunset.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Hey everyone!

I'm making some updates and changes. I got bored.

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