Over the weekend, I got a speeding ticket. According to the deputy who pulled me over, I was going 65 mph in a 45 mph zone. The worst part is that I got busted in a known speed trap — a short stretch of highway where the speed limits drops [...]
Travel Tips & Tricks
Robert Benchley once said “In America there are two classes of travel – first class, and with children.” I’ve done both.
While first class is more comfortable, travel with children is far more interesting.
If you’re looking for tips and tricks for making your travel more enjoyable and/or affordable, then you’ve come to the right place.
Topics of interest include budget travel, frequent flyer programs, travel credit cards, hotel and airline tips, traveling with kids, vacation planning, and more.
As I write this, I’m sitting in a hotel room and relaxing about a mile from the “main gate” at Walt Disney World in Orlando. The kids got out of school yesterday and, once we got the car packed, we headed out of town for five days at the Happiest [...]
Guess what? The Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard is back and they’ve sweetened their signup deal. They’re now offering a 40,000 “mile” signup bonus. Since their miles can be redeemed for statement credits on a penny-per-mile basis, that’s effectively a $400 cash signup bonus. But wait… This deal gets even better… [...]
I admit it. I’m a GPS-watcher. Whenever we go on long roadtrips, I track our progress closely on our GPS navigator. In doing so, the main thing that I watch is our ETA. Shaving minutes off our (projected) arrival time is like a game to me. If you’ve ever done [...]
Have you ever been tempted to buy car rental insurance? You know, so you can just turn in the keys and walk away if anything bad happens? Well… In case you haven’t figured it out by now, there’s a fair chance that such coverage is redundant (not to mention overpriced). [...]
Hmmm. When I wrote about saving money on car rentals, it seems that I may have spoken too soon. While I’ve used both Priceline and Hotwire with great success in the past, my wife just had a very negative experience. As a quick recap, I used Hotwire to book a [...]
If you’re anything like me (and I know you are) then you like to save money, especially when you can do so without settling for less. One of my favorite ways to save money on travel is to rent cars (when necessary) through travel discounters like Priceline or Hotwire. Priceline, [...]
This is a bit random, but I was just making travel arrangements for a cross-country flight and had to choose between seats in the exit row and the “Economy Comfort” section. Thanks in part to my Amex Delta SkyMiles credit card, I now have Gold Medallion status, which means that [...]