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DC, MD, VA Meet-Up Thursday, December 8th! Benefits Toys For Tots

Those of you that have followed my blog over the years will recall that we used to have occasional meet-ups with other travel geeks in the DC area.  The pandemic put a pause on that for quite some time but we’ve been talking about getting back to it for quite some time. Thanks to my friend Jeanne Hoffman for kicking me in the butt to get this tradition started again. Thursday, December 8th is when we get this tradition back under way.  I’ll be joined by Jeanne and our friend […]

Following Up After Our Crazy Fundraising Day

Two days after and I’m still sore.  We descended on Central Florida last week to see how much money we could raise for an incredible organization, Give Kids The World.  Give Kids The World provides cost-free vacations to families with critically ill children.  These kids get a great place to stay, free tickets to Disney World and Universal, presents and a virtually unlimited supply of ice cream.  Last year we raised over $20,000 to support their mission. How Did We Do This Year? This year we set out to break […]

I Need Your Help Again To Do Something Wonderful And Crazy

Things have been way too quiet lately, which means it’s time to do something crazy again.  If you’ve followed along here over the years, you know how much I enjoy helping others.  If you enjoy helping others and/or I’ve helped you over the years, I hope you’ll consider helping with my next crazy effort. There are so many incredible charitable organizations out there.  One of my favorites is Give Kids The World.  Their mission resonates with me because of my own children. They’re not terribly well-known, unless you’re a Disney […]

Help Some Tiny Wings Fly

I’m getting ready to do something crazy again and I hope you’ll consider helping.  The two best ways you can help are by sharing this story with a friend and donating to our fundraiser.  Let me give you a bit of background. Give Kids The World is a fabulous charity organization located in Central Florida.  They’re not terribly well-known, unless you’re a Disney nerd like me.  But, they perform a very important missions.  They house the Make a Wish kids who come to Disney World. Thanks to the generosity of […]

Help Us Plan Our Summer Trip AND Do Some Good At The Same Time!

I’ve got $500 burning a hole in my pocket.  Can you help me with that? I was planning to write up an article asking folks to send suggestions for our summer vacation, but a friend of mine popped an idea in my mind for a little twist. In case you missed it, our family bought an RV last summer.  While we love to travel to far away places the COVID-19 pandemic definitely got in the way of that.  We started out by renting RVs, which I highly recommend before buying.  […]

AMEX Is Matching Your Donations 10:1 Today. And, I’m Matching Their Match!

Today is Giving Tuesday, an informal “holiday” that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage a bit of charitable giving to go with all those purchases you may have made the past few days.  There’s an opportunity to help today that can be done with your Membership Rewards points or cash. American Express sent me a note that they’re matching donations 10:1 to Feeding America today.  Feeding America is a nationwide network of food banks.  In the midst of the pandemic, food banks are a critical source of nutrition […]

It’s Time We Have A Talk

I realized as I started writing this some folks will think I sold my blog or some other craziness.  None of that, I promise.  I really appreciate everyone that has followed this blog for over a decade and I’m committed to another ten years with you.  And, while the blog posts may not have been as frequent as they used to be lately, you’ve always got my podcast.  You’re stuck with me. But, I Need Your Help Simple words, but sometimes hard for people to say.  We’ll dig more into […]

DC/MD/VA Residents: Support the AVGeek Toys For Tots Drive

The holidays are a great time to remember that not everyone is as fortunate as my family is.  Over the past few years, we’ve done a holiday toy drive benefiting Toys For Tots in the DC Area.  Trevor from Tagging Miles reached out to me again this year to organize some donation efforts. He’s back in one of our frequent happy hour haunts, Bar Bao in Arlington: Bar Bao 3100 Clarendon Blvd Clarendon Metro Station Arlington, VA 22201 The event will be 6 December, 6-9pm.  You can register free for […]

Making The Connection: The Argument For Being There

I sat my daughter down with her mother recently to show both of them a video.  I told my daughter, “You might be bored for part of this, but give me 13 minutes.”  As a parent of a teenager and one younger child, patience is something that can be in short supply.  But, she’s generally a good kid.  So, she stuck out the 13 minutes. I first met Maya Leibman 6 or 7 years ago at an industry event.  I had been assigned to make sure that she got from […]