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156,672 miles + 2 IHG Free Nights + $1,172.24= Trip for 4 to South Korea

south korea

Over Spring Break the Michael W Travels family went on a trip to South Korea. This was our first trip back to Asia since we visited Myanmar in spring 2015. It would also be our first visit to the region as a family of 4!

So why did we pick South Korea for our Spring trip? There were a bunch of good reasons! Continue reading 156,672 miles + 2 IHG Free Nights + $1,172.24= Trip for 4 to South Korea

$1,381.48 + 57,722 Points=Trip for 4 to Ireland

ireland
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Over the winter break, the Michael W Travels family took our first international trip as a family of 4. Our destination was Costa Rica.

The trip went really well and now we couldn’t wait until our next trip.

During President’s Week, we went on a quick trip to Ireland! Continue reading $1,381.48 + 57,722 Points=Trip for 4 to Ireland

153,128 points + 1 IHG Free Night + $1027.80= Trip for 4 to Costa Rica

costa rica
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On Christmas Eve the Michael W Travels family left on our final trip of 2016.

This would actually be Kim’s first international trip since we visited Cuba at end of 2015 (the trip ended in early 2016). It would also be the first international trip for Theo.

Picking our destination was based on a couple of things: Continue reading 153,128 points + 1 IHG Free Night + $1027.80= Trip for 4 to Costa Rica

40,154 Southwest points + $310.60= Trip for 4 to Portland, Oregon

Portland Oregon

Kim, Lucas, Theo & I recently got back from a quick trip to Portland, Oregon.

While we only had a few days there, it was still a really fun visit and the first time we all stepped foot in the state of Oregon. The trip was also Theo’s first time flying on a plane! (Lots of firsts!)

Here are the details that went into planning our trip to Portland, Oregon. Continue reading 40,154 Southwest points + $310.60= Trip for 4 to Portland, Oregon

25,967 Points + Club Carlson Free Night + $315.98= Trip for 2 to Indianapolis

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This summer was one of the odder ones for travel for the Michael W Travels family.

With Kim grounded from flying until Baby W Travels arrives, Lucas and I set off on three little adventures. The way it worked was that for three weeks in a row, we flew on a Monday morning and got back home early Friday evening.

We basically came home each week to visit Kim for the weekend!

Our first trip was to Cancun, Mexico– a destination I wouldn’t have picked but for the price, how could I turn the trip down! For our second trip, we headed to Boise, Idaho.

Our third and final summer escape was to Indianapolis, Indiana. Continue reading 25,967 Points + Club Carlson Free Night + $315.98= Trip for 2 to Indianapolis

47,280 Southwest Points + $485.39= Trip for 2 to Boise, Idaho

Boise Idaho
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Lucas and I recently got back from a fun and quick trip to Cancun, Mexico.

With Kim not flying until after Baby W Travels arrives, I planned three weeks of travel for Lucas and I. We’re not traveling for three straight weeks, just three straight weekdays, so we’re home on the weekends.

For the second summer trip, I planned a quick visit to Boise Idaho! Continue reading 47,280 Southwest Points + $485.39= Trip for 2 to Boise, Idaho

200,000 AA Miles + $563.45 + Club Carlson E-Cert= Trip for 2 to Poland

Poland
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I recently had to cancel an AA award flight to Fiji and Vanuatu for a very good reason.

With Kim grounded from flying while pregnant with Baby W Travels, a family trip to the Pacific won’t be happening but Lucas & I are going on our first father son trip!

When the idea came up, I figured visiting Europe would be a good idea. I also wanted to visit a country that I haven’t made it to before so when I found award availability to Poland, I pulled the trigger. Continue reading 200,000 AA Miles + $563.45 + Club Carlson E-Cert= Trip for 2 to Poland

Plan Trips from Mobile with Google Destinations Feature

Google Destinations
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Google wants to help us plan trips from our mobile devices.

According to the official Google Blog, they noticed “a whopping 50 percent increase in travel-related questions on mobile phones“. I’ve done lots of travel searches from my iPhone but I haven’t done a whole lot of bookings. (I think I booked one hotel night that I can recall.)

Now they want to make it easier to book travel through mobile with Google Destinations. Continue reading Plan Trips from Mobile with Google Destinations Feature

Resources for Planning A Trip to Cuba

Cuba

We recently got back from a fun and very interesting trip to Cuba.

Cuba is probably one of the most talked about destinations to visit for Americans. The country has a sense of mystique due to the fact that we haven’t been allowed to freely visit for over 50 years.

Planning a trip to Cuba isn’t much different from planning a trip to any other destination. There just happen to be more questions and unknowns prior to visiting. Continue reading Resources for Planning A Trip to Cuba

Reader Questions: Traveling to Cuba Info

Cuba Information

Kim, Lucas and I got back from our trip to Cuba last week. Our visit has led to lots of question from friends, family and some curious readers.

It’s probably safe to say that Cuba is the most talked about travel destination for Americans these days. Cuba is an alluring destination for us Americans since we haven’t been allowed to legally visit for so many years.

The way things are going, the island should be open to Americans in the near future. Commercial flights from the US to Cuba are being restored soon which will remove once obstacle from visiting. Continue reading Reader Questions: Traveling to Cuba Info