Back from My Epic/Insane Trip: Overall Thoughts

As many of you know, during the last year or so I’ve been carefully planning obsessing over a trip to Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia (see my post on costs breakdown). In reality, the idea was hatched in my brain decades ago. It just took  awhile to finally pull it off. Yay to miles and points…

Paris or New Zealand? Drum roll please….

Just two years ago, my family wasn’t anywhere near ready to tackle a big international trip. The thought of a long overseas flight compounded with schlepping my kids around Europe frightened me. But, it’s amazing how much things can change in just a year. Last year, my husband and I realized that we are ready…

Vacation Reveal: Star Wars Disney Cruise

Planning future vacations makes me happy. I’m not alone. Studies show that many people derive more happiness from planning a trip than actually taking the trip. Because of that, I could never surprise my family with a major trip by telling them on the way to the airport. I want the joy of anticipating and…

Alligators, Oddities and History in St. Augustine

During my family’s recent trip to Florida, we drove from the Daytona Beach area to St. Augustine, Florida, twice. St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States, founded in 1565. Prior to our vacation, I had read so many good things about visiting St. Augustine. Since we were just a little over an…

How Should I Spend my Hyatt Points?

Recently, my husband and I both applied for the new World of Hyatt card by Chase to get more Hyatt points. This card is one of the few Chase cards that is not subject to 5/24 restrictions at the moment. Although we’ve converted Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt for award stays in the past,…