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Marriott Titanium Annual Choice Benefit: What We Chose and Why

As a Marriott Titanium member, you get to choose one Annual Choice Benefit before January 14 or it defaults to Suite Award Nights. Here is a list of the choices: 5 Suite Night Awards™ One Free Night Award Gift Gold Elite status 40% off Heavenly™ Bed mattress 5 Elite Night Credits $100 charity donation Of…
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January 23, 2020 0

Plan: 3 Days in Porto Portugal

Last Updated: June 3, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Portugal has re-opened to tourists from certain countries as of June 1st. TAP Air Portugal is scheduled to resume flights to North America on June 4, 2020. Overview: The last stop on our recent around the world trip this past November was Porto, Portugal! Having really enjoyed visiting Lisbon…
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January 21, 2020 2

Overtourism: Did “Eat Pray Love” Ruin Bali?

Last Updated: January 24, 2020 Overtourism is becoming a problem in many tourist destinations around the world and it has been getting more coverage in the media the last few years. One place that we love and have visited where overtourism is a problem is the island of Bali in Indonesia. In the last few…
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January 20, 2020 7

Stay – A Review of The Guild, Tribute Portfolio in San Diego

The Guild is a new Category 6 Tribute Portfolio Hotel in downtown San Diego. Formerly an Army-Navy YMCA building built in the 1920s, a major renovation project was completed to modernize the building as a luxury boutique hotel while preserving elements of the past. The hotel has 8 floors, 162 rooms that range from 185-1808…
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January 17, 2020 0
Max on a bridge in Chicago

The 7 Things We Love About Chicago Illinois

We have fond memories of visiting Chicago from back when we lived in Southern Ontario and always love to visit the windy city! Thankfully, you can fly to ORD – Chicago O’Hare on Alaska Airlines from YVR – Vancouver through SEA –Seattle-Tacoma airport which makes it a nice and easy place for a weekend getaway…
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January 15, 2020 0
Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach: The bed and seating area

Stay – A Review of the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort

Overview: The Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach is a Marriott Bonvoy Category 5 hotel located about a 15 minute drive the LIH – Lihue Airport and a 5 minute drive (depending on traffic) from the town of Kapaa. With 310 rooms and approximately 65% of them offering ocean views, it’s the 2nd Sheraton property on the…
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January 15, 2020 1
Douglas Coupland's Digital Orca

Planning: 10 Tips for Visiting Vancouver

Updated: January 30, 2020 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,…
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January 10, 2020 4
Setting at AMA in Hanalei

Kauai Island in Hawaii – Where to Eat and Drink

Last updated: February 6, 2020 As we keep visiting Kauai, 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…
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January 8, 2020 1
Max in awe of a Japanese vending machine in Tokyo

Our Trip To Tokyo: 7 Things We Learned

Tokyo is one of the world’s greatest cities and planning a visit there can be challenging; not only is the city massive but the language can even be challenging when researching online. It’s also one of those cities you can ask for recommendations but no one seems to recommend the same things.  There are so…
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January 3, 2020 3
Jason and Maxine at the Lava Lava Beach Club on the Big Island of Hawaii

We Leave Today: The 2019 Recap

It’s been another busy year for us; working full-time while maximizing all the travel opportunities that present themselves and also seeking them out. It is always a challenge for us to balance visiting all the places we are interested in but also to visit the places where the return on investment for miles and points…
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