Monthly Archives: Aug 2014

Miles and Points, Posted by Amy

How to Take Free Trips Using Miles and Points

view of the beach from St Regis room porch
At the St. Regis Mauritius, the rooms open right up to the beach on the Indian Ocean
Miles and points are a big business these days, and if you use them correctly, you can take trips that would be otherwise completely out of reach for the average person.

These types of trips include international Business Class flights in lie-flat seats, luxury resorts, and high-end hotels in big cities.

These flights can easyly run $10,000, but with miles, you can get them for almost nothing. The best hotels can be $500 to $1,500 a night, but free to people who know how to maximize their points.

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Planning, Posted by Amy, Travel Activities

The Best Travel Planning Websites

So you’ve decided to take a trip. Awesome! The best way to make sure your trip is successful is to hunker down and do some research. Luckily, the internet has a treasure trove of information on the entire planet.

Here are the sites I use for every single trip I plan, as well as some I stay away from.

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Accommodations, Destinations, Planning, Posted by Amanda

Different Types of International Accommodations

Hotels are the first thing that come to mind when looking for international accommodations. This was especially true for me before I took my 7-month trip.  While hotels are always a nice place to rest your head (for the most part), you may be surprised to know that there are so many other options out there.  I’ve put together a list of a few different types of lodging that I discovered during my travels.


If familiarity is something that’s important to you while traveling, hotels are the way to go.  In fact many hotel chains are international nowadays and can be found in most countries. Don’t be afraid to try some international hotels abroad that you would never try at home. 

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cliff view of coromandel peninsula in New Zealand
Planning, Posted by Amanda

The Top 4 Essentials Needed For Planning an International Trip

For most of us, planning a trip abroad always seems a little bit daunting and prevents many from making the first move.  However, once you begin the process you will find that it’s not as hard as it sounds especially when you break it down to the basics.


All international trips require a passport to travel so it’s a good idea to start the process of obtaining one a good 6 months prior to your trip as this can be a long process at times.  But I promise you, this is the most annoying part of the planning.  Once your passport is in your hands, you are good to go (no pun intended) and you will be set with future trips for at least a good 10 years.

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Palm Trees and houses on a beach
Planning, Posted by Amy, Traveling Alone, Types of Travel

The Different Types of Travel

If wanderlust is getting the best of you, and you’ve been daydreaming about getting out of a town for a while, it’s time to start thinking practically about planning a trip and the different types of travel you can choose from.

There are so many different ways you can travel, and each of those ways is going to affect almost every aspect of the trip. If you’re traveling with young chidren or your 60-year-old parents, bar hopping is probabbly not in your future. (Unless you have really adventurous parents, in which case, first beer is on dad!)

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A lake and mountains in Switzerland
Planning, Posted by Amy

5 Practical Ways to Travel More Often

One of the biggest barriers to travel can be finding the time. There are a lot of considerations: work, school, kids, pets, housework, and social responsibilities can leave you feeling drained as it is. How can you possibly quit all of these things for a week and leave the country?

If something is important to you, you’ll make the time for it, and that includes travel. Going somewhere new and different can be inspiring and life changing, and is definitely worth a little bit of effort.

There are a number of ways to find the time to fit travel into your life. I travel quite a bit and frequently get questions like “How do you do this?” and “How can I do this?”

Here are all the tricks I use to travel more often.

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Picture of ocean in Coron, Philippines
Destinations, Planning, Posted by Amanda

Choosing Your Destination

Hooray! You’ve finally decided that you deserve a vacation; the next question is where do you want to go?  For many of us there are always a few places on our bucket list that we are dying to get to; the problem is choosing your next destination!

When I started planning my 7-month trip the first thing I did was pull out a world map and start highlighting countries of interest.  That lasted all but 5 minutes because I ended up highlighting the entire map!

What are Your Interests?

A way to simplify this process is by first deciding what you’re looking to get out of this trip.  Are you interested in activity and adventure, history and culture, nightlife or something where you don’t have to think and just relax? Hey, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be a beach bum, this is vacation after all and you are free to spend it any way you choose!

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