Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos–4 Nights Free & Free Flights

View from the Ziva Lobby

4 Free Nights at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos and Free Airfare on Southwest We just got back from 4 FREE nights at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. We scored these free nights by getting the Hyatt Signature Visa credit cards for both me …

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Walking the Camino de Santiago–My Favorite Vacation!


My husband and I recently got back from a 6-week trip walking 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago, from Saint Jean Pied-du-Port in France to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. We have traveled a lot–to more than 30 countries, sometimes for months at a time–but walking the Camino is truly …

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Free Airline Miles with Fidelity Investments

Yesterday I moved money from one bank account into Fidelity Investments and scored free American Airlines Frequent Flyer miles through a special promotion. You can also get bonus Delta and United airline miles with Fidelity Investments. The promo ends March 31, 2015 so now is the time to act if …

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Success Finding 2 Free Flights to Europe this Spring

I spent hours and days on the phone and computer trying to find two free award flights to Europe this spring…but I did it! We are flying from Los Angeles to Madrid in April and then from Paris back to L.A. in June. I expected the second leg to be …

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My Bad Experience with Airbnb

Airbnb Mold on Ceiling

Airbnb has gotten a ton of media exposure recently. On our recent trip to South America we used the site for our first time to book apartments in Santiago and one in Buenos Aires. I’m going to focus on our bad experience with Airbnb in Santiago to highlight some of …

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Great “Free” Walking Tours in Buenos Aires

Free Recoleta Cemetary Tour

Free Walking Tours in Buenos Aires are not only Affordable, they are Very Fun! We took several awesome “free” walking tours in Buenos Aires during our week-long visit. I put “free” in quotes because although the tour guides don’t charge a fee they do work for tips and you really should tip …

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Affordable Wine Tasting in Mendoza, Argentina with BusVitivinicola

Wine Tasting at Bodega Casarena in Mendoza

Affordable Wine Tasting in Mendoza, Argentina On Your Own with BusVitivinicola We have gone wine tasting in California, France, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. Each region has had its own approach to wine tourism. In all of these cases we needed our own auto. However, the problem in Argentina is …

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Affordable Machu Picchu on Your Own without a Tour

Affordable Machu Picchu

Getting to and visiting Machu Picchu really isn’t a budget trip. Entrance alone is about $45 for the day. But it’s a world heritage site and a bucket-list destination so here are some tips that might make it a bit easier on the pocket book so it you can a “somewhat” …

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Spending A little More Money is Worth it in the Sacred Valley, Peru

Janaxpacha Backpackers

$15 Extra per Night for A Lot More Comfort in Ollantaytambo We are staying in Ollantaytambo, Peru and we originally booked a hostal called Janaxpacha Backpackers for US$35 per night including breakfast. (In Peru, small inns are called hostals but they have private bathrooms and often include breakfast.) I had …

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Free Accommodations and Cheap Fun in Cusco, Peru

Sheraton Hotel & Convention Center, Lima, Peru

Free Accommodations in Cusco Peru and Cheap Fun, too! I have said this many times before in this blog, as soon as you start planning a trip, you need to start racking up the points and miles. We have been in Peru a week, in Lima and in Cusco, and …

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