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Some Lessons Learned from Travel in Europe

I was talking to some friends about an upcoming trip they have to Europe and got super excited for them. In talking to them, I was kinda flooded with a bunch of memories and experiences that Jess and I have had that I've never really written about on the blog. The reality is, I'd say at least 50% of our travel has been to Europe, but I've blogged very little about it because most of it was pre-blog and pre-miles obsession. But in honor of my friends' pending trip, here are some things we learned on each of our Europe trips. And of course, I know people have different views on travel, so if you disagree or have thoughts contrary to my own, I'd love to hear them! These are [...]

Shireland: Day 4 – Exploring Dublin

Trinity College Shireland: Introduction Shireland: Day 1 - Aer Lingus Business Class, the Burren, and Moher Shireland: Day 2 - Driving Dingle Shireland: Day 3 - From West to East Shireland: Day 4 - Exploring Dublin I just realized if I don't finish this trip report now I'm going to forget everything we did. The great thing about the last part of our trip was I didn't have to drive anymore! Dublin is a really cool city and somewhere I'd love to return. Here are our highlights from that day in Dublin, not too many pictures unfortunately: Our first stop was Trinity College, one of the oldest universities in the world. We walked around the campus a bit but the real highlight was the Trinity College Library and the famed [...]

Shireland: Day 3 – From West to East

Shireland: Introduction Shireland: Day 1 - Aer Lingus Business Class, the Burren, and Moher Shireland: Day 2 - Driving Dingle Shireland: Day 3 - From West to East Shireland: Day 4 - Exploring Dublin Our third day in Ireland was a pretty long travel day - it takes about four and a half hours to drive from the west coast of Ireland, where we were staying, to Dublin on the east coast. We took a couple of detours along the way, but mostly we just enjoyed the greenery as we drove from coast to coast. A little detour One of the downsides of taking a redeye is being exhausted when you land. So, when we landed two days earlier, we left our e-reader in our luggage cart when we loaded [...]

Shireland: Day 2 – Driving Dingle

Shireland: Introduction Shireland: Day 1 - Aer Lingus Business Class, the Burren, and Moher Shireland: Day 2 - Driving Dingle Shireland: Day 3 - From West to East Shireland: Day 4 - Exploring Dublin If you've taken the redeye to Europe before, you know that first day you end up going to bed really (REALLY) early. I slept from 8 PM to 8 AM, which was good because we had a long scenic drive ahead of us on day 2. We spent our second day in Ireland driving the beautiful Dingle peninsula, which is said to be one of the most scenic places in Ireland. It did not disappoint. Driving in Ireland is a bit of an adventure. On the small country roads, there are two lanes, but they are [...]

Shireland: Day 1 – Aer Lingus Business Class, the Burren, and Moher

Shireland: Introduction Shireland: Day 1 - Aer Lingus Business Class, the Burren, and Moher Shireland: Day 2 - Driving Dingle Shireland: Day 3 - From West to East Shireland: Day 4 - Exploring Dublin As I noted in the introduction, getting to Ireland didn't cost us an arm and a leg - AND we got to fly in business class on Aer Lingus using British Airways Avios. This was very important to me because I needed some rest because we were planning to rent a car and drive a few hours the first day in Ireland. As with most transatlantic flights to Europe, the flight was a redeye and I needed some rest. Once we landed, we visited some amazing natural sights, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, and [...]

Shireland: Introduction – how we got there in comfort for less than $450

Shireland: Introduction Shireland: Day 1 - Aer Lingus Business Class, the Burren, and Moher Shireland: Day 2 - Driving Dingle Shireland: Day 3 - From West to East Shireland: Day 4 - Exploring Dublin One reason I'm crazy about points and miles is it affords my family opportunities that we wouldn't otherwise have. The points hater and I just got back from a long weekend in Ireland, what might be our last trip in awhile. Still, without earning miles from credit card bonuses, it probably is a trip we never could have taken. In this post I'm going to outline how we got over there, to show that it doesn't take THAT much work or effort to travel cheaply. In subsequent posts I'll get to some pictures and experiences from [...]

Going to Ireland!

I've been itching to take one more international trip in 2012. After a lot of begging and pleading, I managed to convince the Points Hater to agree to a long weekend in Ireland over Veteran's day. Luckily, we live in Boston, which meant we could get there with a great  value award booking using British Airways Avios. It's only going to cost 100,000 British Airways Avios for both my wife and me to fly to Ireland round trip in business class on Aer Lingus. For reference, most mileage programs charge 100,000 miles round trip PER PERSON for trips to Europe. So this is a great deal, which I'll detail in a real life award booking post later (we actually only used 86,000 points total!). Where will we be going? Originally, [...]