My Eight Resolutions for 2016!

New Year’s Resolution #1: Get people to stop applying for Capital One credit cards.

Say no to Jennifer G.

Seriously. Don’t do it. Your minimum spend is better, well, spent, on 95% of other cards. Even Delta American Express cards.

New Year’s Resolution #2: Fly Cathay Pacific in first-class!

Post-March 22 the price for a ticket from the US to Asia will rise from 67,500 to 110,000 American AAdvantage miles, so I want to take advantage of one of the most perfect flights in the world while it’s still relatively inexpensive!

New Year’s Resolution #3: Experience the 2016 European Soccer Championships in France.


Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel. Photo via IHG.

With the help of AirBnb (sign up using my link and get $20 off your first rental), SPG and IHG, the trip should be a fun and inexpensive way to see some parts of France I haven’t yet been to, like Bordeaux and Toulouse. The 2008 EuroCup was a fantastic time and I’ve been jonesing to return to one ever since!


Basel, Switzerland, during the 2008 EuroCup.

New Year’s Resolution #4:  Thanksgiving in Mendoza, Argentina.

Plans are as follows: Drink Malbec. Eat steak. Drink Malbec blends. Eat more steak. Repeat as needed.


New Year’s Resolution #5: Goon out at the Fairmont Mara Safari Club when my dad and I go on our safari in mid-February.

This could mean demanding the staff call me Rafiki, wearing homemade “Nala Bae” and “YUNG $$$SIMBA” t-shirts on game drives, and of course, singing Circle of Life every single day at dawn.

New Year’s Resolution #6:  Go to Fallingwater, finally, and fully unpack Wright’s genius IRL and not via three A.M. Wiki-holes.

Fallingwater. Image courtesy Fallingwater website.

New Year’s Resolution #7: Visit my wild and crazy friend Big Brain.

Big Brain left his Google sinecure to be an editor and report at a newspaper in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I hate rewarding him for being selfish by moving across the world and making it extremely hard for me to visit him, but on our adventures so far, we’re batting 1.000.


At a Hanshin Tigers baseball game, Osaka, July 2014.


Got any resolutions? Leave ’em in the comment section below!

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