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How to do Barcelona in 4 days.

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Barcelona is such a great city. With the perfect amount of beach and city, I can most definitely live here. Starting with the food. It’s surprisingly cheap to eat. And aside from the food being affordable, the entertainment is intriguing. Like the traditional flamenco show. You’ve seen nothing in Barcelona if you don’t attend a flamenco show.

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AFRICA: The Fairmont Mara Safari Club in the Maasai Mara National Reserve

The entrance of our wonderful hotel the Fairmont Mara Safari Club.

The entrance of our wonderful hotel the Fairmont Mara Safari Club.

The Fairmont Mara Safari Club is a top notch hotel in the Mara North Conservancy in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This hotel has become very dear to us for it’s amazing location, beauty and especially, their great staff and exceptional customer service. In our previous blog, we mentioned our safari tour-guide driver, Henry. Henry was absolutely wonderful. Starting with his over 10 years experience in game drives in the area, his personality makes you want to stay forever. He has definitely won a place in our hearts for as long as we live. Anne, at the reception, was also astounding in helping us with whatever we needed. What made our experience in Kenya that much better was the fact that everyone was friendly and eager to help at all times. No matter if it was first thing in the morning or the middle of the night. So today, I will be writing a review on our experience staying in this hotel.

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AFRICA: Safari in the Maasai Mara National Reserve

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Outside the Maasai Village with our outstanding driver & tour guide, HENRY!!

Lions, elephants, hyenas, leopards, monkeys, gazelle and antelopes galore, crocodiles, wildebeest, zebras… The list goes on and on of animals you see on a daily basis when on safari. It is truly amazing to witness how they act in the wild and how close the drivers take you into the action. Most of them know a lot about the animals and their behaviors. Take our guide Henry from the Fairmont Mara Safari Club. He is outstanding! Really knows his stuff and makes everyone feel comfortable with his extraordinary personality. Two thumbs up for this great tour guide. Hopefully, if you decide to visit Kenya and stay in the Fairmont Mara Safari Club, you are privileged with Henry as your driver and tour guide.

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Sunrise on the Maasai Mara National Reserve park

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First Safari vacation in Kenya, Africa.

The great migration in Kenya, Africa.

The great migration in Kenya, Africa.

We’re on our way to Kenya in Africa for our first Safari adventure. We’re on the plane now getting ready for a total of 3 flights and almost 30 hours of travel time till we get to our final destination. I can’t explain how excited we are to experience a little bit of Africa and the animals. This has been a childhood dream of mine to see all these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.

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Why land in Thailand? (Part 1)

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Recently, we’ve been asked why go to Thailand? What is so special over there that is making it so popular? Truthfully, we became interested in Thailand a few years ago when searching for our next adventure.
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My husband has always loved Asia so when we started reading on things about Thailand and how inexpensive it was over there, it intrigued us. We then started noticing different movies that were filmed there. It was then, we realized how beautiful it was. So we made the bold decision to make a trip of it with some friends. What a great idea! First, I’ll mention briefly where we stayed both times we visited Thailand…

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Is Bora Bora, Boring Boring?

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Some people believe Bora Bora is beautiful but not worth the trip because they feel there’s nothing to do or feel they’ll be very limited by being stuck in the hotel. And, this might be true to some extent. We, ourselves, had postponed our trip because we worried we’d get bored for the same reasons. You see, we’re the type of people who like to stay active, even on vacation. So, naturally, we assumed just because it was a small island that there would be nothing to do. Boy, were we wrong…

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Swimming with sharks in Bora Bora

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Swimming with black-tip sharks was definitely an experience of a lifetime. Although, these are not comparable to the great white or the tiger shark, it can still be scary at first to jump in the water with them. Especially, if it’s in open ocean, where it is easily 100 feet deep at least. This is what happened to us when we decided to buy the tour.

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Our 1st Trip To Asia – Hong Kong & Thailand: The JW Marriott Hong Kong Review

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JW Marriott Hong Kong Hotel.

By Guillermo Rodriguez (Award Travel Points)

In March we did our 1st trip to Asia and spend 2 days in Hong Kong and 7 days in Thailand. This was an amazing trip and a once in a life time experience and now we are sharing our experiences and stories with everyone. We would also like to show everyone how they can too make trips like this possible for almost no money out of pocket. This is our review of The JW Marriott Hong Kong Hotel. Read the rest of this entry

Our 1st Trip To Asia – Hong Kong & Thailand: The City of Hong Kong Trip Review

By Guillermo Rodriguez (Award Travel Points)

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This is a review of our 2 short but awesome and active days in Hong Kong.       Our day started early in the morning. The plane arrived to Hong Kong at 6:00am and it was too early to check into our hotel (JW Marriott Hong Kong), so we decided to leave our luggage in the hotel and started touring and walking around the city. We didn’t want to waste any time because our stay in Hong Kong was going to be very short, just 2 days and there’s just so much to see and do in Hong Kong.

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Our 1st Trip To Asia – Hong Kong & Thailand: Cathay Pacific New Business Class Seats – New York To Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific new business class seats!

Cathay Pacific new business class seats!

By Guillermo Rodriguez (Award Travel Points)

We’re currently on the way back from Thailand to Miami. Hong Kong and Thailand we’re an amazing experience and i can’t wait to go back and explore more.  I will review everything about our trip and how we made this happen by using only points and miles earned from credit cards. Our trip started with Cathay Pacific Airlines in their new Boeing 777-300  business class seats. It was a long flight of almost 16 hours non-stop from New York JFK airport. I must say that Cathay Pacific new business class seats were as good as advertise. Our seats were in Cathay Pacific business class (mini cabin) which holds only 8 seats and is very private and quiet. Read the rest of this entry

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