Archive for the “Interviews” Category

Breaking Down Credit Card Rewards with Brian Kelly

Long time readers know I love travel credit cards because of the huge amount of points and perks they bring. (New readers now know this.) In fact, this month alone I signed up for an Amex Platinum (50,000 points) and United Airlines card (60,000 points) with more sign-ups planned next month. Points bring lots of benefits like free flights, elite status, free checked bags, and priority boarding. And, while I know a lot about this subject, there are people who […]

Interview with Lonely Planet’s Founder

One thing I love about having a travel blog is that it lets me meet amazing everyday people and also gives me a chance to meet my travel heroes. I’ve had drinks with Pauline Frommer, meet Rick Steves, became friends with Johnny Jet and Matt Gross the (ex) Frugal Traveler, hung out with Rolf Potts, and chatted about flights with George Hobica just to name a few things. A few weeks ago, Lonely Planet put me in touch with their […]

Expert Traveler’s Advice for New Travelers

Back in April, I celebrated 3 years of traveling blogging and in 5 days, I will celebrate five years of traveling. In honor of both those occasions, I asked you, my readers, six questions as a lead up to my big travel anniversary. It’s been really interesting seeing your responses over the last few months. We’ve been through five of the questions and today we finish with the last one: what advice would you give to new travelers? One of […]

The One Thing You Can’t Live Without

Everyone has that one thing they can’t live with in life. When you are traveling, you also have the one thing you can’t travel without. That one item that makes the good day, better, and the bad day, good. For me, it is my iPod. I love music. It makes my world go around and you will rarely find me not listening to something. I once had my iPod stolen and was without music for 5 months. It was the […]

What’s Your Greatest Regret?

My biggest regret is that I never studied overseas while I was at university. So continuing on with question #4 of 6 in my series on reader travel experiences, this installment’s question is about your biggest travel regret. It seemed most people regretted not starting earlier or not going longer. Besides those two responses, here are some others: “Sometimes I feel I have tried to do too much while traveling and that I don’t allow myself to immerse myself into […]

Interview with George Hobica

With the summer travel season picking up, airfares are going up and trying to figure out how to find a cheap flight can be quite confusing. What is a good price? What is bad? What’s the latest tricks? Heck, even I get confused sometimes and I deal with this stuff everyday! So I decided to sit down and talk to George Hobica, founder of Airfarwatchdog. This is a site I recommend often as they constantly scouring the internet for cheap […]

Your Worst Travel Experience

Last week, I lost my passport. It was by far the worst thing that has happened to me while traveling. Sure, getting hospitalized due to food poisoning in Costa Rica was pretty bad but emotionally, losing 9 years of stamps is worse. So I thought it only fitting that has we get half way through the series on reader travel experiences, this installments questions would be “What’s the worst thing that happened to you while traveling?” Here are the other […]

Your Greatest Travel Memory

As I continue to get closer to the 5 year anniversary of my travels, I’m continuing to highlight your stories. You know my story but I wanted to hear from others about their travels – from why we left, to the ups, the downs, and the wisdom learned on the road. We started off with why people started traveling. Today, travel lovers from around the world take a moment to share with us their greatest travel memory: “After a challenging […]

Interview with Johnny Jet

Johnny Jet is a travel deals guru. Since 2000, he has been helping people travel cheaper. His weekly newsletter goes out to tens of thousands of people looking to find great specials and money saving deals. He has been featured by every news publication under the sun and is regularly on TV giving travel tips. I’ve always been in awe of him. I recently spoke to him about ways consumers could save money on flights and short term trips: Nomadic […]

Why Did You Start Traveling?

To celebrate my blog turning three, I asked a series of travel related questions to my readers. It was time for them to share their story. I was tired of just listening to me talk and I wanted to know what makes my readers tick and what inspires them to travel. Today starts that series so, without further ado, here is what has inspired other people to hit the road: “It’s not that I *believe* the grass is greener on […]