Tag: trip planning

Sunny skies on our arrival

Our Top 8 Hotel Picks for Socially Distanced Vacations

Even before COVID-19 arrived, we always appreciated space and privacy away from crowds, which is why we spent countless hours seeking out the best places to stay for the destinations we visited. Now, as we reflect on past travel and think about future travels, we have compiled a list of places that already offered social…
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June 6, 2020 2
TAP Air Portugal airplanes at LIS - Lisbon Airport

Review: TAP Air Portugal A330neo Business Class from LIS – Lisbon to EWR – Newark

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: For the last leg of our most recent around the world trip in November 2019, we booked business class tickets to…
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March 10, 2020 1

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
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 beside a mural in Guadalajara

Visit Guadalara in Mexico: 10 Tips to Plan Your Trip

Tell people you’re going to Guadalajara and you might get some strange stares and even the standard response of “Guadala…where?!”. And once you explain it’s in Mexico and the 2nd largest city with a tech hub and also known for tequila, mariachi, and a historic center with a UNESCO world heritage site due to painter…
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October 27, 2019 3
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 – 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Booking Flights

Last updated: November 24, 2019 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…
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May 28, 2019 1
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 11
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 5
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