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10 Tips to Enjoy ICE at the Gaylord Resorts

The crown jewel of the Gaylord Resort’s holiday experience is their holiday-themed ICE exhibit that is kept at finger-numbing 9 degrees and features two million pounds of themed hand-carved ice sculptures, ice slides, and also houses approximately three million people at any given time. Kidding, of course, there are only two million people. Seriously though, ICE is a very popular attraction that is quite crowded and sells out during peak times. Enjoying the Gaylord ICE Experience to the fullest takes a bit of strategy, so after going earlier this season…

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Eight Sneak Peeks of Colorful Palm Springs

Probably like most other business travelers, when I travel to conferences or meetings, I don’t always get out of the hotel very much. For conferences like the one I was at last week, I usually don’t pick the destination or the hotel, and instead just fly in, do my job, squeeze in online work where possible, and then fly home to get back to my family as quickly as possible. My boarding pass my say I’m going somewhere cool, but…

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Five Things to Do With 24 Hours in Waikiki

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to be on the final United 747 passenger flight. That final flight flew from San Francisco to Honolulu, the same route as the first United 747 flight in the 1970’s, which was a very nice full circle moment for the aircraft and airline…and a very top notch travel destination for me. Call me unoriginal, but Hawaii is one of my very favorite spots, so even a night there isn’t too short for…

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How to Save Money on Holiday Activities at the Gaylord Texan

This year we decided to skip a year of doing our favorite holiday-themed activities in New York City in exchange for making our first trip to the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine near Dallas, Texas. For a few years I have seen magical-looking photos and videos of families enjoying the Gaylord’s indoor snow-tubing, two-million twinkling lights, snowball throwing, outdoor ice-skating, and their 9 degree multi-room ice sculpture exhibit. It looked amazing (and expensive), so if we were going to do it, it…

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Visiting Yellowstone, A Land For All Time

This is a guest post from my dad, Grandpa Points. He and my mom are in their mid-60’s, are (mostly) retired, and are ticking off “bucket list” destinations quicker than they ever thought possible thanks to miles, points, and travel deals. They have an intense love of this country, of its National Parks and treasures, and have no problem with a clean budget hotel room and an economy airline seat on a low-cost airline as long as it gets them where they…

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How to Use Hotel Points to Stay in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

There may be just shy of a million points friendly hotel options in cities like Houston, Los Angeles, Orlando, or even Honolulu, but the same is not always true when you venture a bit more off the trail. When your travels take you into some smaller towns, or even just ones that simply have a ton of character and a bit of an issue with big nationwide chain hotels, your options and strategies change a bit. In those cases you will find your options…

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Is the Disney VIP Classics Tour Worth It?

Around the same time that I fell in love with the idea of taking the girls to Disney World this summer, I also learned about a relatively new VIP tour option in the Magic Kingdom that sounded perfect for our trip goals, stamina, and timeframe. If you aren’t familiar, Disney World offers a variety of special tours ranging from full blown private VIP tours that are $400 – $600 per hour with a seven hour minimum to one hour $30…

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Why You Shouldn’t Stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

My very first trip to Walt Disney World was as a ten year old girl with my family. We did one big family Disney trip growing up where we drove to Orlando from Texas, played at Disney and the surrounding attractions for about a week, rode absolutely everything that existed at the time, and we stayed on Disney property at the then still pretty new Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. It was a grand trip, and until last week it was the…

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5 Fun Things for Families to Do in Westerly, Rhode Island

I have a really bad habit of going somewhere for too short a period of time, but we are working toward reversing that trend slowly but surely. We recently stayed a full week in Westerly, Rhode Island, and I honestly cannot think of the last time I went anywhere for a full week and had the chance to so fully relax. While my favorite activities were just relaxing and hanging out with family, we did leave our cottages a bit…

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Favorite Things to Do at the Andaz Papagayo Costa Rica

Our much anticipated “no kids” trip to the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica couldn’t have come at a better time, and frankly, between the secluded but not-too-remote location, the points-friendlyslotting on the Hyatt award chart, and the reality that Costa Rica still gives a pretty good return for your dollar even at resorts, it offered us a superb value. I not only want to return to the Andaz Costa Rica at some point, but I actually already have some award nights…

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