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Hyatt Place Madison, Wisconsin: Clutch for College Football

Hyatt Place Madison Hotel Review is part of the Punxsutawney TPOL Trip Report, where TPOL leaves the basement and outflank COVID, at least for now. I...

Post Lockdown Dream Fulfilled? Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago

On March 11th, 2020, I was watching an NBA game at Revolution Pizza in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. That day they announced that the season would be suspended. Who knew that life would turn upside down and I would not have a real trip until 17 months later.

Simply The Best: November 2021

November was the best, the leaders and best! Here are the posts: Finally, A Happy Thanksgiving: Hail to the Victors! Guns & Butter: Miami...

Oops!… I Did It Again: Min Spending Hell

Apologies for the OMAAT headline (see Blog Roast OMAAT: Starting Posts with Ouch, Wow, Uh Oh, Wild, Major, Whoa). Britney may soon be free, but...

Amex ’90k’ Business Gold Offer: Resolved, Sort Of

I previously wrote 90,000 Business Gold Card Offer, Suddenly Not Available and Amex Business Gold Offer Under ‘Investigation’. These posts were regarding my application for the...

Jamaica Carnival 2022: Marriott Still Unavailable

There's nothing better in life than carnival. My first experience was in Rio (see Guns & Butter: Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide). The second was...

Cancelled! Festivus 2020

I used to say Happy Festivus! Then I would detail all the ways that airlines, hotel chains, credit card companies, bloggers, and commentators have...

Amex ’90k’ Business Gold Offer: Resolved, Sort Of

I previously wrote 90,000 Business Gold Card Offer, Suddenly Not Available and Amex Business Gold Offer Under ‘Investigation’. These posts were regarding my application for the...

Air New Zealand AKL-NRT: Modeling in Business Class

I've said it before, Air New Zealand does not receive enough love. I've flown it plenty of times and have found the service to be great, the food to be good, and the seat to be comfortable.

The Vineyard Cottages Auckland: Best Hideaway Yet

Vineyard Cottages is part of the Tahiti Triumph Trip Report. It covers the following cities: NYC JFK Dubai, UAE Shanghai, China Papeete, Tahiti Bora...

ibis Auckland Airport: Bring Your Own Push Cart

After enduring the return leg in coach from Tahiti to New Zealand, I arrived in Auckland exhausted. I thought I made the convenient choice booking the ibis at Auckland airport.

Hilton Moorea: Fun in the Sun

Hilton Moorea Hotel Review is part of the Tahiti Triumph Trip Report. It covers the following cities: NYC JFK Dubai, UAE Shanghai, China Papeete,...

Finally, A Happy Thanksgiving: Hail to the Victors!

I once wrote: Happy Thanksgiving! When We Beat Ohio State. Given our track record for the last 20 years, I didn't think that day...

Like the Vaccine, Why Not Get TSA PreCheck?

"I need to do my own research." Those are the cringe-worthy words of the junior scientists who are skeptical of the vaccine. It should not come as a surprise but I have no patience for anyone who tries to justify not being vaccinated.

If I Get Covid, I Get Covid: TPOL’s Out of the Basement Travel Philosophy

Remember the spring break kid who said, "If I get Covid, I get Covid." He was slammed for his uninformed, seemingly reckless attitude.

COVID Test to Come Home Is S-T-U-

P-I-D. Stupid! The US policy continues to be reactive in the era of Covid. Finally, foreigners can come to the US. However, they will...

VeriFLY: What’s My Favorite Word? “Stupid!”

While Colombia does not require proof of vaccine or a negative Covid test, it does require that a health questionnaire be completed at least one hour before departure. 

Instant Pho? En Casa Costco Pho Review

Instant Pho is part of The Lost & Found Year(s) Trip Report. The number one draw for my blog is my Pho reviews. Without access...

Like the Vaccine, Why Not Get TSA PreCheck?

"I need to do my own research." Those are the cringe-worthy words of the junior scientists who are skeptical of the vaccine. It should not come as a surprise but I have no patience for anyone who tries to justify not being vaccinated.

Room Service: I’m Here with Your Covid Test

The only way to return to the United States, the country of which I am a citizen, the country to which I have pled allegiance, is by producing a negative covid test within 72 hours of departure.

Welcome to Bogota: Almost Robbed in Broad Daylight

Almost Robbed is part of the Punxsutawney TPOL Trip Report, where TPOL leaves the basement. It’s finally happening despite inconsistent policies, interruptions, and human...

TPOL’s Tip: Use Skype for 800 #s Abroad

Here's a good reminder that when things go wrong, 800 numbers won't help you when you are in a foreign country (see ATM Issues Abroad...

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