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My alarm clock started loudly chiming at 7 a.m. and I sprang out of bed with excitement. While I normally loathe the idea of waking up that early, the day I had been impatiently waiting for had finally arrived. Today … I’m finally exploring the idyllic Rottnest Island! Now if you’ve never heard of this place before — prepare to add it to your bucket list! I’ll never forget the first time… Read More

What’s on your “Australia bucket list”? Many people might include snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, seeing a koala or a kangaroo, and learning to surf in Sydney. While all of these experiences are indeed awesome, no Australia bucket list should be complete without driving the Great Ocean Road – one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives – along the south-eastern coastline of this undeniably beautiful country. The Great Ocean Road begins… Read More

Anyone who flies should open an account with their airline’s loyalty program; it’s free, and even infrequent travelers might someday accumulate enough credit for an award flight, especially if they take advantage of the many ways to earn miles besides flying, such as staying at hotels, renting cars, using a credit card, or even sending flowers. But how do you go from earning the miles to booking that award? I’ve made this… Read More