Review: Aerotel at the Abu Dhabi Airport

On a recent trip we had a 11 hour, overnight layover in Abu Dhabi.  Our incoming flight landed in Abu Dhabi at 9:40 pm.  Our connecting flight left the next morning at 8:45 am.  That adds up to an 11 hour layover. We decided the best plan was to get a hotel room and try to get some sleep. We looked at hotel options close to the airport and decided on Aerotel. Aerotel is not only close to the airport, it's in the terminal. Aerotel is located airside, within the transit area of Terminal one. If Abu Dhabi is your layover, you don’t…

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Booking Our Return Trip from Dubai and The Maldives

Points and miles can help ordinary people to explore extraordinary places.  We recently used points and miles to book a trip to Dubai and the Maldives.  We locked in the outbound trip on Emirates, and now we needed a way to get home.   After exploring our options we decided on flying Etihad Business class.  Etihad has a partnership with American Airlines, and so we booked our Etihad flight using AA miles.  The cost per ticket was 70,000 American Airline, and $83.23 for taxes.   Total for the two tickets came to 140,000 miles and $166.46.  This is a great use of AA miles.  The trip home consists of…

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Money Tips for Traveling Internationally

We’re ramping up for a trip to Dubai.  Part of any trip is figuring out how to best pay for expenses when traveling internationally.  Here are some financial tips we put into practice when exploring the world.  Tip #1 - Bring Some of The Local Currency  We normally arrive at a destination with some of the local currency.  At a minimum, we want enough to take a cab to the hotel, and for tipping.  In preparation for Dubai, we ordered AED, the currency of the United Arab Emirates.  We pay an exchange rate, but it’s worth having cash ahead of time.  We don’t want to land…

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Saying Goodbye to Christmas Time at the Disneyland Resort- Anaheim California

Just a few more days left for all the Christmas magic at the Happiest Place on Earth to be gone!  If you are in Southern California for the next few days, stop by the “Happiest Place on Earth” to see Christmas at its best!   Christmas Time at Downtown Disneyland The magic starts as you walk through Downtown Disney to the entrance gates of Disneyland.  The fluorescent green, blue and orange colored trees in the planters will grab your attention to display the magic that is still to follow.  Even the window displays at the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney will bring…

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Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet

A popular spot in Paris is the steps of Sacré-Cœur. It’s the highest point in Paris and offers a great view of the city. Many tourists flood the steps, but fewer go to square behind the Basilica. If you’re in Paris, get off the beaten path and stop by Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet. You’ll find a garden and nice escape from the crowds.  ✈️🌎🧳

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Hyatt Zilara All-Inclusive, Adult Only Cancun, Mexico

Aerial View Cancun 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!    Hyatt Zilara Check-In Lobby 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…

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Old Town Nice, France

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. Old Town Nice Alleyways in Nice 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…

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Coachella Valley at Thanksgiving- 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.   Snowing on Interstate 10- Beaumont, California Coachella Valley- San Jacinto Mountains On Interstate 10, east of the Morongo Casino, you can find the two dinosaurs that have…

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Earn Cash Back When Shopping Online

Do you shop online? If so, maximize your money by shopping through an online portal. Online shopping portals reward you for using their portal as the starting point for your online purchases. This reward comes in the form of cash, airline miles or other reward currencies. I recently did a post on earning frequent flyer miles by using an airline's online shopping portal. In this post we'll look at earning cash back. Earning Cash versus Airline Miles Through Online Shopping Our blog is about travel, so why would someone who likes to travel, consider earning cash instead of airline miles?…

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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

The opulent, iconic and pink two-story French seaside mansion called Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is on the Cote D’Azur in France.  Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild built the villa in 1905.  After her death it was donated to the Academie des Beaux Arts.  Pink is my favorite color so we had to stop and see this beauty for ourselves.  It did not disappoint! With its nine distinct gardens, it will take a bit of time to see it all.  Well by the Entrance Most popular and photographed is the picturesque French Garden with the pink villa in the background.  Many a…

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