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.

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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!

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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.

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

 

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

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