Entries by Joel

“Squish like grape”

Remember this scene from Karate kid?   Walk right side road – Safe. Walk left side road – Safe. Walk middle of road – sooner or later… Squish like grape. Want to find a pretty good deal every once in a while? Stick to the right side of the road & go to kayak.com. Sometimes […]

My favorite scene from Good Will Hunting

Do you remember the bar scene from Good Will Hunting? I LOVE that movie… Every time I watch it, it makes me want to go out and read a ton of books, and get me some of them “smarts” for myself. But then I don’t. I settle back into my normal life, and whenever I […]

The “Hail Mary” Method of Travel

In football – a “Hail Mary” is a desperation-play at the end of a game.  Although it’s great on the rare occasion event it works, it’s rarely successful. Unfortunately, most people rely on “Hail Mary” methods with their travels. They wait until a month or two before a trip, they search unsuccessfully for days and […]

This recipe is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser

This dish is not served often enough. Most people think it takes too much time to plan, but when done right, it takes less time than just about any dish you cook “the traditional way”. It’s guaranteed to please the whole family, but the best part isn’t the dish itself… It’s the stories that follow […]

Two people. Same plane. TOTALLY different prices.

Meet Kari & Kelly, Kari got a $1500 Mexico lodging voucher through JGOOT, and she and her friend Kelly booked a girls’ trip over a holiday weekend. They booked their flights on the same day… They’re flying on the same plane, to the same place… They’re sitting in the same type of seats (coach)… On […]

Looking for new luggage? Keep these money-saving tips in mind

  My wife has been wanting to update our 10-year-old luggage, but I’m a notorious cheapskate and have been resisting. After we agreed on some of the guidelines below (that will save us triple the cost of the luggage in baggage fees in the long run), she finally convinced my cheap-a$$ to agree. If you’re […]

The best way to save big on lodging (that is overlooked 90% of the time.)

Today’s blog post was inspired by a question I get asked almost as often as “Can you give me a price quote for flights to _______“? (And just as a reminder – Price quotes require a middleman paid on commission which defeats the purpose of this site. Commissions would significantly drive up the cost of […]