Mapping the Conch Republic

Out on the water with Hall's Diving Center in the Florida Keys

On April 23, 1982, the mayor of Key West, Florida, Dennis Wardlow, “broke a loaf of stale Cuban bread over the head of a man dressed in a naval uniform.” This naturally ushered his city into secession from the United States, officially as the “Conch Republic.” One minute into sovereignty, Prime Minister Wardlow surrendered to the same man, and the […]

5 Reasons to Stay at The Carlton Hotel NYC

The Carlton Hotel lobby

There are so many hotels to choose from when you travel to New York City that trying to decide on which one fits the bill can be a real hit-or-miss situation. The Carlton Hotel NYC proved to be a hit for our three-night stay for reasons that include both the obvious and the unexpected. 1. […]

St. Regis Bahia Beach in Puerto Rico

Golf course at the St Regis Bahia Beach Puerto Rico

I recently traveled to Puerto Rico to meet my dad and a camera crew to shoot promotional videos on behalf of the Starwood Preferred Guest® Card from American Express, an advertising partner. I’ve been a SPG Amex card member for quite some time, which is one of the reasons they invited me to be part of […]

How to Get TSA PreCheck for Free

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If you get my weekly newsletter (sign up here) then you know that I have a love/hate relationship with TSA PreCheck. I love it because the line is usually much shorter and I don’t have to take off my shoes, belt and jacket. I also don’t have to take my laptop or my 3-1-1 compliant […]

Riding the Greyhound Bus to Canada

Greyhound

I know that my name is Johnny Jet, not Johnny Bus, but I above all I like to save money and time and avoid hassles when I travel—and sometimes taking the bus is the best option. This week, I learned a valuable trick while booking a Greyhound ticket from Erie, Pennsylvania to Mississauga, Ontario (just […]

Charleston, SC, Part 3: Regaling in a Wealth of Antebellum Ambiance

Fort Sumter from the air (Credit: Bill Rockwell)

This is Part 3 in Dave Zuchowski’s three-part series on Charleston, South Carolina—voted the best city in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for the second year in a row. For more, check out Part 1 and Part 2. My first morning in Charleston, South Carolina, found me sitting on […]

Hurricane Iselle & Tropical Storm Julio: Hawaii Travel Resource Page

Hawaii

Hawaii is bracing for two unprecedented storms. Stay up-to-date on the latest news with this comprehensive resource page. AIRLINE TRAVEL POLICIES FOR HURRICANE ISELLE Many travelers will be affected by Hurricane Iselle so if your flight is delayed or cancelled and you have questions for your airline, here’s where to contact them: Alaska | Allegiant | […]

The Tauck Baseball Hall of Fame Event Featuring Ken Burns and Phil Niekro

I got a hit off of Phil Niekro

When I first found myself in the travel business in the late ’90s, I learned about a storied tour company that was based in my hometown of South Norwalk, Connecticut. Throughout the last few years, their name, Tauck, kept coming up and I was not only a little embarrassed that I didn’t know much about […]