Category: About YWW

Why I’m Saying Goodbye to American Airlines

For most of my life, I was a Delta guy – both growing up in New York, in law school, clerking in Los Angeles, and then working in New York. I was a Delta elite member for four or five years, oscillating between Silver and Gold Medallion, and it generally worked well for me.   Then
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Travel and Travel Blogging Are Political; Oman and Charlottesville

We interrupt this series of trip reports for another kind of post… I recently got into a dispute with a travel blogger who I don’t know why I even follow how unsophisticated and uninformative her writing is.  What spurred it was her tweeting about how Oman is on her “bucket list”, with a mention of
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Cha-cha-changes . . . A Career Transition & my Norway/Netherlands/Malta Trip Preview

I don’t directly talk about my actual job on this blog much, but some changes on that front have several direct implications on my travel and blogging, and since I don’t have any other blog, I’ll share this news here. For a little over three years, I’ve had the privilege to serve as an attorney
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2016 Index and Year in Review

I won’t belabor the point, but 2016 was pretty terrible.  My travels were pretty good,though.  I still owe you all a few posts from my November New Zealand adventure, but as we say goodbye to the dumpster-fire of 2016, here’s a look back at my year in travel.  For previous years’ retrospectives, check out 2015,
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Three Days in Barcelona: Back Where I Started

This is part five in my trip report series from my July 2016 trip to Spain.  For an introduction, see this post. Thirteen years ago, in the summer before my junior year of college, I got off a plane from JFK to BCN (on Delta, paid for with my parents’ Skymiles), and started my first
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Reflections on Orlando, Pride, and Bars

Some may say this isn’t a travel post.  Some may say it’s “personal.”  But for me, travel is personal.  And more importantly, there’s an important message I want to share, and this is one of the platforms I have to do so.  I’m exhausted and have been writing a lot, so this is a bit
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2015 Index and YWW Year in Review

It’s a bit late, but here is my 2015 travel year in review post.  It was a huge travel year for me, as I hit 5 continents and did more long-haul flying than I’d ever done before. It was a lot of mileage redemptions, and low on the mileage earning front.  I re-qualified for American
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A Far East Adventure: Preview

Things have been very busy here in YWWville.  I’m in escrow on a condo, work is hectic, and I just finished up the Jewish High Holy Days.   I hope to wrap up my trip reports from Germany this weekend, because next week I head off on a ten day adventure to East Asia. The impetus
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Thoughts on Abu Dhabi, Part 2: Ethical Travel, LGBT Rights in the UAE, and Why One Blogger Should Be Ashamed of Himself

I have spent most of my professional life thinking about issues of injustice and inequality. When I travel, I try not to let these concerns dominate my thinking. I remember a speaker I heard in college, some noted activist whose name I can’t recall, who made the point that people working in social justice fields
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2014 Travel Year in Review and YWW Index to Trip Reports

2014 was a transition year for me in lots of ways. I ended up not traveling at all for work, and it was my first full year focusing my travel on American as opposed to Delta. I’ll talk about that change in a separate post, but as my tradition has been, I figured I’d summarize
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