A Traveler’s Christmas: Kaua’i, Hawai’i

This year, we booked a trip to Hawai’i to celebrate Christmas on the beaches of Kaua’i. Here’s our first video of our trip! Enjoy!

A Utah Thanksgiving

Over the break, my boyfriend and I took a weeklong vacation in Park City, UT & Salt Lake City, UT. It was a great trip, despite a lack of enough snow to ski. Instead of just canceling the entire vacation, we decided to make the best of it and take our drone out for a spin over the the surreal landscapes of Utah.

Check out our video below and enjoy!

 

How To Get To Machu Picchu, Peru

Back on Christmas of 2016, my partner, two friends and I traveled to Machu Picchu via a flight into Lima, Peru. It’s no easy task getting around and navigating Peru, so hopefully this can help smooth out some of those speed bumps.

If you’ve ever had the itch to visit this Wonder of the World, we’ve created a quick, fun and informational video on exactly how to get to Machu Picchu.

Have you ever gone on a vacation that could have used a guide to help you get there?

Enjoy the video!

Saving $1,136 on 2 RT Flights to Hawaii (during X-mas)

In a previous post about the Alaska Airlines Rewards Credit Card, I talked about their new, limited-time, sign-up bonus. Well, I just received the coupon code for the aforementioned “companion fare” and went ahead and booked the flight for December.

Obviously, flights to Hawaii over Christmas are going to be expensive, which is why we decided that this would be a great time to use the companion fare.

At $1,192 / RT Ticket, it’s definitely inflated compared to flights during off-peak times which tend to sit between $400-$800 from LAX. But, combine the peak season fare with Alaska’s perk and the total price for BOTH tickets comes to $1,247.00, with the second ticket being only $55. That’s how I saved almost $1,200.

I’d say meeting the $1,000 minimum spend on this credit card was totally worth it. Another benefit, I will get another “companion fare” deposited to my account on Jan 1, 2018.

Amsterdam

Back in May, we took a flight to London, Barcelona, & Amsterdam by utilizing credit card points from a newly acquired Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card. I’ll go more into the perks of the Chase card in another post.  We paid for all of our hotels either through Hotels.com or via Marriott Points from the Chase co-branded Visa Marriott Rewards Credit Card or with Hilton Points acquired through the Hilton Surpass Credit Card co-branded with AMEX.

We spent 3 days in Amsterdam and had a blast touring the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens, exploring the NDSM Ward Artist Colony, and visiting the countless CoffeeShops in the city center.

Take a look at our quick video about all things marijuana in Amsterdam!

Camping Weekend – Horse Flats Campground, CA

 

Last Weekend, my partner and I, along with our mutual friend traveled about an hour and a half north into the Angeles Mountains to the Horse Flats Campground. Camping fees for the three days came to about $60.00, but we made the reservation online at recreation.gov. This was our first time using recreation.gov to reserve a campsite and it seemed like a scam.

We were allowed to reserve a specific campground when we we’re booking our weekend online at the aforementioned site. But, when we arrived at the campground, there is a HUGE sign that specifically states that, “no reservations are allowed.”  Hmmm… Okay… but I just made a reservation online… and with a .(dot)GOV website.

Go figure, there was already a group of campers in our “reserved” site.

None of us wanted to be “those people” that try to uproot an already settled set of campers, so we drove around the campsite 2 or 3 times before settling on a site that didn’t look occupied yet. We were NOT about to pay AGAIN for our campsite, so we simply grabbed a parking slip from the front gate area (no-one attends the front gate), stuck it under our windshield and crossed our fingers. I am all for supporting our national parks and campgrounds, but I’m not about to let a “government” website say I can reserve something and charge me for it, when in actuality you are required to pay on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Turns out, it was fine. A park ranger even did a sweep of the campgrounds one day and never said a word. Win.

It was a great weekend with friends and our dog, Juno. Enjoy the video!