Category Archives: Tricks of the Trade

June 13: Be Kind, Rewind

The famous words from 1990s advertising, pleading customers of video rental establishments to rewind their VHS tapes before returning them to the store, thus saving rental stores and subsequent customers from spending time to check and rewind every VHS tape. Just think, back in the 90′s, the act of rewinding […]

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June 5: Embrace Spontaneity

Too many times in life, we want, we need, a plan. I have even written about having a plan.  We have been structured by corporate america to plan everything.  Most of us live on a schedule, at least from 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday.  This becomes the norm, so we begin […]

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June 4: Hit the Road, Jack!

You heard me.  Leave. Scram. Go. Get in your car, and go.  Drive.  Pick a destination.  200 miles away or 20 miles away.  The distance does not matter.  Hell, the final destination does not matter.  The journey is the true destination of a road trip. Do not set a timeframe, […]

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June 3: Say Hello to a Stranger

Yesterday, we talked about sharing a piece of yourself with others.  Now how about sharing something with a total stranger? A Stranger is Just Someone You Haven’t Met Yet Most people are scared.  Talk to a stranger?! For so many years now, a good chunk of American society has fallen […]

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June 2: Take A Photo

Again, just like yesterday’s advice, pretty straight forward and to the point.  Hopefully you see a trend forming.  Simple, easy items to inject a little bit of creativity and a little bit of something new into your mind that show you how to get the most out of life. You […]

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June 1: Stop Reading My Blog

Pretty straight forward and to the point.  In fact, stop browsing all of those websites you have open.  Close out Twitter.  Mute your phone.  Shut down Facebook.  Stop wasting time, at least for a few minutes.  I know you are human and well, I am addicted to Twitter too. But […]

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How I Earned 200k Miles Without Getting on a Plane

You read that right. In less than 4 months my wife and I have earned over 200,000 frequent flyer miles without ever stepping on an airplane. All 100% legal, all 100% legit. I started out in the travel hacking game very slowly and with much trepidation, as I did not […]

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6 Tools to Travel the World for Free

The vast expanse and unbridled beauty of the Alaskan wilderness is a destination that calls to thousands of travelers every year.  Not you, you say?  Ok, let’s try a few more reminders of why we are doing this: Ahh yes, glad we are all on the same page now. So […]

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5 Simple Tips to Travel the World for Free

White sandy beaches, exotic locales, remote islands, foreign culture.  Just a few of the many reasons that people love to travel.  They want to experience things they see in photos like this: The common complaint is the cost to visit these places, so many people put these trips off until […]

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