A weekend for two in Chicago, IL for $266: How I made it work

Trip length: 3 days Number of people: 2 Total cost: $266 Vacation days used: 1 Why Chicago for a long weekend in October? Why not?! In reality, the impetus for this trip was the notification that US Bank’s Club Carlson credit card would no longer be offering the last night free on award stays as a perk. This […]

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A weekend for two in Portland, Oregon for $235: How I made it work

Trip length: 2 days Total cost: $ 235 Vacation days used: 0 What are holiday weekends for if not travel? With a long weekend looming, my boyfriend and I researched destinations that might be doable for a couple of days. Since I was sitting on 12,000 unused IHG points, I checked out IHG’s PointBreaks list and […]

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Finger Lakes: 10 reasons to make them your next weekend getaway

Rolling hills, deep glacier-carved lakes, and hidden gorges define the area known as the Finger Lakes region in central and western New York. Historically overshadowed by the metropolis of New York City to the south, Upstate New York and its Finger Lakes regions are finally beginning to draw some visitors away from the concrete jungles […]

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5 easy international weekend trips from the US West Coast

Last week, I shared some easy international weekend trips for Americans on the East Coast. Since so many people complain about a lack of time as an excuse for not traveling internationally, I felt it was important to show people that international travel is possible, even with a limited amount of time. Although more than […]

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5 easy international weekend trips from the US East Coast

One of the biggest excuses I hear from people about why they don’t travel internationally is, “I just don’t have enough time.” To which I doubtfully reply, Really? I know we get shorted on vacation days in the US, but it’s not like you need a year off to visit another country. In fact, depending […]

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A green blur trip through Ireland: Pros and Cons

Ah, the infamous green blur trip of Ireland. If you’ve never planned a visit to Ireland, you may be wondering just what a green blur trip is. What it basically amounts to is covering a large chunk of the country of Ireland in a relatively short amount of time. A typical green blur tour is […]