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The pool in Bamboo Villa 2

Stay – Review of The Purist Villas in Ubud Bali

The Purist Villas is a Relais & Châteaux affiliated hotel located in Ubud, Bali. There are 17 villas to choose from that can accommodate 1-4 people. There is also a full service restaurant and bar on site where you can have breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks if you don’t want to leave the property.…
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January 28, 2019 1
The Marangga Villa we stayed in

Stay – Review of Nihi Sumba

Nihi Sumba, formerly known as Nihi Watu is an award winning luxury resort where “luxury meets unregulated freedom” on the Island of Sumba in Indonesia’s southernmost province of East Nusa Tenggara. Just a 1 hour flight away from DPS – I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali International Airport, Nihi Sumba offers guests a unique and memorable escape from crowded…
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January 24, 2019 2
Economy class flight

Plan: Choosing a Fare – Tips to Save Money and Earn Miles

As airlines change fare structures to drive profits, travelers are faced with many more decisions about which fare to book based on their priorities. Not all fare classes will include 100% earnings for miles flown, some include access to seat selection while some don’t, some fares can be upgraded and some can’t, and different fares often…
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January 18, 2019 1
Air Canada 787

Plan: Air Canada Status Challenge

Based on the flying we have planned for this year, we have signed up for the Air Canada Status Challenge. Compared to other airlines, Air Canada doesn’t have a status match but has a status challenge. A status challenge requires you to complete requirements prior to receiving status vs a status match which gives you…
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January 18, 2019 2
Sunrise by the pool

Stay: Review of Al Maha Resort in Dubai

The first stop on our around the world trip included a stay at the luxurious and renowned Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort. We were very fortunate to book our stay using points at a highly discounted rate during the Marriott/SPG merger integration this past fall. In this post, we will share a review…
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January 8, 2019 0
Sargassum seaweed on the beach

Sargassum Seaweed in the Caribbean: Will it ruin my beach vacation?

Updated: January 1, 2019 The first time we encountered that mass of seaweed known as “sargassum” was in Barbados in 2015; it seemed to have appeared from nowhere and just kept coming every day, making it unappealing to swim in the ocean and lounge on the beach where we were staying. Since then, we’ve been…
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January 1, 2019 41
Sunny skies on our arrival

Review: Our Maldivian Vacation at the Anantara Dhigu

The Maldives conjures images of white sand beaches dotted with palm trees, bright aqua ocean water with coral reefs brimming with colorful fish and postcard sunsets from the beach or over the water villas.  With over 105 resorts scatted among 2,000 individual island, the Maldives is a bucket list destination where one can escape the…
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December 28, 2018 3
Beach in the Maldives

Plan: The Maldives on a $500 budget per day

The Maldives conjures images of white sand beaches dotted with palm trees, bright aqua ocean water with coral reefs brimming with colorful fish and postcard sunsets from the beach or over the water villas.  With over 105 resorts scatted among 2,000 individual island, the Maldives is a bucket list destination where one can escape the confines of large resorts to experience a vacation as a castaway on a small island.  For budget travelers, it’s not the most cost-effective destination for the average tourist due to the high price of food and beverage, the additional costs of speedboat transfers or float plane tickets, the lack of cheap accommodation, and high taxes and fees added to everything.
In this post, I will share the table and criteria we used to compare 4 different hotel options in the Maldives to keep our costs at around $500USD per day.


December 18, 2018 2
Check-in desk/lobby/bar

Review: Moxy Seattle Downtown

Updated: January 8, 2019 Moxy Hotels is a new brand in Marriott’s portfolio that was launched in 2014. Geared towards millennials, they’re shifting away from the cookie cutter chain hotel experience to provide an experience that’s fun, modern, and surprising to say the least. As two people who are considered millennial by age but not…
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November 29, 2018 3
Nassau Street

Mileage Run: 36 Hours in New York City

New York City is one of the world’s greatest cities, if not the greatest. New York City is the city by which all cities are measured against and both those who have visited and those who haven’t, have a universal love and fondness for it. Even the staunchest of city haters will most likely find…
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November 8, 2018 3