Are you a fan of reading?? So am I! Over the past few months I’ve rediscovered my love for reading. I try to read (or listen to) two books a month.
Reading books can transport you to a far off place without actually having to physically go. It is relaxing. It’s informative. And it can make you a smarter, wiser, more rounded individual.
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Those who are frequent visitors already know I love taking advantage of credit card rewards. For the new readers? Well, now you know. Credit card rewards can be very lucrative. I’ve easily saved thousands by using my miles and points for free flights or free stays at hotels.
The rewards you earn make it possible for you to afford to travel to an expensive destination (such as Bora Bora or Australia) or stay longer at a cheap location (such as Prague or Vietnam). Points and miles can also change how you actually do the traveling. Wanna fly first class? Use your miles.
First, I don’t know if there’s a country that is more breathtaking than Switzerland. The country is as beautiful as it is expensive. And Lucerne is no exception.
I would describe Lucerne as a fairly compact city with a lake on one side, and mountains around all other sides. If nothing else, it’s certainly a walkable area.
But what can you do to occupy your time there during a weekend getaway and not break the bank?
Here’s your answer:
Take a walk around the city’s Old Town
I admit, Munich was not how I imagined it would be. And that’s not a bad thing. I originally thought it was going to be less modern than it was. But it’s about as modern a city as there is in the world. It’s also got a historic district and the two blend together very nicely.
The German city is in Bavaria (south eastern part of Germany) and is home to roughly 1.5 million people. With its size, there’s no shortage of options at your disposal during a visit. But what should you do if you’re planning to hit it and then quit it after a few days? Here’s your list:
It’s no secret, I’m a big fan of Apple. I use a lot of their products. You may be the same. But with 2017 being the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone (doesn’t it seem longer than that?), I knew something special was going to be announced. And it was. Not only did they announce changes to the Apple Watch, but they also introduced three new iPhones: the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and, the belle of the ball, the iPhone X (pronounced as “iPhone 10”).
All three are improvements from older handsets, but how much of an improvement? Well, that depends on who you ask. The motions ranged from disappointment, to excitement. But one thing is for sure: all three are great for travel. And here’s why:
Prague is a city with an extensive history. As an example, one of the main tourist attractions is the Charles Bridge, which was built in 1402. Let me repeat that date: 1402. That’s before the United States was even a thought. Heck, that was a full 90 years before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
And that’s just the beginning. It’s also home to the largest castle in the world, a town square that’s everything a European town square should be, and an astronomical clock installed in 1401 that still works today.
There’s obviously plenty to do in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Here are some of the activities I would highly recommend during a short visit:
Here in the U.S., if you tell someone you’re headed to Amsterdam, it’s not unusual for a smile to crack across the face of that person. Why? Well, you may already know. Actually, you may also have that same smile on your face.
Here’s the thing: to many, the one and only reason to head to Amsterdam is because of their coffeeshops. Yes, you guessed it: the kind of coffee shop that doesn’t sell coffee (email me if you’re not sure what they sell).
But once I landed in the Netherlands (quick side note: the full name of the country is Kingdom of the Netherlands), I quickly realized there’s a whole lot more to the city than “coffee.”
This summer I went back to Europe for the first time in a long time. Over the span of two weeks, my fiancée and I took in the Netherlands, Czech Republic (or Czechia, if you prefer), Germany, and Switzerland.
Many of you have asked how I paid for the trip. I covered the flights here. Yeah, free flights by transferring 110,000 of my Chase Ultimate Rewards points to a few of Chase’s travel partners (United and Air France). Taxes, unfortunately, still have to get paid, so in addition to my points, I paid $250.
Once we landed, here’s where we stayed and how much it cost:
I haven’t always been the biggest reader. But as of late, it’s been something I’ve been doing a lot more of. Whether it’s to learn, to escape, or for something else, I like a good book.
And if you spend a lot of your time in a plane, train, or automobile (audio versions may be best for the latter), a good book should always be towards the top of the list when you’ve got time to kill. So if you’re looking for a good read or two, this list is one to bookmark:
Sometimes it feels like you have to do a reverse mortgage on your house (does anyone really know what that is, btw?) just to take a vacation! Maybe that’s why many Americans don’t take all of their allotted vacation time they get from work. Seriously, though. Vacations are expensive. And if you don’t do your research, planning, and saving beforehand, it could be devastating to your credit score.