What’s the point

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A Budget Family Trip to Westerly, Rhode Island

My daughters only have two first cousins, and they happen to live many states away in Connecticut. While they have several second cousins that we absolutely adore and we sort of pretend are first cousins, at the end of the day, we make it a priority our girls together with their two Connecticut cousins at least twice a year. Our girls also happen to be their only first cousins, so that helps keep this gathering high on the priority list for…

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The Point of Points

This weekend away with my husband’s family at one of my favorite properties, Hyatt Lost Pines near Austin, has been a great reminder of the power of points and travel deals. Points and travel deals brought together 10 family members spread out across three states for some old fashioned playtime. Adults and cousins alike got to play and relax in a very comfortable setting that was made for family fun without going broke in the process. I should add that it…

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Enjoying the Special Moments in Travel

There are those moments in some trips where it just all comes together.  It all becomes worth it and any doubts about whether you came to the right place at the right time are washed away.  Those are moments when you are lucky or wise enough to know are special as they are happening so you can try extra hard to soak in what they looked, smelled, and felt like. Moments like riding the beautiful carousel with my daughter in…

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The Destinations that Captivate Us

Some places we travel to carve out a place in my heart and make all the work and effort to get there instantly melt away.  I already (mostly) don’t remember the twelve hours we traveled today to get here.  I remember this moment.  This moment that struck us with awe of the natural beauty surrounding us in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I find things that I love in almost every place we visit, but the list of places…

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Life is Short, Travel Now

As I pack the final shirts and toys in our bag for Paris, my heart is both so ready to go, and so torn at the same time.  I’m trying to write about travel deals or reviews of hotels before we go, but just keep thinking about the message that life is sometimes all together too short, and while miles and points are a renewable resource, time is not.  This day started in an excited way as I had gotten…

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What’s the Point: Cousins

Sometimes I like to share snapshots of why miles, points, and travel are important to my family. We travel for many purposes, but the main one has been, and always will be, to stay connected to family near and far. Today my kiddo is reunited with her grandparents from Kansas and her cousins from Connecticut. Thankfully these family members aren’t just pictures on a wall Facebook to her, they are real people she knows, and we have miles and points…

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Make it a Point to Say Happy Mother’s Day

I’m at a blogging conference in Colorado this weekend – and luckily my husband and daughter came along so we could be together.  Being at a conference and then traveling home together may not be the traditional way to celebrate Mother’s Day, but being able to be together is more valuable than any number of flowers ordered at 30x miles per dollar.  Though flowers at 30x are great, too! I hope that wherever you are today, you make it a…

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How to Get a Reluctant Partner Into Points

I have found that it is very common in our hobby to have one person in the relationship be all about earning and redeeming miles and points and the other be ambivalent or even anti-miles and points. In fact, it is so common that one of the sessions I am doing at the Chicago Seminars in October is devoted to the spouses, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc., that are brought along to the miles and points conference, but that are not…

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Greetings from Japan!

Approximately 28 hours after I left my house yesterday, I have made it to my hotel room in Tokyo. It took three flights, an express train, a cab, and a little luck to get here, but it is worth it. I was pretty nervous about the language issue before coming since I know roughly zero Japanese, but I’ve been shocked at how many things are written and said in both English and Japanese thus far. Of course, I haven’t strayed…

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What’s the Point: Disney Magic

With the exception of the few minutes it takes to write this brief post, I’m on a self-imposed “internet hiatus” this weekend (well at least when it comes to the miles and points world) so that I can fully experience the “Disney Magic” with my little family (and friends). This is actually Little C’s third visit to a Disney park. The first was at 16 months of age with some older cousins, the second was a year ago at Disneyland…

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