For most people, taking a vacation is only a dream. With today’s busy lifestyle, hectic jobs and family obligations, who has the time (or money) to fly away to a tropical island, the mountains or a lush rain forest? It is estimated that in the United States, the average worker who is actually at a […]


The Best Travel Tip For Barcelona

by derek on December 29, 2009 · 54 comments

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of visiting Barcelona, Spain for the first time. Being in my early 30’s I am somewhat embarrassed to say that this was my first voyage outside of the United States – well, other than a trip to Canada when I bought my Harley and a trip to Mexico […]


This post was written by P Ling, who is a travel writer for Uptake and also runs the Triphow blog. A ‘Kamaaina’ in Hawaii is someone who is a native or has lived in Hawaii for a long time. President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu and spent most of his childhood and youth in […]


Two? Three? Try Seven Hours On The Road

by derek on December 17, 2008 · 49 comments

That’s right – my commute home tonight lasted a torturous seven hours from start to finish. As if that were not bad enough, just before hour seven, I realized that my windshield had a crack running nearly the entire width of the glass. At approximately hour number six, I had to make a risky escape […]


Adventures Of The Road Trip

by derek on October 28, 2008 · 33 comments

As many of you know, I have just returned from a family vacation to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. What some of you might not know is that we drove there, that’s right – road trip! The sign above literally could have applied to our return trip home, as we encountered a fair share of […]


P Ling is a travel writer for, where he writes about hotels and beaches and stuff. He also authors the Triphow blog, where his hotel and destination reviews earn praise from fellow bloggers like Derek Semmler. So, Derek says he’s going on a family vacation to Disney World, and agreed to let me write […]


Ocean View From The Loews Hotel

by derek on September 17, 2008 · 27 comments

For the last few nights, I have had an absolutely amazing view overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from the balcony of my hotel room at the Loews Hotel in Miami, Florida. While I am happy to be back home with my wife and kids (at least for a day or so before I head out to […]


Speedlinking – Miami Edition

by derek on September 15, 2008 · 18 comments

This edition of Speedlinking comes to you from the coast of the Atlantic Ocean as I am visiting Miami, Florida for a work conference. My room at the Loews Hotel is overlooking the ocean, which is adding to the difficulty of making it to the conference sessions. In honor of my first trip to Miami, […]