2020 Pandemic Post Military Orders Mini Retirement Road Trip Telecommute Work Adventure

In October of 2020 I finished a set of Air Force orders longer than 181 days -meaning I legally had 90 days before I HAD to return to my civilian job.  At the start of my orders we (my wife and I) were planning a 2-month long trip to Spain followed by a relocation cruise (a one way cruise trip that is much cheaper than regular cruises) to Puerto Rico and then stay on a beach in Panama for another month.  As the story goes, the pandemic didn’t go away and we had to postpone those plans for a future date.  So I…

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Optimal Road Trip Planning

If you’re like me, planning your travel is nearly as enjoyable as actually travelling.  I probably spend one hour planning per day of planned travel.  There is a spectrum of planning from 0 (loudly proclaiming “fuck it”, hopping in your car and heading west) to “We’ll visit the museum from 2:36 to 3:18, it’s a 6 minute walk to the restaurant, leaving us 14 minutes to eat before our reservations at….).  Somewhere between the two is to optimal amount of planning.  There is also an optimal balance between joy that comes from the anticipation of the trip (and the activities you have planned)…

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Travel Hacking with the USO
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Travel Hacking with the USO

Why do we have to have 6am flights?  And why do they always have to be the cheapest?  This makes me glad, having become a morning person after half a lifetime in the military.  But my wife…not so much.  The night before I just go to go to bed at 9pm and get up at 3am to catch the flight – a solid 6 hours of sleep.   My wife’s sleep pattern has her getting tired around midnight or later – leaving 1-3 hour of sleep, and a not fun day of travel.  Enter the USO.  For those unaware, the USO (United Service Organization)…

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