How I Earned 2 Years of Free Flights with a Southwest Companion Pass

Some people have a natural ability to manipulate points to their best advantage. I am not that person. Airline points are like calculus to me. It generally goes right over my head. So how, then, did an airline points dummy like me manage to fly Southwest for free nearly two years? Not only did I fly for free, but Ryan flew for free anytime he traveled with me.

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Weekend Getaway: Things to do in Santa Fe

New Mexico is one of those under the radar states in the US and Santa Fe has long been thought as a jaunt for those of a retirement age ready to lay some serious cash for one of a kind art pieces. A weekend getaway to Santa Fe promised to be filled with it’s charming adobe buildings, its own style of Southwestern cuisine (oh wow is it spicy) it’s bursting art scene, and easy access to outdoor activities.

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Weekend Getaway: Camping in Joshua Tree National Park

Only a couple hours from tinsel town, Joshua Tree National Park transports you to a landscape like nowhere else on this planet. From twinkling night skies to hiking among fuzzy Joshua Trees and boulders the size of buildings, it’s easy to spend a weekend camping here. The only thing left on your to-do list after a weekend getaway to camp in Joshua Tree National Park is to plan your return trip.

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Announcing Our Liebster Award

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award, a blogging award! What is the Liebster Award? It is a virtual award that is given from one blogger to another, to support, recognize and promote the work of fellow bloggers. I would like to thank Angela of Global Gadding...

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New Zealand South Island 2 Week Road Trip: Our Itinerary

A 2 week road trip on New Zealand’s picturesque South Island beckons nature and adventure enthusiasts. The unending fields of rolling green hills, snow covered mountains, electric blue lakes, sky piercing fjordlands, and beautiful coastline make this an easy addition to anyone’s bucket list destination.

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10 Steps for How to Travel with Carry-on Only

There are few things more freeing than travel with carry-on only luggage. You know your bags won’t get lost, you can breeze out of the airport without having to wait for checked bags, and maneuvering through crowds is less intimidating. Less stuff equals less hassle. And while that phrase can be applied to life in general, it is particularly poignant when we talk about traveling.

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My Favorite Photo Editing Apps for Travelers

Hauling expensive and heavy photo gear is not always practical so sometimes I’m left to rely on my iPhone camera to capture priceless travel moments that require more than the GoPro. Luckily we live in an age where robust apps can up the quality of your photos and improve your photo game.

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5 Outdoor Activities Every Adventurous Couple Needs to Experience

Adventurous people gravitate to each other and for good reason. Not only is going on an outdoor adventure great for us physically, it also helps us create a stronger bond and connection. Experiencing unusual or challenging situations can be more rewarding when you share a priceless memory with someone else.

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Planning a Trip: 5 Things to Keep in Mind

Planning a trip can seem a bit overwhelming at times. There are many things to consider. Getting started is usually the hardest point since there are so many options out there, the paradox of choice can rear its head. Fear not, I’ve put together this list of 5 things to keep in mind when planning a trip or vacation to help you get started.

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About Me

Hi! I’m Daina, a Chicago native turned Southern Californian. I didn’t quit my job to travel, but my limited vacation days can’t stop me from finding adventures both abroad and near. Adventure is out there, you just have to know where to look for it.

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