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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

Oscars for hostels? Yes, The Hoscars!

I have to admit, I have never been much of a hostel guy. I prefer to earn and burn points at hotels, and maybe enjoy an occasional upgrade to a nicer room, but the idea of hostels has always been intriguing to me. Especially for young solo travelers, whether on a budget or not, it’s […]