A postcard from Europe: A mid-journey update on my travels

Greetings from Prague! I’m just over halfway through my European vacation, so I thought it’d be fun to share some of my adventures and to take a glimpse at the financial side of this journey. This trip is unusual for me because I’m traveling with a party of six. My cousin Duane has terminal cancer … Read moreA postcard from Europe: A mid-journey update on my travels

How to Get the Best Airline Seats Without Paying Extra

Everyone understands that seats in first class are roomier than in coach. But did you know that some seats in coach are better than others? Seats may be narrower in the back of the plane. Also, some seats may have more “pitch” — the space between your seat and the seat in front of you … Read moreHow to Get the Best Airline Seats Without Paying Extra

9 Dumb Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Next Airplane Flight

Airplane travel is a fact of modern life. Some flights are more uncomfortable than others, and long-distance flights can be especially taxing. If you are among travelers taking to the skies for the holidays, here are some mistakes to avoid if you want to keep your experience more pleasant. 1. Failing to dress for the … Read more9 Dumb Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Next Airplane Flight

How we used geographic arbitrage to pursue our dreams (and enrich our lives)

Howdy. My name is Michael Robinson. While J.D. is visiting Europe with his cousins, I volunteered to share how my wife and I have leveraged the power of geographic arbitrage to pursue our dreams — and to build our wealth. Geographic arbitrage means taking advantage of the differences in prices between various locations. You earn … Read moreHow we used geographic arbitrage to pursue our dreams (and enrich our lives)

Vacations, Holidays and Birthdays – How to Take the Panic out of Paying for the Fun

On average, Americans spends around 10% of their annual income on vacations. Many people find themselves with a debt that is hanging around their neck for months after they return from foreign climbs. Add the cost of holiday and birthday celebrations to the financial expenditure list and pretty soon all of the fun can get … Read moreVacations, Holidays and Birthdays – How to Take the Panic out of Paying for the Fun

Time is more valuable than money

It’s a GRS tradition! Each year on Halloween, I publish a story about planning for death. Usually these are general articles about estate planning. This year’s story is personal. When my best friend died in 2009, one of my biggest regrets was that I hadn’t made time to travel with him. Sparky had previously asked … Read moreTime is more valuable than money

Chase Travel Portal Moves to Expedia: Now What?

Chase Ultimate Rewards has long been considered one of the most valuable rewards currencies available, and for good reason. Not only can you transfer Chase points to popular airline and hotel partners at a 1:1 ratio if you have a premier Chase travel credit card, but you can also cash them in for gift cards, … Read moreChase Travel Portal Moves to Expedia: Now What?

How to Buy a Campervan and Travel Across the U.S.

The mania around vanlife is absolutely everywhere, gracing the covers of glossy lifestyle magazines and filling up our social media feeds. But while it’s definitely enjoying a moment, it’s also a trend that’s not going anywhere anytime soon. The attraction of taking to the open roads with minimal…

A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning a Trip Around the World

Are your social media feeds constantly making you want to jump on the next plane to an exotic destination? Do you catch yourself daydreaming about exciting adventures in faraway lands? If you’re suffering from wanderlust, then a world trip might just be the cure. Planning a trip around the world…