Maldives

Maldives

Where to honeymoon??

Where to honeymoon??

Where to honeymoon??

Maldives has been on our radar for a couple of years now…and to be completely honest, we would have probably never consider it if it wasn’t for our honeymoon. For one it’s a liiiiittle pricier than what we like to spend on trips and two, it is REALLY, REALLY far (from Las Vegas), 38 hours far to be exact!

BUT it is our honeymoon and we’ve been dying to go! And boy was this place a little piece of heaven!!

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If you’ve ever done any research on the Maldives, there are about 200 islands/resorts to choose from, ALL of which have 4.5 to 5 stars on Trip Advisor. I mean, how do you even choose where to stay?? After weeks of research, we found the perfect resort of us… Shangri La Villingili. There were several reasons why this island was perfect for us; size, vegetation, price and varied activities offered. Not to mention, this is the only island in the Maldives with a golf course. Yup, my husband was sold right then and there.

If you are looking to save money (I mean, who isn’t), May-November is considered their slow season. Rooms are typically cheaper during those months and there are fewer people on the island, giving it a very intimate and exclusive feel. And if you are looking to save even MORE money, join Shangri La’s Golden Cirlce. It’s free to join and it saves you 20% off of rooms, 25% off at restaurants and bars, and 50% off their SPA services. You’re welcome.

For our first 3 nights, we decided on Shangri La’s Water Villa. A suspended villa over crystal clear, turquoise waters was a MUST in the Maldives.  I mean, this place was a dream! We’d have coffee on the terrace and watch the sunrise (we were jet lagged and up early), snorkel right off the back of the villa and enjoy an afternoon nap on the hammock. No complains here, easy living for sure!

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For our remaining 3 nights, we stayed at a Tree House Villa. I was hesitant during the booking if we would want to or feel like switching rooms during our vacay, but we’re so glad we did! Our personal villa host came and picked us up along with our luggage and made the move fast and easy! These tree house villas are located on the other side of the surf side of the island, so it was a whole new experience waking up to the crashing of the ocean waves.

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As for activities on the island, there’s plenty to do or (not do) if that’s your style! We snorkeled, played tennis and golf, went scuba diving, Maldivian night fishing, tried out paddle boarding and kayaking as well. The best part of all… they give you complimentary bikes which we took EVERYWHERE!

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This trip was very special to us in many ways. After our beautiful wedding, we were so excited to get away and RELAX. Don’t get me wrong weddings are great, but they are stressful to say the least! And if the excitement of our honeymoon coming up wasn’t enough, we got another surprise a couple of days before we left…

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we’re adding one more to the tribe!! Onto the next adventure!!

Xoxo,

The Hubbs and I

Chase Sapphire

Hi there.

In our previous blog post about Costa Rica, we mentioned that we booked some of our flights with our Chase Sapphire Reserve CC. This post is not an ad for Chase, nor are we trying to persuade anyone to open another credit card. Simply, we just want to share the perks and benefits that we get to experience traveling with Chase.

When we first signed up we’ve got 150,000 bonus points, which equates to $1,500 in travel airfare. This deal was only valid if we spent $4,000 in the first three months of opening the card. Now that is a LOT of money in a short amount of time. Luckily for us, we were moving into our new house at the time and knew we were going to be spending that kind of money on furniture and upgrades… so it worked out perfect. After the initial three months you earn 3x on travel and dining, and trust me it adds up quick!

Besides the points, we also take advantage of their TSA Pre✔® One of the most dreadful parts about traveling… yep you guessed it, those looong security lines. Come on, let’s be real. Everyone hates getting to the airport hours before a flight just to make sure you get through security on time. For our latest travel (our honeymoon) we skipped what should’ve been a 30-45 min wait and went right through. We didn’t need to take our shoes off, no laptops need to be pulled out, and belts, watches, and all your goods can stay on! I mean, come on, it’s SO easy! For frequent travelers, TSA Pre✔® is a must!!!! It costs about 80 bucks to get it and yep you guessed it, Chase pays for it.

Here’s the best part of all…access to VIP lounges all over the world. Chase pays for a Priority Pass, which grants you access to thousands of luxurious lounges in most airports. Yes. I said luxurious. I’m talking free food, free drinks, lounge chairs, Wi-Fi, showers and other amenities. We might not fly first class, but we sure do layovers like it! This part of traveling (besides the destination), quickly is becoming one our fav!

Al Maja Lounge  in Doha, Qatar.

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Thanks Chase!

 

XoXo,

The Hubbs and I

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

 

What better way to start off our first blog post than to tell you about one of our favorite trips of all-time… Costa Rica. As per typical Hubbs fashion, we had been talking and debating on where we should venture off to next. No places were off limits, no destinations were taken off the table, but there is this oneeee littttleee thing…..MONEY! Isn’t time and money the number one reason, people make excuses NOT to go travel. Not us. Not because we’re filthy rich (I wish) but because there are so many opportunities for you to save money and not spend all your life savings on one trip.

Christmas break was right around the corner, so we had the time…and now we were on a hunt for a travel deal. Having never used Groupon Getaways before, we decided to give it a shot. The key to booking online is reviews, reviews, and more REVIEWS! After a good amount of research, it was decided: we were going to Costa Rica! We ended up booking Monkey Tours for 8 days/7 nights for only $550 a person. That includes transportation to/from airport, a personal guide, breakfast and lunch, zip-lining, horse-back riding, mud baths, white river rafting and so much more. Yes, we were hesitant…this looks too good to be true, but what the heck .. ya only live once right?!

Flights are always tricky and booking around Christmas time, two weeks prior to departure is not my first recommendation. So how’d we only spend $300 per person round trip? Four words… credit card travel points. There are plenty of CC’s out there that offer incentive points for purchases, we prefer Chase Bank.

What makes this trip one of our favorites??? We love how action packed it was! And there was still plenty of time for R&R.

 

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Tabacon Hot Springs Hotel

 

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Volcanic Mud Masks at Borinque Resort

 

 

 

 

There’s no other beaches like the ones in Costa Rica!

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XO,

The Hubbs & I