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…

To My Beautiful Ava on her 9th Birthday

Today I woke up to your sweet kisses and warm hugs. As with most mornings, you came to snuggle me awake before school, shimmying your little body under the heavy covers to warm up next to me. As I blinked awake, your sweet smile filled my sleepy eyed view and you whispered that you wished…

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…

Pushing the ‘Grit’ Envelope

'Grit' is everywhere in education these days. In schools around the world, teachers are advocating for a 'growth' verses 'fixed' mindset and they all have their own ideations of the above graphic that's age and subject specific. As someone who supports teachers from K-12, I've seen no other buzz word spread so readily to classrooms…

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…