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Colorado Gardening

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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 budget airline as long as it gets them…

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NYC Recommendation: Saturday Night Live The Exhibition

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My little family of four is currently in NYC, but while we are here my dad (Grandpa Points) was willing to share one of their favorite activities from their NYC trip a couple of months ago!   We were in our mid twenties in 1975 and the Vietnam War was in its final days. Monday Night Football was becoming a must see phenomenon and Johnny Carson ruled the Late Night. In fact, it was Johnny that was partly responsible for the…

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Family Friendly Activities in Barcelona

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Earlier this year my mom, five-year-old and, I went to Spain together to have fun and explore a new destination together.  We started our trip with three nights in Madrid staying at both the Westin Palace Madrid and the Radisson Blu Madrid Prado (see linked reviews). While we were in Madrid we focused on these family friendly activities, and had a blast playing in parks, eating, visiting a palace, and more. After our time in Madrid came to a close,…

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List of Family Friendly Activities in Madrid

Excited to be at the Mercado de San Miguel

We went to Spain for the first this spring on a three-generations girl’s trip without too scheduled of an itinerary.  Life was pretty hectic at the moment (when is it not?), so the idea of going and just sort of taking things as they came sounded very appealing.  Of course, we did have some idea of things that might be good family friendly activities in Madrid, but we also improvised a bit once we got there. Our Madrid activities are…

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Hiking and Photographing The Wave

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My dad, Buddy, AKA “Grandpa Points” has a love for travel as fierce as mine, yet our travel patterns are distinctly different. He and my mom are now 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…

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Are the Maldives Worth It?

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The question I have received most frequently about our stop in the Maldives during our around-the-world journey last year was are they worth it?  There are thousands of beaches we could visit around the world, but is it worth hauling to to the other side of the world and spending lots of money and points to go to the Park Hyatt Maldives specifically? This post will be dedicated to trying to answer that question from my point of view, as…

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Food and Activities at the Park Hyatt Maldives on a Budget

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Not surprisingly, food and activities on a remote island in the Indian Ocean are not cheap.  Let me repeat, a trip to the Park Hyatt Maldives will not be cheap, even when your stay and airfare are booked using miles and points.  If you are looking for a very inexpensive or almost free trip, keep on searching because this isn’t it.  Allow me to recommend a Hyatt all-inclusive property you can book on points in Mexico or the Caribbean… However,…

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Why I Had to Visit the 9/11 Museum (Guest Post)

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My dad, Buddy, AKA “Grandpa Points” has a love for travel as fierce as mine, yet our travel patterns are distinctly different.  He and my mom are now 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…

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36 Hours in Amsterdam

No more stopping in Amsterdam on the way to Asia

During our around the world celebration for my husband’s 40th birthday we met up with a few friends in Amsterdam for a 36 hour celebration.  We met up with a couple we flew in for the event using LifeMiles (oh boy was that process fun) and another friend who was already in Europe for the week.  All things considered, I think we made pretty good use of our limited time in Amsterdam.  While we didn’t actually go in any museums…

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Overview of the Park Hyatt Maldives

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As you may know, the Hyatt Gold Passport program is having some annual category adjustments that kick in on January 22nd (Thursday) and some properties will be getting pricier in points while some are getting cheaper.  One of the noteworthy hotels getting pricier in points is the Park Hyatt Maldives that will be going from a Category 6 to 7, and from 25,000 to 30,000 points per night. I’m in the middle of writing an around-the-world trip report that includes…

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