New York City

Looking from inside Central Park into the city

Looking from inside Central Park into the city

We leave for New York in a few days and we have never been before. I have my list of places I want to see and even some places to eat. When you plan you kind of get an idea of what you think a place will look like, so I’ve decided to make this a post about What We Expect to see, What we hope to see and then what we actually do and any other tips that we discovered along the way. September 2015

What We Expect and What We Hope to See

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Making the Most of Rome, Italy

Colosseum

I think we left part of our hearts in Rome. We kind of went in not expecting to love the big city. But Rome is so different, especially old town Rome, which is where you want to be anyways.

We stayed in an AirBnB, very close to the Pantheon.  Just outside was a Piazza and we would watch it go from a farmers market in the morning to restaurants at night. There was always something to watch in our little Piazza. It just made the whole experience that much more charming.

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Amsterdam

Dancing House Amsterdam

Dancing House Amsterdam

The biggest reason we chose to go to Amsterdam was the direct flight from Portland, OR to Amsterdam. Once you are in Amsterdam you must look around, right?

Here are a few things you need to know about Amsterdam if you are maybe uneasy about traveling to a foreign country. [Read more…]

How To Get To the Front of the Plane

Sitting in the front of the plane

Who doesn’t love sitting up front when you fly? Yeah, every single one of us.  One of the best things about collecting miles and points is you have the option to take advantage of the best class of service when you want to.  You get to enjoy the best of the best, all without spending a dime.

Something I recently discovered is there are a lot of opportunities for purchasing business and first class tickets for little more (sometimes even less!) than economy tickets.  I’m not talking about crazy expensive, fully refundable, overpriced economy fares, but normal priced ones we would all consider if we needed to fly somewhere on our own dime.

Amy and I recently took advantage of one of these opportunities, booking first class on Delta for both of us for $25 less than economy on the cheapest airline we could find (at the time it was Southwest).  We took advantage of a companion coupon we had on Delta.

One of the key resources that has gotten me thinking outside the box when it comes to purchased, as well as award airfare, is First Class Flyer.  This monthly newsletter details lots of ways to purchase cheap business and first class airfare, along with ways to maximize your miles and point redemptions for the best seats on the plane.

In the spirit of the holidays, we are going to give away THREE 12-week subscriptions to First Class Flyer.  One of the coolest things is you’ll have access to the entire archive of past FCF newsletters during the 3 months.  If you put in some reading time, you’ll learn a TON about getting to the front of the plane.

To enter, all you need to do is (Do one or all, each one will get you an entry)

Giveaway closes on Saturday, December 20th at midnight (pacific time)  and winner will be announced Sunday. CLOSED

Not Your Typical San Antonio Travel Tips

San antonio travel tips

Google what to do in San Antonio and you will get a list of ideas. Places to see, where to walk, what to enjoy and just maybe, how to get there. But what about all the great places that the locals enjoy in their city? Where are those places and are they just as fun as the tourist spots? What is the easiest way to get around if you don’t have a car so you can take in those hidden gems. Don’t worry, I have answers for you.

Let’s at least start with a few of the obvious reasons of why we went to San Antonio, then I will get into the stuff that will really help you get around and enjoy your time.
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9 Reason to See Crater Lake National Park Oregon

Yes! Crater Lake really is that blue

Yes! Crater Lake really is that blue

I’m embarrassed to say I have lived in Oregon most of my life and I had never been to Crater Lake. I had flown over it and thought it looked beautiful, but I had never driven to it and looked at it in all it’s glory. I will also be honest and say it wasn’t even on my radar as a place to visit, just a thought in the back of my head.

Then everything changed… [Read more…]

Prague

Prague at Night never gets old

I could wander the streets of Prague all night long. So incredibly beautiful.

I had very fond memories of Prague from 20 years ago. We had actually been twice and each time was quite the adventure. Think small winding streets with no GPS. Finding the place you had rented, from a shack about 20-40 minutes out of town, was not as easy to find as one might think. One time we got there after dark and trying to read a map and maneuver the streets took us over an hour to find our room. This time was much easier.

I was so eager to get back and experience it all over again, except this time…in Spring. We really did do all the touristy things, but I loved it.

Things to do in Prague: [Read more…]

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Beautiful Rothenburg Germany

Beautiful Rothenburg Germany

Out of all the places we visited on our Central European Driving Vacation this was our favorite place. I know kind of crazy that we would choose a small, very small, town over some of the beautiful big cities we encountered, but the slower pace won us over. Like many places on this trip, this was not our first time visiting this city. When we lived in Germany this was one of those places we would take friends when they came from the states because it’s that fabulous. One thing we had never done was [Read more…]

12 Things To Do In Astoria

Astoria, Oregon

Astoria, Oregon

We drove down from Long Beach, Washington and arrived in Astoria on a Sunday and their Farmers Market was going on. We wandered through and decided to just stop and grab a bite to eat while we waited for our room to open up. We started with lunch at Clemente’s, which was fabulous. [Read more…]

How to Road Trip Across Central Europe

 

Road Trip Across Central Europe3

We started in Germany and made our way through Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and Czech and finally back into Germany. Here’s how we did it.

We started by planning all our hotels out in advance. It takes away some of your flexibility, but traveling with 10 people can be a bit over whelming to hotels. Not only that, it took us up to an hour to find a place we all wanted to eat, I can’t imagine having to waste time trying to find a place to sleep at the end of every day. Planning ahead was a good thing.

We drove through Switzerland. We heard it was crazy expensive, so staying there was out of the question. We did stop in Zurich. We really had no idea where we were going, but I had downloaded Pocket Earth on my iPhone. It gives me maps that I can use offline. I found Altstadt (old town) Zurich [Read more…]