Planning a trip to Hawaii

Yesterday, a premium subscriber called with a question about the best way to plan his Hawaii trip. Since it was going to be a long/involved conversation, he agreed to do it on camera so others could “listen in” too. It turned out to be a pr…

Planning a trip to Hawaii

Yesterday, a premium subscriber called with a question about the best way to plan his Hawaii trip. Since it was going to be a long/involved conversation, he agreed to do it on camera so others could “listen in” too. It turned out to be a pr…

As long as teachers are going on strike without pay, so will I

[Note: Already subscribed to my premium trip-alerts?] Donate at least $100 to this fund (or another Go Fund Me that benefits individual Denver Schools), send me a receipt, and I’ll send you the 7-night vacation voucher referenced below.] Denver P…

As long as teachers are going on strike without pay, so will I

[Note: Already subscribed to my premium trip-alerts?] Donate at least $100 to this fund (or another Go Fund Me that benefits individual Denver Schools), send me a receipt, and I’ll send you the 7-night vacation voucher referenced below.] Denver P…

Like the Gideons give Bibles to Hotels

Sean and Janelle of Toward Awakening Travel were kind enough to invite me to talk about the concept of remnant travel at their monthly meetup in Denver. Here is a recording of that interview, and here is a copy of the quick-start guide I gave to attend…

About Croatia (Video)

JGOOT premium subscriber Andrea Warner was kind enough to share pictures, stories, and some other cool travel tips from her recent JGOOT-inspired trip to Croatia. Have further questions? Add your comments below, or participate in the conversation going…

Kids fly free on Frontier!

I love it when this awesome community of JGOOT travelers helps each other out… The Points Guy posted this news, and one of my savviest JGOOT subscribers – Brooke Merkle – shared the details with me so I could get the word out. Thanks …

Exploiting the airline industry’s “Achilles Heel”

Whether dealing with discount airlines, or one of the big three – all airlines use extremely expensive software and algorithms to extract every dollar possible out of every seat on every one of their planes. But much like Achilles’ heel, ev…

First world problems

For the past several days, my wife has been laying out clothes and texting/coordinating with her girlfriends finalizing what they’re going to wear on their annual girl’s trip. (Last year it was Miami. This year… Mexico.) Last night, she spent 2 h…

Book VIP – Scam or legitimate company?

[Disclaimer: The JGOOT Way of travel does not condone timeshare ownership or strategies that Book VIP uses to get vacation discounts. This is simply a review of an alternative method to getting great deals on vacations.] BookVIP.com is a discount vacat…

Seriously???

I’m in a few Facebook travel groups, and one of them in particular is an especially active one. The average post gets over 20 replies, but one in particular got over 100 replies in the first hour, and is up to over 350 comments. The post was &#82…

From one of the greats

Wayne Gretzky is among the greatest hockey players in history. When asked what he attributes to his success he quoted a simple lesson his Dad gave him: “Skate to where the puck is going, not to where it has been.” Want to spend 75% to 90% l…

Ummmmm… Hell no.

[TL;DR? Watch a video at the bottom of this post instead.] I bargained with my sophomore son and told him if he took a free ACT practice test on Friday, he could take a friend snowboarding today. I was going to go boarding today too, but it was NEGATIV…

Your “Travel More” New Year Resolution

Happy New Year!  Have you got 5 minutes? Let’s get you started on your first step toward actually getting to your dream destination affordably this year, shall we? Step 1: Think of a destination that is on your bucket list Step 2: Go to a site ca…

Reach out and touch someone

 . In the late 70’s – long-distance calling was extremely expensive ($.10 to $.25 per minute), rates were very confusing, and most people only called for really special occasions. So AT&T launched a campaign about how their new calling…

This site is not for you if…

Yesterday, I got a text from one of my subscribers, Brooke Merkle, while she was on vacation.  When CBS News profiled her less than a year ago, she had taken her family on 3 JGOOT-inspired trips, and was going on her fourth trip to Hawaii. She’s …

Oops! Sorry about all of the extra posts today.

Today, you will get a bunch of extra/irrelevant emails from old trips out of DEN with a bunch of dead links. Sorry in advance for filling your inbox up with them. All should be back to normal tomorrow. –Joel “Working too late and got sloppy…

DEN > Vancouver: $491 including flight & 9 nights

This trip surrounds the Thanksgiving holiday, so if you’re tight on vacation time, this is a good trip to use as few of them as possible. Denver to Vancouver, Canada plus 9 nights    –    Mon, Nov 20 to Wed, Nov 29. Flight Alone: $266   (Ch…

DEN > Salt Lake City: $50 round-trip flight

Denver to Salt Lake City, Utah plus 2 nights    –    Fri, Aug 25 to Sun, Aug 27. Flight Alone: $50   (Check Business Class Fares) Flight + basic hotel: Click for more details – Flight plus 4 & 5 star hotels: Click for more details Not s…

DEN > Costa Rica: $523 including 8 nights

Denver to Liberia, Costa Rica plus 8 nights    –    Wed, Feb 07 to Thu, Feb 15. Flight Alone: $435   (Check Business Class Fares) Flight + basic hotel: $523 – Flight plus 4 & 5 star hotels: Click for more details Not sure if this is the…

DEN > Leon Mexico: $186 round-trip or $388 including 9 nights

Denver to Leon, Mexico plus 9 nights    –    Fri, Oct 06 to Sun, Oct 15. Flight Alone: $186   (Check Business Class Fares) Flight + basic hotel: Click for more details – Flight plus 4 & 5 star hotels: Click for more details Not sure if …

DEN > Budapest: $477 round-trip or $724 including 7 nights

Denver to Budapest, Hungary plus 7 nights    –    Fri, Nov 03 to Fri, Nov 10. Flight Alone: $477   (Check Business Class Fares) Flight + basic hotel: $724 – Flight plus 4 & 5 star hotels: Click for more details Not sure if this is the b…

DEN > Bilbao Spain: $448 round-trip

Although I normally mention the package price in the headline too, this package price isn’t that great of a deal, so I recommend checking out the alternate lodging links below. Denver to Bilbao, Spain plus 7 nights    –    Tue, Dec 05 to Tu…

DEN > Salt Lake City: $50 round-trip flight

Denver to Salt Lake City, Utah plus 2 nights    –    Fri, Aug 25 to Sun, Aug 27. Flight Alone: $50   (Check Business Class Fares) Flight + basic hotel: Click for more details – Flight plus 4 & 5 star hotels: Click for more details Not s…

DEN > Minneapolis: $77 round-trip

Denver to Minneapolis, Minnesota plus 7 nights    –    Tue, Aug 22 to Tue, Aug 29. Flight Alone: $77   (Check Business Class Fares) Flight + basic hotel: Click for more details – Flight plus 4 & 5 star hotels: Click for more details Not…

DEN > Kahului Hawaii: $522 round-trip

Here is another one that I intentionally excluded the package price from the headline because I don’t think it’s that great, but the airfare is. Every time I’ve gone to Hawaii, I’ve had a much better experience with AirBnB or VR…

DEN > Reno: $87 round-trip

Reno flights rarely even come onto my radar because it’s not a very big airport, which means it’s expensive to get to. Not this flight though. Grab it while you can. Denver to Reno, Nevada plus 7 nights    –    Tue, Jan 23 to Tue, Jan…

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 b…

“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… Tr…

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 instantl…