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The Drawings of an International Donut Connoisseur

June 7, 2013 at 12:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Today is more than just any Friday; it's National Donut Day. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we'll be doing what we do best: writing about donuts. And travel. Traveling donuts! People who travel for donuts! You get the idea. Now go get a cruller.

For nearly two years Andy has been Jaunted resident expert on n00b travel, sharing his insights on first time experiences in our The Newbie Traveler series. He's so much more than that, however; he's also our resident doodler and donut expert.

Here, Andy illustrates five specific donut shops that've rocked his world (and will hopefully rock yours, too):

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The Newbie Traveler Takes His First Flight on an A380: An Illustrated Journey

February 22, 2013 at 3:19 PM | by | Comments (2)

What would your life be like if you hadn't yet traveled? If you'd spent years reading travel novels and fantasizing over guidebooks, but hadn't made the big leap? This is the case for Andy Miles, who in his late twenties has just embarked on trips to hit cities for the first time. He's walking us through the emotions and observations of a true Newbie Traveler.

Contrary to what I learned as a youngster growing up in Texas, everything is not bigger there. Truth be told, everything is actually bigger in France—Toulouse, France to be exact. The reason for this is because that's where Airbus completes final assembly of their massive A380 airplanes.

After years of waiting, I finally got the chance to experience one of these incredibly beautiful planes myself, on a Qantas flight from Los Angeles nonstop to Sydney, Australia.

Seeing as how I booked my first A380 flight six full months before the day of departure, I had a lot of time to tell my friends about it, i.e. brag incessantly. The thing I forgot about bragging is that in order for it to work, you have to be doing something others care about. Unfortunately for me, I did not hang out with many #avgeeks during this time, so my brags usually fell upon deaf ears and I just came off as "nerdy" for caring about something as uniquely marvelous as a two-story airplane.

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Iron Chef Morimoto's Four Rules for Eating Sushi (Like You Know What You're Doing)

December 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM | by | Comment (1)


Morimoto demonstrates how much wasabi is perfect for a single piece of sashimi

Napa Valley is a weird place. It's kind of demure, with rolling hills blanketed in low rows of lush vineyards, but also kind of action central, as the chances are high that the person cooking your food or pouring your wine is at the top of the industry. Recently we ventured into kitchens, cellars and wineries (all accessible to you, too) in search of the extraordinarly yummy, which really is the norm in Napa.

Contrary to popular opinion, Napa's not only about the wine. Sure, that's a lot of the attraction, but you've got to eat something at some point to keep the drinking and drink appreciation going. That's where restaurants like Morimoto Napa come into play.

As the Flavor! Napa Valley festival only allows chefs with Napa restaurants to participate, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto took the opportunity to share the basics of precision sushi preparation.

Even if you're better at ordering in than turning out beautiful rolls, Morimoto has some tips. In addition to the fun fact that sushi is actually finger food (though chopsticks are of course plenty fine), he's shared with us his four laws of eating sushi. Take notes if you're Japan-bound!

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Tips and Tricks for Fellow Newbie European Travelers

September 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

What would your life be like if you hadn't yet traveled to Europe? If you'd spent years reading travel novels and fantasizing over guidebooks, but hadn't made the big leap? This is the case for Andy Miles, who in his late twenties is embarking on his first trip to the continent and walking us through the emotions and observations of a true Newbie Traveler. Read his previous adventures and follow along all week as Andy takes us along on his inaugural Euro journey.

For my final installment of this Newbie Traveler series I wanted to pass along some tips that other newbie (or even seasoned) travelers may find useful. If you followed along on my journey this week, you'll see that I went to London, Paris, Rome, and Zurich and even though I know I have much more to see and learn, I feel that I'm pretty well versed in the intricacies of European travel.

1. If you plan to do a lot of traveling by train, and your pocketbook allows for it, I would always suggest trying to upgrade to first class. I know, this tip probably sounds as obvious as "when flying, try to sit in first class," but to be honest we never found it prohibitively expensive. It's something you can take care of right there at the train station even if you already have economy tickets. Just go to the train and look for someone in a uniform. Most of them carry mobile devices and can upgrade you on the spot!

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The Newbie Traveler Treads the Cobblestones of Rome

Where: Rome, Italy
September 1, 2011 at 12:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

What would your life be like if you hadn't yet traveled to Europe? If you'd spent years reading travel novels and fantasizing over guidebooks, but hadn't made the big leap? This is the case for Andy Miles, who in his late twenties is embarking on his first trip to the continent and walking us through the emotions and observations of a true Newbie Traveler. Read his previous adventures and follow along all week as Andy takes us along on his inaugural Euro journey.

I know Rome is a big deal, but having the opportunity to see it up close and personal gave me new perspectives on life, time, and how many things in this world are temporal. The Roman ruins have such a presence that they emit a feeling of history, and even if you didn't know much about Rome, you'd know that something very significant happened there.

After getting settled at the hotel, we decided to go downstairs to find something to eat. Instead of just winging it on our own, we figured it'd be a good idea to ask the concierge for a suggestion. I sauntered up to the desk and asked, "Is there some good Italian food around here?" As the words were leaving my mouth my own internal dialogue was "ARE YOU REALLY ASKING HIM THIS RIGHT NOW?!" Thankfully, he just laughed and said, "Of course!"

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The Newbie Traveler Leaves His Smoking Jacket Home for the Night Train to Rome

Where: Rome, Italy
August 31, 2011 at 12:15 PM | by | Comment (1)

What would your life be like if you hadn't yet traveled to Europe? If you'd spent years reading travel novels and fantasizing over guidebooks, but hadn't made the big leap? This is the case for Andy Miles, who in his late twenties is embarking on his first trip to the continent and walking us through the emotions and observations of a true Newbie Traveler. Read his previous adventures and follow along all week as Andy takes us along on his inaugural Euro journey.

This was the moment I had been looking forward to for months. A night train from Paris to Rome. It just felt too good to be true. I expected to chugga-chug through the French countryside, gazing upon family-owned wineries untouched by modern innovations for hundreds of years, sheep on rolling hills and romantic stone archways. In my fantasies, I'd do this while sipping Perrier and conversing with my fellow passengers in the dining car—while wearing a velour smoking jacket, of course.

Later, after an Old Fashioned or four, I'd wrap up my conversations about the current European economic climate and retire to my room for an evening turndown service graciously provided by our train car's attendant. An assortment of Italian chocolates to leave my palate with a taste as sweet as the evening had been? Yes, please!

Unfortunately, the night train to Rome was nothing like that. Nothing at all.

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An American in Paris...Does His Laundry

Where: Paris, France
August 30, 2011 at 1:25 PM | by | Comment (1)

What would your life be like if you hadn't yet traveled to Europe? If you'd spent years reading travel novels and fantasizing over guidebooks, but hadn't made the big leap? This is the case for Andy Miles, who in his late twenties is embarking on his first trip to the continent and walking us through the emotions and observations of a true Newbie Traveler. Read his previous adventures and follow along all week as Andy takes us along on his inaugural Euro journey.

Romance is not lost on me. I like fine wines, nice dinners, and I'm not above admitting that Love Actually is one of my favorite films. However, just because you're in Paris doesn't mean it can be all moonlit meals and strolls by the Seine 24/7. I don't care what country you're in—dirty socks are dirty socks. Even Napoleon had to wash his pantaloons now and again.

Without the creature comfort of the washer and dryer back in my San Francisco apartment, I was forced to seek laundry asylum elsewhere. Luckily, there was such an establishment not far from my hotel. I packed up my unmentionables and headed out in search of cleaner pastures.

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The Newbie Traveler Says Bonjour to a Very First Visit to Paris

Where: Paris, France
August 29, 2011 at 1:43 PM | by | Comment (1)

What would your life be like if you hadn't yet traveled to Europe? If you'd spent years reading travel novels and fantasizing over guidebooks, but hadn't made the big leap? This is the case for Andy Miles, who in his late twenties is embarking on his first trip to the continent and walking us through the emotions and observations of a true Newbie Traveler. Read his previous adventures and follow along all week as Andy takes us along on his inaugural Euro journey.

It's already been one year since my first international trip—to London. It seems like only yesterday I was basking in the glow of the on-demand entertainment system of the Boeing 777 that whisked me up and over the United States through the cold, maple syrup-flavored airspace of our northern comrades only to touch down several "Frasier"-filled hours later in the United Kingdom. However, this time around, instead of just being a newbie in London, I was a newbie in three other amazing cities: Paris, Rome, and Zurich.

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What to Know to Get Along with Austin, Texas During SXSW

March 10, 2011 at 2:01 PM | by | Comment (1)

WIth SXSW beginning, those in music, film, tech and media are taking Texas, but more specifically, the city of Austin. Andy Miles of Bandize, an expert on all things Austin and SXSW, tells us what attitude to have and what not to do during this crazy time:

I've been to SXSW numerous times as both a band member, startup launcher, and plain old attendee. Combine that with having lived in Austin for just under eight years and it's safe to say that I have an intimate knowledge of both the conference and the great city it's held in.

· If this is your first time in Texas, let alone Austin, you may be wondering to yourself, "Hey, where are all the southern accents, pick'em up trucks, and 'Four More Years' stickers?" Well, just like any city with culture and a feisty nature, Austin offers a blend of all types of people. There's a strong tech community as evidenced by Gowalla, OtherInbox, HomeAway and a little company you may have heard of called Dell. There's even delicious, modern cuisine for the discerning foodie such as Uchi, Jeffrey's, and Driskill Grill.

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SXSW Without a Badge: Enjoying Austin's Food and Freebies

March 1, 2011 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

WIth SXSW less than two weeks away, those in music, film, tech and media are mobilizing to takeover Texas. While most of the official action requires a conference badge, Andy Miles of Bandize, an expert on all things Austin and SXSW, will share his tips for getting the most out of your time in the city (even if you don't have a badge).

"You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas." - Davy Crockett

There is a definite shift happening at SXSW this year, which can be seen most clearly in the union of the Music and the Tech trade shows. The conference is less about bands getting signed—as it was in the not-so-distant past—and more about tech companies trying to break (see "Twitter" and "Foursquare"). My point here is, tech companies have a lot more money to spend on cool parties than bands do, so keep your eye out, or, uh, phone out.

That being said, music is still a huge part of SXSW. It's the glue that holds it all together. If you want free shows that definitely don't require a badge, look no further than Austin Show List. A local resource for years, it only lists SXSW shows not requiring badges.

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The Newbie Traveler's Top Ten Tips for Other First-Time Travelers

August 6, 2010 at 11:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

What would your life be like if you hadn't yet traveled internationally? If you'd spent years reading travel novels and fantasizing over guidebooks, but hadn't made the big leap? This is the case for Andy Miles, who in his late twenties is embarking on his first trip abroad and walking us through the emotions and observations of a true Newbie Traveler. Follow along all week as Andy takes us along on his inaugural foreign journey. Today in the final installment, the Newbie Traveler shares some priceless insights.

For my last post, I thought it would be a good idea to share my top ten tips for other newbie international travelers. These are simply things I learned, observed, or thought would be important enough to share with you. Here we go...

· Get a passport. While I assume that most of Jaunted's loyal readers have valid passports, I did an informal poll amongst several of my friends and came to find that a shocking 80% of them don't have a passport! I'm making this my number one "tip" for newbie travelers because you can't do much without one. Get started.

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The Newbie Traveler Suffers Culture Shock

August 5, 2010 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (2)

What would your life be like if you hadn't yet traveled internationally? If you'd spent years reading travel novels and fantasizing over guidebooks, but hadn't made the big leap? This is the case for Andy Miles, who in his late twenties is embarking on his first trip abroad and walking us through the emotions and observations of a true Newbie Traveler. Follow along all week as Andy takes us along on his inaugural foreign journey. Today, the Newbie Traveler meets the locals and suffers a little culture shock.

"London, thou art the flower of Cities all." - William Dunbar

Here's what I already knew: The British Empire set up Thirteen Colonies along the Eastern Coast of North America. They thought, "Hey, this is really great." The Thirteen Colonies, however, were like, "Wait a minute, you guys. Can you really tax us while still providing us with true representation even all the way across the Atlantic?" The British Empire came back with, "Well, yeah." Then the colonies responded by attempting to make the world's largest cup of tea in Boston Harbor and everyone became great friends and lived happily ever after. The End. Right?

Somewhere in a classroom in Texas, my eighth-grade history teacher is crying. Clearly, I was ready to hop the pond and immerse myself in English culture, heritage, and varieties of deep fried fish.

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