I grew up about 45 minutes from Pittsburgh, so heading into the city has always been an adventure for me. But in the past few years, this post-industrial steel town has become an unlikely cultural capital, a Silicon Valley of the East.
Chicago is my kind of vacation town. It has a huge lakefront with beaches and parks, and it’s home to one of the most prestigious art museums in the country. Despite all this, it doesn't have to cost a fortune to visit, and maybe that's why it draws more than 40 million tourists ever year. I’ve written before about how I cut the cost of my vacation to Los Angeles in half, but you can cover even more of your trip if you know how to book it. Here’s how to visit Chicago for almost nothing.
Marriott is one of the oldest and most expansive travel brands in the world, with 5,700 properties around the globe. Their loyalty program, Marriott Rewards, can be used to redeem free nights at any of these hotels, and because of the recent Starwood-Marriott merger, Marriott Rewards now extend to Starwood hotels as well!
We've written extensively about the changes that have come from Hyatt's new loyalty program, World of Hyatt, which replaced Hyatt's old program, Gold Passport, on March 1st. Now that things are up and running, and I've had a chance to experience the new program myself, it's time to take a deep dive into the World of Hyatt.
If the words "spring break" conjure up images of screaming children and stumbling college students that just make you want to go back to bed, you're not alone. During the popular travel weeks in late March and early April, you'd be lucky to find a spot on the beach in Miami or walk two blocks in New Orleans without getting puke on your shoes.
Ah, the sweet smell of spring! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and oh, what's that? I have three weddings to attend this year? Cue the sweet sound of my savings account drying up faster than a California puddle.
We've talked about how to save big at Disney World in the past, but what about Aulani in Hawaii? Disney's Aulani Resort and Spa is a 21-acre oceanfront destination on the island of Oahu. I'm a bonafide Disney nerd, and have visited (almost) all of their properties around the world. When I began planning my trip to Aulani, I wanted to maximize my savings, as I know how expensive Disney can get. Here are my tips for saving money at Aulani.
On my way back from Stockholm last year, I flew Icelandair and made a stop at the Reykjavik airport. In addition to a handmade snood and a few dairy products I'd never before seen, I picked up a dose of wisdom: Icelandair offers up to a seven-day stopover with no additional fee.
I'm going to be completely honest here: I went to Puerto Rico during spring break last year, but the trip was definitely not an exercise in frugality.