Tag: trip planning

Alaska Lounge North Satellite Terminal

Review: Alaska Airlines Lounge SEA-TAC North Satellite Terminal

Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEA-TAC) is the 8th busiest US airport and commercial and cargo flights continue to increase. As part of the airport’s growth and modernization strategy, the North Satellite Terminal, also known as the “N-Gates” has been renovated and expanded. In addition to new vendors, 8 more gates, Alaska Airlines has also opened their 15,800…
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September 6, 2019 0

Plan – 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Booking Flights

As easy as it can be to search for flights and book them either using points or paying for them, there are complexities to air travel that are not always easy to find and understand. We’ve learned from mistakes we’ve made and how to avoid them. In this post, we share information about 6 key…
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May 28, 2019 0
View of the beach at the Westin Cozumel

4 Days in Cozumel – A Travel Guide

Cozumel is a Mexican Island in the Caribbean, just a short 30-45 minute ferry away from Playa Del Carmen. Known as a popular cruise ship port and place to scuba dive and snorkel, Cozumel offers visitors a different experience than the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula. In this post we share information about our 4…
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April 26, 2019 9
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
Landing at YYZ in a snow storm

Winter Travel Woes – 5 Tips to Mitigate Disasters

Winter is a time when many of us just want to get away from the cold and snow and it’s also the time when it’s the most difficult to travel. During the polar vortex, thousands of flights were cancelled and hundreds more today when a winter storm hit Southern Ontario. Like many travelers, we’ve experienced…
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February 12, 2019 1
Funny sign at Cuatro Tacos

Indulge – Where to Eat in Cozumel

Cozumel’s food scene isn’t as developed as Playa Del Carmen’s or Tulum, as a lot is geared to transient cruise passengers just stopping in for the day but there are some gems and good places to visit beyond the cheesy Senor Frog and similar bar/restaurants. Unfortunately, many of them were closed on New Year’s Day…
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January 26, 2019 0
Ultramar Ferry

Getting to Cozumel by Ferry from Playa Del Carmen

As Canadians, we decided to fly on WestJet’s red-eye flight from YVR – Vancouver into CUN – Cancun Airport and take a shuttle to Playa Del Carmen to spend 2 days there, before hopping on a ferry to Cozumel. In this post, we share tips and information about taking the ferry from Playa Del Carmen…
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January 26, 2019 2
Inspection and sign-off at HTL

Getting Around – Renting a Moped / Scooter on Cozumel Island

The island of Cozumel is about 10 miles wide and 30 miles long, which makes it quite small and easy to explore. Other than certain spots, it is also largely undeveloped. We had considered renting bikes but that would have limited us from riding from our hotel to town and perhaps a bit further, so…
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January 26, 2019 1
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
Beach sunset at The Kahala

Planning a Hawaiian Vacation: Oahu vs Maui

Last updated: September 30, 2019 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…
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September 20, 2018 5