February 24, 2013

Householding Accounts for Airline Miles

My family is considering a couple potential international travel opportunities this year and it will be the first time the full family (2 parents + 2 kids) would be traveling. I am an airline mile feind and one early concern...
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July 9, 2012

Marriott Hotels Summer Promotion Get 1 Free Night After 2 Stays

While on my recent last minute business trip I did what I could to take advantage of hotel chain promotions to maximize rewards. Here are a couple summer promotions that caught my eye:Marriott Hotels, Earn 1 Free Night at any...
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December 19, 2011

More Savings on our Transatlantic Cruise

I usually find it valuable after a big expense like our recent transatlantic cruise to reflect on the value of our expenses and if there are areas where we might be able to do slightly better the next time. A...
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December 16, 2011

Transatlantic Cruise Cost Summary

Here is a summary breakdown of our total trip expenses from our transatlantic journey. Including travel days, we spent 21 days on our journey: Major Travel Components USD Expense Hotels $ 74.43 Cruise (including tips) $ 1,103.66 Flights $ 952.92...
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December 5, 2011

Thoughts Midway Through Transatlantic Journey

We should do this more often – life is too short to not get out and explore on a regular basis. I'm realizing I've been stuck in a comfort zone doing the same old thing for too long. Despite my...
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November 17, 2011

Wrong Name on Airplane Ticket

I started to gather all our reservations, tickets and itinerary for our upcoming transatlantic cruise. While I was gathering everything I discovered our flight from Madrid to Palma de Mallorca had a variant of my wife’s name on the ticket...
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October 31, 2011

Final Planning In Place for our Transatlantic Journey

Months ago I posted that we purchased transatlantic cruise tickets as an action towards our interest in doing some sort of international extended vacation. I haven’t posted much since, but there has been plenty of activity so I wanted to...
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August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene Dampens our Outer Banks Vacation

As luck would have it my parents rented a beach house on the Outer Banks this past week for our entire family. It was our first whole family vacation in at least 10 years. It was good to have the...
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May 31, 2011

Free Flights To Europe from Credit Card Promotion

In the next step to planning our extended international trip - I signed my wife and I up for a British Airways Chase Visa Signature Card last week. Hattip to Jonathan @ MyMoneyBlog who alerted me to the deal. I...
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May 19, 2011

Extended Trip: A Transatlantic Cruise

We've booked a 14 day transatlantic cruise from Spain to Panama. We stumbled across what we believe is a great deal ( This cruise will fit perfectly in our plans to do an extended international trip. Not exactly what I...
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November 18, 2010

Carnival Fantasy Cruise Ship Tips

Based on our trip on the Carnival Cruise ship Fantasy from Charleston to the Bahamas I have a couple recommendations to maximize fun while minimizing cruise expenses. Our Cruise Tips A big selling point to me for a cruise is...
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November 15, 2010

Cheap Cruise Excursion in Freeport Bahamas

On our recent cruise to the Bahamas our second excursion was Freeport after we spent a day relaxing in Nassau. We opted to take a paid non-cruise affiliated snorkeling excursion while in Freeport. The port of Freeport is small and...
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November 12, 2010

Cheap Cruise Excursion in Nassau Bahamas

During our recent cruise to the Bahamas we opted to skip all the paid excursions in Nassau and spent the day shopping in downtown Nassau, wandering around the Atlantis resort, and hung out on a fabulous public beach (Cabbage beach)...
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November 8, 2010

Carnival Fantasy Cruise Ship Daily Activities

Never been on a cruise? I figured it might be useful for some to share the daily itinerary for our 5 day Carnival Fantasy Cruise from Charleston, SC to the Bahamas. This list of activities could give you a feel...
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November 1, 2010

Our 1st Cruise Experience - Total Vacation Costs

My wife and I just got back from our 5 day Carnival cruise to the Bahamas last week. We bought the cruise back in May for $661 and we really enjoyed it. It was great for the two of us...
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