Using Points & Miles in 2016

The travel points/miles game is confusing, ever-changing, frustrating, and exhilarating. Airline Points & Miles This year, we’ve been fortunate to fly all over the world on points/miles: In March, Chris and his mother flew to Paris in business class, round trip, on American Airlines for her birthday.  We paid 200K AA miles for these two round-trip tickets. In… Continue reading Using Points & Miles in 2016

Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 6: Lessons Learned

Some thoughts on what I’ve learned after planning our Burgundian adventure for so long… I can live out of a 26L backpack indefinitely and still feel stylish, fabulous, and comfortable. I can still overpack with a 26L backpack.  There were a few bits and bobs that I could have done without (*ahem* the road atlas!).… Continue reading Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 6: Lessons Learned

Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 4: Figuring Out Day-to-Day Life

We’re now back from France.  Chris has been doing a great job of keeping notes and blogging about our daily adventures there.  This post is more about the day-to-day life there… First, it must be noted that we were very fortunate with the timing of this trip with respect to our careers.  Neither of us had to… Continue reading Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 4: Figuring Out Day-to-Day Life

Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 3: France, finally

Chris is giving a lovely day-by-day account of this vacation, so I think I’m going to focus on the nuts-and-bolts of how we’ve pulled together this trip. Saturday, July 2nd We landed in Paris on July 2nd around 8am.  In France, I booked a 4-week stay in an honest-to-goodness chateau in Chris’ favorite wine village, Puligny-Montrachet.… Continue reading Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 3: France, finally

Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 2: Berlin

Berlin is a great European capital I had never visited.  We have friends in Berlin, so in thinking about how to get to Europe this summer, Chris expressed a desire to stopover in Berlin.  Fortunately, the one airline that flies directly between Chicago and Berlin is a OneWorld alliance member (Air Berlin) and economy award… Continue reading Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 2: Berlin

Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 1: Getting to Europe

[Note: I was going to title this “Our European Adventure: 2016 Edition,” but I realized that we were in Europe earlier this year…] After months — nay, YEARS — of planning, we left Chicago on June 30, 2016.  We were laden down with the following: 1 Wine Check, packed with another Wine Check and a litter… Continue reading Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 1: Getting to Europe