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Points Hacking for Beginners

Consider this to be a beginners guide to points hacking and spending. As someone who has done this for the past 3 years, I’ve found some really nice tips I wanted to share with those who are interested in getting started. Note that this is not a step by step guide to tell you a specific way to travel hack for...

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5 Ways to Stretch Vacation Days for Travel

Once you start working, you realize that life is a little (ok, more like a LOT) different compared to your school days. The days of long summers, winter breaks, and spring breaks are suddenly replaced by whatever weeks of vacation your employer gives you or what days you’re able to set for yourself. If you’...

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The Many Ways to Use a Round Towel

When I travel to warm or tropical locations that will have a pool or an ocean, I like to pack a round towel with me. Why? They’re so versatile! And less sand flies all over your belongings compared to a rectangular beach towel. However I recently started checking out how many awesome designs they come in and tr...

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How I Traveled to 12 Countries and 39 Cities in a Year While Working

In 2016, I had set a personal goal for myself to not let working full time stop me from travelling. Looking back at last year’s travels, I would say I did a pretty good job fulfilling it. I actually clocked in over 12 countries, 39+ cities/islands, and at least 200K+ flight miles in a single year despite work...

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The Guide to Getting PADI Certified Abroad

I would be lying if I said my trip to Mauritius was just to visit. I’ve had my first experience diving back in November 2016 as an exploration dive in the Maldives and just fell in love with life under the sea! It makes even the best-rated aquariums look boring to me now. When the proper time came up and we wer...

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Tips for Beginning Solo Travel

Starting solo travel is not easy. For me it caused a lot of anxiety and worry until I started to really see the beauty in it and become comfortable with it. If you are thinking of starting your first solo trip, it may not be as simple as booking a random plane ticket to any country and packing your bags. Oh no, y...

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How to Get Free Hotel Upgrades

Sometimes getting a nice (and free) hotel upgrade can really make a trip more memorable. I know from a first-hand experience that having the extra room can really make a difference when traveling. It makes me feel a little more special and less like a booking number when I am given something a little more than a ...

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Uber Safety Tips

I’ve taken Uber, the well-known ride-sharing app, many times for both business and pleasure. I do this because Uber prices, especially Uberpool and UberX, tends to be at least half the price of a regular taxi in the United States. For those who are not familiar with the company or its services, users can requ...

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Bang for your Points: Best Hotels to Spend SPG Points

As a consultant, a large portion of my travel is made possible by my hotel and flight points. It offers me the chance to see and experience so many things that I would not be able to afford otherwise. So when I started earning Starwood Preferred Guest Points (SPG), I also wanted to see how far I could stretch m...

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10 Essentials You Need for Hostel Hopping

One of the fun parts of traveling is staying at a hostel. If you’re a solo traveler or just wanting to find a space where you can meet new people, a hostel is a great choice! There are common areas to strike up a conversation with a new friend or even find people to visit the town and go out with. However a...

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How to Beat Jetlag - Six Ways

If you’ve travelled across time zones, you’ve probably felt the biological confusion upon landing at your destination. The time changes paired with a long flight can easily wear out any traveler and prevent you from being your best while on travel. And don’t get me started on waking up and eating at the w...

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4 Ways to Take Advantage of Hotel Points

It’s common knowledge that travelers can travel and stay in hotels for free using points, but let’s take it up another notch. Did you know that you can travel even further with your points if you plan it out more carefully? Even if you aren’t a frequent business traveler with millions of points, you c...

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Careers That Travel

Ever dreamed of world travel but didn’t have a bank account to match all of your hopes and wishes? Fear not, for travel is becoming more and more accessible to the general public. If packing up for a weekend for a getaway isn’t for you but doing it all the time is, consider the following travel-intensive ca...

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Rental Car Mistakes to Avoid

Vacations, getaways, and road trips can be fun and having a car easily gives you more freedom to really explore a new place. However, there have been times when I have been hit by a few surprises here and there from my travels. I’m not talking about nice presents, I’m talking about surprises that are far fr...

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Hostels vs. Hotels: The Pros and Cons

Planning for a trip can be a lot of work and one major decision point for anyone jet-setting off to a new destination is where to stay. There are many hotels and hostels to choose from but it’s important to weigh the differences between these two beyond the sticker price. Yes, hostels are cheaper but they’r...

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Personalized Tours with GPSmyCity (+ a Giveaway!)

GPSmyCity is a new way to explore a city with a personal travel guide right at your fingertips from your phone. Instead of paying for a potentially expensive guide or spending hours searching for attractions on your next vacation, try creating a personalized travel itinerary with the GPSmyCity app! Self-guided ...

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Redeeming Alaska Miles for International Trips

I am proud to say that I had booked my flight for Ireland a couple of weeks ago. Yes, The Trekking Cat never stops trekking! While doing so, I also had to muddle through some pages on Google and figure out how to actually redeem my points. There aren’t many posts on how to redeem Alaska miles and so I figure ...

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Advice from a Frequent Traveler

It has been a little over a year since I started a journey of non-stop weekly travel for my first big-person job and it has been an amazing experience. But with amazing experiences come a lot of growing pains and mistakes along the way. Learning how to live out of suitcase became a reality that I had ...

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Scoring Free Flights on United Airlines

As much as I love to travel, I also hate blowing a ton of money on flights. This fall Ben and I will be trekking across Europe for 2 weeks on free flights via United Airlines. The best part about this deal is that you don’t need a blog or some other gimmick to get the same thing. All you really need is ...

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