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David Tacheny

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Having worked for some of the biggest tech companies, I have traveled extensively on business. I also travel the world with my family as we explore locations, cultures, & interesting places.

Have you ever stayed in a hostel?  They are a great option for affordable travel lodging. A hostel will usually have shared water closets (bathrooms) and bedrooms dorm style. Many offer free wifi, breakfast, social common areas, day and night excursions and plenty of other travelers to chat with. If you have never stayed at a hostel I highly recommend it when traveling alone or in pairs. I prefer to stay at hostels over any “low budget” hotel because they often offer a cleaner, more hospitable and have a fun environment. I recently had an extended stay in Seattle and took the opportunity to stay at all three downtown, Seattle hostels. In this post I will go into detail on each one of them. I will be reviewing City Hostel Seattle, Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle and Hostelling International Seattle at the American Hotel. 1. City Hostel Seattle is located in the trendy…

Welcome to Portland Oregon, or known as Bridgetown by locals. With 12 bridges crossing the city and its majestic landscapes under Mt Hood, Portland is the business center for the state of Oregon and its largest city. It’s definitely not what you would expect. Nestled on the Willamette River (It’s pronounced Willamette, dammit – they rhyme!) it has the 30th largest port in the US.  The slogan here is “Keep Portland Weird” but really it’s a pretty normal city with an eclectic vibe. Accommodations – When I stay in Portland for a business trip, I forgo the National chains at the expense of my miles to stay in one of the many boutique hotels. There are plenty of them and provide a nice experience for my stay. My favorite and highest recommendation is McMenamins Crystal Hotel in Downtown. McMenamins is a name known throughout the Pacific Northwest for its quirky but uniquely Northwest culture. A…

Where did you go the first time you needed a passport? Remember your first passport? The excitement of receiving it, knowing you are about to go on a major adventure. My son, in this picture, just received his first passport and his smile says it all. Your passport is not just another Identification, it is a window into your travels. It is your past adventures, and the ones you have yet to go on, a log of stamps to exotic places you have been, hopes of places you wish to go. Your passport is a magical key that opens up opportunities to the whole world and all the amazing people in it. For me, my first passport took me to Haiti. We spent two weeks working in and building an orphanage for children. We planned the trip for months, filled out paperwork, passed background checks, saved money, and took time…