Recap: 2016 Travel

Wowzer! It’s hard to believe we’ve made an entire rotation around the earth again (I mean, not really, but time flies when you’re having fun!). I wanted to end 2016 with a post on what we spent on travel during the year, and what we saved by using points.

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Recap: A Year on the Rails

In my week of recaps, I wanted to start with the one I was most excited to examine:  my Amtrak travel! As we all know, or should know by now, I love Amtrak for the convenience of getting to all the places I really need to go:  home and Nick’s home (conveniently also Hamilton). So, let’s dive in, and see what a year on the rails looked like!

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Three “Travel” Books on my Christmas Wishlist

It’s that time of year when it seems as if every New Yorker is on their way O-U-T of the Big Apple to visit family and friends, which is exactly what I’ve done! As books (and reading!) are up there with travel as some of my favorite things, I thought it might be fun to post a few books about travel I hope are under the tree when I get home. These aren’t your typical “travel” books though–these books use stories and maps to tell compelling narratives about New York City and the world around it.

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Seven Things I Can’t Travel Without

It’s that time of year again–we’re all rushing off to spend time with our friends and family, and to hopefully relax! I’m off to New Hampshire tomorrow for two weeks for some much needed R&R (Amtrak and the bus both ways), and all those hours of travel ahead made me think of the things I can’t (or won’t!) travel without.

Not a bad idea…

In no particular order, here’s what I always have with me when I travel:

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Three Bookstores Worth Visiting

If there’s one thing I love more than Amtrak, it’s books. Paperbacks, hardcovers, new, used, fiction, nonfiction–LITERALLY ALL OF THEM. Bring me the books. So, naturally, whenever I go somewhere, I try to seek out a bookstore to peruse for a few minutes (or hours). In my mind, no vacation is complete without a trip to one.

How I feel entering a bookstore

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Saturday Round-Up 12/10

We’re back to our regularly scheduled Saturday Round-Up, so without further ado:

1. Recap:  A Year of AMEX Offers – Let’s look back at my year of savings using American Express Offers. If you’re not sure what these are, here’s a brief description from American Express. Continue reading here.

2. Chase Freedom Q1/Q2 Categories Announced – Yesterday, Chase confirmed their 5% cash back categories for the first two quarters of 2017. Are we in for something new–or a return of the categories we have come to expect? Continue reading here.

3. Why it Pays to Book in Advance – On Monday, I thought about upgrading my Amtrak ticket from Acela Business to Acela First, as I’ve always wanted to try Amtrak’s First Class service. I had originally booked my trip home back in September, a one-way Acela Business class ticket for 4,297 points.Continue reading here.

4. AAA and Amtrak–A Match Made in Heaven? – I am always looking for a way to save money on travel–money I don’t spend on one trip, I can use for another! In today’s post, we’re looking at whether or not it makes sense for someone who rides Amtrak to get an AAA Membership. Continue reading here.

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