Continuing my move away from American Airlines…Credit Card Canceled!

For the last few years, while I was based for a time in Dallas, I flew American Airlines almost exclusively for work and pleasure. I had opened a Barclays U.S. Airways Mastercard in its final days back in January 2015, which soon after became the AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard. Later that year I converted it […]

Reminder – 2 days left to buy Hilton points with up to a 100% Bonus

Just a reminder that if you have any upcoming Hilton stays you are planning, to check and see if buying Hilton Honors points can save you some money. There is a current promotion ending at 12 Midnight ET on January 26th that effectively allows you to buy points for 1/2 cent each. Sign into your […]

Early Summer flight deals to Europe! From $115 one way!

A couple of years ago there was a deal from Washington, D.C to Zurich, Switzerland for $427 roundtrip. It was for March travel and we jumped all over it thinking it may never happen again. Since then though, airfare has been on a major downward trend, with deals happening almost weekly. The one exception to that […]

No help from Hilton Honors on Doubletree Cariari embarrassment!

Last week I wrote about an incident I experienced at the Doubletree Cariari in San José, Costa Rica. You can read the details about it here, but the bottom line is that the front desk clerk assumed my friend, who had come to visit me at the hotel, was a prostitute, and tried to charge […]

Great Deal to one of the worlds coolest cities – Tokyo!

If you’ve never been to Tokyo, you’re missing out on one of the coolest places on earth, and with the Summer Olympics in Tokyo only 517 days away, it’s about to get even more attention. From riding the Shinkansen to eating sushi that comes around to you on a conveyor, Tokyo is full of fun […]

Creepy Costa Rica – Durán Sanatorium (Cartago)

If you’re on your Costa Rican holiday and you’re looking for a day trip out of San José, I’ve got just the ticket for you. Kill two birds with one stone, and take the incredibly scenic drive up to Irazu Volcano, and on your way stop at what is considered the most haunted place in […]

Travel and History: Ep. 2 – Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

Did you know that this fairy tale castle built high atop a hill in Southern Germany, in which Sleeping Beauty’s Castle was modeled, was almost blown up by the Nazis at the end of World War II? Every once in a while, here on the blog, I like to highlight one of my favorite destinations, […]

Blatant Disrespect at the Doubletree Cariari – Costa Rica

In the last 30 days I have spent a total of 14 nights in three separate stays at the Doubletree by Hilton Cariari San José-Costa Rica, and I even wrote a nice review of one of my stays as part of the Costa Rica resource I’m assembling. I’ll need to update that post with this […]

Travel and History: Ep. 1 – Prague, The Czech Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Cyril and Methodius

As a history buff, especially World War II history, one of my favorite things to do when traveling is to check out historic sites. Eastern Europe has an incredibly rich history and there are countless places that will take you back in time. This is the story of one of my favorites. Operation Anthropoid is […]

Hotel Review: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Cariari San José – Costa Rica

Update: Please see this post for a disturbing incident that occurred at this hotel. I needed to be in Costa Rica for a couple of weeks to set up a new work project, and I preferred a location near the airport, since it’s a quick Uber ride to Heredia downtown, where my friend Ana lives. […]