saving money


airbnb for long-term travel

August 14th, 2013 / by / in: hotels / 10 Responses

Airbnb vs Renting: Before I went to Japan last December, I’d never used Airbnb before. I knew lots of people who had used it successfully for vacation rentals, but I was hesitant due to some of the bad things I’d heard of happening. (The fact that it’s illegal in NYC […]

the 100 yen shop

February 17th, 2013 / by / in: travel / 4 Responses

This post is about some awesome things I’ve bought recently at the ¥100 shop (hyaku en shoppu), or dollar store. 100 yen stores in Japan are way better than North American dollar stores — you can buy everything, from food to clothes to fake eyelashes to iPhone cases (as seen above)! […]

the jet set

September 21st, 2011 / by / in: travel / No responses

I don’t really consider myself a “global jet-setter” but I wanted to share this article from The Wall Street Journal, because it sums up my obsession very nicely. Mileage runs and all. Ryan Hoult, a 27-year-old who works at a Canadian consulting company, found an sale for $300 off […]

china, here i come

August 27th, 2011 / by / in: travel / No responses

It’s hard to resist fares like this. So I don’t! Booked this trip to Beijing today, for a grand total of $397 round trip per ticket, taxes included. I’m using miles to get to Seattle, so it’s a VERY cheap trip. As far as I know, the deal is still […]

mini rtw explained

June 28th, 2011 / by / in: travel / 16 Responses

I recently a booked a fun trip for a mere 100,000 miles and about $300. Toronto – Tokyo – Seoul – Hong Kong – Frankfurt – Toronto, all in business class. How did I do it? Let me explain! While not exactly a secret, it doesn’t seem like too many […]

free upgrades are the best kind

May 19th, 2011 / by / in: travel / No responses

I don’t know what universe United lives in where people actually pay $1,350 for an upgrade to domestic first class. A couple hours after this popped up for me, 2/3 of my flights had cleared with United’s unlimited domestic upgrades anyway. If my ORD-SFO leg ends up clearing, I “saved” myself […]


November 20th, 2010 / by / in: travel / 1 Response

I’m still working on finishing the rest of my Japan entries, but I wanted to post this in the meantime because it’s awesome. Expedia has a deal right now where you can basically get free flights to Las Vegas, New York, and Mexico with the code SAVE300. This explains it better. […]