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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 1
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
Max enjoying a $5 beer at happy hour at the Lava Lava Beach Club

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 5
Ala Kahakai Trail sign

The Big Island of Hawaii – Kilauea Volcano and 5 Other Things You Need to Know

Hawaii is a destination on many people’s bucket list and with 4 major islands to visit, it can be difficult to choose one. Over the years, we’ve visited all 4 major islands and we have learned to appreciate them for different reasons but that being said, the Big Island has historically been our least favorite…
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July 6, 2018 4
View of the children's friendly pool

Review: The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, Big Island Hawaii

Since it has opened, we had the chance to stay at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, formerly known as the “Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel” twice: once in July 2018 and again in October 2018. The resort re-opened in May 2018 after undergoing a significant renovation to meet Westin’s brand standards. In this post, we will…
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July 6, 2018 4