Travel is all about discovery.
Take yesterday, when we were driving through Fort Collins, Colo., and we stumbled upon a downtown area with food trucks (real Belgian waffles!) and chocolate (that’s my daughter, Erysse, enjoying a chocolate milk at a place called Nuance Chocolate. Note her brother’s hand, which is about to steal a sip. Kids!).
Sure, travel is disruptive. You miss deadlines. You miss your bed. But as much as travel takes from you, it also gives. There are the little moments when you say, “Wow, this is the best waffle since I was in Brussels for that NATO Fulbright conference back in ’97!” And then your kids say, “Dad, you’re old.”
This is a trip with a more serious purpose. As you might know, I lost several relatives late last year and we’re trekking out west to attend a memorial service and to say our final good-byes. And yeah, the chocolate helps. 🙂
I’m looking out the window of my condo at sheets of rain coming down, courtesy of the latest El Nino storm. Off in the distance, I can see the snow-capped mountains of Park City. Mud season has started a little early this year. But there are cases to be advocated, stories to be filed and produced, and I’m grateful for a fast wireless connection and strong coffee.
By the way, we had a terrific February on the consumer advocacy site.
- We mediated 261 cases in February, which works out to a little more than nine grievances a day. That’s roughly the same number of cases as in January. We changed the way we collate our cases in February in our system to separate cases from letters to the editor and reader questions.
- We added 300 new newsletter subscribers, putting our daily newsletter circulation at 21,173.
- Traffic rose again. We had 305,711 user sessions, up 17.83% from last February. Our page views rose 29.60% to 601,140. And our average session duration increased 29.54% to 2:13.
I think March will be even better. I’ll report more numbers in a few weeks.
This week’s stories
- Hotels deliver happy surprises at check-out (USA Today)
- How do fellow fliers annoy each other? Let us count the ways (Washington Post)
- Get ready for “Economy Minus” (Fortune)
- Why did CenturyLink backpedal on a price quote (Problem Solved via Huffington Post)
- A refund for an “invalid” ticket to Lima (Travel Troubleshooter via Minneapolis Star Tribune)
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We’ll be in the Salt Lake City area for the next few days and then head off to Nevada, where it is hopefully not raining. But it’s almost spring, so you never know. If you want to see photos from our adventure, be sure to follow me on Instagram, where I’m posting random photographs from our journey.