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Around the World on Points!

RTW Part II: One Day in Cairo

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After 21 hours of travelling with Turkish Airlines, we arrived in Cairo! We stayed at Le Meridien Cairo Airport, which is very conveniently connected to Terminal 3, so that we were able to go straight to bed after landing very late at night. Also, I was able to use my SPG points (only 4000 points!) to pay for the hotel, as opposed to paying their normal rate of $170 USD. Continue reading “RTW Part II: One Day in Cairo”

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Part I of our RTW Trip: The Turkish Airlines Business Class Experience

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As some of you may know, Michelle and I have just started our Round-the-World (RTW) trip! We will be travelling to Cairo, Thailand, Cambodia, Palau, Tokyo, and Beijing. Of course, our flights were booked through Aeroplan, so we’re only out of pocket $200 each (for taxes and surcharges). Continue reading “Part I of our RTW Trip: The Turkish Airlines Business Class Experience”

Eating Our Way Through Austin, TX

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(It’s Michelle again!)

I first decided I wanted to visit Austin over a year ago. Matt and I had heard great things about its thriving food scene and quasi-cowboy-hippie-culture. So when Matt was booking our tickets home from Cancun, we opted to use our free stopover for a short trip to Austin. Continue reading “Eating Our Way Through Austin, TX”

Mexico Part 3: Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Surviving a Police Encounter!

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Having spent most of our trip exploring the inland parts of the Yucatan, it’s time for the beach! But it’s not only all-inclusives along the “Riviera Maya” (though there are many – and they all have huge walls surrounding them, lest the tourists be exposed to some actual Mexican culture)! Continue reading “Mexico Part 3: Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Surviving a Police Encounter!”

Mexico Part 2: Ruins & Cenotes

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After getting a taste of city life in Merida, it’s time for some exploring! We have three nights and two full days in the Valladolid area, staying at Genesis Eco-Oasis Ek Balam. Continue reading “Mexico Part 2: Ruins & Cenotes”

Mexico Road Trip Part 1: Merida & Izamal

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Michelle and I are spending seven nights driving around the Yucatan. Here’s what we did! Continue reading “Mexico Road Trip Part 1: Merida & Izamal”

Three Days in the Most Magical Place on Earth

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Hello! Michelle here. Matt suggested that I take over our trip report on Disney since I’m a lifelong Disney devotee. From the cheesy street dancers to the churros and late night fireworks, I love everything about Disney World. Continue reading “Three Days in the Most Magical Place on Earth”

We’re Going to Mexico & Texas! Here’s how we Booked our Flights

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We have lots of travel planned for 2016, and we’ve booked tons of flights using points!  Continue reading “We’re Going to Mexico & Texas! Here’s how we Booked our Flights”

My Unofficial Travel Guide to Hawaii

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If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, here’s what I thought about the four major islands. Continue reading “My Unofficial Travel Guide to Hawaii”

A Long Weekend in San Diego

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Sunset Cliffs

Michelle and I spent 4 nights and three full days in San Diego. My brother keeps winning fantasy football contests, and luckily for us he won a trip to San Diego on a weekend that he had an exam he couldn’t skip!  Continue reading “A Long Weekend in San Diego”

Japan Part 2: Tokyo

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Akihabara “Electric Town”

Day 4: From Tokyo Station we took a short cab ride to our hotel, the Daichi Hotel Annex. For the afternoon we decided to take the metro to Akihabara, which was a lot of fun. All the signs and sounds are a bit of an overload to the senses!  Continue reading “Japan Part 2: Tokyo”

Japan Part 1: Kyoto

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After Hawaii and Guam, our final destination was Japan, where we had 7 nights. We flew into Osaka and spent 3 nights in Kyoto, then took the bullet train  to Tokyo, where we stayed 4 nights before flying out of Tokyo/Narita Airport.   Continue reading “Japan Part 1: Kyoto”

23 Hours in Guam

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No editing – the water really looks like this

We had a 23 hour layover in Guam, landing at 6:00 pm and departing at 5:00 pm. We rented a car from Budget and stayed in Tumon Bay.  Continue reading “23 Hours in Guam”

Hawaii Part 3: Oahu

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Day 12: We spent most of our day walking around Waikiki and on the beach, which is always enjoyable. Waikiki is essentially a mix of Beach, Fifth Avenue, and Tokyo.  Continue reading “Hawaii Part 3: Oahu”

Hawaii Part 2: Maui

 

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Day 5: Our short inter-island flight had some good views of Maui and the three small islands, Molokai, Lanai, and Kaho’olawe. At OGG (Maui airport) we picked up the rental car and drove to the Aston Kaanapali Shores. Easy drive with  Continue reading “Hawaii Part 2: Maui”

Trip Report Hawaii, Part 1: Kauai

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View from the Kalalau Trail

Day 1: After a very long 24 hours of travelling (getting here from Montreal involved an overnight connection in LAS and 2 hours in HNL), we (the family!) landed at LIH at 3:15 pm. We picked up our rental car and went straight to Walmart Continue reading “Trip Report Hawaii, Part 1: Kauai”

Trip Report: 4 Days in Newfoundland

 

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This past June I had to go to a conference in Halifax. But instead of booking a simple return ticket, I used Aeroplan points, which let you make one free stopover on domestic trips. Even better, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are considered “short-hauls” from Quebec – so it only cost us 15k Aeroplan Points each (+$150 taxes) to fly to both Newfoundland and Halifax. Continue reading “Trip Report: 4 Days in Newfoundland”

Acadia National Park – A Photo Trip Report

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Most Montrealers don’t realize that one of the most beautiful National Parks in the USA (and the only one in the Northeast) is only a (7 hour) drive away! It’s an amazing place with many hikes (long and short), a long, rugged coastline, scenic drives, wildlife, and the perfect sunsets and sunrises.

Bar Harbor, the town just outside the National Park, is also great. Continue reading “Acadia National Park – A Photo Trip Report”

Europe Part 5: Amsterdam

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We went back to the guesthouse, loaded our car, and sadly said goodbye to Cochem. It took us about 2.5 hours to get to Eindhoven (the Germans drive fast enough to make it in minutes), where a friend of my girlfriend lives. He gave us a tour of the city and we got good Arab food at the Saturday market. Afterwards we drove to Amsterdam, Continue reading “Europe Part 5: Amsterdam”

Europe Part 4: Cochem, Germany

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We arrived at our guesthouse, Pension Haus Thies, which we booked on booking.com (without a credit card guarantee). After ringing the doorbell 5 times we were greeted by this crazy old man who speaks no English whatsoever.  Continue reading “Europe Part 4: Cochem, Germany”

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