Fifteen Factlets You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

Fifteen Factlets You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

Me in LangkawiAs a way to celebrate the new look of this blog, I wanted to share a few things you might not know about me. I try not to make the habit of talking about myself often, but every once in a while, I guess it couldn’t hurt: 

I prefer to travel by ferry more than any other form of transportation. I am sure part of it is that I feel safer. I always make sure to know where the life vests are in case of an emergency, and although the food is overpriced, I can’t help myself but buy a snack or two. This should be surprising given… Read more

How to Book the Cheapest Flight like an Expert

How to Book the Cheapest Flight like an Expert

My own personal cheapness and desire to travel has made me go to extreme lengths to find the best methods of booking a flight while spending the least. This is a list of every tip and trick I know, from the obvious (#1) to the ridiculously time-consuming (#23). Go down the list and see if you can find a new way to save money like a pro. For your convenience, I have also listed drawbacks if any. Read more

My One Year Experiment with ‘Churning’

My One Year Experiment with ‘Churning’

Note: The terms ‘points’ and ‘miles’ are used interchangeably in this article.

If you are like me, you might have read these incredible stories online about people “flying for free” using airline points, known as ‘miles’. The stories are usually fantastic recounts, maybe with a picture or two of themselves in an exotic beach asking “wouldn’t you want to be here FOR FREE!” This post will cut the crap and give you the real deal on how it works, the pros, the cons, the boring math stuff, and the nitty gritty things that don’t make click bait titles. Read more

Te Wahipounamu

Te Wahipounamu

Milford SoundLocation: Fiordland, South Island, New Zealand

Visited: April 17 – 24, 2015

Site Type: Natural

Inscribed: 1990

Background and Opinion:

Te Wahipounamu includes the four national parks of Fiordland (home of Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound), Mt. Cook, Mt. Aspiring, and Westland. Spanning 26,000 square kilometers, it is 1/10th the size of New Zealand, or roughly the size of Vermont. Calling it ‘massive’ is a bit of an understatement, and declaring it to be ‘impressive’ does not even begin to describe what a National Geographesque spectacle it is to your unprepared eyes. Call it the Angkor or Machu Picchu of nature. Yes, it is THAT good… and I never thought I’d say it… maybe even better. Read more