Saturday, August 10, 2013

Welcome to HWYD Travel!

Hey There!

We're Steve and Andrea.

Dock Street, Annapolis, Maryland

You may be familiar with our sister blog, Here's What You Do (Altanta), so you know we like to go and see and do in metro Atlanta. What you may not know is that we like to travel. No, I mean we REALLY like to travel. In fact, in the last year, we've covered more than 15,000 miles and been to some 27 states together - some as many as five times. We aren't even going to try to include a tally of individual work trips to other places.

While we are happy to recommend our treasured finds in Atlanta, we are looking forward to opening up about our travel adventures, too. We hope you get out of town every so often and will use this site as a resource for creative ideas.

In HWYD (Travel), we are going to tackle questions like:

  • Where should I go for a unique romantic weekend getaway?
  • Should I drive or fly?
  • If I only have one day here, what is the best use of the day?
  • Which travel discounting site makes the most sense for my trip?
  • What would be a worthwhile place to take the children on vacation?
  • Which museum is really THE one I need to visit while here?
  • What do I need to know about traveling with the children overseas?

Mount Rushmore, Keystone, South Dakota

Does Anyone Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is?

We know there are travel sites a-plenty. We read the travel books and site reviews and see the wide-ranging rants or praises from the, "I hated it!" to the, "I will come back here again every year for the rest of my life!" But how many people try enough things while traveling to make an informed comparison?

Here's what you need to know about us. We are putting our money where our mouth is. We actually have taken every trip posted on this site, from New Orleans to Dar es Salaam. We'll describe what we did, how we did it, what we packed, what worked, what didn't, how much it cost, and what we would do differently. We will tell you what the kids thought. We will tell you what we thought. Often, people in our family have widely differing opinions on activities based on age and interests among other things. While we are pretty understanding and positive in general, there are always things we would do differently, and we will share that with you. 

We will also label our posts with the numbers of days we spent on our trips, the prices, and the locations to make searching our posts easy. We will review travel sites, attractions, hotels, budget-friendly finds, meals, the free-breakfast coffee, and even the possible of bathroom stops on roads where they are few and far between. So you can expect to see actual data as well as our narrative, our photos, menus, links, and any other resources we can think to provide.

Staying Connected While Traveling

One major feature will always be internet access. For instance, hotels advertise internet access, but the much-anticipated access may be slow and unreliable or surprisingly amazing. Because we do have actual day jobs, we will be happy to share that losing all cell-phone access while driving in eastern Wyoming makes conference calls and hot spot functionality impossible. We are serious users of the internet when we travel for work and for trip research; we can live without it, but we prefer not to!

Here's What You Do (Travel)

So, get ready for Here's What You Do (Travel).  Check out our Facebook page.  Like the page to add it to your Facebook feed.  It's gonna be fun!

Happy Travels!

Andrea and Steve

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