Tag: travel planning

Passengers at the airport

Visiting Europe: ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System)

Beginning in 2021, Canadians, Americans, and citizens from 59 other countries intending to travel for leisure or business to one or more countries in the European Union’s Schengen area will need to submit an application online through the “ETIAS” (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) prior to departure. If the application is not approved, the…
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March 12, 2019 0
Map of our trip

How We Use Points for Hotels and Flights – Our Trip to the UAE, Maldives, Qatar, and Indonesia

If we’re lucky, once a year we get to go away for up to 3 weeks in the fall based on our work schedules and the times we can take time-off. In the last few years, we’ve been really lucky with our trips that often include numerous stops on the same itinerary to maximize time,…
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March 6, 2019 3
Airport security funny

Seasonal Travel Tips: Christmas Gifts in Carry-on

Someone reminded me that Christmas is only 56 days away, which means many of us are starting to think about the gifts we will be buying and subsequently some of us will need to travel with them. Traveling during the holidays when it’s busy and the weather can affect travel plans is already stressful enough…
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November 1, 2018 0
Famous Clearwater Beach sunset at the Opal Sands Hotel

Travel Advisory: The Red Tide in Florida

We’ve been traveling to Florida together for over 10 years now and up until recently, we’d never heard of “the red tide”, which is a general term for “harmful algae blooms (HAB) in the ocean”. In this post, we will share information about the red tide affecting Florida beaches right now. The Red Tide –…
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October 21, 2018 0
Beach sunset at The Kahala

Planning a Hawaiian Vacation: Oahu vs Maui

Hawaii is one of those destinations that tops the bucket list of many travelers and most first-time visitors end up going to Oahu or Maui. While you can’t really go wrong with either island, they each have pros and cons depending on your expectations. In this post, we will compare each island and share considerations…
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September 20, 2018 5

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
We Leave Today Trip Route Map: 19,143 miles over 10 segments

How We Use Points for Hotels and Flights – Our Trip to Vietnam, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka

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
Hawaiian Sunset

Destination Guide to Oahu: Waikiki and Beyond

As perpetual sun chasers, Oahu has become our most visited destination for trips ranging from 24-72 hours because there is a lot to do and see here. From hikes to beaches to museum and markets, it is possible to escape the crowds and the beaten path to find your own piece of paradise on the…
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June 6, 2018 0
CDMX sign in Condesa

Travel Advisory for Mexico – A Vacation Horror Story

…is the type of headline the media continues to use to sensationalize and exaggerate news stories involving popular Mexican tourist destinations. Some of you want to hear about all the bad things that happened to us on our last trip to Mexico; here’s what actually happened when we visited Sayulita, Mexico City, Playa Del Carmen…
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May 31, 2018 2

Photography and Travel: Tips to Capture Memorable Photos While Living in the Moment

It truly was a fluke that I just stood there, pointed an iPad and captured the beauty of this joglo at Bambu Indah in Ubud Bali in a way that mirrors how I remember it, because let’s face it, most often than not, we may feel our photos do not do a place or a…
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May 25, 2018 0