Best Sites to Find Vacation Packages

What is easier than bundling your flight and lodging into a single purchase while at the same time saving money?


Sometimes the easiest answer is also the best answer when it comes to travel planning.  Travel sites make money based from their reservations for cars, hotels, and flights, and are willing to give an extra discount if you buy more than one of those from the same company.  With so many companies vying for your business, which one is best? (more…)

LL Bean – Epitome of Amazing Customer Service

After writing about US Airway’s terrible customer service, I wanted to highlight some exceptional customer service.

Over time, I will share my research about the customer service of most of the main travel-wear companies, but today I’d like to focus on LL Bean. (more…)

Update: Surprise Summer Trip 2015

Question: What is the best thing about non-refundable tickets?
Answer: Once they are bought, they must be used!

That’s right, the flights and lodging for our 2015 summer vacation are now paid for and I cannot wait to fly her away!

Unfortunately, despite my own tips and tricks on the subject, I learned some very valuable lessons.  When I wrote that you should learn from my mistakes, I didn’t expect the classes to start so soon… 🙂 (more…)

Finding Great Deals Using Google’s ITA Flight Matrix

So it’s February and you want to plan a trip to fly her away sometime this summer.  You’ve done your research into the best months to travel and, based on your availability, have decided that July is the best month to travel.

But when in July is the best time to travel?

Sites like Kayak and Momondo are great at finding flights, but at most you get a +/- 3 day window.

The easiest solution I’ve found is to use Google’s ITA Flight Matrix and check an entire month at once. (more…)

Cheapest Flights to the Caribbean

Just the idea of flying her away is exciting, isn’t it?

Where will we go?
What will we do?
What amazing food are we going to eat?

So many questions…

But then it dawns on you that this trip is going to cost you.  Ultimately, you will want to invest wisely, and it is important to remember that this trip is an investment.  You are investing time and money in order to earn positive returns on your relationship.  This is not the time to slack off!

Fortunately, I have found that traveling the Caribbean doesn’t need to cost all that much if you follow just a few steps.  (more…)