The Travel Gear Diaries: Part 1-Backpacks for an Around the World Trip

We just got back to Korea yesterday and were a little saddened not to have our cats greet us at the door. We were however looking forward to all of our new travel gear so I thought I'd chronicle what we bought for an around the world trip. In the past, we have often taken…

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Our Favorite Hotel Booking Sites That Have Saved Us Thousands!

Hotels.com This is one of our favorite booking sites. After 10 stays, you get a voucher towards a free stay. Hotwire Like 'Priceline', you can purchase a hotel stay (not knowing the specific hotel) but will spend less than through the individual property. Booking.com Although this doesn't have the free 11th night, we have found…

Booking Budget Safaris in Africa

I've had Africa on the brain lately. Last month, I finished booking and paying for the first 2 months of our trip in Eastern Europe, so East Africa was next. I wrote earlier how I essentially got a free flight down to Dar Es Salaam and now we are working on logistics around how to…

How to Travel with Cats on a Long Flight (Avoiding a Cat-tasrophy’)

It's 12:30 am and I can't sleep. The first night of sleep after flying across the ocean is usually a good one, but not tonight. We arrived at LAX at 1:30 yesterday afternoon and after a long wait for luggage, ambled out of the arrivals gate, up the ramp and into the arms of my…

I Booked $2,000 of Flights for $100. Here’s How:

It's humbling to learn things at middle age that change your life forever. Driving Lambos in Rome: Summer 2017 My latest one came two years ago, when an unsuspecting staff member, Nate Samuelson changed my life when he opened my eyes to the world of credit card rewards for hotels and travel. Since then, we've…

Use Airbnb to Save Money on Accommodation

The first time we spent a summer in Europe, we spent $18,000 all in. I was ready to slit my wrists when I saw my final credit card bill. "Jesus Christ!" I remember saying out loud. "How can anyone afford to go there?" Our prayers were answered through apartment sharing through Airbnb. I bring this…

What’s in a Number?

"So how many countries will this be for you?" "53." "Wow, high five bruh!" As I was listening to this exchange between a couple of co-workers before our last holiday, I realized I've never understood people like this. You know the type, and can spot them easily as they often have country flags sewn on…