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The Evolution of My Travels

A year or two ago, I craved travel to an insatiable degree.  Simply put, I was in a dark place and chose travel as my distraction of choice.  I lived, breathed, and dreamt travel, partially for a true love of world exploration and partially to escape my reality.Even in my miserable state, I realized I needed to be more productive with my time and efforts.  Writing hundreds … [Read More]

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Personal Points: Retention and Small Gestures

After many weekends on the road, I'm enjoying a quiet weekend in Virginia planning my next trips.Chase United RetentionI called earlier in the week to see if I could get a retention bonus on my United MileagePlus Explorer Visa before the annual fee … [Read More]

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I Loved Semuc Champey, But Not For the Pools

If you've ever opened up a Guatemalan guidebook, you've probably seen a picture of Semuc Champey's tiered turquoise pools.  Five years ago, this area was relatively unvisited, but now this national park is gaining a ton of popularity on the gringo route … [Read More]

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Flying to Ecuador

I was really excited to be getting out of classes today, a day early, in order to catch my flight to Quito.  I was packed and ready to go and met the group in front of Alpha Hall in order to catch our chartered bus to Newark airport, almost three hours away. … [Read More]

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Nicaraguan Wishlist

Without a doubt, my short time in Nicaragua was long enough for the country to win my heart.   I haven't been able to get it out my head and unlike other places that I always say I'd like to return to, I'm actively working toward planning a return.  I'm not … [Read More]

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Free Admission to Select Venues on Museum Day

As I've mentioned before, free flights are great and free hotels are awesome, but vacation can still be expensive once you factor in activities!Anyone who will be in the United States on Saturday, September 29 should take advantage of Museum Day.  Simply … [Read More]