YWW Tips: Handling Connecting Flights and Missed Connections

My delayed flight from IAH to EWR screwed up a lot of people’s travel plans.  But there are things you can do to minimize the drama when a delay causes you to miss a connection! 1) Pay attention at booking I’m often amazed that people don’t look at connection times… Read more »

Trip Report: Phoenix to Houston

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Continental 1648;  Dep. PHX: 10:11 a.m, Arr. IAH: 2:43 p.m.; Coach, 1,009 miles After a nice 24 hours in Phoenix, and a great free breakfast at the hotel, it was back to Sky Harbor International. Despite a very sloooooow security line (Yes, the announcements to remove everything from your pockets… Read more »

24 Hours in Phoenix . . . Ok, actually 25.

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I headed straight from the airport to Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter residence, studio, and school.  The drive up to Scottsdale was a good orientation to the sprawl of the Phoenix metro area, and then to Scottsdale itself–  which struck me as a slightly less Jewish and hillier version… Read more »

Trip Report: Newark to Phoenix

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Continental 1576;  Dep. EWR: 7:00 a.m, Arr. PHX: 8:51 a.m.; Coach, 2,126 miles My trip to Phoenix this weekend started out a little harried.  For some reason, I thought 4:35 a.m. was an early enough wake-up time to get on a 5:00 a.m. bus to Newark from the Port Authority…. Read more »

YWW Tips: A Schedule Change and Four Lessons for Flyers

I had an experience last night dealing with Delta that demonstrates four basic lessons for flyers, that many ignore on a regular basis. A few weeks ago, I bought a ticket to go to Warsaw and Amsterdam for Martin Luther King Day Weekend in January.   Delta was having some crazy… Read more »

My $1283 hotel room for $75: When Credit Card Bonuses are Worth It

One of the main ways to earn miles and points cheaply is through credit card sign-up bonuses. For me, this is a method I’m not 100% comfortable with. I do not generally “churn” – a practice by which people engage in a pattern of signing up for cards and cancelling… Read more »

How and Why I Travel

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I’ve always loved traveling. But I’m not someone who grew up a globetrotter. To the contrary, my travel experience was fairly limited until I reached college. Growing up in a middle class family in New York City and its suburbs, my travel was pretty much limited to road trips throughout… Read more »

Welcome!

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Welcome to You Went Where? A blog devoted to my largely random adventures in the pursuit of enjoying the world in a high-end way on a backpacker’s (or a civil rights lawyer’s) budget.  In this blog, I’ll aim to do three things: (1) Document my travels and travel-related exploits:  This… Read more »