How We Use Points for Hotels and Flights – Our Trip to the UAE, Maldives, Qatar, and Indonesia

If we’re lucky, once a year we get to go away for up to 3 weeks in the fall based on our work schedules and the times we can take time-off. In the last few years, we’ve been really lucky with our trips that often include numerous stops on the same itinerary to maximize time,Continue reading “How We Use Points for Hotels and Flights – Our Trip to the UAE, Maldives, Qatar, and Indonesia”

Plan: The Maldives on a $500 budget per day

The Maldives conjures images of white sand beaches dotted with palm trees, bright aqua ocean water with coral reefs brimming with colorful fish and postcard sunsets from the beach or over the water villas.  With over 105 resorts scatted among 2,000 individual island, the Maldives is a bucket list destination where one can escape the confines of large resorts to experience a vacation as a castaway on a small island.  For budget travelers, it’s not the most cost-effective destination for the average tourist due to the high price of food and beverage, the additional costs of speedboat transfers or float plane tickets, the lack of cheap accommodation, and high taxes and fees added to everything.
In this post, I will share the table and criteria we used to compare 4 different hotel options in the Maldives to keep our costs at around $500USD per day.

Ideas for Unique Honeymoon Trips

We have had a few people reach out and ask us about good honeymoon destinations! Here are some suggestions based on places we’ve stayed at!

The New Aeroplan Program: 5 Things to Know

Air Canada launched the new Aeroplan program in August 2020, promising a revamped enhanced experience for members. As Aeroplan users for close to 20 years some of the changes are not surprising while some are and just like every program, you have to get to know it to find the best value and sweet spotsContinue reading “The New Aeroplan Program: 5 Things to Know”

COVID-19 Protocols for Tourists: 3 Extreme Examples

Recently there have been many news reports about countries that are planning to re-open to tourists, and the measures they plan to take in order to ensure the safety of both citizens and visitors. It’s been really interesting to see the variance in protocols being implemented – in some cases, the requirements have been veryContinue reading “COVID-19 Protocols for Tourists: 3 Extreme Examples”

Flight Review: Japan Airlines 777 First Class From SFO – San Francisco to HND – Tokyo Haneda

If you read our 2019 recap, you might remember us talking about our Best Flight Rewards Redemption on JAL when we redeemed 70,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles to fly in JAL First Class from SFO – San Francisco International Airport to HND – Tokyo Haneda International Airport in Tokyo and in business class fromContinue reading “Flight Review: Japan Airlines 777 First Class From SFO – San Francisco to HND – Tokyo Haneda”

Sargassum Seaweed in the Caribbean: Will it ruin my beach vacation?

Updated: FOctober 25, 2021 The first time we encountered that mass of seaweed known as “sargassum” was in Barbados in 2015; it seemed to have appeared from nowhere and just kept coming every day, making it unappealing to swim in the ocean and lounge on the beach where we were staying. Since then, we’ve beenContinue reading “Sargassum Seaweed in the Caribbean: Will it ruin my beach vacation?”

Review: Turkish Airlines 787 Business Class from DPS – Denpasar Bali to IST – Istanbul Turkey

Turkish Airlines started their Dreamliner 787-900 service on select international routes over the summer in 2019. These newly acquired 787s allowed Turkish Airlines to expand their fleet and to modernize their business class product. In November 2019, we flew on Turkish Airlines ‘ new 787 in business class from DPS – I Gusti Ngurah RaiContinue reading “Review: Turkish Airlines 787 Business Class from DPS – Denpasar Bali to IST – Istanbul Turkey”

Heavy Thoughts on Packing Light: Carry-on Packing Tips

Last Updated: June 28, 2021 What do you pack into a carry-on when you will be traveling for close to 3 weeks and visiting 4 destinations with different weather conditions? It is not the first time we have been challenged with “Heavy Thoughts on Packing Light” and it will not be the last! In thisContinue reading “Heavy Thoughts on Packing Light: Carry-on Packing Tips”

Indulge: A Review of Ulekan Indonesian Food in Canggu Bali

Ulekan is an Indonesian restaurant located in Canggu; you can reach this restaurant easily from Seminyak as you do not need to cross the infamous Canggu Shortcut. Ulekan is part of The Good Brotherhood which includes the following restaurants: Watercress, Milk & Madu, The Common, Bangkok Hustle, Shmurger Burger. During our travels to Bali, weContinue reading “Indulge: A Review of Ulekan Indonesian Food in Canggu Bali”