I traveled 21,000 miles and spent 51 hours in-flight for $340 and 182,500 award miles

Put your miles to work It was finally time to put some award miles to good use. To save you time, I’ll give you the goodies first. Then you can decide if you want to keep reading. By the numbers: 15 days 9 flights 21,060 miles 50 hours, 45 minutes in-flight 80% in business or Read more about I traveled 21,000 miles and spent 51 hours in-flight for $340 and 182,500 award miles[…]

A yellow hostel is pictured on the black shore of Playa Amejal in El Valle, Bahía Solano.

Hidden Between the Jungle and the Pacific: El Valle in Chocó, Colombia

El Valle in Chocó, Colombia Bahía Solano is under the radar. Even if you’ve made it to Colombia already, you may not have heard of this place. I didn’t before arriving in Medellín. Bahía Solano, and a small village located within its municipality, El Valle, is relatively unknown to the casual traveler. And for good Read more about Hidden Between the Jungle and the Pacific: El Valle in Chocó, Colombia[…]

View from the lookout at La Piedra del Peñón in Guatapé, Colombia. The surrounding lakes below are dotted with houses.

La Piedra del Peñón and the Neighboring Town of Guatapé

La Piedra del Peñón and the town of Guatapé El Peñón de Guatapé or La Piedra del Peñón or simply, La Piedra, is a massive rock, rising up some 7,000 ft (2,135 meters) above sea level. It’s located in department of Antioquia in Colombia and is part of the Central Andes mountain range. History A Read more about La Piedra del Peñón and the Neighboring Town of Guatapé[…]

A view of the comunas in Medellin, Colombian as seen from the metrocable.

Metrocable in Medellín, Colombia and Reaching Parque Arví

I’ve written before about the most fun you can have for USD $0.50. I’ve since discovered something slightly more expensive, at $5.00, but I’d say it’s worth the 900% increase. This time, we’re exchanging ten-cent Uber-moto rides in Vietnam, for five-dollar metrocable (ski-style gondola) rides in Medellín, Colombia. At five bucks, the metrocable ride is Read more about Metrocable in Medellín, Colombia and Reaching Parque Arví[…]

Cerro Nutibara and Pueblito Paisa in Medellín, Colombia

Cerro Nutibara Nutibara Hill or Cerro Nutibara sits just west of the Medellín River, 80 meters up and is located between Avenida 33 to the north and Calle 30 to the south. The hill provides a great hike and rewards you with awesome views of the surrounding Aburrá Valley. Getting up As you ascend all 537 Read more about Cerro Nutibara and Pueblito Paisa in Medellín, Colombia[…]

Racer at starting line of a track in a sprinter's position. Take action to get yourself past the starting line.

Take Action: Why Setting Goals Definitely Isn’t the Problem

It’s already February. What have you accomplished in the first 31 days of the year? Any progress on all those resolutions that you haphazardly set a month ago? First, congratulations if you’ve kept your word and are making strides towards these goals, however big or small. The important part is that you started. I’ve come Read more about Take Action: Why Setting Goals Definitely Isn’t the Problem[…]

Multi-colored lights change change and create a rainbow atop the tunnel wall inside the Barranca del Muerto station in the Mexico City Metro.

Mexico City Metro Guide: Complete With Metro Strategy, Silly Stories and Strong Opinions

Believe it or not, your best friend in Mexico City isn’t the lady slinging tacos on the corner. Nope; she’s a close second. Your real best friend is the metro. Because of its sheer size—Mexico City is roughly 270 square miles bigger than New York City—navigating by other means is often impossible. With 12 lines Read more about Mexico City Metro Guide: Complete With Metro Strategy, Silly Stories and Strong Opinions[…]

Man leaning on multi-colored wall outside of Mercado Medellin in Mexico City. Markets provide an easy way to reduce your cost of living by buying local food.

The Cost of Living in Mexico City-My Budget and Recommendations

Mexico City offers more affordable living than its North American neighbors in almost every single aspect of daily life. Rent is much cheaper. Food, for the most part, is less expensive. Services are a lot less expensive (transportation, most types manual labor, medical visits). At the same time, the city provides close to the same Read more about The Cost of Living in Mexico City-My Budget and Recommendations[…]

Store front covered in bright colored advertisements under Chapultepec bridge Mexico City

Birds Schmirds, I’m Going Down South Without a Flock

Yesterday I arrived in Mexico City with no set return date. Well, according to my return ticket it was February fifth, but that has since been canceled and was more of a safeguard should American Airlines have asked questions. They did not ask questions. Criteria This marks my first time south of the boarder. I Read more about Birds Schmirds, I’m Going Down South Without a Flock[…]