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Time Travel Tuesday | Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierras, California

Time Travel Tuesday | Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierras, California

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd While Brian and I not-so-patiently wait for our trip to the Canadian Rockies later this month, we thought it would be fun to revisit some of our past trips in a new series called Time Travel […]

Exploring The Huntington Library | San Marino, California

Exploring The Huntington Library | San Marino, California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Growing up, I spent a good chunk of my childhood in Pasadena. My mother grew up there and my grandparents lived in the same house until I was early into my teenage years. Despite this, I […]

2016 Trip Plans – More Adventures!

2016 Trip Plans – More Adventures!

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd

Summer has officially made its way to Southern California, so we have our fans and air conditioner working overtime. All this heat has us daydreaming of cooler locales, foggy mornings, rainy afternoons, and snowy weekend getaways. In that spirit, we’re excited about our next two planned trips! Here’s what we’re looking forward to as we hit the halfway point of 2016:

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The Best Adventures in Yosemite National Park | California

The Best Adventures in Yosemite National Park | California

Written by Julie | Photos by Julie Boyd When I was 16-years-old, my dad pulled the car over to take in the majesty of Yosemite Valley at Tunnel View on a family trip to the park. Since that first moment, when I gazed upon the […]

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter | Hollywood, California

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter | Hollywood, California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd We solemnly swear that we are up to no good. It’s no surprise that Julie and I are big Harry Potter fans. When we moved in together last year, there was no argument, we were both […]

Traveling for “Free” with my Favorite Credit Card

Traveling for “Free” with my Favorite Credit Card

Written by Brian Callender

One of the questions I have been getting more and more of late, has been, “what is a good travel rewards credit card to start earning points for free flights?” Previously, I wrote about how I stumbled across “travel hacking” by accident back in 2014 and was instantly drawn in to the world of points and miles. Through this newfound knowledge, I booked our flight to Europe for just $88.20 and 120,000 miles. It was an amazing experience made even better by how much we were able to save using our points. If you’re thinking about starting to earn points, here are some reasons why I love my Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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Exploring San Francisco in One Day | California

Exploring San Francisco in One Day | California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd For my most recent birthday, Julie and I made the short trip up to San Francisco for the weekend. While we work to finalize plans for our next big vacation, these short getaways help keep the […]

The Best of Monterey | California

The Best of Monterey | California

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd Monterey is a beautiful seaside town known for its stunning views of California’s Central Coast, and abundance of marine life. While many people come to visit iconic spots like the 17-Mile Drive and the Monterey Bay […]

Earth Day & National Park Week

Earth Day & National Park Week

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd

Happy Earth Day!

This week the National Park Service is celebrating our National Parks, and Earth Day, by offering free admission to all of the parks, nationwide. While Brian and I wish we could get out and take advantage of this great opportunity, our obligations with our jobs are holding us back this year. As an alternative, I thought I would share some of my photographs from past travels to national parks. Enjoy!

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The View from Curve Overlook in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Idyllwild & Winter Hiking in the San Jacinto Wilderness | California

Idyllwild & Winter Hiking in the San Jacinto Wilderness | California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd It’s a rare occasion for Julie and I to have a weekday off together, so we always try to make the most of them when we do. With the school Julie teaches at on Spring Break […]

Going for a Walk with Samantha Brown

Going for a Walk with Samantha Brown

Words by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd I first stumbled across Samantha Brown years ago while channel surfing on a lazy, Sunday afternoon. Her Passport to Europe show was airing an episode on Interlaken, Switzerland, and I was immediately drawn in by her […]

The Best of Big Sur | California

The Best of Big Sur | California

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd

On the Central Coast of California, Highway 1 winds through a section of rocky coastline known as Big Sur. Flanked by the Santa Lucia Mountains to the east, and the turbulent waters of the Pacific Ocean to the west, this is truly a place where land meets sea. For roadtrip enthusiasts like Brian and myself, making the drive to explore this part of California is a must-do. Here are the five things we recommend seeing along the drive.

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A Day Trip to Julian | California

A Day Trip to Julian | California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Back in 2012, when Julie and I first started dating, I surprised her with a day trip down to Julian and we had a blast! Four years later, we decided to return to Julian and explore […]

A Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher | Ireland

A Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher | Ireland

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender and Julie Boyd While planning our time in Ireland, we had given ourselves a very open schedule so that we could relax and enjoy the last days of our trip. After spending the rest of the trip constantly […]

Exciting Changes to the Blog!

Exciting Changes to the Blog!

Written by Brian Callender

Some exciting thing are changing on the blog, so I thought a post about it would be a good idea! 🙂

I originally created this site to share the travels of Julie and I, with some travel hacking mixed in. I started with the name The View From Cube 74, because well, I worked in cubicle 74 in my office. I enjoyed the name because from my cubicle, I can see out to the local airport, assuming I turn my chair around. While that name suited my original purpose, I wasn’t thinking long term when I created it.

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Three Days in Dublin | Ireland

Three Days in Dublin | Ireland

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender & Julie Boyd We touched down in Dublin close to 10:00 p.m. on Monday night after a short flight from Brussels. I had pre-booked our transportation taking the 700 Route with AirCoach which came out to about $25 roundtrip […]

A Day Trip to Bruges | Belgium

A Day Trip to Bruges | Belgium

Writted by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender & Julie Boyd One of my favorite things about Europe is the ease and efficiency of travel within countries, particularly public transportation. When I was studying abroad in Oxford, I knew there were three busses that […]

A Day in Brussels | Belgium

A Day in Brussels | Belgium

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd & Brian Callender

Belgium was, admittedly, a late addition to our itinerary. We had planned to visit the British Isles, but not the continent of Europe on this particular trip. However, having already been to the three countries on our agenda, I was eager to see a new place. With only a short window of time to visit, we needed somewhere that was in close proximity to London, so Belgium won out over Paris as our choice. Julie was quickly sold on the idea by way of the country’s well known exports: chocolate, waffles, beer, and fries.

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Last Days in London | England

Last Days in London | England

After a very late night in Oxford, we slept in a bit on Friday morning before heading out to soak up the rest of our time in London. To say that we were ecstatic to have the Tube back up and running would be a […]

Day Trip to Oxford | England

Day Trip to Oxford | England

Six years ago, I studied abroad for ten weeks in Oxford and it was one of the best experiences of my life. During that time, I fell in love with the city, the country, and travel. I learned a lot about myself on that trip […]

Day Trip to Windsor Castle  | England

Day Trip to Windsor Castle | England

On our return from the Harry Potter Studio Tour on Tuesday night, we learned that there was likely going to be a Tube strike taking place beginning Wednesday evening and lasting through Friday morning. While we had always intended to take at least two day trips while staying in London (Windsor & Oxford) a strike would almost certainly impact our plans (spoiler alert: it did, big time). Knowing this, we made our way out to visit the town of Windsor and its famous castle.

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The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Bros. Studio Tour | London, England

The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Bros. Studio Tour | London, England

On Tuesday afternoon, we boarded our train and were on our way out to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. After walking around for much of the day, our feet were tired and in need of a seat. The train however, was full of passengers either […]

London, Days One & Two| England

London, Days One & Two| England

Thanks to Friends, I’ll always think of “London Baby” whenever the city crosses my mind. And that’s not a bad thing because I love London and I love Friends :). If you have no idea what I’m talking about, watch the clip below. Julie and […]

24 Hours in York | England

24 Hours in York | England

Six years ago, I visited York for the first time with my study abroad class. The trip was an optional add-on, but everyone went. There was so much that I loved about the city, that I made it a point to have Julie and I transit through there on our way to London. Though we certainly could have made the train trip down from Edinburgh to London in one day, York is a great place for an overnight stop, or longer if you have more time.

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Saying Goodbye to Scotland | Edinburgh

Saying Goodbye to Scotland | Edinburgh

With two long days of driving and exploring the Highlands firmly behind us, we had a lazy start to our Saturday morning. In doing so, we nearly missed making it back in time to drop off our rental car. We returned the car with just minutes […]

Exploring the Highlands by Car: Part Two | Scotland

Exploring the Highlands by Car: Part Two | Scotland

Friday morning we were treated to this beautiful loch view from our Airbnb.  A view which made the prospect of departing for the long upcoming day an even more challenging prospect. Our host had been fantastic and we wished we had opted to stay for […]

Exploring the Highlands by Car: Part One | Scotland

Exploring the Highlands by Car: Part One | Scotland

Early Mornings & False Starts

After a long and exhausting first day in Scotland, we awoke refreshed and ready to tackle our second day. Our original plan had been to take a tour of the Scottish Highlands and I spent a fair amount of time researching the wide variety of options at our disposal. Instead, we decided we would be best suited to rent a car and explore the beautiful Scottish countryside at a pace of our own making. Though there is much to be said about the simplicity and ease of a tour, but for our purposes, having our own source of transportation made more sense.

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Our Adventure Begins | Edinburgh, Scotland

Our Adventure Begins | Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Here We Come Our adventure began bright and early on Tuesday morning. We were fortunate that Julie’s dad was willing to give us a ride down to San Diego to catch our outbound flight to New Jersey where we would catch our connecting flight […]

10 Months of Planning and it’s Finally Here + I Drank a 9 Year Old Bottle of Beer to Celebrate!

By the time you read this, we’ll be in route to San Diego International Airport for our big day of travel. Heading East, means we’ll lose our entire day to being in the air and on the ground waiting to be in the air again. […]

How We Booked Our Flight to Europe for $88.80.

How We Booked Our Flight to Europe for $88.80.

By now, you’ve heard that Julie and I are going to Europe. A fact that has been discussed at great length thanks to some serious enthusiasm on both our parts. In just fifteen fourteen days, we’ll be on a plane embarking on a big and incredibly exciting journey. The trip marks our longest vacation in our three years together at seventeen days and sixteen nights. Since the flight is broken up into two five hour segments, it will actually tie our trip to Boston a couple years back for the longest flight.

Without a doubt, the question I get asked most often, is how did you do it? And I tell anyone who cares to listen, because it really was quite simple, just how much the world of points and miles can work if you’re willing to put in a little effort. As a complete novice at the time, here’s how we made it happen.

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