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Visiting Robben Island Outside of Cape Town

When Papa Jeffsetter and I booked our trip to South Africa and decided to stay in Cape Town, we knew that it would be important to visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years as a political prisoner. While I had read some reports online about the trip being anything from boring […]

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Westin Cape Town Hotel Review

After a long and exhausting experience of flying MSP-ATL-JNB-CPT over the course of about 26 hours, we finally arrived in our first destination in South Africa. Right from the beginning, I was sure we chose the perfect hotel for our needs. The Westin Cape Town is kept in excellent shape, has some of the benefits […]

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Flying over the South African Savanna with a Quadcopter and a GoPro

Have you ever wanted to see what it is like to fly over the Savanna in South Africa? Well, today is your lucky day! During my South Africa trip I brought along my new GoPro Hero 3+ Camera and DJI Phantom quadcopter with the intent of taking some videos on the safari. It turns out […]

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South Africa for a Week – An Introduction

In early April of 2014, I took a trip to South Africa with my father. While the trip was only for a week (far too short of a time to spend in such a beautiful country), it took a fair amount of planning over the course of 6 months to get things right. Here is […]

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Maybe SPG and Amex are Smarter Than We Think?

In general, it doesn’t seem that loyalty programs and credit card companies do a good job of sharing information with each other. Often the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, and that creates an opportunity for points and miles earners to take advantage of holes in the system. When it comes […]

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Sunrise Over Modlito Private Game Reserve, South Africa [Photo of the Week]

This past week in South Africa I learned so much about what it takes to produce great photos that my head is spinning. While I still have a long way to go (and tons of equipment to buy) before I become great at photography, I’m excited to keep on learning in future travels. How did […]

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Westin Cape Town Hotel Review

After a long and exhausting experience of flying MSP-ATL-JNB-CPT over the course of about 26 hours, we finally arrived in our first destination in South Africa. Right from the beginning, I was sure we chose the perfect hotel for our needs. The Westin Cape Town is kept in excellent shape, has some of the benefits […]

Vuyani Lodge Overhead

Flying over the South African Savanna with a Quadcopter and a GoPro

Have you ever wanted to see what it is like to fly over the Savanna in South Africa? Well, today is your lucky day! During my South Africa trip I brought along my new GoPro Hero 3+ Camera and DJI Phantom quadcopter with the intent of taking some videos on the safari. It turns out […]

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South Africa Bound with Papa Jeffsetter to Cape Town, a Safari… and thousands of MQMs!

I am writing this post from the Skydeck in the International Terminal at ATL Airport where I have around two hours to kill before boarding one of the longest flights of my life (Atlanta to Johannesburg which is scheduled or 15 hours and 13 minutes and 8,434 miles). Unfortunately, I will only be able to […]

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Inside View of Budapest’s Matthias Church [Photo of the Week]

When people talk about the cities of Europe, many say that Prague and Budapest are the most beautiful cities that you can visit. While I probably need to visit more cities to confirm that notion, I can say that Prague and Budapest are indeed beautiful. From the architecture to the artistic details inside buildings and […]

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Another Example of Why I Love Points and Miles!

Last month I was in Hungary, speaking at an Internet marketing conference with attendees and speakers from no less than 15 countries in Europe, Asia and North America (and yes, I still need to post trip reports). As is customary with speaking at conferences in my industry, I received a small stipend for speaking and […]



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Park Hyatt Milan Hotel Review

For major cities throughout the world, status symbols are not measured in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), quantity of monuments or other quantitative measures. No, cities gain status in a much more superficial way: the existence of a Park Hyatt hotel. Park Hyatt hotels are what separates the haves from the have nots. They are a […]

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Alitalia Magnifica Business Class Review – New York to Milan

In early December of 2013, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffsetter took a three night trip to Milan, Italy. Part mileage run, part weekend getaway, part desire to see another Christmas Market in Europe. Put it all together and we had an excellent time in Milan. What follows is a series posts over the next few weeks about […]

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Alitalia Business Class Lounge at New York JFK Airport Terminal 1

In early December of 2013, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffsetter took a three night trip to Milan, Italy. Part mileage run, part weekend getaway, part desire to see another Christmas Market in Europe. Put it all together and we had an excellent time in Milan. What follows is a series posts over the next few weeks about […]

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Happy Thanksgiving Upgrade Season to All!

As you read this, I am making my way from MYR to JFK via ATL in DL First Class. After a long layover, I will then take a redeye flight to MXP in AZ Business Class. Got that? I will explain what that means in a moment. In the past week I have been treated […]