Welcome to The YTP Travel Blog!

Hello, Travelers!

First and foremost, thank you for visiting our blog!  We are incredibly excited to share with you our experiences as world travelers.  Whether you are a seasoned traveler, or someone just starting to dabble in globe trotting, we are here to help with tips, tricks, and reviews of everything travel.

Let us introduce ourselves.  We are Adam and Erica Pfleegor.  We both grew up in beautiful upstate New York - Adam near the Finger Lakes and Erica near the state's capital.  While we both loved our hometowns, our families helped us to discover a world outside of our backyards.  We were fortunate as children to visit the ocean in the Outer Banks and Florida, to travel to New York City, and to discover the mini-golf courses in a multitude of other Northeastern and East Coast cities.

 Adam enjoying a beer in the town square in Montepulciano.

Adam enjoying a beer in the town square in Montepulciano.

 Erica sipping on wine in a wine shop in Florence.

Erica sipping on wine in a wine shop in Florence.

When we met in 2010, Adam was propositioned to continue his doctoral studies at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Neither one of us had been in the true South before, and so we decided to make the move.  Once he accepted,  we packed our bags and headed to the Cajun Country.  At the same time, Erica decided to continue her own studies in Houston, Texas, at the University of Houston.  Southern living and the much-different culture sparked a love of travel in both of us.  We were bit by the travel bug, and we were bit hard.

We have traveled all over the world, both together and individually.  We've been to Japan, Greece, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Portugal, Spain, England, France, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Italy and Slovenia.  Our favorite place was Italy; there we celebrated our honeymoon with pasta in Florence, wine in Montepulciano, and historical sites in Rome.  Currently, we are planning our anniversary to China, Thailand, and Vietnam (with the latter being what we are looking forward to the most).  Needless to say, we love traveling. Learning about new cultures while eating delicious food and sipping on local adult beverages? Count us in.

After helping our families with their own travel plans, we realized something: everyone should have an opportunity to travel and experience the world as we have.  But, if you are a veteran traveler, you'll know first hand that booking and planning the perfect trip is not easy.  It takes time, effort, and patience.  Finding flights that make sense and fall within budget is time-consuming; researching hotels that are well-rated and cost-effective takes effort; and dealing with Internet sites, airline and hotel personnel, fixing any issues, well, that takes a heck of a lot of patience.

Here at Your Travel Prof, we believe the more hotels, resorts, and flights we experience first hand, the better! That way, after we fly and stay in these different spots, we can give you personalized suggestions and recommendations for when you decide that you want to take your trip.  Our goal is to not only make traveling for you easier, we want to make it smarter.

So, follow along with us to discover how to travel smarter.  With our blog, you will not only have an opportunity to learn about the flights, hotels, and destinations, but you will get a personal account of our (mis)adventures together as a family, what we did, how we enjoyed it, and whether or not we would go back.  We are also going to include tips for traveling with a baby, traveling with a dog, what to do when you are traveling with both... the list only continues.

Baby J taking in the miracle of flight at 8 months old!

Over the coming months, we have a myriad of exciting posts on the way, including:

Trip Reports

  • A New York City Weekend
    • Amtrak service to/from Penn Station
    • Hotel Review: The Ludlow Hotel (East Village)
  • The First Class Battle for Seattle
    • A head to head comparison of Alaska (AS) and Delta (DL) in 1st Class to and from their hub in Seattle (SEA)
  • Tour of the Pacific Northwest
    • Flight Review: Air Canada Jazz (AC) from SEA to Vancouver (YVR)
    • Priority Pass Lounges in SEA and YVR
    • Hotel Review: Hampton Inn & Suites - Downtown Vancouver
    • Hotel Review: The Westin Resort & Spa (Whistler, BC)
    • Hotel Review: Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
  • The Twin Cities Marathon
    • Review of the Twin Cities Marathon
    • Flight Review: DL from Nashville (BNA) to Minneapolis (MSP)
    • Hotel Review: Hyatt Place St. Paul Downtown
  • The New York City Marathon
    • Review of the New York City Marathon
    • Hotel Review: Doubletree by Hilton New York City - Financial District
    • Flight Review: DL BNA to New York-LaGuardia (LGA)
    • Flight Review: American (AA) from LGA to BNA

Hotel Reviews

  • Riverwalk Resort at Loon Mountain (Lincoln, NH)
  • Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Airport (Coraopolis, PA)
  • Doubletree by Hilton (Rochester, NY)
  • Residence Inn Columbus Worthington (Worthington, OH)
  • Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU (Columbus, OH)

Tips, Tricks, & Travel Adventures

  • Traveling with an infant
  • What's in our wallet? Showcasing the value of credit card points
  • How to use transferable points
  • Using Autoslash to save $$$ on car rentals

As you can see, we have a busy travel schedule ahead of us! We can't wait to share our experiences with you on the YTP blog, including our next post on our trip to the mountains of New Hampshire!

Your travel friends,
Erica & Adam