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Enchanted Circle Drive New Mexico

Driving The Enchanted Circle: A Photo Essay

Is there anything more beautiful than fall foliage? Yes.   It gets even more beautiful when you add snow to the mix. It was pure luck that the day I drove the Enchanted Circle scenic byway out of Taos that a layer of snow had blanketed the area overnight.  The vivid yellow aspens against New Mexico's cloudless skies is a sight to behold all autumn long but with fresh … [Read More]

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The Incredible Value of Hotel Points

I just finished a 2-night stay at the Holiday Inn in Munich, for a visit to Oktoberfest (and part of a longer trip through Germany). I have mixed feelings on hotel points because I feel that a lot of time you miss out on a lot of the local culture by … [Read More]

Schloss Neuschwanstein as seen from Marienbruecke

Spectacular Neuschwanstein

We arrived in Hohenschwangau in the late afternoon after a scenic drive through the countryside. We instantly knew that we were in for a treat – from a scenery perspective, there is no doubt that this area was the most beautiful we visited. With the gorgeous … [Read More]

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Review: SteriPEN Traveler

Do you know what stinks?  Getting sick on vacation.  It's even worse when you get sick from something entirely preventable, like an upset tummy from drinking the local water. In the past, I've depended on bottled water to stay healthy and it (obviously) … [Read More]

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Rushing Through London

Erin and I took the train to London, sleeping for most of the journey because even with taking the later train, we were both exhausted.  We got to London about three hours later and made our first stop the Hilton hotel in Kensington: another win on Priceline.  … [Read More]

Giving Thanks

This is the season for giving thanks, and while I am thankful for so many things in my life, I'd like to share a few of the travel websites I'm thankful for this year.  Since I'm still new to the game (I'm finally ready to make my first airline award … [Read More]