Inspiration and Tips for Traveling the World


Hyatt Zilara All-Inclusive, Adult Only Cancun, Mexico

December 27, 2019

Cancun is as beautiful as it gets!  The clear, aqua blue Caribbean waters that surrounds the white sandy beaches is enough to make your heart sing at first sight!    After checking in at the Hyatt Zilara lobby, we bee line it to the huge glass sliding doors that lead from the hotel to the infinity pool and the ocean. Pick up your drink of choice on the way out at the bar (it’s all included). You will find a coffee shop to the right of the sliding glass doors if that’s more up your alley. As you step out, […]

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Getting Started with Points and Miles- Look and Learn Before Your Leap

December 22, 2019

Welcome to the world of points and miles!  We’re sharing how ordinary people can travel to extraordinary places with the use of airline miles and hotel points.  In this series we lay out steps to save money and travel more.  These steps include: Getting Started with Points and Miles Look and Learn Before You Leap Decide What Type of Reward Points You Want to Begin Earning Sign-Up For a Frequent Flyer Account Earn Your First Points Earn Points Through Credit Card Sign Ups- Part 1- Count the Cost Earn Points Through Credit Card Sign Ups- Part 2- Ten Steps to […]

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Getting Started in Points and Miles

December 16, 2019

Do you dream of traveling?  Want to travel more for less?  You’re in the right place!  Welcome to the world of points and miles.  Points and miles can help ordinary people travel to extraordinary places.  In this series we’ll look at practical steps to earn miles and save money while traveling more.  To get started, let’s do some dreaming… Where can Points and Miles take You?   Chances are you found this article because you want to travel.  If you could go anywhere, where can points and miles take you? Perhaps you dream of a visit to Paris, the city of lights.   Maybe it’s a full-blown family vacation […]

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Old Town Nice, France

December 9, 2019

Warmth is all around as we walked through old town Nice in France.  We can feel the sun’s warmth on our faces and see it on the facades of the building and alleyways.  The colors on the buildings in Nice are definitely warmer toned than you find in northern areas of France. The old town open air market, also known as Cours Saleya Market, is filled with the fragrance of flowers from local growers.  Soap vendors, also known for France’s lavender soaps abound.  If you are hungry, you will find a good amount of small eateries and sit down restaurants […]

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Day Trip to Lake Como

December 6, 2019

Lake Como is situated in northern Italy along the border with Switzerland.  The lake is a quick hour or so north of Milan, which makes for a great day trip.  Lake Como was on our bucket list of places to visit until we finally had the chance during a recent trip to Milan.   Our journey consisted of two legs. First, a train ride from Milan to the village of Varenna. Second, a ferry from Varenna to Bellagio.  On the morning of our trip we left the Park Hyatt Milano and took a taxi to the Milano Centrale Train Station.  […]

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Coachella Valley at Thanksgiving- 2019

December 3, 2019

Growing up in the Coachella Valley we rarely experienced snowfall.  This Thanksgiving, on our way to the Coachella Valley it started snowing in the Beaumont area. The snowfall created a bumper to bumper situation, as traffic slowed to a crawl.  But, as it rarely snows in these parts, I’m assuming most people didn’t mind.  The white stuff started piling up on the sides of Interstate 10 and in the palm tree fronds.   On Interstate 10, east of the Morongo Casino, you can find the two dinosaurs that have become a selfie mecca.  Hundreds of people pull off the Main […]

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Ordinary People Traveling to Extraordinary Places

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Our passion to travel takes us to cafes and alleyways around the world. From neighborhood cafes in Paris to a street market in London, we’ll take the road less traveled to hidden gems, new experiences and mouth watering eateries.

Whether it’s your first time abroad or you’re an accomplished traveler, we’ll share inspiration and tips for traveling the world.  Let’s pack our bags, grab our passports, relax in our seats…we’re now ready for take off!

 Mike and  Mariah