Tag: Splurges

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
Beach hammock in Tulum

Unfinished Business: 3 Days in Tulum

Earlier in the year, we had taken a day trip to Tulum from Playa Del Carmen and enjoyed ourselves so much that we booked a 3 night/4 day trip to fully enjoy all this jungle surrounded beach community has to offer. While Tulum has become quite trendy and some might even say a victim of its…
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April 13, 2018 2
Ignacia-Mexico-Amarilla-Bed

Review: Ignacia Guest House, Mexico City

With elite status in 3 major hotel programs, we tend to leverage the cost and value of our accommodations by participating in loyalty programs. That being said, some of our most memorable and enjoyable stays have been at smaller boutique hotels. For us, smaller boutique hotels have typically offered a hotel experience in a less…
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April 4, 2018 1
View of the lobby/bar/restaurant Tenn at Holston House

Review: Holston House in Nashville

As we needed one more stay to complete the Hyatt Passport (stay at 5 different brands and earn 1 free night), we took advantage of the “Music for Your Ears” rate at the newly opened Holston House, a Hyatt Unbound Collection hotel in Nashville to plan a weekend getaway. Initially, we had booked a cash…
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February 6, 2018 0
Tiles on the balcony in a standard room and suite at the Grand Hyatt Playa del carmen

Review: Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort

The Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort is a Hyatt brand non all-inclusive hotel resort on the nicest stretch of beach in Playa Del Carmen. For those wanting the comforts and atmosphere of a luxury beach resort with the convenience of walking into town for some local culture, this is a great place to stay.  We…
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January 16, 2018 0
Mural in Tulum Town: Tulum Te Amo

Tulum: Planning a Day Trip from Playa Del Carmen

During our most recent vacation in Mexico we chose Playa Del Carmen as our base. As we have been intrigued by Tulum for quite some time now and it’s only an hour away, we decided to plan a day trip to check it out and see if we’d like to plan a longer stay in…
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January 9, 2018 8
The Danzai Noodles on EVA Air BR 25 between Seattle to Taipei.

Airplane Food: Top 5 In-flight Meals

In the Bon Appetit article “Anthony Bourdain Thinks You’re Crazy For Eating Airplane Food“, Anthony Bourdain answers questions about what’s acceptable to eat aboard a flight, which in fact is nothing at all…unless you’re on a long flight and in that case cheese and lots of port (emphasis on lots of port) are acceptable. While…
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November 6, 2017 0
The Arabic Mezze plate in Emirates First Class between DFW-DXB with 2002 Dom Perignon champagne

Emirates First Class: A Really Fun Thing We’ll Never Get To Do Again

OK, so I’m deviating from the standard content of this blog to share a more autobiographical post, a detailed account of my experience flying Emirates First Class from IAH – Houston George Bush International Airport to BKK – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport via DXB – Dubai International Airport in October 2016. While some people say the day they…
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January 9, 2017 1
Cuisine Wat Damnak Siem Reap Maam

Review: Cuisine Wat Damnak in Siem Reap Cambodia

Cuisine Wat Damnak has received the award of being one of Asia’s Top 50 restaurants in 2016/2017 and Cambodia’s best restaurant and we lucked out and got a reservation to eat there when we visited Siem Reap.  The menu changes weekly between two tasting menus where we each sampled Cambodian ingredients prepared in French style/technique. What a…
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October 19, 2016 0