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I Love Cancun and I’m Not Afraid to Admit It

"Isn't Cancun just a bunch of resorts?" "There's nothing to do there except go to the beach!" "That's not real Mexico." I'll confess: the first time I went to the Riviera Maya, I was simply in search of a tropical vacation and an excuse to use my passport.  My sister and I found it, but we also discovered that the area has more to offer than just sun and … [Read More]

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The Truth About Group Tours

Before this year, the last group tour I went on was a trip to Ecuador back in 2005.  I was brand new to international travel -- or to be honest, travel without my … [Read More]

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Splendid Nature at Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas

Most tourists who visit the department of Petén in Guatemala see Tikal and nothing else, missing one of the great attractions of the region: the tropical forest.  I was bound and determined to see at least a small part of the jungle, and so my mother and I … [Read More]


Personal Points: Retention and Small Gestures

After many weekends on the road, I'm enjoying a quiet weekend in Virginia planning my next trips. Chase United Retention I called earlier in the week to see if I could get a retention bonus on my United MileagePlus Explorer Visa before the annual fee … [Read More]


Personal Points: A Few Mistakes Not to Repeat

It's not often that I update specifically on the miles/points I've earned in a week, but I've made some dumb moves this week and thought maybe my experience could stop you from making the same mistakes (or at the very least, make you feel better about … [Read More]

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Buy LifeMiles to Save on Airfare Costs

Through August 31, AviancaTaca is selling LifeMiles with a 100% bonus.  With the bonus miles, you're essentially buying miles at 1.5 cents each with a maximum of 75,000 purchased miles per member.  Unfortunately, only members who joined prior to August 1 are … [Read More]

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A Long Day at the Airport

We got a great deal on our flights on Iberian airlines out of JFK, but unfortunately when we tried to add in the leg from Rochester, NY (our home airport), the price skyrocketed, so we ended up purchasing the flight from Rochester to JFK separately.  The … [Read More]