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An Adriatic cruise on points and miles: Exploring Rome

Just in case you haven’t been following along on my points-hoarding progress, I took my parents on a trip of a lifetime to Italy and the Adriatic for two weeks using points and miles to offset almost 95% of the cost. I’m finalizing my totals as the last of my points are added up, so be the […]

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An Adriatic cruise on points and miles: Venice and the JW Marriott

Points and miles pay off! Just in case you haven’t been following along on my points-hoarding progress, I took my parents on a trip of a lifetime to Italy and the Adriatic for two weeks using points and miles to offset almost 95% of the cost. I’ll be writing up my final totals within the coming […]

Pulling into the JW Marriott's interior dock in Venice

An Adriatic cruise on points and miles: Getting there

Points and miles pay off! Just in case you haven’t been following along on my points-hoarding progress, I took my parents on a trip of a lifetime to Italy and the Adriatic for two weeks using points and miles to offset almost 95% of the cost. I’ll be writing up my final totals within the coming […]

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A week in Maui for $1800: How I made it work

Trip: 7 Days Total Cost: $1783 Vacation days used: 5 Ok, so this wasn’t my cheapest ever trip. And since the main focus of my blog is to inspire others to travel by demonstrating how to make it an affordable and easy part of life, this probably isn’t my most inspirational post. But since I’ve promised full […]

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Highlights on the Road to Hana

I’m not much of a beach bum. My travel style is more “go, Go, GO” than relax and unwind. So when I scored a good flight deal to Maui, I knew I’d be spending more time exploring than I would be lounging at a resort. Planning the trip, I researched all things active and adventurous, […]

It's cold, but oh so pretty.

Sunrise bike ride down Haleakala: 8 things to know before you go

I’d heard the sunrises over Haleakala Volcano in Maui couldn’t be beat. And when one of my coworkers came back with photographic proof, I knew I had to experience that sunrise for myself.  Then I learned that you could get back down the mountain after that amazing sunrise via bike and my plans were solidified. I was going […]

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Sampling Belgium’s finest beers at Delirium Café

When I mentioned my upcoming trip to Brussels, I must have had five different people tell me I had to go to Delirium Café to drink some Belgian beer. Now I’m not one to turn down any suggestion for tasty drinks or cool pubs when I’m traveling, so I was already sold after the first recommendation. […]

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Paris at Christmas: Photos

After absorbing all the holiday goodness of the Christmas markets in Brussels, my dad and I hopped the high speed rail to Paris and spent a couple days exploring all the City of Light had to offer in December. Having limited time, we hit up all things touristy – the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, and Notre […]

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The sound and light show in Brussels’ Grand Place

Each night throughout the month of December, Grand Place, the main square of Brussels, is lit up by thousands of colorful lights for a show that shouldn’t be missed. Beginning just after sundown, a sound and light show illuminates the facades of the beautiful buildings surrounding the old square in a dance of color and holiday […]