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Adventures in Argentina: Introduction

Argentina has been on our list to visit for a few years now. We finally decided to pull the trigger and spend our Thanksgiving break exploring three separate cities in Argentina. These adventures were a great break from a hectic work life.

Our goals for this trip were pretty simple – get away from work for a week and explore a new area of the world. Argentina is well known for it’s wine and it’s beef. As with almost all of our trips we built our experiences around food, wine and seeing beautiful spaces. Of course we had to couple these requirements with our need for a relaxing break. It is a vacation after all.

Andes Mountain Views from Argentina
Views of the Andes from Mendoza.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll share with you my thoughts on the various flights, hotels, restaurants and experiences, including:

  • Flight Planning
  • United Flight IAH – EZE | Economy
  • Wait. Wrong Airport?
  • LATAM Flight EZE/AEP – MDZ | Economy
  • Park Hyatt Mendoza – Standard Room
  • Valle Uco Wine Tasting
  • Dining in Mendoza
  • Austral Frlight MDZ-COR | Economy
  • Sheraton Cordoba  – Junior Suite
  • Dining in Cordoba
  • Walking Tours in Cordoba
  • Cordoba Airport
  • LATAM Flight COR – AEP | Economy
  • Park Tower Hotel – Corner Suite
  • Buenos Aires Bike Tour
  • Dining in Buenos Aires
  • The Bird Poop Scam
  • Taxis in Buenos Aires
  • United Flight EZE – EWR | Economy
  • United Flight EWR – ORD | First

Not to spoiler the ending here, but we loved our time in Argentina. Next time we will do somethings a little differently though.

Have you been to Argentina? What was your favorite spot? Did you have to deal with the bird poop scam?

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Twitter Engagement

When it comes to social media engagement with Twitter, I’m pretty passive. I join some Twitter chats and engage with some fellow travel bloggers that either mesh with how I travel OR are very different travelers than I am.

I don’t spend a whole lot of time on Twitter. But I do reshare blog posts several times a week and work on supporting (liking, retweeting, commenting) on some fellow bloggers, but it is limited.

Honestly, I don’t think much about Twitter.

I was surprised when I was notified yesterday that I crossed 1,000 Twitter Followers. It was a shock because I haven’t done much of anything on Twitter in December.

Twitter
Crossed the 1K Followers Threshold. Now what?

For all the other bloggers out there, how do you use Twitter? Do you see active engagement and traffic from Twitter? What drives most of your traffic nowadays? Do we follow each other? If not, we should – share your handle with me.

United Airlines Wifi Refunds

Remember the days when your time on a flight was yours? You were disconnected from the world with no internet, no phones, no connections to the world below? Well those days are over.

Unfortunately with in flight Wifi, you are often plagued with slow downloads and frequently dropped connections. Some airlines have made it relatively easy to to get refund when the internet sucks. Here’s how you get a refund when the United Wifi fails on your flight.

Fortunately, you can do this all yourself, online. No need to call customer service and wait on hold for an extended period. United made it so easy to get a refund now. Maybe it is because their in flight internet is so hit or miss (at least for me over the last six months at least).

The Refund Process

First off, head on over to United’s refund page. This page handles everything from flight refunds, food, drink, upgrades and wifi (plus many more). The process goes much faster if you log into your MileagePlus Account, as most of the info just pre-fills into the forms.

United Wifi Refund
United makes it so easy to get a refund online.
United Wifi Refund
Flight info and receipts needed for Wifi Refund

It takes just a couple of minutes to submit the refund. Surprisingly, each time I submitted a refund, it has been granted and credited back within two business days. Every time I’ve requested a refund it was for a time where I actually had an issue on board. I may not have notified the flight attendant though. Sometimes the wifi works fine for 30 minutes or so, but is then dead for 30-45 minutes.

Despite all the issues I’ve had with United Wifi recently, I still attempt to work a bit on the flight. While it isn’t a perfect system, the ease of getting a refund makes me much less frustrated. However, I do miss the days were I could be completely disconnected while on a flight, don’t you?

Stitch Fix Review – January’s Men’s Box

It’s that time again, time for a Stitch Fix Review.  I received my January box last weekend.  I had a pretty good box in December, so I was anticipating to get a dud this time.

As a reminder, my focus for Stitch Fix is more casual clothes.  My office transitioned to a fully casual environment a few months ago and after years of building up a business and business-casual closet, I needed some help.  I get all of my dress shirts custom made from a tailor in Hong Kong and they are perfect.  My pants are mostly from Banana Republic.

With a much more casual dress code now, I need to revamp my closet.  Enter Stitch Fix.  I’ve been using the service off and on for a few months now, with relative success.  Read more about my previous boxes herehere and here. My fix arrived this week – let’s jump in, shall we?

Stitch Fix Men's Box Anticipation and excitement. What’s in the box?

In The Box

  • Red Ale – Velasquez Washed Twill Shirt – $48
    • Really liked the pattern and color, the shoulder fit was funky.  Undecided
  • DL1961 – Avery Modern Straight Jean – $125
    • I do love some grey jeans.  These looked and fit great, plus the smallest amount of stretch made them move smoothly.  Keep
  • Hawker Rye – Rose Bowl Hooded Sweater – $64
    • Meh, this looks like the long underwear hoodie from last month, which I kept. Do I need two?  Undecided
  • Hawker Rye – 95/5 Cotton Cashmere Shawl Collar Sweater – $64
    • A great casual and warm sweater.  Keep
  • Cole Haan –  Ogden Suede Chukka Boot – $130
    • Immediately loved the shoes and they fit like a glove.  Keep

 

Men's Stitch Fix Box
The contents of my January Stitch Fix Box

Initial Impressions

Sometimes it seems like these boxes are arriving every time I turn around.  My last few boxes have been pretty good, check out December and September.  The first thing I saw was the shoes and I immediately loved them. Too bad the Chicago winters with snow, ice and salt aren’t the best to wear suede shoes.  Soon though.  Why would Stitch Fix send two light weight hoodies that look almost identical in consecutive months?

The Decision

This month, I decided to KEEP everything. I didn’t really want the hoodie – I liked last month’s version better – and the Twill Shirt had a lot going for it, but the fit was just a little off.  So why did I end up keeping everything?  It’s that damn 25% savings if you purchase everything!  Keeping EVERYTHING vs just the three items I really like cost me only $4 more this month.  Since I didn’t hate any of these items, I figured paying just $2 for the two shirts that didn’t wow me, did make sense.

Do you use Stitch Fix?  Give me your Stitch Fix Review. Guys – what other services like this do you use and recommend?  Or do you just prefer to walk into your local Banana Republic and grab stuff off the racks?

Most Popular Blog Posts: 2018 Edition

Each new year, I like to take a look back at the prior year. I recently shared my 2018 Travel Year in Review, which showcased my various flights and trips. Today I’m going to take another look at my most popular travel blog posts in 2018.

Let’s start by defining the parameters. We’ll be looking at two posts 1) The post that was most popular in 2018, regardless of when it was published and 2) The most popular post that was penned in 2018.

Most Popular Post – Any Publishing Date

LATAM In Flight Entertainment (IFE) continues it’s reign as the most popular post viewed in 2018. In this post, I shared how useful LATAM’s App was for maintaining a distraction while flying. It surprises me that this continues to be such a popular topic, two years after it was originally published!

Most Popular Post – Published in 2018

This years most popular post doesn’t really surprise me. The content is beautiful. Not saying this just because I created it, but because my subject is utterly breathtaking. Vienna. The post titled The Most Instagrammable Places in Vienna was such fun to create too. I spent the better half of a day walking around Vienna, enjoying the late winter atmosphere snapping pics of beautiful and noteworthy places. I’ve heard from a handful of people who’ve used this guide during their visits to the city. Such a compliment.

The Wiener Staatsoper / Vienna State Opera House.
The Wiener Staatsoper / Vienna State Opera House.

I dig looking back to see how last year turned out. It’s helpful in not only planning for travel, but helps in curating content for future posts. What type of content do you want to see more of in 2019?