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Costa Rica: The Details

Well, let’s wrap up these Costa Rica posts, shall we?

I love reliving the trip, but all good things must come to an end!  Besides, the faster I get these posts out, the more I can focus on the next trip – a weekend trip to Austin, Texas in June!

Costa Rica was short and sweet.  It was a bit too short for our liking, but definitely worth it.  When I first booked the flights, I knew the trip was going to be to short to do everything we wanted to do, but that definitely wasn’t going to stop us from going!  Between work, family, friends, and all those other things on my list, it can be hard to find the time to travel.  Now that my girlfriend is a full time high school teacher, and the kiddo is getting older and more involved with school too, I’m trying to take advantage of school vacations.

Unfortunately, everyone else is too, so the price difference between flying home on Wednesday rather than even one day later on Thursday was huge.  We opted to save the Rapid Rewards points for a rainy day, and take the earlier flight home on Wednesday.

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Charm City Part 1: Start with Sunshine, Great Food, and Some Important Landmarks

Somewhere between reminders to “Be careful!” and short interrogation sessions – “Why would you even want to go there, what is there to do?” – we planned our visit to Baltimore over President’s Day Weekend.

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We walked around 30 miles this weekend, no joke!

We weren’t scared off.  We didn’t feel scared at all, even walking through some of the trickier neighborhoods.  I believe a little common sense goes a long way when travelling, and, let’s be honest, every city has its rough neighborhoods.

Despite all the warnings, we used the weekend to its fullest.  Eating some great food, learning quite a bit of history, and enjoying one of the best weekend’s worth of weather I’ve ever seen during February!  I mean, seriously, people acted like we were getting deployed into a war zone.  I know Baltimore has had its fair share of troubles (recently and in the past) but we really enjoyed the city.  It’s got character.  It’s got a beautiful harbour.  It’s got plenty of history and some great food.  Each neighborhood has a different feel.  I love cities like that.  I want to walk from one end to the other, and see different people, different buildings, new food.  That’s what make cites so great, you can find a little bit of everything.

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2016 Review

I surprised myself with 2016 – happy to report it was a really successful year!

In my 2015 Review post, I went through some of the highlights of that year, as well as some goals for 2016.  I want to take some time and review 2016 now!  Like I said, it was a great year for me, my travelling, the blog, and I’m really looking forward to 2017!

Let’s take a look!

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Just another ride home from the airport: Triple stacking an Uber promotion

No, unfortunately, it wasn’t me heading home from the airport.  Full disclosure…I haven’t gotten time to travel since exploring Chicago this past October.

I know!  I’m getting restless, but don’t worry.  I do have a few travel ideas coming up in the next couple of months.

I happened to have friend flying into Boston last week though, and that flight just happened to land after the public transportation system had shut down for the night.

Hey, did you know you could request an Uber ride for a friend?

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My Global Entry Application Process

Last October, I applied for the Citi AAdvantage Executive card.  Now, this was only my second card along my travel hacking journey, and I thought it was a great deal:

You get the idea.  It also came with free Global Entry.  Pay for Global Entry with the card, get a statement credit.  Easy right?

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Admirals Club, BOS Terminal B (near Gate B30)

This is the last lounge post for a while, I promise.  I just had to check all the overdue posts off my list !

Up until a few weeks ago, I only had the opportunity to stop by the Admirals Club near Gate B4.  Due to the recent US Airways merger, American Airlines finds themselves with not just one, but two Admirals Clubs in Terminal B at Boston Logan!

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Air France Lounge, BOS Terminal E

A few weeks ago I found myself in Terminal E at Boston Logan International Airport, grabbing a drink at the Air France Lounge.

But I wasn’t flying out of Terminal E.

In fact, wasn’t even there for a flight.

On a regular evening, I found myself catching the Silver Line out of South Station to Boston Logan for my Global Entry interview.  I thought it would be an excellent chance to use my Priority Pass, and check out a new lounge.  The Global Entry interview office is in Terminal E at BOS.  Coincidentally, Terminal E also houses most of Boston’s international flights, as well as the Air France lounge.  I stopped in for a bite to eat, and to wait out the worst of rush hour downtown.

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Admirals Club, ATL Terminal T

On my Mexico trip, we flew through Atlanta on the way there and back.

For anyone that hasn’t flown out of Atlanta…

It’s huge.  Atlanta sees nearly triple the passengers Boston does, and it shows.  There’s twice as many terminals, and a train that runs between them.  Southwest calls Terminal C its home, and American happens to fly out of Terminal T, which means .  With over 2 hours in Atlanta on both the way to Cancun and back home to Boston, I slipped my Citi AAdvantage Executive card back into my wallet before we left.

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Admirals Club, BOS Terminal B (near gate B4)

On my recent excursion to the great city of Winston-Salem, I had the pleasure of flying American Airlines with my trusty Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard.

In addition to extra miles on American Airlines purchases, discounts on in-flight snacks, and World Elite MasterCard benefits, this card grants the user Admirals Club access.  As long as the card is open, you can pop right in and enjoy the food, drinks, and comfy chairs.

Not only did I love pretending I was an important business traveler, but their gin & tonic wasn’t half bad…especially considering it was free!

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