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The floral alfombras were actually my favorite since they smelled so good!

Personally Experiencing Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala

Imagine being woken up at 5:30 in the morning.  A marching band is outside your window, the sound of cymbals and sousaphones clanging in your ear. Crap! I'm late. Only three and a half hours earlier, I had been outside, painstakingly helping my neighbors prepare an intricately designed alfombra, or "carpet" for the street.  It was Semana Santa -- the Holy Week … [Read More]

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Lost and Delayed Luggage

My family just got back from Turkey, a destination high on my bucket list.  While most of their trip went smoothly, one of the bumps on the road they hit was when Turkish Airlines forgot to load their luggage (actually a whole binful's worth) onto the plane in … [Read More]

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Beggars Can’t Be Choosers: Award Flights to Europe

When it comes to timing my vacations, I'm a very inflexible traveler.  I work in an industry with clearly-defined busy seasons and specifically I work for a company where certain weeks of the month are difficult to get off.  Even in quiet periods, it can be … [Read More]

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Five Romantic Getaways for Valentine’s Day

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: traditional Valentine's Day gifts are wonderful gestures, but what I really want is to spend time with someone special.  Sharing experiences is one way for me to truly feel loved and appreciated, not to mention, it … [Read More]

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Waves, Sunsets, and Turtles in Las Peñitas Nicaragua

Sure, Nicaragua is a country full of friendly people, low prices, and lots to do but there is one problem: it's HOT.  Unless you head into the mountains (which, eventually, I did), there is nothing even remotely comfortable about the weather.  Luckily, the … [Read More]

Interviewed on Million Mile Secrets

I was honored today to be interviewed by Daraius at Million Mile Secrets. I read his blog daily and have learned a lot from him, and truly appreciate the chance to share my miles and points philosophy with some of his readers. So for those of you who haven't … [Read More]