Turn Your Dream Vacation Into a Reality

dream vacationPlease enjoy this post from Linda Evans.  Linda Evans is an American in love with all things European. When she’s not globe-trotting she enjoys home life, baking, wine and friends. [Read more...]

Want to see Europe for FREE? Do This.

milanThere are so many places I want to see in the world, and – as a travel writer - I’m always scheming different ways to get there.  I could pay with real money, of course, but who wants to do that?

Psshhhhtttt….. [Read more...]

Credit Card Rewards: What Am I Doing Now?

The pool area at the Holiday Inn in Montego Bay

The pool area at the Holiday Inn in Montego Bay

Even though I write plenty about credit card rewards over at Frugal Travel Guy, I like to write about it on my home turf from time to time.  I guess it’s partly because I get so many personal emails and questions from people wondering which rewards they should pursue and which deals are H-O-T.

To be honest, it can sometimes be hard to answer those questions.  After all, we all have different travel goals and the best option for one person isn’t always the same for someone else.  Therefore, I thought it would be fun to give a rundown of the cards we’ve signed up for over the past six months and why. 

Whether you want to travel abroad, sail the Mediterranean Sea with Royal Holiday, or simply earn a few free flights, the following strategies might help: [Read more...]

How We’re Going to Jamaica For FREE Next Year

Here we are with our Canadian friends in Jamaica....

Here we are with our Canadian friends in Jamaica….

Hey party people!  I’m currently in the midst of planning my family’s 2015 vacations and I thought I would share a little of my mad planning skillz with you.  Are you excited?  Yes?  Good. 

Now sit back and relax while I tell you how I plan to take my husband and kids to Montego Bay for Spring Break 2015 without paying anything at all.  (Okay, maybe I’ll pay a little bit).  Anyway, here’s how we’re going to Jamaica for free….and how you can do the same. [Read more...]

Club Thrifty June Budget Breakdown

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The neighborhood pool closest to my house…..

It’s finally summertime, and I’m happy to report we’ve been spending the majority of our free time outdoors.  Our new neighborhood does have an HOA (homeowner’s association), but the $360 annual fee does include access to three parks and two community pools.  Needless to say, we’ve been swimming at least ten times since the pools opened a few weeks ago.  Since it’s just around the corner from our house, it’s a lot like having our own pool.  The only difference is, we don’t have to clean it or take care of it.  Oh, and it’s not taking up our entire backyard either.  I like it. [Read more...]

Starwood Preferred 30K Bonus is Back, You In?

DSCF2981Sometimes a credit card offer is so exciting that I literally want to shout it from the rooftops.  Usually, I just call Greg at work when that happens.  He typically listens for a while and feigns interest while simultaneously asking me what’s for dinner.  He’s not all that into it, folks.  Nope, not at all.

But he’s busy today, so instead I’m going to lay it on you- right here and right now.  Are you ready?  Please don’t go.  I just want to talk.  I swear it’s an amazing deal!!!!! Don’t hang up…..

Ahem. [Read more...]