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Priority Club Promo Stacking … it’s even useful in Trinidad.

Priority Club Promo Stacking … it’s even useful in Trinidad.

For those who travel within North America and the Caribbean, staying at hotels is just part of the deal. For consultants like me, it’s part of the job. I’ve written on mileage running and points collecting as one significant method of reducing my travel cost, along with stacking upgrades. My reliable hotel choice has always been the SPG program – not just for the points, but the upgrades and all the free stays I get with their promotions. Unfortunately in Moncton, there are no Starwood hotels, so I have to choose between Priority Club and Marriott. Marriott has been my ... Read More »

How I Afford to Travel as a Trinidadian?

How I Afford to Travel as a Trinidadian?

As a Trinidadian, the one question I get asked a lot is “How do you afford to travel so much?”. I generally try to redirect or reframe the question into … “How did you manage to structure your mind to enable a life of travel?”. So here is what I didn’t have … Rich parents who gave me tons of cash. I have great, amazing folks … they’re just not rich in the North American context The ability to save lots by living home. I left Trinidad for Montreal … I had to work and pay rent and bills when ... Read More »

How to start a new IT consulting project …

How to start a new IT consulting project …

I got a great email last week, where the Trinidadian author basically asked to me explain how I can bounce from client to client in my line of work and be continually successful. This was a timely one, as I start a new project at a new client this week in Moncton, New Brunswick. I have an orientation checklist that I go through before I start working with any client. This isn’t some surefire way to be successful, but as a travelling IT consultant, I thought I would offer some tips … this post has very little to do with ... Read More »

Air Canada Onboard Compensation Form

Air Canada Onboard Compensation Form

When you fly often enough, things tend to go wrong in your plane. 100% of the time, you hope that it will be issues with the service, food or entertainment onboard. When things happen onboard … you have the right to complain. On Air Canada, if you’re persistent enough, you might be given a green form called the Onboard Compensation form. I have heard of many issues. For instance, one story went like this on Flyertalk … “Wanted to reach out to you guys to test the reasonableness of this compensation offer. I recently completed a leisure trip to Europe ... Read More »

213 life lessons learned, while speaking Trini across the world …

213 life lessons learned, while speaking Trini across the world …

It’s been 16 years since I left Trinidad. That’s a long time to leave home … but I still get compliments about how fresh my accent is. I always get comments such as : “You don’t sound like you’re from Trinidad at all” “Your Trini accent is made up, right?” “Is that what Trinidadians sound like? I have another friend from Trinidad and he doesn’t sound anything like you” I go back to Trinidad quite frequently in relative terms. At least twice a year for the last 7 years. You only “lose” an accent, if you actually want to. I’ve ... Read More »

Travel blogging is hard … especially when you’re not travelling!

Travel blogging is hard … especially when you’re not travelling!

It’s a rainy day here in Toronto. It’s a bit bleak and I’ve been sitting at my computer working away for a couple hours. I haven’t really written anything related to travel for almost 2 months. Of course, that corresponds to the last time I was away on vacation or on a real trip. It’s ironic that going to Montreal or going away for work doesn’t constitute “travel” even though I’m going to be “exploring” Edmonton for the next couple weeks/months – it’s really not the same adrenaline rush as taking off to Antarctica or some super exotic location. So ... Read More »

5 surprise expenses for travellers … and surprise in a shitty way

Visa fees Visas are required for Canadian citizens traveling to some major countries, and the fees can really escalate. Countries like Brazil charges Canadians citizens, a “reciprocity fee” (which is basically a “you want to fuck with our citizens and charge them an arm and a leg to get in your country, then you can take the same thing back if you want to samba with our women”fee)- it’s the same amount that our government charges their citizens to visit the Canada — a hefty $160.You want to visit Turkey, then prepare to shell out an easy 45 euros for ... Read More »

Where to go on a whim? The battle of Central America Vs South East Asia

Disclaimer : I was browsing other travel blogs and one in particular … my friend Alan and his adventures and I found an article idea that I’m straight up going to copy into my blog – but that being said … his blog is way funnier than my blog, so I highly recommend checking it out. I’m a man of simple whims … simply good scotch and good food … everything else is a bonus! That being said, because of the one or two places I’ve been … I’m always asked about where someone should go on vacation. Here is ... Read More »

Ok … so maybe not everyone can travel. Bubble bursting time! It ain’t easy if you dont have green!!

I’m copying and pasting from another blog: Someday I’ll be there. Our fearless blogger definitely makes sense here and sometimes I do forget how entitled I’ve become in my ability to travel as I please; regardless of the circumstances that led to me travelling. I have read lots of posts about how everyone can travel, how each one of us can save up and travel, and that it’s not impossible to live the travel dream. Actually I sometimes feel there’s a rivalry going on between the travel bloggers about who’s traveling on a tighter budget than the other one. On ... Read More »

I made Chicken Soup and I’m happy to be home … some thoughts on long term travel

After the last couple of years of working and travelling, I’ve met a lot of people on the road. Typically, once I’ve told them about where and how much I’ve travelled, I get responses and questions in the following ilk “Man, that is fantastic, I wish I could do that” “You’re so lucky to be able to do that” “You must have the best job in the world” “Does work pay for your travelling? How can I get a job like that?” To most people, they think that I have the best job in the world. Essentially, I get paid ... Read More »