About

I have been a travel planning enthusiast for my entire life.

I remember studying the Motel 6 Hotel Directory when I was 10 and memorizing NorthWest Airline’s route map when I was 12. In adulthood, many of those passions were displaced by the hustle and bustle of daily life. Occasionally I would feel the rush of booking an award ticket, but my passion for logistics mostly lay dormant.

So after 8 years of working program management in silicon valley high tech, I was ready to take a break and return to my core passions. Part of that includes diving headfirst into travel hacking, full-time. I’m experimenting with this time and with this blog, so you may see a wide range of posts.

This site is about all the nitty gritty that goes on behind the scenes of traveling and travel planning.

Different from many travel blogs, its focus is on the traveling process (route planning, award searching, product research, mileage accumulation and optimization) rather than on the destination. I started the blog to publicly document all my experiences and learnings, so that you can learn from them and travel better.

The joy comes with the pain, and I want to reveal that here. In doing so, I hope to reduce your pain and increase the joy. However, both are necessary to a good adventure, so be warned!

Are you ready to experience true travel? If so, read on

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