In the Life of a Travel Writer

Jump Into Ireland In 2015

By Jeff Game

Jump Into Ireland

Ireland. Gaze at the green, lush hills – feel the cool, crisp air along the highway as you pass by one amazing sight after another – sit down and break bread with some of the friendliest and good-natured people on the planet. With the beginning of the New Year right around the corner, travel experts, including Lonely Planet have picked the island of Ireland as one of the top hot spots to visit in 2015. If you want travel where all the cool kids are traveling next year, jump into Ireland in 2015.

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Best Travel Blogs Right Now

By Jeff Game

Best Travel Blogs

Along with writing several articles in a week for my blog, I also try to keep up with other writers and bloggers. I love to see where they are traveling, checking out new travel tips and seeing what is new in the world of travel. I totally get how it may be hard to sift through the many thousands of travel blogs on the worldwide interweb to find the perfect information you are looking for while planning your trip. Here is my mixed tape of the best travel blogs that I have been reading lately.

Take a looksy, start following these fine bloggers and while you are in the following mood, I hope you start following my little blog as well.Best Travel Blogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Come on Get and a Get Happy Commute With Ford

By Jeff Game

Everyone loves a happy commute. When you live in Los Angeles, living in your car and logging major hours in traffic every day is just part of your life, sort of like that unwelcome relative that has been crashing on your couch for a month. Since the Jetson’s flying car is not on the market yet, finding anyway to make a daily commute easier, less stressful and maybe a little fun in L.A. or any place U.S.A. is really important to a better quality of life.

Get Happy Commute With Ford

Last weekend I was invited by the great people at the Ford Motor Company to spend a weekend in a new Ford Fiesta and see if I could experience a “happy commute”, test-driving the car around Rancho Palos Verdes and staying a couple nights the amazing Terranea Resort. Of course staying at the resort is a huge plus, however I was actually intrigued about the Ford Fiesta. Since I travel a lot for my job, I see a lot of rental cars, so I wanted to see how this car stacked up amongst similar cars on the road.Get Happy Commute With Ford

 

 

 

 

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Amongst the Waves: Historic High Surf Hits Long Beach

By Jeff Game

Historic high surf in Long Beach

Surfing the historic high surf in Long Beach with a great backdrop of the Queen Mary.

The end of the summer in Southern California brought historic high surf to the shores of Long Beach – historic high surf that even many local surfers have never seen in their lifetime. These mondo waves also brought extremely strong rip currents that can make body surfing pretty treacherous, even for the best swimmers. I grabbed my camera to be amongst the waves as historic high surf hit Long Beach.

Historic high surf in Long Beach

Surfers hitting the high surf in Long Beach, a rare scene in the usually calmer waters of Los Angeles Harbor.

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Chef: The Travel Movie

By Jeff Game

Chef: The Travel Movie

Continuing my love of travel movies, here is my take on one my favorite films of 2014, Chef: The Travel Movie.

There are many ways in life to discover who we are and where we stand in this world and two of the best ways are through food and through travel. Cultures and societies all over the world are built on the different foods they create and eat every day.

As well, when you travel anywhere, whether across your own country or across the globe, you can really get a sense of how a world outside your own exists, let alone you can really discover the real person inside of yourself.

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Personal Graceland: An Elvis Fan’s Guide Through Memphis

By Jeff Game

Personal Memphis

Take a stroll on my Elvis fan’s guide through Memphis and my personal Memphis.

Personal Memphis

Memphis is for Lovers.

A blues station plays in the background, as I wind through an industrial area at 2 A.M., three-legged dog runs in front of my car at the moment my cell phone rings. I am just trying to find my way to a hotel near Graceland and I am lost in downtown Memphis.

I had been through Memphis two different times – over ten years ago – mainly to see Graceland and Sun Records. As an Elvis fan, finally getting to see these two places of the King of rock-n-roll is like getting to see Mecca.

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On The Road Movies: Top 11 Travel Movies

On The Road Movies: Top 11 Travel Movies

By Jeff Game

On The Road Movies: Top 11 Travel Movies

 

Much like travel can help you escape from your everyday life, a good movie can help us get lost in world that we may have never known. Even more so, a good movie about travel helps you escape and if it really grabs you, makes you want to take your own journey to the place in the movie.

After all, we all have at least one movie in mind that made us take notice and maybe wanted to go visit some day—even if that was Hogwarts Academy or the Empire State building on Valentine’s Day—there is probably one movie destination, one movie road trip on your bucket list.

Being that is Oscar weekend, here are my top 11 travel movies—movies that have made me want to go and visit that place in the script. Some on the list I have traveled to and some are still on my list—some day I will travel to the rest of the list.What is on your favorite travel movie list?

 Lost In Translation

First you have Bill Murray, giving one of his best performances, as he weaves his way through this character that was once famous and now is doing whiskey commercials in Japan. This is story any traveler can relate to, feeling isolated and unsure about this new culture, food, and customs and of course the other language they are all speaking.

On The Road Movies: Top 11 Travel Movies

Unbearable Lightness of Being

This film about the 1968 uprising in Czechoslovakian introduced me to Daniel-Day Lewis and Juliet Binoche and it also made me dream of visiting Prague some day. Prague is still at the top of my list to travel some day.

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Before Sunrise

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, two twenty-something’s falling in love on a train through Europe, how cool is that. The first in a trilogy of movies featuring the love these characters build and for me, I could have put all three on my list.

On The Road Movies: Top 11 Travel Movies

 

Il Postino

Not only is this a love story of an Italian postman who finds himself and he finds love, he also finds a lifelong friendship with the exiled Chilean poet, Pablo Naruda. This is a great movie to watch on a summer’s night, break off a piece of great bread with salami and get lost in the Italian coastal town.

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Midnight in Paris

I could name a dozen movies set in Paris that I could have easily added to this list, however one of my recent favorites is Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. I am already a big Woody Allen fan and I really get lost in this modern day romance that travels back in romantic Parisian history. The opening shot is a love letter to the streets if Paris.

On The Road Movies: Top 11 Travel Movies

 

The Blues Brothers/Smokey and the Bandit/Midnight Run

Ok, so this movies are not exactly your feel good, get lost in a vacation movie; these movies are running from the law, sometimes get shot at, smashing up lots of cars, set with the American landscape as the back drop. Besides the running from the law part, each of these movies made me love road trips even more—in a black trans-am— on a mission from God.

On The Road Movies: Top 11 Travel Movies

On The Road Movies: Top 11 Travel Movies

On The Road Movies: Top 11 Travel Movies

 

Into the Wild

Emile Hirsch leaves behind the world that he is dissatisfied with and loses himself in the Alaskan wilderness. This Sean Penn written and directed film shows the beautiful Alaskan frontier, as well as how isolated we all can feel when we lose ourselves in one place. You may just not want to get too lost and starve to death.

On The Road Movies: Top 11 Travel Movies

Under the Tuscan Sun

I am an unashamed “chick-flick” fan and first on my list is Under the Tuscan Sun. Post divorce, Diane Lane’s character takes gay vacation tour through the Tuscan countryside and ends up buying a broken down home and in turn, changes her life for the better.

On The Road Movies: Top 11 Travel Movies

P.S. I Love You

Much like Paris, I could have named so many movies that take place in Ireland, however for this list, I went with a more recent romantic comedy. Even though we lose the main romantic, Irish lead to a brain tumor, the movie takes us on journey to Ireland as well as a discovery of his widow’s purpose for the rest of her life without her Irish love. No seriously, this is a romantic comedy, Irish style.

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All the Presidents Men

Not at all a warm vacation movie, however I remember watching this movie as a kid and wanting to visit Washington D.C. and see all of our American history in one place. DC is one of my favorite places to travel and this movie of Redford and Hoffman bringing down Nixon, is one of my favorite movies.

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So I Married an Ax Murderer

The title may sound more like a Hitchcock movie that takes place in San Francisco, although it is a wacky Mike Myers trip through one of the greatest cities on this planet. This great comedy showed me how cool and diverse San Francisco is and really helped me fall in love with the golden gate city. Head, pants, now!

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