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Planning: 10 Tips for Visiting Vancouver

We love living in Vancouver and are proud to call this city home! Known as the “City of Glass” due to all the tall glass condos, Vancouver is a world renowned city that draws visitors all over the world due to its unique setting against a backdrop of awe inspiring nature, interesting but underrated dining…
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September 10, 2018 1
View from Anan

72 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, the city where traffic never comes to a full stop is an assault on the senses. A little jet-lagged and excited, you get your first glimpse at street life  as you hop into a taxi and make your way to where you’re staying. The first time you’re out in the street,…
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September 1, 2018 4

Tips to Maximize Hotel and Airline Points for Travel

When we talk about airline and hotel points, we often think back to our first around the world trip in 2010 when we traveled for 3 months through 10 countries and pretty much stayed at hotels 4* and above the entire time with top-tier elite status in a major hotel rewards program which meant room…
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August 26, 2018 5

Tips: How to Travel with a Toddler

As a child-free couple, it is a lot easier for us to pack and go on trips than those who are traveling with little ones; within 15 minutes we have our carry-ons packed and head out to the airport. Recently, we traveled with our 6 year old niece, 3 year old nephew and their parents…
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August 20, 2018 1
Drinking beer from a Kody Coolers tumbler.

River Tubing the Comal River in Texas: A Surprisingly Fun Activity

Last Updated: August 2018 River “toobing” or “tubing” in Texas is one of those things that’s super fun and relaxing, and you should do it! What can be more enjoyable than sitting in a tube, floating down a river, and enjoying a few cold beers on a hot summer day in Texas? In this post,…
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August 15, 2018 3
Welcome amenity as part of the resort fee

Review: Koloa Landing Resort, Kauai (Hawaii)

We have stayed at the Koloa Landing Resort in Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii twice in the last year and will provide an overview of the property and a review to help you decide if you want to stay here. Property Overview: The Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and the resort…
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August 7, 2018 0
Oregon Brewers Festival 2017 Program, mug and other swag

Tips for OBF (Oregon Brewers Festival) in Portland Oregon

OBF is a craft beer festival held in Portland Oregon from Thursday through to Sunday during the last full weekend in July. Based on attendance, it’s also supposed to the largest beer festival in North America and brings together local, state, and international craft breweries and beer lovers to share and taste beers for a…
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July 31, 2018 0
Street Art in George Town

48 Hours in Penang

We visited George Town for the first time in 2010 as part of an around the world 3 month trip we took and left with fond memories and hoped we would get to go back. In October 2017, we did get to come back to George Town and in this post, will give you some…
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July 16, 2018 0
We Leave Today Trip Route Map: 19,143 miles over 10 segments

How We Use Points for Hotels and Flights – Last Year’s Trip

We often get asked how we travel so much, use points, and score such great deals. As a precursor to our blog post about tips to maximize points redemptions, we will share all the details about our annual extended vacation last October/November 2017 to give you an idea of the amount of planning it takes…
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July 10, 2018 2
Outdoor seating at Daylight Mind Coffee Company in Kona

The Big Island of Hawaii – Where to Eat and Drink

As we keep visiting the island, we will keep updating this list with a focus on small, local and unique businesses. When there is only one location of the place mentioned, if you click on its name, you will be taken to a Google Map where you can pin the location for future reference. For poke:…
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July 10, 2018 4