Hawai’i: Land of Alohas and Rainbows

Pokai Bay, Waianae HI

If you’re in Hawai’i and you haven’t seen a rainbow or heard someone greet you with “aloha”, you haven’t been paying attention.  These two details are common characteristics of the islands and, after a brief four-day visit to paradise, I’ve learned there is a great deal more to life in Hawai’i. Continue reading

How I Booked a $300 Flight to Australia

2010.06.18-planeHave you seen headlines like this one before?  I have, and I never thought I would be someone to write something similar.  I’ve read posts about travelers booking seemingly impossible low prices to destinations all around the world and the one thing all of these write-ups had in common was MILES.  That’s right, using airline miles or reward points to book flights is the secret to cheap (and even free!) flights around the globe.  My story is not an exception to this rule.

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How I Plan to Afford My Year Abroad

I’ve learned a lot about travel over the last year.  I have learned where to find the best travel resources, developed my own list of top travel apps, earned free flights using travel reward credit cards (thank you, Southwest!), and experienced the post-travel blues.

After I returned from Italy, I found myself constantly thinking about where I would go next.  I purchased Lonely Planet guidebooks, scoured the blogosphere for ideas, entered every travel contest I could find, and even sent emails filled with potential travel dates and desired locations to friends (Iceland, anyone?).  Through all of this research I believe the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that while travel can easily become quite the expense, there are many ways to make it more affordable.

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