Bicoastal Disney Openings, Visiting Liverpool With A Beatle, A New Way To Search for Flights & More

And here it is, Sunday again. Hope y’all have had a good week! Here are some travel articles we’ve recently seen that we think you may enjoy.

  • Nick at Frequent Miler wrote about a new search function on one of my favorite websites, Google Flights. You’re now able to search for airfares that allow you to put a carry on bag in the overhead bin. So it’ll eliminate basic economy fares that don’t allow bin access and add the bag charge to flights that charge extra for the privilege (like Spirit and Frontier).
  • Caroline from Frugal Travel Guy wrote about the best places to stay in Cuba on points and miles. The hotels available for points redemption are slim if you are an American who can even visit under the current travel restrictions. Personally, I’d strongly suggest staying at a casa particular instead of a chain resort. You can go to any island in the Caribbean and stay at a resort. If you’re going to Cuba, spend some time with the people. You’ll never forget it.
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Sharon & Joe in Havana, March 2016

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We FINALLY Saw The Austin Bats (a.k.a. “Normy & Sam Were Good Luck!”)

Joe and I just came back from a whirlwind 5-day trip to New Braunfels, Austin & San Antonio, Texas. We’ve done bits and pieces of this trip almost every year since 2006 or so, but this was the first time we brought our friends Norman (Normy) and Samantha (Sam). They live in Georgia, had never been to Schlitterbahn New Braunfels (our main reason for the annual jaunt…although Buc-ee’s, one of the best hotel employees in the world and some of our favorite restaurants in the area [The Salt Lick and Huisache Grill, among others] are a close 2nd, 3rd and 4th), and Sam had never been to Texas, period. So we had reason to do a few more touristy things than usual, including the Austin sign and the Alamo (both of which were perfect opportunities to add to my photobomb collection, LOLOL!).

Normy had mentioned he would like to see the bats in Austin. Now, Joe and I had already tried to see the bats twice before while standing on the South Congress Bridge, with absolutely NO results. So we figured this visit would be “3 strikes and you’re out,” or “3rd time’s the charm.”

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My Top Eleven Most Memorable Hotels

It’s Freaky Friday so I get to write about whatever I want. This week, instead of ranting complaining about devaluations in hotel or airline loyalty programs or commenting on how travel companies can do better, I decided to do something a little more fun. With no intent to do so, I started to reminisce about the most memorable hotels where I’ve stayed. Now, these aren’t necessarily the best hotels, the fanciest hotels or the most expensive ones I’ve ever stayed. Instead, these are the places that left the most distinct memories. Some of these places I haven’t stayed at for decades and others we just visited this year. The reasons they’re memorable vary. They could be places where I stayed during a “once in a lifetime” trip or somewhere that was so unique that it was unforgettable. I think you get the picture. It’s not always the fanciest or most expensive or most popular hotel that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Any place could end up being on the list. You just have to find out for yourself what places are special to you.

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Our National Parks: A Week Of Celebration & A SUPER RARE Hotel Offer!

For one week in April, the National Park Foundation (that’s the official charity of the United States’ national parks) celebrates our country’s treasures…our national parks. This year the big event commonly known as National Park Week will be held April 21 through April 29 and to celebrate, national parks across the country will host a bunch of special events! Take a look at this awesome schedule they have scheduled!

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