Different Approaches of Credit Card Spending to Earn Miles & Points

If you collect miles and points by using your credit cards, knowing what cards to use for each type of purchase will maximize the points you’ll earn. However, making sure you have the right card with you at all times and staying up to date on the current bonus categories is a lot of work. If you’re the type of person who, like me, wants to maximize earnings on every purchase, you might need to carry at least 3-4 cards with you at all times. If you’re someone who, like Sharon, just wants to have one card for all of your purchases, you’ll want to make sure the care you are using is good for the majority of the things you buy. Looking at the cards that I have in my wallet compared to what cards Sharon carries can give you a glimpse into two different strategies for earning points and miles.

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Experiencing Tragedy in a Tourist Town As A Resident & As A Visitor

Joe and I have lived in Central FL/Orlando region, an area that has had its share of natural and man-made disasters, for the past 15 years, and we were frequent visitors for years and years before that. We’ve also have also had the opportunity to visit many places around the world, several of which have experienced their own tragedies – Key West FL, which has been ravaged by dozens of hurricanes over the years, Anaheim and Napa and Sonoma Valleys, the areas in California that experienced massive fires in recent weeks, Kyoto Japan, an city that suffered a huge earthquake in the 90s, and of course, Las Vegas NV, where a mass shooting took place just a couple of weeks ago. You know what I’ve discovered? Your perception of tragedy in a tourist town as a visitor and as a resident are very, very different. And once you’ve experienced a catastrophic event as a resident, your perception of other tourist towns that have experienced similar issues are different yet again, even when you’re just there as a tourist.

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Our Weekly Recap: 10/15/17 – 10/21/17

Happy Saturday, y’all! Here’s a list of what we posted this week.

Joe wrote about:

Sharon wrote about:

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How Traveling Together Can Show You Were Meant For Each Other

Sharon and I don’t usually get to spend that much time together. Between work schedules and other obligations, it’s typically only about once a week that we get to spend most of the day with each other. We try to do something fun but other times we’re fixing the house, mowing the lawn or other not fun things (a.k.a. “adulting”). So when we get to spend time with each other, it’s a treat.

We’re approaching the second longest stretch of “togetherness” that we’ve had since we’ve known each other. It’s been the two of us, all the time, 24-7, for almost two weeks now. By the end of this trip, we will have shared 6 hotel rooms, worked together, hiked (OK, more like walked slowly down a moderate path), gambled in Vegas (I gambled, she watched) and dined together.

There are a few signs that show that we were really meant for each other. I think they’re pretty universal.

  1. You’re still together by the end of the trip. Really, next to hanging wallpaper or installing flooring (we’ve done both), a long trip will show the strength of your relationship. If the first thing you want to do when you get home is to be alone, well, ummm…let’s move on.
  2. The little things. The times you do things for each other without asking. One morning I walked to the Starbucks to get coffee in the morning. When I returned to the room, Sharon asked if I read the text she sent me. I didn’t hear my phone ding so I said I hadn’t. She looked disappointed so I looked at the message and it said “Don’t forget straw!” At that point, I pulled a straw out of the bag. I knew she’d want one. That’s love right there (even if I think drinking coffee with a straw is kinda weird).
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  3. You’re willing to do things you’re not really crazy about. Well, up to a point.  As I said earlier, we went hiking at the Grand Canyon. Not really hiking but we did walk for 3/4 of a mile along a finished path between two viewing points. We could have taken the shuttle bus, but I wanted to walk it. She did it with me, even though I know she didn’t want to. On the other hand, I’m willing to stand and wait for her to look through all the shops at the places we visit. She knows I hate it so she doesn’t take long but I don’t put up a fuss.
  4. You give away things you want. You may have read that one of my biggest travel complaints is that hotel rooms with two beds usually only have one night stand.crowne-plaza-nyc
    During this trip, we stayed at two hotels where I didn’t have any table, shelf or even a plug, When we got to our 5th hotel of the trip, Sharon offered to sleep on the other side of the bed so I’d have the table. I was really touched by this because you have no idea what a big deal this is – she REALLY likes having a nightstand. I couldn’t think of a present that would mean as much as this sacrifice she made for me.  I felt bad when she tried to rest her phone on the head board and it fell off, almost hitting her on the head (that’s when she resorted to leaving her phone on the floor). I’m enjoying getting the table, because I don’t think getting the lone nightstand in the room is going to happen again for a while.

Of course, there are some things that just don’t change, no matter how perfect you are together. For example, we have separate bathrooms at home (Note from Sharon: I planned it that way. I was NOT going to fight that battle) and with that comes certain bathroom habits. I tend to leave my bathroom a bit of a mess and then there’s that whole toilet seat down thing that women seem to be obsessed with. I try to be good when we are traveling together, I really do. However there are times where I forget to raise or lower the seat or use up all the paper and not put out the new roll (Note from Sharon: Or splash water all over the vanity when you’re brushing your teeth and don’t clean it up. Or adjust the shower head so it’ll hit you in the chest and don’t move it back to a position where it won’t hit me in the head, when you know I can’t reach the shower nozzle. Or…). Sharon forgives me for these slip ups, albeit with some proper scolding for my bad behavior. That’s OK…I scold her for spending too much time on the computer when we’re away, when I’ve spent all this time planning the trip, so it all evens out.

Besides being a heck of a lot of fun, travel is also stressful. There are lots of things that you have to worry about that you normally don’t give a second thought to, like “Where is the room key?,” “What time is the flight?” and “Where is my deodorant?” It’s easy to spot couples who are giving in to the stress as they’re the ones arguing over which corner the bus will arrive. If you’re traveling and feel this happening to you, take a step back and remember that this is the trip you both WANTED to go on and were looking forward to for months. If you’ve NEVER had this happen to you, then I’d say that you are both  VERY LUCKY and should be thankful for what you have together. Happy trails!

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A Modern Day Look at Walt Disney World’s (Abandoned) Discovery Island

Between 1974 and 1999, Discovery Island was an island (duh!) that was open as a hard ticket attraction in Walt Disney World’s Bay Lake, located roughly between the Contemporary Resort Hotel and the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness. The highlight of the island was that guests could observe its many species of animals and birds.  After 25 years of success, it closed to guests shortly after Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened and, a few months later, was virtually abandoned after all the resident animals has been transferred to Animal Kingdom.

I visited Discovery Island as a kid in the 1970s. My memories of it are pretty vague,
partially because it was more years ago than I care to think about, but also because, well,

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Strange Travel Quirks: Can You Relate?

What quirky things do you do when traveling?

I was recently reading an article on the website Hello Giggles about quirky travel behaviors. Some of them were understandable, like refusing to walk barefoot on hotel carpets. Other quirks ranged from needing a specific number of pillows in order to be able to sleep to getting to the airport hours early because of a fear of missing your plane.

Sharon has a few things she does when we travel that I shake my head at, like bringing her own pillow from home no matter where we are going or how long the trip is. I’ve actually started  doing this one myself, but only for longer trips so I no longer consider it that quirky of a behavior (except when it’s just for a night of two. That’s still quirky). (Note from Sharon: Shup! I love my pillow!)

She also wipes the TV remote control down with Purell, but I could see a reason for that, in an effort to prevent others’ germs from getting on our hands.

One thing I find more odd is that she brings her own soap and shampoo. Now that’s not strange in and of itself but they are not the same brand of soap and shampoo she ever uses at home. They are specific ones that she only uses when she’s on vacation (Note from Sharon regarding the photo below: I don’t ever use Dove and I do not need to use Head & Shoulders. Joe, why did you pick THAT picture?!?!?! LOLOL!).

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I have a couple of quirky things I do when I travel. I take the hotel soaps home with me. Now, I know that’s not uncommon but I’ll also take the used soap bars home with me or bring them from hotel to hotel.

I’ll also stack my change. It started when I was traveling overseas, mainly so I’d know how much money I had. Coins have value (and weight) in other countries and you can end up walking around with £20 of coins in your pocket before you know it. Stranger still is now I do it when we travel in the U.S.

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I also unpack my suitcase if I am staying somewhere for more than 1 night. By this, I mean I unpack ALL of my clothes in the drawers and closets. If it’s only a 1 night stay, I’ll begrudgingly live from my bag but more than that I want to feel like I have some control over the space.

So what’s something you do when you travel that’s a little unusual? Come on, fess up. I told you my little idiosyncrasies (and Sharon’s, too). What’s yours?

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Getting Into the Halloween Spirit: A Walk-Through Exhibit That May Be the Stuff of Nightmares!

Perfect for those who want to get a little more Halloween into their lives, or possibly for those who have nightmares of the arachnophobic nature and want to conquer their fears, a zoo has opened an immersive spider exhibit they hope is helping to increase peoples’ understanding of the 8-legged creatures.
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