• Road Trip Through Autumn: NYC to Montreal

    Since I was wee bitty child, I’ve been in love with Autumn. It’s that magical time of year when the trees show us just how important it is, and freeing it can be, to let go of all dead things. Also, tree lined streets look amazing for these few...
  • Virgin Islands, Here I Come!

      Virgin Islands, Here I Come I’m going on a trip to the Virgin Islands – December 24th to December 28th. I’m looking forward to the St. Thomas getaway. I’m going with a good friend for a much needed respite. We’re going to be on the US portion of...
  • Hyattsville location of Busboys and Poets

    Busboys and Poets: Rendez-vous Extraordinairé

    A fabulous DC staple is the restaurant, lounge, and community arts venue Busboys and Poets. I first went there in 2006, about a year or so after it opened, and I was immediately hooked. The first location to open is what I call its signature location at the corner...
  • Here Comes Nobu

    If you ever travel to Washington, DC – or if you live in the area – word on the street, according to Washington Business Journal (WBJ), is Nobu, one of the most renowned Japanese restaurants around is coming to town. The proprietor is master chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa (known affectionately as...
  • Bogota: Day Two in my Big Boots

    “When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.” – Winnie-the-pooh. If you’ve ever traveled with me, you know my Big Boots aren’t boots at all, but a pair of old Chucks that are probably a mile...
  • Bogota, Uber, This Rain, and Narcos

    This is PassportRequired.Com’s first group trip, and it’s far too exciting. It’s what we’ve been dreaming about for so long, and to see if finally happening is amazing, and there’s only one way from here: UP! After two planes, one Megabus, one Amtrak, one shuttle, and two more planes,...
  • Travel Tip for Good Deals: Amazon Local

    Many of us are frugal, spendthrifts, or just plain cheap when it comes to spending money, especially for the high cost of travel and vacations. We’re often looking for sources to help us save money on our business and personal travel excursions. One such of finding great travel deals...
  • Jersey Is More Than New York’s Armpit

    When I lived in Newark (I know, I know), the only thing I loved about Jersey was the cheap rent. Hell, it was a 3 bedroom townhouse for $1,600. I worked, played, ate, ran, rollerbladed, biked, and met up with all my people in Manhattan or Brooklyn. Eventually I...
  • Lets Go to Porto-Novo, Benin

    Have you ever been to Porto-Novo? I guess I should ask, have you even heard of it before?  I haven’t. I found out about it by accident with a 419 SPAM email I received over the weekend. The sender was from Porto-Novo. Since I was unfamiliar with it, I...