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 […]

A week in Maui

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 […]


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 […]


Wine touring Cayuga Lake

Fall is upon us, although considering the several feet of snow currently blanketing much of Western NY, it’d probably be safe to say that fall is slowly sliding away from us while winter quietly (although not so subtly) creeps in. The hoards of tourists have vacated the Finger Lakes and several wineries have moved into more limited hours, […]

A Heavenly first time in Lake Tahoe

Sprawling views of clear blue waters, snow-capped peaks dotted with bright green pines, and cozy fire pits for late-night s’mores fests. If all this sounds heavenly to you, you’d be right on target. A little while back, I spent a winter weekend at the Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe. The gorgeous (and pricey) resort […]


HalloWeekend at the roller coaster capital of the world

I’m a little scared to even think about this, but it had been about 20 years since I last visited Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Twenty years and I remember it like is was yesterday. Admitting that makes me feel old and nostalgic, and not in a good way. But last weekend I got to […]


Finger Lakes in the Fall

Although I love exploring the nearby Finger Lakes region year round with all the great hiking, gorgeous waterfalls, and award-winning wineries, there is nothing like fall along the elongated lakes. The autumn months are, by far, the best time to explore all this part of Upstate New York has to offer. Here’s why: Because the […]


Niagara Falls attractions: must-dos and pass-bys

  Niagara Falls is unarguably one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world, averaging close to 30 million visitors per year. The three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls straddle the American and Canadian border, drawing tourists from both countries and all around the world. Living only about an hour and a half down […]