Edward Pizzarello

About the Author

My goal in life is to fill my family’s passports with stamps, creating buckets of memories along the way. You’ll find me writing about realistic ways for normal people to travel the world, whether you’re on a budget or enjoy luxury. I also enjoy taking us on the occasional detour to explore the inner workings of the travel industry.

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Double Points On All Marriott Vacation Rentals

Marriott is offering double points on all vacation home rentals for stays through August 31st at a time when vacation rentals have grown in popularity.  The pandemic has really changed the way people travel.  While some folks have chosen to rent RVs and explore the great outdoors, vacation home rentals have also been a very popular way for folks to continue itching the travel bug. While you need to make your plans soon (book by February 22nd) the cancellation policy on most Marriott home rentals is really generous.  We took […]

Finishing Up Lifetime Hilton Diamond Status

Lifetime elite status has been a goal of mine since I got onto the road warrior carousel/roller coaster 15 years ago.  My father was a million miler with the American Airlines AAdvantage program long before I became a road warrior. Heck, for one of his milestone birthdays he had also just hit 2 million lifetime miles on American.  The cake had a bigger AA logo than the Happy Birthday message. Back when I hit lifetime Marriott status in 2018, I kinda thought I was done with lifetime status for a […]

UK Will Institute Government-Supervised Quarantine For Passengers Arriving From High-Risk Countries

On the heels of the United States announcing that travelers will have to quarantine upon arrival in the US, there has been a development overseas.  The United Kingdom has been dealing with plenty of COVID-19 issues, including a nasty outbreak of a more virulent strain.  After instituting a list of high-risk countries, the UK is taking things a step further.  They have announced that visitors from 22 countries will need to submit to a mandatory, government-supervised quarantine in a hotel. The United Kingdom hasn’t confirmed the list of 22 countries, […]

Hyatt Offering Free COVID Testing At All Latin America Resorts

Hyatt just announced that all of their resorts in Latin America will be providing free COVID-19 testing for guests as well as discounted room rates if you get stuck due to testing delays or a positive test result.  This covers 19 properties in Mexico, Costa Rica, the Caribbean and South America.  This is almost certainly in response to the recent US regulation that requires a negative COVID-19 test to enter the US for all international travelers (including US citizens). This offer covers up to two complimentary COVID-19 tests per guestroom […]

Mistakes In Camping. Why I Ended Up Purchasing Two Pickup Trucks In 30 Days.

It’s the best laid plans, they say, right?  Like most of you, we’re jonesing to get back out on the road to travel.  My wife and I knew that any plan to get back to travel would have to involve a few key points.  First, it would have to check the boxes for our daughter’s anxiety.  She’s dealt with anxiety since she was quite young and has developed some pretty amazing tools to keep it in check.  But, germs are absolutely one of her major hot buttons.  As she said […]

Our Family Is Starting To Get Our Travel Groove Back

It was a cacophony of voices.  We sat down for dinner this evening and we were talking about a return to our friends’ ranch in Colorado.  It was a fun, light-hearted discussion.  We haven’t been talking too much about travel because we’ve chosen to stay home, other than our RV adventures.  Then, I asked the question that lit the fire.  I looked at my kids and asked them, “Travel restrictions are lifted immediately, what’s the first place you’d want to go?” Not a single person hesitated.  Even my wife jumped […]

Travelers To The US Will Be Required To Quarantine Upon Arrival

It was just last week that we learned a negative COVID-19 test result would be required for all passengers entering the US.  This is applicable to US citizens and visitors alike, with airline crews one of the only groups largely exempted from the rule.  Now, it appears that the United States will institute a requirement to quarantine upon arrival as well. There aren’t a ton of details on what the quarantine requirement will look like just yet.  For better or worse, I expect it won’t be nearly as restrictive as […]

CONFIRMED: US Will Require Negative COVID-19 Test For Entry From International Flights

There’s a report on most of the major news sites right now indicating that The NY Times is reporting the US will require a negative COVID-19 test for all passengers entering the United States via plane from abroad.  This would be a remarkable step.  But it also may be a logical evolution of COVID-19 policy as it relates to travel. While we don’t have exact details, reports seem to indicate that this could go into place January 26, 2021.  Honestly, if this is needed to stop the spread of the more […]

I Was In An Airport For The First Time In 9 Months This Week. It Was Odd.

It won’t be too much longer before I’ll be able to say it’s been an odd year of not boarding airplanes. As it stands today, that seems to be the earliest I could see myself getting on an airplane.  However, I was in an airport yesterday, and it was definitely an odd experience.  I wasn’t expecting to be, but I had to pick up a family member from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport yesterday.  It wasn’t my wife or kids, so I wore a mask in the car and we […]