As far as I'm concerned travel and money go hand in hand. You can't do one without the other. Unfortunately, those that have the worst reputation when it comes to finances are those who are my age. They're in their 20s and early 30s. For the most part, I'd agree with that assessment. No doubt, my generation (millennials) has had it rough. However, what generation hasn't?
This video is pretty amazing to watch. The pilot of the plane (a Cirrus SR22) apparently ran out of fuel about 250 miles off the coast of Maui and was forced to ditch in the ocean. Luckily he was able to get in contact with the U.S. Coast Guard. They found him before he even crash landed and recorded the whole thing.
Over the span of the past 24 hours over 7,000 flights have been cancelled because of a blizzard that's hitting the Northeast part of the U.S. right now. If you've ever had your flight cancelled due to weather, or something else, you know it's no fun at all.
So, if you ever find yourself in this situation, what do you do? Here are some tips:
Can you imagine living on a cruise ship? Traveling the world. Waking up to a different view every morning. Sounds lovely. Well, one woman, 86 year old Lee Wachtstetter, is doing just that! She's been living aboard the Crystal Serenity for roughly seven years.
Oh yeah! I almost forgot. She says it costs her about $164,000! Wowzers.
No, this doesn't mean I'm addicted to shopping or spending. It means I enjoy figuring out which card I should use for each purchase I make. It's fun.
What do I consider when figuring out which card I should use?
There are several factors that I use:
We've all been there. You're packed like a sardine on your flight in economy. The plane reaches a "safe" altitude for you to turn on your electronics, so you reach down to your bag to get your laptop out and *BAM!* The person in front of you violently reclines their seat smashing your face in.
Yeah, personal space is at a premium on flights these days. If you want more space, you're gonna have to shell out more cash. Virgin Atlantic, for example, will give you extra leg room...if you give them extra money. $60 one way! What is that? $12 an inch? Probably more.
Can't make it to Hawaii this year for Spring Break? Is the Caribbean just out of reach? Guess what? There's a tropical paradise closer than both of those. And in most cases, cheaper too.
Where am I talking about? Southwest Florida. Home to Fort Myers (NOT Meyers! *Sigh* Feels good to get that off my chest), Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral, Captiva Island, Sanibel Island, Estero, Naples, and Marco Island, just to name a few. A place I called home for three years. A place where you can find some of the nicest beaches in the country. A place where the average high temperature in December is 77° and in January is 75°. A place that is too often overlooked as a destination for a tropical getaway.
I'm new to travel hacking with credit cards. Some may consider it "churning," where you open a bunch of new credit cards all at once every three months or so, and then cancel them about 11 months after opening them to avoid an annual fee (as an example). One of the most common questions I'm asked is "does it hurt your credit score?"
Has my credit score taken a hit?
No. It's actually the opposite. Since I've started building more credit, my score has gone up about 15 points (and now above 800) in 6 months. Why? Well, your credit score is based on several factors. FICO, one of the companies that determines your credit score, for example, bases credit scores on:
There seem to be a lot of big name events that go on in the DFW area. In just a few days the first ever college football playoff championship will be held in Arlington. Just last year the Final Four was held in Arlington as well. The Cotton Bowl is held every year here in the Metroplex. All of those events happen to be held at Jerry Jones' AT&T stadium (presumably because it's huge). But that's not all. Every year, there are countless conventions in the area that bring millions of people to the Metroplex. One of the bigger ones that comes to mind is the Mary Kay Convention that turns Dallas pink.
Filling the down time
Yes, DFW is a very busy metropolitan area. There's so much to do. But where do you start? Not to fear! I'm here to help. These are things you can do if you're just in town for a weekend for one of those aforementioned events and have time to kill.
Visit Dealey Plaza: It's a sad part of Dallas' history, but it is also what put Dallas on the international map. You can visit the plaza where President John. F. Kennedy was killed all day, every day. A lot of the time you'll run into conspiracy theorists out there. There are also two "X"s on the street that mark the two spots where Kennedy was shot. Also at Dealey Plaza is the Sixth Floor Museum which is housed in the old Texas School Book Depository. That is where Lee Harvey Oswald worked and where he shot JFK from (unless you don't believe that). You can actually see the perch that was used to steady the rifle. Very eerie. I'm kind of a history buff and loved my visit. If you consider yourself the same...I'd highly recommend a visit. According to their website, general admission tickets for adults cost $16, kids $13.
Most of the posts you'll find on here will be about travel or something related to travel. This one isn't. It's about thanking those in the armed services. I've seen two movies in recent weeks about the horrors of war. They are two of the best movies I've seen in a long time.
This past weekend I went to see "American Sniper" starring Bradley Cooper who portrays Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. history. It follows his journey through basic training, his four tours overseas, and finally his struggle with PTSD. This movie is based on Kyle's story, a true story. Here's the trailer:
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