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The Best of Laos: My Favorite Experiences

Every year, there's a country or two that captures my interest more than the others I've visited.  I thought Switzerland would be the "winner" by a landslide in 2014 but I was wrong.  After spending 10 days in Laos, my reaction is that I simply want to explore even more of this small nation.  I only had time to visit three cities, but I had one fascinating experience after … [Read More]

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How to Avoid Tourist Traps

For the longest time, I thought the best way to have an authentically local experience was to avoid touristy cities.  I've gone out of my way to visit places like … [Read More]

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Using Credit Cards to Earn Miles and Points

Ah, credit cards.  There are so many ways to use credit cards to your advantage, as long as you are using them responsibly. The fastest way to earn airline miles or hotel points with credit cards is through their sign-up bonuses.  You know what I'm talking … [Read More]

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Is Lunch at Morimoto (Philadelphia) Worth It?

This has been a year full of obligatory travel.  Family events, friends' weddings, and other occasions have booked a fair number of my weekends.  In each case, I try to find something fun to do while I'm there to turn it into a mini-vacation, or … [Read More]

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United MileagePlus Club Card

Credit Card: United MileagePlus® Club Card Issued By: Chase Type of Card: Visa Personal/Business: Personal Annual Fee: $395 Foreign Exchange Fee: none Current Bonus: $95 Statement Credit after your first purchase Previous Best Publicly Available … [Read More]

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Should You Share US Airways Miles?

More so than any other airline, US Airways offers promotions for buying miles.  For the month of October, they're also offering a deal on "sharing" miles (i.e. transferring miles from one person to another), which is really just a fancy way to buy miles.  (Tip … [Read More]

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Hiking Old Rag Mountain in the Winter

Old Rag Mountain is one of the most popular hikes at Shenandoah National Park, if not #1.  It's a well-deserved ranking and in fact, it's so much fun I named it one of the top 5 hikes in Virginia. Despite being one of my favorite trails and one of the few … [Read More]