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. […]

Huge Shopping Portal payouts on Apple Store purchases – Alaska 6x, United 6x, AA 4x, Southwest 3x

A few days ago I wrote a post showing you how you can get up to 7 points per dollar on your Amazon.com purchases. You can see that post here. That deal is an ongoing possibility, while today we have a deal at The Apple Store online that you will need to jump on quickly […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Hojarascas, Heredia, Costa Rica

This review is of a hotel a little off the beaten path, but with many international students attending the nearby National University of Costa Rica, it may be useful for parents or families dropping off or visiting students, as well as anyone else visiting the area. Heredia, Costa Rica, known as the “City of Flowers”, has a population of about 123,000 […]

How to Earn 7 Points per Dollar on all of your Amazon Purchases

Okay, there is a pretty big catch with this deal, but I’m going to show you how it’s possible to get 7 points per dollar on all of your Amazon purchases. Clicking through a shopping portal before doing your online shopping is one of the easiest and best ways to rack up a ton of […]

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 […]