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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

The Most Fun You Can Have for Fifty Cents

What can fifty cents buy in today’s world? It all depends on where you spend it. Luckily, paradise is real and it exists somewhere on the better side of half a dollar. You’ve probably heard about backpackers trekking through the well-worn trail of Southeast Asia by this point. And if you’re unaware, there’s good reason Read more about The Most Fun You Can Have for Fifty Cents[…]

How I (Almost) Got Scammed in Bangkok

Google Bangkok and you will likely find touristy things to do, monuments to visit and most definitely Pad Thai recommendations. But, scratch the surface a little further and you may uncover a whole slew of scams that takes many tourists for a ride (literally)! It’s my first day in Bangkok and I’m traveling with the usual Read more about How I (Almost) Got Scammed in Bangkok[…]

Original Index of Airbnb’s Most Hospitable Cities, Explained

Superhost to the rescue! That’s the Airbnb designation of an extraordinary host. They know better than anyone that bad reviews can kill you. From my experience in booking an Airbnb (or hotel or any other accommodation) one of the things at the top of my checklist is a highly-rated experience from previous stays. If given Read more about Original Index of Airbnb’s Most Hospitable Cities, Explained[…]