All posts by Hinky

MPCG: Accommodation Domination

Finding, booking and staying in accommodation that suits your trip plans, comfort level, and wallet is probably one of the most make-or-break parts of travel planning (at least as far as I’m concerned). It’s more significant sometimes than it is other times, but its virtually always a key component of a good trip. Picking accommodation […]

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On The Road….Again

Other than the very first significant trip I went on when I was ten I mentioned here, the only other travel experiences I had as a young person (i.e. before I became a parent and a wife and a full-time grown up) were when I was in college. I was dating (and ultimately got engaged […]

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Eyes On The Back of My Head

Several years ago, my family and I took a much-needed trip to Puerto Rico. Unlike my subsequent travels, this was a packaged deal. A huge resort (that was seriously damaged in Hurricane Maria, by the way….check out this video from a stormchaser who was there during landfall), private airport transfers, the whole ball of wax. […]

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Chronic Tourism

As a West Coast native and a naive, selfish aspiring snob, I can’t tell you how gleefully I used to denigrate tourists when I was a teenager. When flocks of glaringly white Midwesterners showed up in their plaid Bermuda shorts wearing black socks with their white high tops during the vicious West Coast winter months, […]

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The Endless Joy of Bitching!

I have a trip coming up next week. It may end up being the shortest trip I’ve had where air travel is involved. I fly into my destination in the evening, spend the whole next day there, and fly back early in the morning on the third day. It’s not ideal, but I’m visiting someone […]

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What is “travel”?

You know, I’ve been thinking about this all weekend. Why do people travel? The list of reasons is nearly endless. There are things as common as wanting to lie on a white sand beach and as obscure as visiting abandoned cities or taking pictures of rare spiders. I mostly travel for purely conventional reasons: I […]

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M*[email protected], that’s HOT!

When you read a menu, you’ll find that there are often subtle hints about the food and beverages that could go a long way to helping you decide whether or not you can tolerate them. As an adventurous type of person, I have a rule when it comes to eating and drinking: YOLO. I will […]

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Just Not Feeling It….

Sometimes I don’t WANT to conquer the globe. Sometimes, I don’t want to fly the plane, drive the car, or navigate the ship. Sometimes, I’m a whiny little bitch. And sometimes, I just want someone else to plot global domination. In February, Tigger and I went to London for a few days. Maybe you remember […]

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MPCG: Appetite for (Self)Destruction

Hi, peeps! It’s a glorious day in flyover country. The snow is nearly gone and the breezes have turned warm, which of course means that mosquito season is right around the corner. So YAY! A couple of years ago, my family (Moo, Tigger and I) went to Paris for a week. It was one of […]

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Now THAT’s Progress!

So guess what I did last night? I finally, FINALLY booked accommodation for the CDMX/Acapulco trip! (Firmly pats self on back) Henie was instrumental in figuring out where to stay, and yet she seemed awestruck by our (her) choices. The apartment we have in CDMX is in La Condesa (it means “Hipster City” in English) […]

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Hinky! Put That Dinky Pinky to WORK!

Another day, more procrastination. I still haven’t wrapped up plans for Acapulco. I hit Henie up this morning to tell her I suck, and she wisely blew me off. I just need to start digging. I’m putting together a framework that describes how I normally do my research and then translate that to plotting global […]

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The Basics: All About the Benjamins

Did you know that the dalasi, the currency of the West African nation of The Gambia, is being updated so that the image of former dictator Yahya Jammeh is no longer in circulation? Oddly, I would have expected that. Because I’m Hinky….in every way imaginable. I developed a fascination with The Gambia several years ago […]

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How to Suck….Up As Much Culture as Possible

As I mentioned in my More Waffles Than a Waffle House post, Henie and I are plotting world domination in Mexico City and Acapulco. Our flights are already booked, and now we’re just trying to choose accommodations in Acapulco. Owing to my ongoing mini-midlife crisis and the hard work involved in getting TtW up and scooting along, […]

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Chapter Two: I’m NOT going to number every post, &@#% it!

Are you plotting global domination today? I am. Always. Having finally gotten this beast that is TtW off the ground this week, I realized that I need to revisit my Master Plan to Conquer the Globe (or MPCB if we MUST resort to acronyms). Ultimately, you’ll have the privilege of watching it change over time. […]

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A Love Affair With An Older British Gentleman

Many years ago, I was in the hospital for a very, very long time. The drugs I was on made it hard to concentrate on anything, and I spent most of my time asleep. It was a drag. And then someone gave me a book. A Year in Provence is a memoir written by Peter Mayle, […]

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Chapter One. Hinky Plots Global Domination!

Well, hello there! Having already written quite a chunk of content for TtW, it dawned on me at 3am after having a nightmare about lima beans and guys named “Chad” that I hadn’t actually BLOGGED yet. I don’t “blog”. But at some point I should probably explain why I occupy this tiny corner of the […]

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The “Overpacking for Health and Fitness” Workout

Remember that time when you packed a large rolling suitcase until it wouldn’t hold anymore because you wanted “choices”? Yeah, been there. Sigh. My travel buddies Henie and Maypo joined me on a trip in the fall of 2018. When we arrived at our AirBnB, we were informed that the elevator that would effortlessly carry […]

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More Waffles Than a Waffle House

Mmmmm. Waffles. How I love me some waffles. Or as Henie calls them, vafler. SUCH a Norwegian girl. Henie and I have similar approaches to travel in that we plan fairly meticulously with the understanding that things change once you’re on the ground. During our first international adventure (a six day trip to Mexico City), […]

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London Tube

….And The Train Disappeared Down the Tracks

Remember the time we were in London and we accidentally got separated in the Tube? No? I DO! And I’m STILL laughing. I LOVE to plan trips. LOVE LOVE LOVE! But sometimes when you travel with certain people, you’re held accountable for logistics and decisions that rest solely on your shoulders. And THAT is jacked. […]

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