2017 Travel Round Up

2017 was an interesting year of travel for House Ballisty. We started the year by saying this would NOT be a year of travel. Instead, we were going to focus our time and money on home improvements like new landscaping, new exterior paint, etc. but what happened? We got all the house stuff done but… we…

Travel Internationally Like a Pro – Part 1

Show of hands: who likes to travel to an international destination? Me me me! 🙋 But sometimes, travelling is hard work. I know that sounds like a first-world problem, but it totally is. You have all this planning and excitement built up to get to your amazing destination; but before you get there, you gotta survive…

An Adventure in Hong Kong, a Trip Report

Okay. Hong Kong was a crazy trip. I’m just going throw it out there right now. You’re going to read this and think: ‘they are completely insane.’ And maybe we are. But I recently read a quote by Genevieve Gorder via Grace Bonney’s In the Company of Women and it just really has been my life statement lately: Travel…

Travel is Life!

The website has been a little quiet lately because we’ve been travelling like madmen. We made a little personal challenge to outdo last year’s travel and so far, we’re way on the mark ✔ Here’s a quick recap of the last month: Austin, Texas : business trip & managed to sneak in some fun time Milan,…

Seattle Birthday Vibes

I thought last year’s birthday celebrations were amazing but this year has kind of topped the cake… at least for now! Seattle, baby. Picture this. We were sitting at SMF back in March, as we were getting ready to fly down to LAX for our Japan trip, and find that Southwest released a slew of…

Japan, whoop whoop

Japan! Aweeee, can I just go back already? Man, what a great trip. We got to spend over 2 weeks in one of our favorite cities in the world. Here are some more photos. A few observations about this amazing country: Everyone queues up (lines up) for everything. It’s so efficient and polite. I feel…

Throwback Thursday: Japan

In honor of Throwback Thursday, we’re obsessing over our upcoming Japan trip by reminiscing on our previous trip! We went to Japan as part of our Round the World Honeymoon in 2014. That trip was such an adventure! We even called it Eddie & Christine’s Excellent Adventure. I can’t believe that was 2 years ago. We flew into Japan… on…

Adventures in Washington D.C.

Eddie and I are pretty fortunate that we can work remotely with our jobs. As long as we have our laptops with a good internet connection, we can produce our usual, high-quality work from basically anywhere (including 35,000 feet in the air)! Our laptops serve as the brains of our daily operation with software development…

Omakase at Morimoto Napa

I’ve done this twice now and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Napa or anywhere that specializes in an Omakase experience. In case you didn’t know, Eddie and I are huge foodies so look out for more of my experiences (and with better photos). Coming up soon is a dinner at Bourbon Steak in…

Spain

I have the strangest dreams sometimes. I woke up today thinking about Spain. Maybe it’s because we’re wanderlusting over our next adventure, or I’m just so busy at work I’m dreaming of getaways to help this busy time go by, but I just miss exploring.

New York City

Just got word that we’ll be back in New York NEXT WEEK (this time for business). I cannot wait to experience fall in the city!

Mendocino Coastline

I had so much fun getting out of Sacramento spontaneously and visiting Glass Beach. I’ve been wanting to hit up the Mendocino Coast for years now, so I was super excited & totally felt like a little kid at Christmas during my roadtrip.