If there’s one thing I love more than my wonderful hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it’s leaving my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Growing up, I was a bit of a homebody. A bit of that characteristic still survives in me. (Home is where the Wi-Fi is, after all.)

And I’ll never be confused for the adventurous outdoorsman. Sure, plants and animals are nice. But they could also kill you! Why take the chance?

Yet, I have the desire to wander the world, to try out new places and experiences. To quote Homer Simpson: “I want to watch TV in a different time zone! I want to visit strange, exotic malls!”

Hello, my name is James Santelli — and I am a Value-Travel addict. And if you’re anything like me, I think I can help you benefit from the Value-Travel life.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a gorgeous city. And I got myself and my girlfriend flights there for practically nothing!

Altruism, engage!


What do you mean by “value travel?”

Well, it’s something of a double entendre … sexy!

For one, I travel to see and take part in the things that I value as interesting and enjoyable.

For another, I try to get a good value $$$-wise.


New York City is an awesome place to visit... but it takes some tricks to do it cheaply!

New York City is an awesome place to visit… but it takes some tricks to do it cheaply!


Take, for example, a trip I took to New York City in August 2017.

I had two purposes for the trip: To see friends and to take in my first U.S. Open tennis tournament.

I also wanted to have a five-star New York experience on a quick, two-night jaunt. How’d I do?

Flights – $11.20 + 15,000 miles
Hotel – $0 + 2 free Hyatt nights
Ubers and Taxis – $31.01
U.S. Open tickets for two sessions – $205.55
Drinks at The Belfry – $20.20
My ticket for Great Comet of 1812 – $47.50
MTA MetroCard – $20.00
Dinner at Glass House Tavern – $81.81
Refreshments/Various food – $70.65

Flights and Hotel – $11.20
Total – $499.12

How It Works!

How Do-Goodery Works

One night at the Park Hyatt alone could set you back $1,000. But I got a whole (albeit short) trip for half that price.

Being a Value-Travel addict is like ‘Moneyball’ for your vacation days.

It’s not about roughing it at smelly Airbnb’s or pinching pennies so hard you squeeze all the excitement out of your trip.

On my blog, I’ll show you:

  • How I bought a ticket from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles for $32
  • How (and why) I flew across the Atlantic Ocean for $149
  • How I booked a suite just off Chicago’s Magnificent Mile for $130 a night (without using points)
  • How I started checking things off my travel bucket list without spending a fortune
  • How travel points and miles can be the key to it all

From a Tuesday afternoon at the French Open, to soaking up the sun on Miami Beach, to spending time with family from coast-to-coast, to joining the chants of Japanese baseball fans, I have taken up the hobby of making trips that I thought were ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ to ‘once I figure out my off-days.’

I invite you to join me.

Don’t worry, you can follow along from the comfort of your home.

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