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Travel Planning is Half the Fun

You’re done with work for the day, the kids are in bed, and there’s nothing worth watching on TV (except that episode of “Flip or Flop” you’ve already seen seven times). What do you do? If you’re anything like me, you veg out with your iPad and work on planning your next vacation.

Maybe it’s because I work in tourism marketing, maybe it’s because I’m a control freak (you aren’t supposed to agree with me!), but for me half the fun of taking a vacation is planning it. You explore the possibilities, nail down your must-dos, plan out your days — and then repeat the process, the anticipation building as the days tick down to your trip.

According to an August 2014 CNN Money article, more people spend time planning vacations than they do planning for retirement.

The article referenced a Charles Schwab survey of 1,000 retirement savers, 39% of whom...

Why Do We Travel?

A couple of weeks ago, we here at Miles were asked to share our funniest travel story in 100 words or less. Immediately a half-dozen came to mind, including the time we were in the Rockies and my dad caught me scooping snow into my hand and eating it – and proceeded to film me for a solid two minutes. (What can I say? I grew up in the South.)

The hard part wasn’t coming up with a funny story; the hard part was telling it in 100 words. I could’ve spent 1,000 words waxing poetic on how the fresh white powder reminded me of a New Orleans snowball, with the just-right consistency of shaved ice that makes it downright fluffy. I wanted to go on and on about how “wrong” it felt to be wearing jackets in June, and then segue into the rest of our trip – a weeklong journey that took us from Albuquerque to Denver.


Buzzword of the Week: Progressive Enhancement

Notes from "An Event Apart" in Austin, Texas

Ahh, An Event Apart. It’s been about a month since five of my colleagues and I were in Austin, Texas, for a two-day web design conference (plus a full day’s workshop on multi-device design), and I’m still digesting all I took in. In total, we sat through a dozen sessions with 12 different cewebrities speaking on topics ranging from using style tiles to drive responsive design (something we at Miles have been doing for more than a year now; we gave ourselves a pat on the back for that one) to creating content strategies which focus on quality over quantity.

Three things we kept seeing over and over again:

  1. Flame transitions
  2. Cat GIFs (everyone knows it’s hard to go wrong with a cat...