Summer is just around the corner and people are eagerly gearing up for another vacation season full of fabulous food and frolicking fun in the sun with friends and family.
With that in mind, I thought it would be a kick to relive the worst vacation of my entire life. It’s certainly a vacation I’ll never forget.
In fact, even though it was 20 long years ago, I still remember it like
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Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, flight delays are the bane of every commuter. Government statistics consistently show that morning flights departing between six and seven have the best on-time records, with a steady decay in punctuality as the day progresses; it’s worst between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. That’s because flight delays due to air-traffic congestion, maintenance, crew issues, and late-arriving airplanes cascade throughout the day — and
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Sometimes things aren’t always what they seem. Especially upon first glance.
This past summer I was examining my Marriott rewards account when I noticed that I had finally — finally! — accrued enough points to score a 6-night stay on Maui at their beautiful Wailea Beach property.
Within seconds my head was filled with visions of the Honeybee and me enjoying a few days of romantic bliss — sans kids, of course
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As I mentioned here the other day, I recently spent a fun weekend at one of those fancy pancy resort hotels in Scottsdale, Arizona.
You know the kind. This place has every amenity a Kardashian girl could ever want including a spa, the obligatory trendy bar, gourmet restaurants, a beautiful swimming pool, and, of course, spacious multi-room suites that are almost as big as my home’s entire second floor. It
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Last weekend I took my entire family — including my folks and the in-laws — to Scottsdale, Arizona for a little summer fun at a very posh desert resort.
Okay, perhaps I’m exaggerating just a tiny bit. Let’s call it fairly posh. Regardless, one thing is certain: the resort is still fancier than a Holiday Inn Express. For example, it has honest-to-goodness living, breathing valets. They even greeted us warmly
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My family and I just got back from a whirlwind two-week vacation to the East Coast to see the Honeybee’s family in Connecticut and do some sightseeing. We also managed to set aside a little time to visit some of my tax money in our nation’s capital.
Boy is it good to be back! I hope you all missed me as much as I missed all of you!
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I bet you didn’t know Priceline had a jail.
I didn’t either until I got tossed into their web-based hoosegow for 24 hours. Heh.
What was my “crime” you ask?
This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but I recently made an offer on a rental car for our upcoming family vacation to the East Coast that was apparently a bit too low for Priceline and their affiliates’ liking.
I still don’t understand what
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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but our annual summer vacation is right around the corner. Weren’t we in the throes of a Little Ice Age just last month?
I’d like to say we were going back to Maui, but unfortunately I drew the short straw this year and so the Honeybee got to choose where we’re going.
Naturally, I was surprised to find out that the Honeybee thinks nothing says
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Every day on my way home from work I zip by tens of thousands of people behind the wheels of cars stuck in hopelessly gridlocked traffic because they didn’t want to pay the toll (usually between $2 and $10, depending on the direction and time of day) for the open express lanes.
For me, the money spent every day for the right to avoid 10 miles of traffic hell is money
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I know a couple people who will drive five miles out of their way, ten miles round trip, just to save a nickel per gallon. I’m sure you know several folks that might even drive further to save a nickel or dime per gallon.
I never worry about saving a few cents at the pump. When I need gasoline, I usually just pull in to the first gas station I see.
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