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Jake Madsen

Los Angeles


About Me

I spent 6 years traveling the world and working remote, living out of hotels, visiting nearly 40 countries and staying in a variety of places, from friends' homes to every range of travel accommodation: from luxury to camping and all in between: hip city spots, b&b's, resorts, business chains, rustic haciendas, quirky motels and tents!

I know my home state, California, Western Europe and Hong Kong.

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QAsheville to Nashville: Road trip from Asheville, NC to Nashville TN

Doing a mini road trip from Asheville, NC to Nashville, TN this fall. First time visitor to both cities, and looking for recommendations on possible driving routes and interesting sites and tasty food along the way. See More

ACatalina Island: Catalina Island worth a trip?

Catalina is definitely worth it! Even for a day trip. The ferry ride itself is fun. Once on the island rent a golf cart. There are several rental agencies within a short walk from the ferry terminal. Each of these has a map with directions for the drive through the hills... See More

ANorthern California: Sunny and relaxing "hidden gem"?

In February, the best sun break would be in Southern California, in any of the Coachella Valley resort cities: Palm Springs​, Rancho Mirage​,  Palm Desert​ or Indian Wells​. The more 'hidden'... See More

ALos Angeles: Area an hour away from LAX airport

If you want convenience to the airport, the Inn at Playa del Rey​ the single hotel in Playa Del Rey, is a quick few minutes drive on surface streets to the entrance to Los Angeles International Airport​ It's fine for a night... See More

ASwitzerland: Best route for 3 week trip

Agree that Bern​ is a good base from which to explore Switzerland. From there you can make day trips to the area around Lake Geneva​ like Lausanne​ or Montreux​ or other towns in the French part... See More

AVenice: what's the soho, west village or williamsburg of venice?

Agree with the other posters - Venice is too small to have a hip district. When I studied there I lived in the Dorsoduro​ quarter, the University gives it a more student and less-touristy vibe.  Location-wise, anything in the central quarters of Dorsoduro, San... See More

AQuirkiest/Cutest city you've ever visited?

Ærøskøbing​ Denmark, accessible only by boat looks right out of a storybook with little houses and even tinier beach shacks. ​rounding out my top 5: Visby​ on the island of Gotland, Sweden ​Old Town of Tallinn​... See More

APalm Springs: What to do in palm springs in November?

You might still get pool time, November can be 70s and 80s during the day though the temperature drops quickly after sunset. A short walk from the The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage​ are the easy Chuckwalla Loop, Roadrunner and Jackrabbit trails.  There... See More

AGermany: Best Christmas markets and what to do there?

If you're thinking about adding another city, Vienna​ has great atmosphere at Christmas, plenty of lights and several markets to choose from. The one at Schönbrunn Palace​ just outside the city, has locally-made items, like "Krampus"... See More

AWhat are the most underrated travel destinations?

In Europe: Denmark​​ outside of wonderful Copenhagen are island gems like​ Ærøskøbing​ and Bornholm​ ​ In Asia, friendly and hospitable Taiwan​ preserves traditional culture with modern... See More

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