2015 DC Cherry Blossom Status – March 23


I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately about the cherry blossoms here in DC.  As always it is one of the most popular times of the year in the city and my favorite time of the year as well.  I always look forward to the cherry blossoms not only for them heralding in spring but because they really change the city. This year things have been … [Read more...]

Indian Visa Process: BLS International

Charminar - Hyderabad India

I get a lot of emails for support on getting a Indian Visa, and a lot of notes about my difficulty from before.  So I figured I would try to pull together some tips and a guide for getting the Visa to help avoid some of the issues. These steps focus on a Tourist Visa applied for in USA, since that is where I have the experience.  I have not done … [Read more...]

Getting a Indian Visa with BLS International

Hyderbad India

-- Note-- I added in a guide to getting the visa for those looking for help. It’s been several years since my last trip to India. In 2007 I made it an important goal to get to India to see my grandfather who was getting up in age.  And I’m blessed to have had that opportunity since it was not soon afterwards that he had passed away. So travel … [Read more...]

Where to Travel in 2014

Marrakech, Morocco

With 2014 just starting up, it’s time to start planning your year of travel.  I pulled together a list of great destinations to check out in the new Year with recommendations on when to go there.  I pulled these from lists of places I have visited personally to make sure the recommendation is not simply just a rehash of other lists.   Here is … [Read more...]

7 Tips for visiting the Desert Castles – Jordan

Driving in the Eastern Desert

The Desert Castles and Eastern Desert was one of my most memorable trips I had taken during my stay in Jordan.  It felt very remote, very beautiful in the stark landscape of the region.  When we went we had no idea what we were doing, and we had prepared as best as we could through research, instinct, and dumb luck.  Hopefully these … [Read more...]

Renting a Car in Jordan

Rental Car - Qasr Burqu - Jordan

There are various ways to rent a car when you are travelling in Jordan. There is one I was used to previously, the western car company approach. All the big car companies exist here in Jordan (Avis, Hertz, Sixt, Thrifty) and it operates generally how you expect. You go online or call and you reserve the car and time you want and go and pick it up … [Read more...]