We ALWAYS want to share the our top tricks for great travel, and there are some amazing credit card bonuses happening right now.
Delta and American Express have an awesome deal going on. If you sign up for for the Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, you will earn 60,000 bonus miles, which is the highest we’ve ever seen!
We both have the Delta SkyMiles card and we love to fly Delta. They waive the annual fee ($95) the first year, but we have actually kept this one for a few years. If you often fly with bags, the annual fee pays for itself in two flights! If you want to avoid the fee altogether, you can cancel before your year mark and you won’t lose your points.
If you’re unsure if this is a good deal or right for you, here’s an idea of what 60,000 points could get you: You could snag a free roundtrip flight to London, Paris, Amsterdam, etc. If international travel isn’t your thing, you could knab TWO free RT domestic flights, with some miles left over for more!
We know that not everyone loves credit cards and that’s ok, but we also know that there is SO MUCH free travel out there with credit card points! So our suggestion is: ditch that debit card for a few months, use your credit card for EVERYTHING and then enjoy an awesome vacation for much much less!
Click here to apply for the Delta SkyMiles card.
If you have any questions for us, leave a comment below!
If you’re headed to Zion National Park anytime soon and trying to decide which hike you should do Observation Point might just be the perfect one!
It’s pretty. I highly doubt there is an ugly hike in Zion because the whole park is pretty breathtaking, but this hike has some awesome views.
It’s not too difficult. Is it easy? No. Did we take a lot of breaks? Yes. I think this one is technically labeled as strenuous, but overall, it’s really not too bad. It took us about three hours to hike up, we hung out at the top for a good 30 minutes, and we were finished with the whole thing in about four and a half hours. It was just the right amount of difficult.
It’s not crowded. Yes, we passed (and were passed) by a decent number of people on the hike, but we never really had to stop and wait for oncoming traffic if you know what I mean. Other hikes in Zion can be SO crowded, so it was nice to be able to enjoy the trail without too many interruptions.
It’s fun! We were looking for a fun hike that was a good workout and Observation Point fit the bill. We got to see a little bit of everything on this hike and it had an awesome payout at the end.
-Bring lots of water*
*By lots of water, I mean bring more than you think. We ran out of water basically at the top (mind you it was 90+ degrees the day we hiked) and it was a LONG WAY DOWN. Let’s just say by the time I was able to fill up my bottle back at the visitor’s center, I was about to bite someone’s head off.? I’ve never been so thirsty in my life.
If you have hiked Observation Point, or plan on hiking it in the future, let us know in the comments!
One of our favorite trips to date is a road trip through New England during the fall. If you don’t want to feel like you’re living in a postcard for a week, stop reading now, this post isn’t for you.
There isn’t a right or wrong way to plan a road trip but we recommend using the website Roadtrippers! From there it will help you decide what route is best and what places you shouldn’t be missing!
Here’s the route we took:START: Portland, Maine
1. Acadia National Park
2. Plymouth, New Hampshire
3. Sharon, Vermont
4. Grafton, New Hampshire
5. New York City, New York
6. New Haven, Connecticut
7. Boston, Massachusetts
8. Salem, Massachusetts
END: Portland Maine
Now, rent a comfortable road trip car, buy some treats, and follow along with us on the trip of your life.
Our flight landed in Portland, Maine and we didn’t skip a beat. Right after we picked up our rental car we drove straight to Portland Headlight, followed by a quick trip to a bakery for a gingerbread man. Did we mention we are driving in the FALL and everything is beautiful and there are halloween decorations everywhere?! Already we were under the spell of the New England Autumn.
We woke up the next morning and headed straight for Acadia National Park.
ACADIA. ACADIA. ACADIA. If the road trip just isn’t an option, please at least go here!
Everywhere we looked it was a postcard. It was incredible. So many bright colors.
So. Many. Selfies.
Lindsey has gotten a little TOO good at taking pictures out the car window.
That night we did something that we will never forget. We rented an AirBNB for the night at a LIFE-SIZE DOLL HOUSE. It didn’t really help that it was Halloween time and it felt slightly haunted when we arrived, but we LOVED it. Just in case you wanted our sleep deprived tour, we included our video! haha Please know we usually act like grown ups and not like we do in this video. And by usually, I mean like AT LEAST 30% of the time.
The next day was a Sunday, so we started off our day with Church followed by a visit to Sharon Vermont. It was absolutely beautiful!
After Sharon, we went to a nearby town to explore and to get some ice cream (obviously). There are the cutest churches and houses all over, we couldn’t stop taking photos of all of them.
Next Stop: NEW YORK CITY! We were lucky enough to score some tickets to Jimmy Fallon before this so that was our first stop of the day. We were so excited. We got a fist bump from THE Jimmy himself. So, we are basically besties. The rest of the day we explored our usual places of this city we love and obviously had to make a stop at Magnolia’s for their banana pudding and Serendipity because ice cream always. Is it cold outside? Doesn’t matter. If there is a good ice cream, we will find it.
The next day we headed to Boston but stopped in Connecticut for lunch. Lindsey loves cheesy jokes so obviously had to snapchat this sign.
Boston was so awesome. Everybody told us we had to start with the Freedom Trail. So that’s definitely what we did. We then had to get dinner in Little Italy because Lindsey loves Italian and you just can’t go to Boston without partaking! We finished our night off with a mandatory stop at Mike’s Pastry. We actually liked the cupcake better than the cannoli, so sue us!
The next morning we made a quick stop to see the Boston Temple before heading to our last stop: SALEM!
Our last stop was probably one of the highlights of the trip. Because it was halloween time, Salem was filled with fun people who may or may not have believed they were actually witches. We explored the town, saw pretty houses, went to some witch museums, visited A LOT of cemeteries, reenacted a couple of Hocus Pocus scenes, and of course partook in some local flavor (ahem Apple Cider DONUTS).
We were so sad when this trip had to end. This is for sure one of our favorite trips we have ever done. Please don’t hesitate and take a road trip through New England yourself. You will NOT be disappointed.
What are some other amazing road trips you have taken? Should we add one to our list?!
On our most recent trip to Europe, we only paid for about 4 of 11 nights. Our secret? The Marriott Rewards credit card.
Credit cards with awesome bonuses can cut the cost on any trip! When you sign up for the card, you will need to spend $3,000 in the first three months in order to get the bonus points, but I promise it’s worth it. The bonus right now is 80,000 points, and if you play your cards right, that could get you up to 8 free nights at Marriott Hotels!
We used several of our free nights in Europe. There’s nothing better than not having to pay a dime to stay in a nice hotel while traveling.
Other perks of the Marriott card include Silver Elite status and a free night stay every year on your card anniversary!
If you’d like to apply for a Marriott Rewards card, apply here.
Everyone knows one of the best parts of Disneyland is being able to eat all of the most delicious food.
Here is a breakdown of our favorite treats from our most recent Disneyland trips.
It’s NEVER too early for ice cream. We purchased this to get the day rolling around 10am. Soft serve from The Cozy Cone is always a must! Found inside Disney’s California Adventure in Cars Land.
We do not go to Disneyland without eating corn dogs for lunch. Some may think we’re crazy, but we sure do like them! They are found in Disneyland on Main Street. It always seems to be perfect timing because we spend the morning in California Adventure and are ready for some grub before we conquer Disneyland!
Graham Cracker and PB Sandwich
This was our first time trying these, but they were delicious! Picture a graham cracker filled with peanut butter, then covered in chocolate. Absolutely delicious. These are found at Pooh’s Corner in Disneyland.
Chocolate Covered Marshmallows
These are also found at Pooh’s Corner in Disneyland. We discovered these a couple trips ago and have continued to go back each time. Just a few marshmallows (homemade, might I add) on a stick, covered in chocolate. Phenomenal.
The Blue Bayou
If you’ve ever ridden the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, you might remember passing an area where people are sitting there eating. The restaurant is inside the ride! So cool! This place is often hard to get into and you will need a reservation, but we made ours the day of and were able to get in. This was a bucket list item for Lindsey, so since we were there on her birthday, we had to do it! They even brought her a free chocolate Mickey dessert with candles!
By the time we ate, they already had the dinner menu out. We ordered two servings of the ribeye steak to split between the four of us. DELICIOUS. We were surprised by how delicious it was exactly! It also came with some insanely good macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, veggies, and some delicious bread for the table. OH! I almost forgot to mention the AMAZING gumbo that came with our meal. So, so good.
We definitely recommend this place if you are wanting a nice sit down meal while at Disneyland! The food is great and the atmosphere is amazing!
Ice Cream on Main Street
An early dinner allows for more treats at night. That is fine by us! We NEVER leave Disneyland without hitting up the Ice Cream Parlor on Disneyland’s Main Street. They have insanely good waffle cones, with delicious ice cream. We highly recommend the cookies and cream. Plus, it’s pretty affordable for the amount of ice cream you get. Win win!
But sometimes the ice cream gets the best of you.
Mickey’s Cream Cheese Filled Pretzel
This was recommended to us by someone on our Instagram page, and we just want to say THANK YOU! We found this at the Refreshment Center on Main Street. It was gone in about 30 seconds. Imagine a nice warm pretzel filled with soft cream cheese…yum.
Somehow, we seem to have zero pictures of Kelsey eating a churro, but you better believe that she eats at least one every time she is at a Disney Park. They can be found in both Disneyland and California Adventure from little vendor carts. We swear they have one about every 20 feet! HA!
If you like french fries, these are a must try! They are very delicious. Find them at Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square.
They also sell the same gumbo that is sold at Blue Bayou. Try it. You won’t regret it.
You may have heard of this famous sandwich from Disneyland. It is also found at Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square. This is a fried ham and cheese sandwich with powdered sugar on top and a side of jelly. It doesn’t get much more unhealthy than that.
Clearly we are fans of all things Southern. Disney beignets are just the cutest, because they are Mickey shaped! These can be found at Cafe Orleans or at Mint Julep Bar, which is also in New Orleans Square but just around the corner near The Haunted Mansion.
Plus, if it’s your birthday, they will even bring it to you with a candle!
Ok, so this one isn’t food, but Lindsey swears that the Diet Coke in Disneyland is better than most places. Kelsey is just mad they don’t sell Diet Dr. Pepper in the parks.
Clearly, we love the food at Disneyland just a little too much.
What are your favorite Disney treats?! Please tell us in the comments, we are always looking to try something new!