My short, boring COVID-19 infection, treatment, and recovery
Since the beginning of the pandemic, my family has taken the novel coronavirus just about as seriously as anybody we know. In one way this was made easy since the
Interest rates are starting to get more interesting
One of my favorite resources is DepositAccounts, which performs the simple, essential function of aggregating interest rates across a vast array of savings products. As you’d exp..
What are the most lucrative things you can do with free transportation?
Become a Patron!A few years back I wrote a goofy post trying to look at car ownership not as a personal consumption expenditure, but as a productive input; as a
11 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in The Bahamas: Beaches, Food, and Fun Abound!
The Bahamas is home to some of the best all-inclusive resorts in the world, and they’re not just for spring breakers. These islands have a bevy of activities, top-notch restauran..
Spotting Fraudulent Prepaid Gift Cards in the Wild (US Bank)
Long time readers of the blog know I have a soft spot for US Bank Prepaid Visa and Mastercard Gift cards. In fact it…
13 of the Top-Rated Beach Resorts in Costa Rica
When it comes to planning your next tropical getaway, you might think of hopping on a flight to one of the popular island destinations in the Caribbean or perhaps booking
Leaving money on the table: you can use Railcards for Heathrow Express, too
I was playing around doing some research for my recent posts on my trip to the United Kingdom and made a discovery that left me equally pleased (that I get
Best Tropical Vacations
Are you looking for tropical honeymoon destinations? Or planning your vacation on one of the best tropical islands for the coming holidays? If yes, this article is for you!
When should you optimize for spontaneous, planned, or predictable expenses?
I like to generalize travel hackers into three broad categories, although none describes any individual perfectly.Roughly speaking, I think of opportunistic travel hackers as peo..
Shop Talk: With Demand for Travel High What Are We Doing Differently?
Today we’re revisiting an old format on the blog–Shop Talk. Robert and I have gone from this format to launching not one, but two…
Top-Rated Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Houston
If you want a place filled with culture, traditions, shopping, and adventurous experience, go to Houston. You will find no shortage of things to do in Houston. Houston is the
Don't sleep on Hilton's (extremely) variable award pricing
For some time now Hilton has employed variable award pricing to maintain a rough value of 0.5 cents per Honors point. That isn’t set in stone, and it’s not uncommon
Deconstructing a point-to-point hiking tour
A popular way to explore the United Kingdom among outdoor enthusiasts and lunatics alike is the hiking tour. The UK is positively saturated with public walking paths and rights-o..
Beginner's guide to UK passenger rail
[Note to the reader: in this post I’m using specific examples of specific cities in the UK, but I am not bothering to give any information about them because it’s
Episode 61: A Roundup of Current Amex Opportunities, Calling Reconsideration and News
It’s been too long since we’ve released a No Annual Fee epsiode. This week we take stock of the many Amex offers currently available,…
9 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Punta Cana (For Luxury Travelers Who Don’t Want to Break the Bank)
There are more all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana than anywhere else in the world. That’s because many of these hotels are built on contracts with unusual terms for the develope..
Background and review of my week living an all-scooter lifestyle
Over on my personal finance blog I wrote about the range of programs offered by the so-called “micromobility” companies to provide free or reduced cost access to the scooters and
Heathrow Express versus Elizabeth Line
I’ve had a very interesting time over the last few months wrapping up planning my first international trip since 2020. One of the first things that surprised me when I
Hotels.com exemplifies the importance of redeemable intervals
Affiliate bloggers (and Secretaries of Transportation) love assigning a dollar value to miles and points, which makes it easy for them to compare the value of signup bonuses acro..
Hilarious, humiliating admission by Bilt Rewards
I woke up this morning and, compulsively reaching for my phone, saw a tweet so embarrassing I had to read it 3 times to make sure I understood it correctly.
Free and discounted “micromobility” services
Become a Patron!One of the most bizarre things to emerge from the era of free money were the so-called “micromobility” companies, which have littered the streets and sidewalks of..
Quick hits: what's on my mind in June 2022
It’s been a pretty slow month in the travel hacking world, and nothing’s jumped out at me so far in terms of killer deals that needed to be passed along
How to think about stockpiling Series I savings bonds
Become a Patron!A reader whose financial savvy I highly value surprised me the other day by saying that he’d been maximizing his Series I Savings Bond purchases for many years.