Trip Reports

To learn more about the trips we have taken, please read TravelWhimsy, created and maintained by Mrs. TravelByPoints.

When I write about our trips, I generally focus on trip booking details and share true out-of-pocket expenses.

Here is an index that will help you navigate.


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(1) 3 Days in Paris, France (February 2013)
A Crazy 3-Day Paris Itinerary A 5-Minute Practical Guide for Paris
The 3-Day Trip
Day Trip to Versailles
(2) 10 Days in Italy (February 2011)
10 Days in Italy (Intro) Trip Overview ($2k for 2 all-in) & Flights
Tuscany & Siena Buy Italy Train Tickets Directly Online
Venice 9 Hotel Nights for $300
Florence Everything Else (pay no foreign ATM fees)
Milan & Lake Como
(3) 11 Days in Peru & Chile (May 2012)
Highlights of Our Trip Less Than $1,000 per Person All-in
Travel to Lima, Peru How You Can Use Less Than 75,000 Points to Replicate Our Trip
Exploring Cusco, Peru How to Prepare for Altitude Sickness
Tour of Chinchero in Sacred Valley, Peru What to Pack for Your South America Adventure
Tour of Pisac, Sacred Valley, Peru  Do-It-Yourself Machu Picchu: Getting All Your Tickets
Tour of Ollantaytambo and Moray of Sacred Valley, Peru How to Create Your Own One-day “Inca Trail” at Machu Picchu
Riding the Train to Machu Picchu How to Use Your Starwood Points to Score Nights at the 5-Star Luxury Resort
Hike to Intipunku (Sun Gate) at Machu Picchu Tour Guide #1 – Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Peru
Hiking to Machu Picchu’s Inca Bridge  Tour Guide #2 – Lake Titicaca, Puno, Sillustani, Juliaca, Peru
Exploring the Ruins of Machu Picchu How to Explore Lima on Foot in 24 Hours
Traveling to Lake Titicaca How to Do Easter Island in One Day 
Lake Titicaca & the Uros Floating Islands Staying at the Holiday Inn Santiago Airport Hotel to Save Time and Money
Private Tour of Sillustani 3 Lima Airport Lounges + Necessary to Fly LAN Business?
Full Day Walking Tour of Lima Budgeting for Your Next Big Vacation
Easter Island in 30 Hours You Won’t Believe What Happened on Our Way Home!
Walking Tour of Santiago Chile
(4) Costa Rica
Experiencing Pura Vida (Thanksgiving 2012) A Few Travel Trips for Costa Rica (November 2012)
A Whimsical Afternoon at Mystica Lodge (November 2012)
(5) Kauai, HI
Last-minute Award Booking (January 2013)
(6) Washington, DC
100th Anniversary of National Cherry Blossom in DC (April 2012) Pay for Park Hyatt Washington DC & Get All of It Back
Walking Tour of DC: Kahlil Gibran Memorial (April 2012) Ground Transportation between Baltimore (BWI) & Washington DC
(7) Asheville, NC
Asheville & Its Blue Ridge Parkway (September 2012)
(8) Seattle, WA
Mt. Rainier National Park & Deception Pass State Park (September 2012) America the Beautiful National Park Pass
Getting on a Flight without a Picture ID
(9) Denver, CO
Rocky Mountain National Park & Red Rocks Park (October 2012)
(10) Yosemite National Park + Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes & Yosemite (October 2012)
(11) Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone in the Winter (April 2011) National Parks Extravaganza (Fall 2012)
Yellowstone in the Fall (October 2012) National Parks Primer (Fall 2012)
(12) Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton in the Fall (October 2012)
(13) Grand Canyon, Sedona  
Grand Canyon, Sedona (November 2011)
(14) Mammoth Lakes, CA
Dog Tripping through Mammoth Lakes, CA (August 2010)
(15) Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls in May (May 2011)
Niagara Falls in January (January 2012)
(16) New England  
Summer in Vermont/New Hampshire (July 2011)
Fall Foliage in Connecticut & Yale University (October 2012) Wiki Offline App (Fall 2012)
Boston, MA (November 2012)
(17) Virginia Beach, VA
Kayaking in Virginia Beach (May 2011)
(18) Southern California
Beach Hopping in San Diego (November 2012)
Priority Club Select Visa & PointBreaks
(19) Lake Las Vegas
Active Staycation
Paddle Boarding #1
Paddle Boarding #2



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