We often joke that I married my husband for the credit card rewards. He’s American, I’m Australian, and a definite perk of our marriage was that it came with a Chase Sapphire Preferred card! Don’t get me wrong, we have credit card rewards programs in Australia, but when compared to the rest of the world, the free travel offered by American credit cards is on steroids.
American credit cards offer an insane amount of rewards points which can be redeemed for free travel, and not only do these points accrue as you go about your normal spending, most cards offer particularly ridiculous sign up bonuses. The Chase Sapphire Preferred, for instance, gives you a sign up bonus of 60,000 rewards points which equates to $1,000 of free travel just for signing up. Our Marriott card gives us free hotel stays just for being a member.
Travel hacking through credit card rewards is a real thing, and you can literally travel for nothing. But the trick is knowing which cards to get.
And for that? We use Travel Freely; a free app that lets you organize your credit cards, track rewards points, and makes personalized recommendations, telling you exactly which credit cards are the best for free travel! It’s seriously amazing.
Also known as the Big Apple and the City that Never Sleeps, New York City is a prime vacation destination for millions of people every year. But it is also one of the world’s most expensive cities.
With museums, Broadway, Fifth Avenue shopping, and so much more, it’s hard not to spend a fortune when visiting NYC. But, w’ere here to tell you that it is completely possible to have a luxury-style vacation without breaking the bank!
Enjoying the glitz and glamour of New York on a budget starts with planning and a little creativity. Ready to learn more? Keep reading!
Did you know that over 77 million people visit Indiana each year?
If you’ve ever wondered what there is to do in Indiana, the State is perfect proof that the Midwest is home to much more than farms and tornadoes. The lifestyle here is often slow paced, but that doesn’t mean that it’s lacking in adventure!
Indiana is a fantastic opportunity to discover the heart and soul of America’s Midwest; nature lovers can spend full days paddling down winding rivers, foodies can enjoy homegrown produce from farmer’s markets, and wine connoisseur’s can stumble between award winning vineyards.
Indiana’s bustling cities have world class museums, entertainment, and the whole state revs up for high-energy sporting evens like the Indy 500. And then there’s Amish country for a completely different experience.
Indiana is an incredible State, with a wealth of things to do and places to visit. If you’re wondering why so many tourists visit each year, the following are 5 pretty incredible reasons.
It’s wonderful when you can travel with your dog, without being denied entry in most places. And, if you can’t fathom the thought of a vacation without your best friend, California is an ideal pet-friendly destination.
Many residents of California are already dog lovers themselves, so from hotels that cater to furry guests, to dog friendly beaches, parks, and nature trails, this is the place to be at!
But California is a huge State, so where are the best places to visit with your four legged friend? The following are the most pet friendly places in an already very pet friendly State.
If you’ve battled the elements trying to set up your tent on a rundown campsite but still want to be in the great outdoors, glamping is the answer!
There’s a real explosion of glamping in the US at the moment; luxury tents in picturesque natural surrounds. I’m talking tents with real beds, cozy decor, and all of the amenities of home.
Think sleeping under the stars, hearing the crickets chirping at night, and opening your eyes in the morning to stunning, secluded wilderness.
Once you realize that you can get all of the benefits of camping without any of the headaches, you’ll never go back to primitive camping again! The following are 10 of the best glamping spots across the US.
As far as tropical getaways go, you can’t beat a vacation to Hawaii. And, when it comes to choosing an island, if you’re after beaches, unspoiled nature, and a place to escape the crowds, you can’t beat the island of Maui.
Maui is the second largest island in the Hawaiian chain, and many believe it is home to some of the best beaches in the world. It has the advantage of being highly accessible, with great infrastructure, though with most people flocking to the Big Island, it’s not overly crowded.
What’s more, you can take a direct flight from mainland USA (California, Alaska, Colorado, Washington, Texas, and Arizona) to Maui (OGG airport in Kahului) without first landing in Oahu.
From sugary white beaches to Technicolor coral reefs, and a diverse range of hiking trails and volcanoes, Maui is an incredible choice of destination. But, before you travel, there are a couple of things you should know.
As plastic pollution becomes a global environmental priority, governments and political establishments are working towards a greener way of life.
And as responsible travelers, we can show our support for the cities that prioritize responsible living by throwing our tourism dollars behind them, and visiting these destinations over destinations that continue to contribute to the problem.
Cities in USA, Scandinavia and Australia have introduced initiatives to motivate their citizens to start pursuing an environmentally friendly way of life in a sign of independent action against plastic pollution.
In the following article, Waterlogic covers a variety of urban initiatives aiming to overcome global warming. Why not consider your own independent action and install a bottleless water dispenser at home or at work?
Consider the following cities for your next vacation to show you support the fight against plastic pollution.
We often talk of the most powerful countries in the world in terms of their military, political or economic might, but some countries are powerful due to their influence over our daily lives.
Whether it’s an influence on food, fashion or entertainment, the following countries have a considerable hold on pop culture; they might not influence the world with their tankers or drones, but they do send cultural waves across the globe.
Miami International Airport is Miami’s most important source of revenue. It generates billions of dollars every year by catering to the needs of millions of travelers.
Being that MIA is one of the busiest airports in the world, the fact that they are expanding shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The plan is to spend the next five – fifteen years carrying out renovations that will make the airport leaner, more efficient to travel through.
The city’s aim is to prepare the airport for a time when MIA will contend with over 70 million travelers and four million tons of freight, numbers they could achieve as early as 2040.
But it appears that they haven’t dedicated much of their redevelopment plans to airport parking.
Incredibly, there are almost 100 different attractions to take in when visiting Wisconsin Dells. From Waterparks and Go-Karts, to golf courses and relaxing spas, this is now one of the most popular family destinations in the Midwest!
The sky’s the limit when it comes to the activities available in Wisconsin Dells, and there really is something for everyone who makes the trip, whether you’re coming with small kids or adventurous teenagers.
Below, we outline the different categories of things to do in Wisconsin Dells so you can better plan your itinerary.
Finding suitable accommodation is a huge part of travel, and choosing a hotel can be one of the more time consuming parts of our planning. And sometimes we don’t get it right.
But have you ever considered staying in a casino hotel?
Casino hotels have started popping up all over the world, though it’s quite easy to argue that Atlantic City has some of the best. With luxury rooms, cheap rates, and some of the tightest security, booking a luxury hotel attached to a casino is pretty sure bet!
Set on New Jersey’s Atlantic coast, AC is famous for its spectacular beaches, iconic boardwalk and many stunning casinos. As such, these Atlantic City best casino hotels have well and truly become a trend!
There are many reasons to visit Boston; locals call it the ‘Hub of the Universe’, and with a rich cultural scene that includes the Boston Symphony, sporting landmarks like Fenway Park, and institutions like Harvard University, it’s a hard claim to refute.
But for the many reasons to visit Boston, two of the city’s biggest draws are it’s access to history, and nature. Boston is one of the oldest, if not the oldest city in America, and the city is so steeped in history that you don’t have to walk far to discover something historic.
And then there’s nature; despite being a buzzing, bustling metropolis, nature spills into the city, and Boston is perhaps one of the most progressive cities for access to nature in the United States.
So, the following is an overview of our favorite things about Boston; a way to combine history and nature into your itinerary, with these fantastic things to do.
The New York Public Library might be a system of libraries, but its most famous building, the Stephen A. Schwarzman building is one of the city’s finest landmarks.
Built on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue in the early 20th century, it has truly stood the test of time; the building is a Manhattan icon that fills Instagram feeds and magazines to this day. It’s been showcased in several movies and denotes a feeling of New York that’s impossible to imitate.
Construction was officially completed in 1911, and the city has made extensive efforts to maintain its original appeal. While there have been regular upgrades and renovations, New York Public Library is keen on keeping a sense of the building’s contribution to the city intact.
Here are five interesting facts about the library and why it means so much to New York City and the United States.
Road tripping is an incredible way to quench your thirst for adventure. Kicking back to your favorite tunes, munching on gas station snacks, and leaving all your worries at home as you hit the open road.
As far as road trip scenery goes, North America has a fantastic mix of perfectly sun-kissed beaches, natural landscapes and attractions which constantly sees drivers pulling over to the side of the road.
Byways and highways wind through dramatic scenery here, and connect some of the biggest cultural hubs in the United States, and you have a diverse range of exciting cities, coastal towns, and natural wonders to choose from.
There’s no doubt that the USA is an epic destination for a road trip, but being that there’s so much to cover, we wouldn’t blame you for feeling overwhelmed. So, whether you’re struggling with choosing a route, or just looking for some inspiration, the following is a list of our favorites.
We’ve all been there. You’ve spent weeks researching and planning the perfect sunny vacation to Florida. You’ve been looking forward to this getaway, and having some much-needed relaxation.
You get on the plane, buzzing with anticipation about all the glorious sunshine you’re going to be able to soak up in Florida. You get off the plane and disaster strikes. No sun. Or even worse – rain!
What do you do now? How do you make the most out of your vacation time in Orlando when the good weather decides to take its own vacation?
Luckily, Orlando’s weather tends to be generally nice throughout most of the year (the one exception being hurricane season which typically peaks between September through November), so you shouldn’t have to worry too much about it.
However, if that’s the only time you can book a vacation, the following tips should keep you and your family occupied even when the forecast is less than perfect.
Orlando is an exciting destination, and with its diverse range of entertainment, this is a place which is ideal for every type of traveler; young singles, baby boomers, foodies, and outdoor adventurous types too.
The city is home to more than a dozen theme parks, that’s true; you’ll find the likes of Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando among the funnest things to do. But once you come down from the coasters there’s also an incredible mix of cultural events, fantastic nature preserves, high-end outlet shopping centers, and fabulous food.
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a trip to the theme parks, but we’ve put together a list of things to do once you’re ready to explore Orlando itself.
LA is one of those iconic destinations that every traveler should experience at least once in their lifetime; a sprawling urban metropolis that is deeply creative, and bursting at the seams with culture, personality, and access to Mother nature.
Whatever draws you to LA, whether it be laying underneath palm trees on a golden coast, the glitz of Hollywood, upmarket bars and boutiques, or lacing up your hiking boots for treks across the rugged mountains, LA truly has something for everyone.
But with such a huge range of experiences, in a city more than ten times the size of Paris, the most difficult part of planning isn’t going to be figuring out what to include on your itinerary; it’s going to be how to maximize your time.
For that reason alone we highly recommend renting a car.
Originally one of the smaller indigenous tribes in the southeastern United States, the Chickasaw tribe were initially a tribal clan of hunters and warriors that first made contact with European explorers in 1540.
The two groups clashed from the very beginning, and over time, the Chickasaw tribe, along with other tribes in the region, were forcibly removed to Indian Territory in Oklahoma, where most still presently live today.
The Chickasaw Nation is now recognized as a Native American nation and makes up one of the Five Civilized Tribes, tracing their original roots from the areas today known as Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Alabama.
This area spans over 7,000 miles and 13 counties of Oklahoma, and, for the traveler seeking a rich cultural experience in the United States, Chickasaw Country is a welcoming, warm, and spirited destination.
The following is an introduction to what you can expect traveling in the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma.
The world’s most famous city has a tourist to-do list longer than the east coast, but for those returning to New York City, or who like to go off the beaten path a little bit, there are plenty of local adventures that await once you’re finished with the top attractions.
So once you’ve ticked off The Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park and everything else the guide books list for you, why not check out some of these more hidden gems throughout the city?
If you’re ready to book your next family holiday and you’re thinking of a beach destination along the US East Coast, this guide will help you plan the perfect beach vacation.
With well over 2,000 miles of coastline, that stretches across 15 US States, choosing a destination is often the toughest part of your planning. Though some beaches are a lot more family friendly than others!
To help you narrow down your choices we’ve compiled a list of the best family-friendly beaches on the East Coast that will make everyone happy. They’re as safe for your kids but still fun for adults!
The first time we visited Alaska we flew into Anchorage and planned out a self drive itinerary by land. The thinking was that this would allow us to see and do more.
And while we had an incredible time, camping in the rugged interior of Denali, and encountering bears along some of the States most scenic drives, we actually missed out on the big show.
Because cruising actually allows you to experience more of Alaska than a land based DIY tour; while cruising offers the best of both worlds, and allows for land based excursions, driving means you completely miss out on sailing on the icy seas.
Cruising in Alaska means whale watching at 6am as soon as you fall out of bed. It means the opportunity to visit islands and towns not accessible by road. It means dining on fresh salmon as you float past massive blue glaciers, and snow-capped mountains shrouded in mist.
If you’re thinking of cruising Alaska, the word epic barely does the experience justice. Here are 7 things you can expect to see.
While Niagara Falls is famous for its amazing waterfalls, and is known around the world as a popular honeymoon destination, this beautiful part of North America has a lot more to offer.
When it comes to adventurous activities, there are plenty to choose from, and, despite being one of the most travelled destinations in the world (30 million people visit annually!), Niagara still manages to keep a few secrets.
If you’re planning a trip to the Niagara region, start by booking one of the many great hotels in Niagara Falls, Canada, and then make sure you set aside time for some of these things you probably didn’t know you can do!
Whether you’ve recently been on a lucky streak or just turned 21, you may be looking to hit the Vegas Strip to see how far your luck can take you.
While most of Vegas’ grandest hotels and resorts are located along the Vegas strip, it can definitely be hard to know which casino hotels are worth your time.
Any trip to Vegas requires a bit of a game plan. From finding that perfect lavish hotel room at a great rate to knowing what casinos and bets give you the best odds of walking away a winner, it pays to do a bit of research before you take on Sin City.
So if you’re ready to test out your blackjack skills or simply want to strengthen your biceps by pulling some slot handles, here are three incredible casino hotels you can throw your dollars at.
The tropical island paradise of Hawaii boasts a bevy of natural wonders and cultural offerings unlike any other place in America. Though there are a lot more to the islands than the many spectacular beaches.
Because of its remote location, Hawaii can be a spendy vacation. It is advised to start saving money to go on your trip as soon as you book so that you can ensure you’re able to make the most out of your time in paradise.
With so many unique islands and offerings, it can be hard to narrow down your itinerary. But here are six must-see destinations that should definitely make your list.
People planning a vacation in the western United States usually make two big mistakes.
The first is that they spend too much time in Los Angeles. But there is so much more to do in the western United States than explore the bubble of rich homes and Hollywood clones, that we would argue you should skip LA completely.
The second mistake is that they assume Las Vegas is all about the gambling, and miss out on the geological wonderland and incredible natural surrounds. And while we’ll include Las Vegas in this itinerary, we do so as a base for exploring further out.
Western USA is an incredible region for a road trip, and travelers have a diverse range of exciting cities, coastal towns, and natural wonders to choose from when planning an itinerary. But being that there is so much to cover, we wouldn’t blame you if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
If you’re struggling with planning your route, use the following guide to fill two weeks worth of driving. These are the highlights of Western USA … not including LA.