It’s been four years since I booked a transcontinental round trip flight for $96, but like the flight I took yesterday, it was free. Like being back in school, when I wrote that I wanted to show the math.
The pandemic slowed my travel but not my desire to, nor my efforts to continue to fly for as close to free as possible. Through a bit of savvy work, I was able to secure two sets of upgrades on an economy flight from Newark (EWR) To Seattle (SEA) flying United. Here’s How.
Earlier this year I backed an Indiegogo campaign started by Santa Film, for a 5-pack of SantaColor 100, color negative 35mm film. This happened to coincide with me acquiring a gently used and well loved Leica M6 that I’ve been lusting after for 20 some odd years from an old friend, along with a vintage 50mm Summilux and newer Voigtländer 28mm Ultron lenses. Two weeks ago the film arrived, just before I set out on an epic road trip. (more…)
In the four years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic that started in early 2020 I traveled to 19 countries and all over America, racking up nearly 200,000 miles in the air and countless more from road trips. While I now consider myself somewhat of a minimalist traveler, almost exclusively with a carry-on bag, I still manage to pack a fair amount of bits and bobs in. A future article will come about my bags of choice, for now the focus is on things that have proven to be extremely helpful and not what if items.
I hunt plane ticket deals like it’s my job and do my best to take advantage of deals when I find them, as often as possible. A few months ago a $121* round trip ticket from Philadelphia (PHL) to San Diego (SAN) came across my screen and I hopped on it. (more…)
The more I travel, the lighter my bag gets and the days of what if and maybe I’ll need are basically gone. Now I can fit everything I need into a 50L Marmot Duffel for trips around a week, and have never had an issue using it as a carry-on. Longer trips or ones where I won’t have access to doing laundry I’ll use a Deuter 65L Travel Backpack that can easily be checked.
I’m still a late packer, often doing it just hours before leaving and never using a list. This leads to the first of my issues, and fortunately the one that brings me the least pain. (more…)