My Mom & Dad’s Anniversary in Greece

Thanksgiving musings

It’s the end of the day on Thanksgiving. Our friends & family have left & the dishes are done. Today, I watched in amazement as my teenage kids were not only engaged in something other than their phones, but were excited and enthused to be involved in conversations with friends and family who came to our […]

“I wish I could travel like you”

Every time my wife & I get together with friends, they comment on our most recent Facebook travel pictures saying “I wish I could travel like you.” The funny thing is… if you want to travel like me, all you have to do is… Travel like me. When you travel like me, you spend an average […]

The 60 second method to finding amazing travel deals

Remember that scene from Karate Kid where the culmination of all of Daniel’s “karate training” painting fences, waxing cars, and sanding floors comes together? Click on the video clip below and watch Daniel’s face as he instantly goes from exhausted, discouraged and pissed – to seeing a whole new world of possibility.    Daniel’s breakthrough […]

JGOOT rule number 3: You MUST be flexible

As you hopefully know by now, there are 3 simple rules to “The JGOOT Way” of travel. ALWAYS have at least 50,000 miles for emergency use only. Look for trips every day (whether planning a trip or not) You must be flexible. (Case study below) Since being interviewed by CBS News over a year ago, […]

Nothing like bumping an airline employee from the plane

Every once in a while, I get an email or Facebook message from an irate Airline employee saying they’re in the industry and THERE IS NO WAY the mistake fares I am posting are legit.  (That’s them yelling. Not me.) Ummmm… How do they know? They fly standby for free and rarely even pay attention […]

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Travelocity did to Travel Agents what Wal-Mart did to Mom & Pop Stores

Let’s talk about travel agent commissions. Travel agents get 0% to help you book a domestic flight. (But they usually help in hopes that they can book your hotel & car too.) They get between 4% and 8% to book an international flight. They get 5% or so to book a rental car for you […]

Traveling affordably (with no math involved)

In case you didn’t know it. I’m a numbers guy. My co-author and I wrote a book about cracking Google’s algorithm with paid advertising (Google AdWords for Dummies), and after that, Google hired us to write two books for them to give to their advertisers.  Now, I use algorithms to find mistake fares the same […]

Coming to you from the future

Hey. I know this is weird, but this is the future you, and I just got in a time-machine. I’m contacting you from 6 months in the future because I’m (we’re) in a bit of a bind… So our friends John & Sally are going to have to cancel their holiday weekend trip in exactly […]

That feeling when you’re driving and you see a radar gun pointing at you

Have you ever been driving down the highway and have your heart skip a beat when you see a police car on the side of the road with a radar gun pointing at you? Fortunately, I just got a new car that has a pretty cool sign recognition technology that keeps track of that for […]

Formula for a cheap vacation AND free babysitters

Need a quick getaway without the kids, but don’t have family in town to help watch them? This little trick will take 3 or 4 months of advance planning, but it is sure to: Find a dirt-cheap vacation to a place you didn’t think you could afford. Find free babysitters you can trust while relaxing […]

My visit to Puerto Vallarta, MX

Although Puerto Vallarta wasn’t high on our list, when you can get $86 flights and a nearly free place to stay, why not? We’re glad we went. Collectively, we’ve been to Mexico 12 to 15 times, and Puerto Vallarta is officially each our favorite Mexico destination so far. (Videos of our cooking class, tequila tours, […]