A tale of two Hyatts Place
Last week I took a road trip to neighboring Delaware to check out some of the beach communities we missed on our trip to Exmore in August. It was a
Virginia's Eastern Shore: our first road trip out of quarantine
The pandemic has caused different kinds of pain for different people. For the very social, the pandemic has meant losing the ability to visit with friends and family in person.
How I did on the American Express Hilton Aspire card
I wrote previously about using the American Express Hilton Aspire card to cover most of the cost of my honeymoon in Hawaii at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.
Chase's missed opportunity to do the right thing
I mentioned in Friday’s post that the airport transfer I ordered through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal to pick us up at the Sofia airport never arrived, and that we
Balkans travel: don't make my mistakes, learn from them!
When I wrote up my then-upcoming trip to the Balkans, I was still a bit vague about how I planned to get around once we were there. I had previously
Some Thoughts About Visiting Disneyland Paris in Winter
Greetings from Paris! Or more specifically, Marne-la-Valee, the suburb where Disneyland Paris is located. I am here with Deal Girl in the middle of January to answer the burning..
The great, good, weird, and apologetic about the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
What a week! I bring you alohas (that means “hello”) from Maui, the second largest island in the state of Hawaii (or as the locals call it, “the aloha state”).
Camp Mom Needs Your Help
Happy New Year! If you’re like me, you’re using the calendar turn as a kick start to nailing down 2019 travel plans. Due to, well, life, I’m way behind where
My experience with the current Atlantic City status matches and promotions
I just got back from a weekend in Atlantic City, where I took advantage of the status match promotions I wrote about a few weeks ago.Getting there and backOnce I
The Most Miserable Hotel Stay I’ve Had in a Long Time
I’m just back from Soave Italy via Des Moines, Iowa. (I know.) I’m also just off my most miserable hotel stay in a long time.To be fair, the problem had
6 St. Augustine Hidden Gems For Your Next Visit
On a recent trip to Florida, I dug deeper into six St. Augustine hidden gems. I found that Florida’s oldest colonial city is chock full of special sites. I’m not
Disney World Highway in the Sky Review: Worth the Hefty Price Tag?
On a recent trip to Disney World I stumbled across a new tour option: Highway in the Sky. Highway in the Sky is a progressive dining experience unlike any other meal
9 Rules for Savvy Travel: Dia’s Tips for Better Trips
I’m headed to New York City this weekend on a last minute trip. I am not sure what Deal Girl and I will do, but I know one thing we won’t
How Prague has (and hasn't) changed in the last 12 years
I first visited the Czech Republic for a semester in the spring of 2006, and I’ve returned frequently ever since then, completing my English-language teaching certificate, enroll..
Reflections on Karlovy Vary and my first film festival
Having concluded the first part of this trip, and safely ensconced in the Executive Lounge at the Hilton Prague Old Town, I thought I’d share some reflections on the Karlovy
Disney World Hotels Using Points: The Best Deal in Orlando
Update: It’s rare that a post becomes obsolete a week after writing it. Marriott released its new rewards chart and doubled/tripled the price of this hotel to 25K Marriott points
The Best Place to See Cherry Blossoms in DC is Not Where You Think
Another cherry blossom season has come and gone, and with it the enormous crowds. If you missed the Tidal Basin’s peak bloom, you are not out of luck. The best
Student Spring Break Packing List for Europe: What to Take, What to Leave Behind
I recently saw a Facebook question asking about a teenager’s first trip to Europe. Instead of answering in Facebook, I thought I’d put together a handy resource that anyone can
Iguazu Falls With Kids: What to Know Before You Go
I got a question from a friend about Iguazu Falls and realized I had yet to share my thoughts about navigating Iguazu Falls with kids. As opposed to a detailed
Three is the Worst Age to Fly. Here’s Why
Cute enough to almost make you forget the nightmare getting there. Almost.
I’m so glad that Sam from Milenomics has returned to the keyboard. He wrote today about how his two
Deals in Action: Disneyland on Points
One hazard of raising kids as a travel hacker is that you raise the bar of surprise. While we try to keep the Deal Kids grounded for Deal Girl’s birthday
Is Disney World Overrated? No. Here’s Why
My buddy Nick at Personal Finance Digest finally prompted me to write a post that’s been years in the making. He announced that Disney World is overrated. Nick’s argument is basi..
Disney World Hacks 2020 Edition Is Live!
I’m so thrilled to share the news: the 2020 edition of my Disney World Hacks book is now available! You can order it via this link. The #1 topic I get