Using the new Google Flight Search to Find Travel Ideas

Last month Google announced on their official travel blog an improved flight search capability that allows you to see flight prices from your origin city to a number of destinations in map form. While I opened the blog post and watched the video right as it was posted, I am just now getting around to […]

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When is it Appropriate to Use Miles for a Domestic Award?

When it comes to redeeming your hard earned miles for flights, conventional wisdom is that you will get the most value for your points by booking flights in premium international class. This is true in most cases when redeeming miles for saver award tickets, because you can get anywhere from 2 to 10+ cents in […]


Delta / SPG Crossover Rewards – A Nice Little Bonus for Doing Next to Nothing

If you are enrolled in the Delta and SPG crossover rewards program, you are probably aware of the benefits that are offered as part of the program. I wrote about the benefits of crossover rewards last year, so for now I will just mention that one of the big benefits of the program is that […]


Happy Fourth of July!

In July of 2010 we watched the fireworks from a rooftop of an office building in Washington, DC. The surreal experience was perfect for experimenting with Fireworks photos as the colors decorated the national mall and lit up the monuments. Maybe 1 in every 10 photos turned out, but the ones that worked were pretty […]

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Reflecting on Travel Stats for the First Half of 2014

A few days ago I looked the calendar and said to myself “holy cow, we’re already half way through 2014… I feel like I haven’t gotten anything done!” This is especially true for my life as a travel blogger – I have not done a great job of sticking to a regular posting schedule, and […]


Things I’ll Never Use: Delta’s New “Upgrade with Miles” Option

While I have been living under a rock the past few weeks preparing to put my house of 10 years on the market, Delta came out with a new feature announcement last week that may be of interest to frequent Delta flyers. The announcement is that you can now upgrade your flights at the time […]

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Tracking a Herd of Elephants – South Africa Safari Part 3

If you could make a hobby out of tracking Elephants, I think that it would replace travel hacking as my preferred way to spend my time outside of work. I would start an elephant tracking hacking blog and write tips about how to find elephants faster, share how to get free safaris and even join […]

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South Africa Safari Experience Part 2: How Often do Lions Mate?

After your first two safari drives, you start to get the hang of how things will unfold over the rest of the experience. Each drive will focus on tracking down animals that the passengers would like to see or those that have left a clear trail during their daily comings and goings. The morning drives […]

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My South Africa Safari Experience Part 1: Cheetah’s and Hippos

First of all, my South Africa Safari Experience was amazing. Our 3 nights stay at the Vuyani Safari Lodge included 2 daily game drives, for a total of 6 chances to experience the wildlife on the Modilto private game reserve. This post is going to be specifically featuring the sights I saw during my particular safari […]


Attending the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks in Style

This past weekend I spent time with my parents, Mrs. Jeffsetter and some friends at the 140th Kentucky Derby in Louisville, KY. This was my first time attending the derby, and it almost didn’t happen because of my own negligence. But it did happen, and it was awesome. A little background on getting Kentucky Derby tickets […]


Vuyani Safari Lodge South Africa Hotel Review

You could say that the Vuyani Safari Lodge is my reason for visiting South Africa in the first place. It all started with a flash sale on for an all-inclusive safari experience for two in South Africa for $332 a night. While I wasn’t sure if this price was reasonable compared to other safari […]

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Sioux Falls, Seattle, Austin and Living Out of a Carry On

April has been one of those months where I have spent more nights in hotels than I have been home by about a 3 to 1 ratio. It started with the South Africa trip that I’ve been sharing updates on and then after a brief 4 days at home I’m now in the middle of a […]

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Ascending Table Mountain, Seal Colonies and Penguins Around Cape Town

In addition to Robben island, there is a lot to see in the area surrounding Cape Town. Immediately after we got off the Robben Island ferry, we hopped in a taxi to take a ride to the Table mountain gondola. On our way I stopped at a camera shop to pick up two extra batteries […]


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 […]