The Greedy Clown in Paris

May 1, 2015

In staying with the topic of how to handle bad situations while traveling, let me share the story of how a Parisian clown took me for 10€. But before I tell you the story of the greedy Parisian clown, I have to add that panhandlers and scammers in Paris are horrible.  They make the Hollywood panhandlers […]

$1600 of Fraudulent ATM Withdrawals in Paris

In Case of Emergency: 5 Tools to Overcome

April 28, 2015

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post about breaking my neck in Puerto Rico. No matter what you do, you can’t prevent accidents or emergencies from happening when traveling.  As controlling as you might be or would want to be, something will happen.  So here are 5 tools to overcome accidents, injuries, theft, etc.

Viejo San Juan

Breaking My Neck in Puerto Rico

April 27, 2015

I love traveling.  It’s a passion.  But just like anything else, traveling isn’t all good times and smiles; it has it’s bad times too.  Planning can be stressful.  Flights changes or delays don’t help out.  Currency exchange can be aggravating. Panhandlers and scammers are plenty.  Injuries happen.  I have experienced all of these.  So, let me […]


Paying My Respects 

March 31, 2015

As I sit here at Monterrey, Mexico International Airport waiting to board my flight to Dallas, I’m thankful that I found out about travel hacking. Travel hacking has given me many beautiful memories with my family.  But just this past Friday, it provided me a way to pay my respects when my grandmother passed away […]


Spain: Favorites, Least-Favorites, and Recommendations

March 25, 2015

Instead of going into deep detail of what we did every day, I’m going to list our favorites, least-favorites of our trip to Spain (and one day in Portugal), and our recommendations. Favorite City: They were all great in their own sense but my favorite was Valença, Portugal.  Valença felt as we had traveled back in […]

Snow Cap Mountains of the Pyrenees
Park Hyatt Paris
BRG Opp18

How to Get Free Hotel Nights Without Credit Card Signups: BRGs

March 7, 2015

Most of my stays when I travel are free because of certain hotels’ Best Rate Guarantee(BRG) policy.  The simple way to explain a BRG is if you find a lower price on a third party website like Expedia,,  for the same hotel, same room, same date, same occupancy, and same cancellation policies you have the opportunity […]