TravelWhimsy and I took advantage of the Presidents’ Day long weekend and spent 3 delightful winter days in the City of Light.
This post, listing things not present or emphasized in Rick Steves’ Paris Guide, is meant to help those of you planning your first trip to Paris save some time and money (and maybe points). For our readers who are Paris veterans, feel free to add your tips and suggestions in the comment section.
TravelWhimsy and I took her parents to the amazing country of Costa Rica during Thanksgiving week. Two of our dearest friends, M & P, who had recently retired there, hosted us at their new home. M & P expertly planned almost every single aspect of our trip, so this is not going to be my typical trip report involving much about miles and points strategy. Instead, I will share a few notes I jotted down along the way that could help you better plan your future trips to Costa Rica. If you have never experienced PURA VIDA, don’t wait too long. It only takes 30-35,000 miles per person, and you won’t regret it!
Travel can be very expensive, even with the help of miles and points. Many of us play the miles and points game for the thrill of getting the best possible deals, but the reality of it is that most families don’t have the luxury of an unlimited amount of time and/or money to devote to travel.
TravelWhimsy and I always share the true out-of-pocket all-in cost (including food, sightseeing, and incidentals) for all our trips, because we want to show everyone that a weekend cross-country getaway or an annual vacation abroad does not have to exceed your travel budget.
Let me use the actual expenses from this South America trip to explain.
For those of you planning to travel internationally in the near future, I’d like to share a little more detail on the Charles Schwab VISA debit/ATM card in my wallet. I will tell you why it is the best ATM card to have and how you can start taking advantage of it in a few easy steps.
This past weekend, TravelWhimsy and I visited Vermont again. After our Friday night red-eye flight from San Francisco to Cleveland (CLE), we stopped by the United Club at CLE and picked up 6 fee-free codes for the new United MileagePlus Club Card to give away to our readers. The Club Card normally charges $395 annual fee but gives you a full year of United Club membership. Key card benefits I value (I don’t have any affiliations with Chase):
No close-in fee ($75 per ticket) charged for award tickets booked within 21 days of departure (award spaces typically open up as the travel dates get closer);
On the heels of TravelWhimsy‘s recent post on our delayed honeymoon to Italy, this is part 4 of a 4-part series to answer some of our readers’ questions on the nitty-gritty of how the trip was booked to maximize savings.