A Year of Airline Loyalty – Is it Worth it to Earn Elite Status

There is no question that having elite airline status has value–first class upgrades, free checked bags, priority boarding, the list goes on. For business travelers earning status through airline loyalty is a right of passage. It’s also simple to achieve airline status while traveling on someone else’s dime. But here’s the question:

Is achieving airline elite status worth it for personal travel?

Taking a look back at my travels from 2015 I flew over 50,000 miles! That’s enough to earn mid-tier elite status on almost any airline. But as someone who travels mostly for leisure I typically pick the flights that best fit my budget,

Hotel Review: Excellence Playa Mujeres – Cancun, Mexico

Hammocks at Excellence Playa Mujeres

Before visiting Excellence Playa Mujeres I had a very strict rule–no all inclusive resorts. I’ve heard the horror stories of stale buffets, sub-par service, and the all inclusive cast system (“you need a wrist band for this pool”). Let me start by saying Excellence Playa Mujeres (EPM) is not one of those all inclusive resorts. The quality and level of service we experienced at EPM rivaled that of any five star resort. Moreover, because the resort is couples only (as opposed to adults only), everyone is there for the same reason. This made it easy to mingle with the other guests.

The North Face Rolling Thunder Luggage Review

North Face Rolling Thunder Luggage Review

I’ve been pulling The North Face Rolling Thunder luggage around with me for a while. My Rolling Thunder and I have logged well over 100,000 miles together in the air, along with quite a few road trips as well. I thought it was time to share a luggage review to help others understand if it is a good bag for them. So here we go!

The North Face Rolling Thunder Luggage Review

How to Tell if a Flight Cost is Reasonable

How to tell if a flight cost is resonable

Every single time you buy a plane ticket you’re likely wondering if your flight cost is reasonable, and you’re asking a familiar series of questions: How do i know if this flight cost is reasonable?  Will airline prices go down soon? Is this the best time to buy my ticket? When is the cheapest time of year to fly? Many travelers spend a considerable amount of time try to find those hacked fares or search for guides about how to game the system. In reality, unless you enjoy 12 hour layovers, most of those tactics are just as they’re described–hacks.

Hotel Review: The Loews Don Cesar – St. Pete Beach, Florida

Loews Don Cesar Hotel Review

Before I dive into my Don Cesar hotel review I want to provide fair warning. I may be biased. I am in love with The Don. So much so that it is my hotel of choice when traveling to the Tampa, FL area. That being said, here is a recount of our experience, along with a few things I’m not so much in love with about The Don Cesar.

The Don Cesar Hotel Review

As you approach St. Pete beach from Tampa the Don Cesar will be one of the first hotels you see. It is a pink palace that is simply unmistakable.

5 Unique Things To Do in Santorini

Santorini is the quintessential Greek island. Formed from volcanic rock it has shear cliffs, white washed homes, and the blue domes everyone associates with Greece. It is home to the most famous sunset in the world. It is the epitome of Greek culture. It is also where I purchased the most expensive beer in my life–€18 for a Mythos! With the beautiful views, and an influx of cruise ships, it’s no wonder they can get away with charging so much for a single beer. But alas, there is hope! There are so many unique things to do in Santorini if you’re willing to step outside of the white washed walls of Oia and explore the island.

5 Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas for the Traveler in your Life

5 Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas for the Traveler in your Life

Have a traveler in your life? Looking for a great small gift around $20 or less? From practical to fun, here are five gifts any traveler will love.

1. Luggage scale

We’ve all been there, standing in front of hundreds of passengers waiting in the bag drop line, awkwardly unpacking a suitcase because it is 1 pound overweight. A luggage scale is a great way to avoid this experience. At about $10 it also makes a great stocking stuffer for anyone who travels on the regular.Weigh your bag before a business trip to make sure you’re safe,

Scuba Diving Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – Travel Bucket List

Ask any scuba diver what’s on their travel bucket list and you’re likely going find Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in there somewhere. That’s because it is one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in the world, let along underwater. But with the amazing beauty of the Great Barrier Reef also comes throngs of tourists trying to sneak a peek. And as any experienced diver knows, large crowds and scuba diving do not mix well. So when we traveled to Port Douglas to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef, we took extra care to have a unique experience. The Great Barrier Reef is quite a ways off the shore of Australia’s northern coast,

Hotel Review: Silky Oaks Lodge – The Daintree Australia

Silky Oaks Lodge Review - Welcome Gift

On a recent trip to Australia we decided to take a little detour from the beautiful beaches, amazing scuba diving, and bustling cities to spend a little time in the rain forest. And boy are we glad we did. But to start our story off properly I have to disclose that the rain forest was not on our original itinerary. It wasn’t until a friend suggested we check out Silky Oaks Lodge that it made the list. As such, it seemed only fitting that I put together a Silky Oaks Lodge review to share the experience we had.

Silky Oaks Lodge Review

Silky Oaks Lodge is a one-of-a-kind ecolodge that is nestled above the Mossman Gorge River in the Daintree rain forest.

Key West, Florida – A Weekend Adventure

Key West, Florida – A Weekend Adventure

What appeals to travelers most about Key West? Specifically, what exactly are you looking for in the experience? Posh eateries? Upscale boutiques? Maybe a good spa? (These are details I love on my travels but not items for which Key West is known.) Think New Orleans meets the Bahamas. I spent time there on various trips as a child but my memories are fuzzy. The 8 year old in me remembered warm sand, unusually giddy grown-ups and loads of ice cream. As it turns out, these were things that charmed me as an adult on this trip too. Happiness is infectious and Key West is brimming with it.