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Guest blog: The lifestyle of a digital nomad - Marc Herbrechter

For my first guest blog, I am thrilled to have Marc Herbrechter, who I have “known” for two decades. Marc is a digital nomad and avid Mac user and here is his story.

Hi, I am Marc Herbrechter!

Just like Michael Kummer, I work in the IT industry, and we have known each other for quite some time. We talked about blogging recently, and the idea of a guest post came up.

I read through Michael’s blog a little to find out what I could write about that might be interesting to his readers, and I think I came up with some interesting lines.…

Uber vs. Lyft

As a consumer, ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft have much improved my travel experience. But lately, Uber has gotten so unreliable that I stopped using the service and instead started using Lyft. In this article, I compare Uber vs. Lyft based on the experience I made over the past couple of months.

I live in Alpharetta, GA and have used Uber a lot to go to the airport. Usually, using Uber to travel back and forth from the airport is less expensive than paying for parking at the airport. Plus, I can do at least some work like answering emails while being on the road.…

You can get into serious trouble with authorities when you make the mistake of trying to leave Costa Rica with a minor who is registered in Costa Rica but is lacking the required travel permit, authorizing you to take the child out of the country.

Isabella, our three-year-old toddler, was born in Atlanta and is thus a United States citizen. My wife is Costa Rican, and I am Austrian, so she was eligible to apply for citizenship in those two countries as well. For Isabella to become a Costa Rican citizen, we had to register her with the “Registro Civil,” which we did after she was born.…

What to wear on a long-haul flight

Last updated on Jan 15, 2017

If you sit on an airplane for 8+ hours, it’s important to wear comfortable clothes. In this article, I’ll tell you what clothes I recommend to wear on long-haul flights. I wrote this article from a male perspective, as that’s what my personal experience is limited to. But I shall share my wife’s expertise in a future blog post.

The golden age of air travel vs. today

Back in the days, traveling on an airplane was a special occasion and passengers used to dress up for it. These days, I still see the occasional passenger board a long-haul flight wearing a suit and tie, but they usually sit in first or business class.…

Pre-travel checklist

Preparing for a trip is often stressful, especially when you are traveling with kids. But you can make this process much smoother by using a pre-travel checklist.

Last year, I went on a business trip to Wolfsburg, Germany and when I arrived and opened unpacked my suitcase, I realized that I had forgotten my dress shirts at home. Fortunately, the nearby mall was still open, and I could buy two shirts that happened to fit perfectly and that are still among my favorites.

Avoid the hassle

I could have avoided that mishap by just looking at the packing checklist my wife created.…

Paleo breakfast

Staying true to your dietary choices while traveling can be difficult. In this post I’ll share a Paleo breakfast alternative that can safe your day in a pinch.

I usually keep breakfast simple: 4–5 eggs sunny-side up with a side of bacon, avocado or other fruit, depending on availability. At home, I also like scrambled eggs or omelets but in restaurants I stay away from them because they are often made with butter. My stomach is sensitive to dairy, otherwise I wouldn’t mind butter. If you’re sensitive to dairy as well, it’s always worth asking if a meal has any. During my last business trip to Las Vegas, I was surprised to find out that the Grand Luxe Cafe at The Venetian uses a butter/canola oil combination (yikes) for regular eggs.…

Kraków, Poland

Impressions of Kraków

Last updated on Oct 2, 2016

I recently started working for Xiting, an incredibly talented group of SAP security professionals. My second business trip offered me the opportunity to visit the historic city of Kraków, situated in the region of Lesser Poland.

I had never been to Poland and wasn’t sure what to expect. Needless to say, I was positively surprised by the landscape, culture and cuisine and I’d like to share a few impressions.

Kraków, Poland
Main Square

Quick Facts about Kraków

  • Second largest city in Poland
  • Situated on the Vistula (Wisła) river (the longest river in Poland)
  • Origins date back to the 7th century
  • Population of approximately 760,000, with about 8 million more people living within a 100 km (62 mi) radius of its main square

Food

I had the opportunity to enjoy dinner at three incredible, yet different restaurants.…

Washington D.C.

Long weekend in Washington D.C.

Last updated on Oct 26, 2016

Our first family trip to the nation’s capital was in February of 2015, when the city was hit by a massive snow storm. The weather at the time made it difficult to fully enjoy what Washington D.C. had to offer, so we decided to come back this year in summer.

Lucas wasn’t born when we visited D.C. for the first time and we knew we wanted to come back some time in the future, when the temperatures were above freezing. Then Lucas was born prematurely and we had to cancel a couple of trips we had planned. Fortunately, Delta Airlines allowed us to re-use our tickets for future travel without having to pay change fees.…

Traveling with kids

Traveling With Kids Internationally

Last updated on Jun 8, 2016

Traveling with an infant or a toddler is challenging. Traveling with both an infant and a toddler can push even experienced travelers to their limit. In this post I’ll share our experience from a recent trip to Costa Rica.

Traveling with kids
Isabella and I

As in many other areas of life, preparation is everything when it comes to traveling with kids. The better prepared you are, the less of a hassle the trip will be and the better you will be able to handle issues that you didn’t expect.

Before The Trip

Have A Packing List

My wife created two packing lists (one for summer and one for winter) a couple of years ago and we have been successfully using it ever since.…

How Healthy is Airline Food?

Last updated on May 18, 2016

As a frequent traveller and Diamond Medallion, maintaining a healthy diet is challenging. That’s why I usually try to avoid airline food when possible. On a recent Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta (ATL) to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) I got reminded just how incompatible a healthy diet and airline food really are.

Airline Food
Case in point: A meal loaded with carbohydrates. (Image by Delta Airlines)

Airline Food

On domestic flights I often skip meals altogether and instead have a good meal before I leave to the airport. I also carry a bag of raw nuts in my backpack for when I want a snack.…

My Favorite Credit Card Combo

Last updated on Dec 29, 2015

In this post I’ll show you what credit card combo you can find in my wallet and how it helps me getting the most out of every purchase.

Credit Card Combo

A Word of Caution

A credit card can be your friend but for many it is their worst enemy. I pay as much as I can using a credit card for various reasons:

  • Transactions are protected against fraud
  • I have an electric record of each transaction and can download it into my financial planning tools

However my mom keeps asking me if paying everything with a credit card doesn’t make me lose track of how much money I spent.…

Competitor of Celebrity Cruises
The Carnival Freedom – maybe our next cruise ship

In this post I’ll talk about my experience with Celebrity Cruises, their cancellation policy and customer service. The latter is what persuaded me, not to book a cruise with them again.

At the beginning of this year, Kathy and I knew we wanted to have another baby. We also knew that traveling would become much more “interesting” once the baby was born. So together with our dear friends, Yeni and Felipe, we decided to go on a cruise over Thanksgiving.

Celebrity Cruises

After we spent hours looking at various cruise lines, we decided to spend a little extra money and go with Celebrity Cruises.…

My Top 10 Gadgets for Travel

Last updated on Mar 5, 2017

Store your gadgets: Delta One Travel Kits
Store your gadgets: Delta One Travel Kits (Photo by Delta Airlines)

In this post I’ll tell you what gadgets you can find in my travel bag that make my life on the road easier.

I travel a lot and being on the road is not always fun. Especially not if you don’t have the right gadgets. So I decided to write a post about what gadgets you can find in my travel bag. I prefer to travel as light as possible, so I constantly review and re-evaluate what to bring along and what to leave at home. Below is a list of gadgets I have in my travel bag and a short description of what I like and dislike about each of them.…

Delta Airlines - How to upgrade to first class or business class using miles or money

In this post, I’ll share how to upgrade to first class or business class using miles, upgrade certificates or money on Delta Airlines and its partners. Before getting into the details, I’ll give you some general information about Delta’s frequent flyer program called SkyMiles, which is a prerequisite for most types of upgrades. You can skip that part if you’re already familiar with the program.

Lufthansa: My first Business Class upgrade experience

Before moving to Atlanta, I lived in Europe and mostly flew Lufthansa. As part of my preparation to move stateside, I had to visit a customer in Rhode Island.…

How to minimize or avoid jet lag

Last updated on Jan 23, 2017

Going East is Worse

I travel a lot – mostly internationally, and jet lag has always been an issue. Naturally, I have looked for ways to reduce or completely avoid jet lag.

Going east is worst for me. Direct flights from the US east coast into Europe usually leave in the late afternoon and arrive in the morning. So when I land it’s the middle of the night for me and it’s difficult to resist just taking a nap.
How to avoid jet lag

The longer the day lasts, the more I wake up, and when it’s finally bedtime in Europe, I’m wide awake and can’t sleep until 2-3am in the morning.…