Month: January 2015

Airline Shopping Portals – What They Are and Why You Should Be Using Them

Airline Shopping Portals – What They Are and Why You Should Be Using Them

Why? I have certainly made no secret of my love to travel. From small weekend getaways, to multi-country adventures, my thirst for travel really got a fire lit in 2009 when I spent ten weeks in Oxford. In the five years since that trip, I have […]

Mini Vacation Part Two – Monterey

I absolutely love Monterey and was excited to visit the city again two years after our first trip. In 2012, we stopped in Monterey as part of a longer trip up the coast and we spent very little time getting to know the city. Other […]

Europe 2015 – So I Booked the Wrong Month For Our Hotel

Our big trip to Europe is scheduled for June & July of this year. While we booked our flights in September on points, the trip is still evolving. So far, we have nine of a possible sixteen room nights booked either on points or cash (with the help of some good rates…we’re trying to keep this pretty cost effective after all). That’s good news! On Monday night however, I realized I booked our five London nights at the right hotel, but the wrong month!

doh

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Mini Vacation Part One – Big Sur

Mini Vacation Part One – Big Sur

I love vacations. The longer the vacation, the more I forget about my regular work life and the cubicle walls I sit behind. But smaller trips have their perks as well. Sometimes, we just don’t have the time or flexibility in our schedules to really […]

Europe 2015 – Requesting Time Off

This is the first post I am putting together in a series on planning for our trip to Europe this upcoming June/July. Every trip or vacation, has a number of important components that hopefully will make it a success. From booking flights and hotels to […]

A Brief Introduction to “Travel Hacking”

A Brief Introduction to “Travel Hacking”

“Travel Hacking…that sounds sketchy, what is it?”

While the word “hack” certainly gets a bad rap, especially in light of the recent issues at Sony, “travel hacking” is best viewed simply as a way to save money on travel.

A brief internet search will net you a litany of different websites that delve into the world of travel hacking. This is particularly great, because there is never a shortage of opinions and information out there to help you reach your goals. No matter where you look, the hobby, as it is often referred to, centers around collecting (and using) points and miles.

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Four Walls and No View

My cube has four walls. Five if you count the slightly shorter wall that holds my name plaque. For a cubicle, the space is actually not so bad. The tops of the walls have windows on them, so I can stand up and look at […]