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Kangaroo Island outdoor activities

Kangaroo Island outdoor activities

Adventure lovers could be tempted to stay on the Australian mainland without venturing further afield. With nearly three million square miles of territory, including 10,000 beaches and even skiable mountains in winter, Australia seems to have everything an outdoor lover could want. But adventure seekers should add one more stunning place to their list of Australian must-visit destinations: Kangaroo Island.

Australia’s third largest island has 318 miles of rugged coastline, into which are hidden tiny coves with white sandy beaches while countless species of indigenous wildlife inhabit the island’s sweeping hills and remote bushland. The rewards of adding Kangaroo Island to your Australian itinerary are more than worth the extra effort to get there; it’s just a 40-minute ferry from Cape Jervis on the coast of South Australia. Here’s what to do… Read More

Is Peru Safe to Visit?

Is Peru Safe to Visit?

Machu Picchu, Peru shrouded in mist
Posted: 9/12/2019 | September 12th, 2019

Peru is receiving record numbers of tourists these days, with over four million a year going to experience the third-largest country in South America.

Whether to visit Machu Picchu, the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Lines, or the vibrant capital city of Lima and its blossoming food scene, people are flocking to Peru in droves.

However, I also often hear and read about tourists getting mugged or hear being stolen. I get worried emails from travelers wondering if Peru is safe to visit.

Today, I want to answer their questions:

Is safe to visit Peru? What do you need to look out for? What precautions do you need to take?

9 Safety Tips for Peru

a woman selling bananas sits in the street in Peru
In genera… Read More

The Truth About Lounge Access

An airport lounge sounds like an oasis, a sanctuary from the insanity of the crowds where you can relax, catch up on email, and enjoy a drink or a snack. Some are even better: Most of the business and first-class lounges operated by international airlines have elaborate, restaurant-style dining. The American Express Centurion lounges offer open bars, full buffets with dishes created by local chefs, and spas in some locations.

All of this is great, provided you live in a city where your home airport is populated by lounges, or if you travel regularly and the hubs of your favorite airline have lounges you can use. Otherwise, the value of a lounge membership can be negligible.

Here’s a look at the major lounge networks, along with credit cards that give members the most useful access:

Priority Pass

Founded in 1992, this is the granddaddy of lounge networks. It currently includes over 1,200 airport locations in more than 500 cities, but beware: only 85 of those l… Read More

I Write About Mice But Actually Anxiety.

It’s funny, the things that finally set you off.

Like, I’ve always presumed that I was a relatively hinged person, but here I am, utterly unhinged. For some of you, this will be unsurprising. Some of you will be thinking, “Geraldine, YOU WERE NEVER HINGED. YOU HAVE FEWER HINGES THAN A SLIDING DOOR.” And I hear you, friends. I understand that I am very good at giving the impression of being *waves hands around in a fluttering fashion to suggest madness* but that is just theatrics. For the most part, in my everyday life, I am calm! And reasonable! And I do not cry while watching movie trailers!

I handle all sorts of things without turning into a fire hydrant of feelings. Death threats in my Twitter feed? No problem! Weird health issues that result in my menstrual cycle seeming resembling a risque, one-woman staging of Carrie? Fine! (Also, someone please make this.) So much career malaise that I’ve literally forgotten how to write words? FLAR… Read More

Best tips for a cross-country Amtrak

Best tips for a cross-country Amtrak

When our train chugged out of Union Station in Washington, DC, our month-long planning process was in motion. My then-boyfriend, now-husband Joe and I were set to ride across the United States with nothing but two backpacks and a couple of rail passes. The plan was to spend 16 days in August 2017 rolling from the East Coast to San Francisco via train.

The two of us had been dreaming about a cross-country trip for years, and we figured the train would be easier than driving. In some ways, the train was a more leisurely way to travel. Riding Amtrak allowed us to play rounds of hangman while enjoying the distant mountain view instead of navigating, and to savor a mini bottle of red wine while stretched out in the dining car rather than staring at the open road for hours.

But in other ways, riding across the country on Amtrak was more taxing than we had imagin… Read More

New Southwest Credit Card 60K Bonuses: Which Is Best?

Southwest Airlines is one of the most popular airlines in the US thanks to their extensive domestic route network, their lack of change and cancelation fees, their two free checked bags, and their generally great customer service.

It’s not surprising that a lot of people have Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards credit cards, though the reality is that it can be tough to decide which card is best, given that there are five Southwest Visa Cards, including three personal cards and two business cards.

Chase and Southwest have even just rolled out limited-time sign-up bonuses on all three of the personal cards, so I wanted to take a closer look at which Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards personal credit card is best.

New Rapid Rewards Card 60K Bonuses

Chase and Southwest have just rolled out new increased welcome bonuses on these cards, available through October 16, 2019.

All three Southwest Rapid Rewards personal credit cards — the Southwest Rapid Rewa… Read More

Deal alert: 44+ domestic award routes pricing at just 5,000 miles each way

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In late 2018, American Airlines rolled out a new mileage discount program called Economy Web Specials which offers AAdvantage members a chance to book economy flights for as little as 5,000 miles each way. Although American started with just six obscure routes, it expanded to 11 routes in early November and up to 39 routes in mid-December — including flights to Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America and Europe (some of which are still available).

While the spectacular pricing on routes to Europe isn’t available anymore, there are still plenty of domestic routes that are currently pricing at just 5,000 miles each way. Currently, we are seeing 44 routes pricing as low as 5,000 miles each way:

AUS-LAX, CLT-LAS, DCA-BOS, DFW-BOS, DFW-BRO, DFW-FL… Read More

New Hyatt Promo Offers Up To Triple Points

World of Hyatt has just announced the details of their latest global promotion, called “Bonus Journeys.”

Earn Up To Triple Points With Hyatt’s New Promotion

With World of Hyatt’s new Bonus Journeys promotion, you can earn up to triple points:

Earn triple World of Hyatt points for stays at all Hyatt Place properties
Earn double points at all other Hyatt hotels and resorts; this even includes M life Rewards destinations, as well as Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties

Note that you only start earning bonus points with this promotion starting with your second stay. With your first stay you’ll earn points as usual.

In order to take advantage of this promotion, you need to:

Register between September 9 and October 31, 2019
Stay between September 15 and December 15, 2019

There are some further terms to be aware of:

You can earn a maximum of 200,000 bonus points during the promotion period; this includes a maximum of… Read More