We were rushing through Universal CityWalk to get to the entrance of Universal Studios Hollywood when we were stopped by a women in an American Express jacket saying something about free front of the line passes. I'm normally (always) a skeptic, but my friend had just mentioned their amazing experience with front of the line, so my ears perked up. I had looked into purchasing these passes, but found them to be cost prohibitive at ~$100 each...ouch! We listened to her pitch, and as it turns out, it really wasn't too good to be true.
I was on a business trip to Argentina a few years ago when I learned a travel hack that would change my life forever. A road warrior exec at my company taught me the secret of the "cone of silence." Add this life-changing hack to your repertoire and change your travel experience forever. I consider myself a master of this dark art, but barely overcame an attack on the cone recently. For the first time ever, the cone of silence secret will be revealed, as well as the counter-measures I deployed in defense of the cone.
San Diego is one of my favorite cities, with a laid-back beach feel combined with the amenities of a great city. The best way to get to know a city is by walking it, making sure to stop frequently to try the local faire. According to my girls, you are also supposed to check out the shops. We spent a wonderful day exploring downtown San Diego by walking a 6-mile loop starting at the Embarcadero, strolling through Seaport Village, eating authentic Italian in Little Italy, meandering through the Gaslamp Quarter, and finally back to where we started for a sunset dinner.
The above quote was what the very stressed out front desk clerk said to me when I again went to see if our room was ready. This was after nearly 2 hours of waiting and 6 hours after our supposed check-in time. If we weren't so tired, and it wasn't so late, the hotel's inefficiency would almost be comical. Keep reading for more great quotes and to understand your recourse in these situations.
AirBnB can truly change the way you travel and help move the dial from tourist to traveler. As mentioned in my Top 5 Reasons Why I Love AirBnB post, AirBnB offers unique properties, the chance to live like a local, save money, have a washer and dryer, and support the local community. With all these stated benefits, it is a bit trickier than booking a hotel, so I will share my tips to help you pick that perfect property and avoid potential mistakes.
Have you ever taken a roof top shower with majestic views of Mount Vesuvius? Have you stayed in a hermitage, on a small island, with a balcony view of magical sunsets over the Tyrrhenian Sea? These are just two of our priceless AirBnB experiences that were actually significantly cheaper than a standard hotel. AirBnB has been a game changer for our family travel.
The whole point of getting points is to use points. In this post I will share an example of a point booking I just made for my family for an upcoming trip to Japan. I ended up booking economy one-way tickets with American Airlines and Singapore Airlines using 280k points for 8 one-way flights between California and Japan. The cost for these flights would have been $9.2k (closer to $6k if booked as RT).