There are a lot of people out there that don’t like credit cards. I don’t know if “scared” is the right word, but it seems to fit. They’re scared that all the perks you may get by signing up for a credit card is too good to be true. They’re scared that they may start to use a credit card for what banks hope you use it for: living today on tomorrow’s (possible) income. Indeed, if you use credit cards like that, you’ll be up a creek… and it won’t smell anything like flowers.
Why the hostility towards credit cards?
After the ring, the big day itself, and all the events surrounding it, oftentimes there’s not much left in the coffers for a dream honeymoon. However, there’s no need to run away and pout! There are plenty of destinations out there that’ll check all the right boxes when it comes to a romantic getaway for a newlywed couple without breaking the bank.
Halfway around the world
So far this year, I’ve spent way more than should be legal on my wedding. But it’s not all bad! I’ve put most of that on credit cards trying to maximize my earning potential when it comes to points and miles. You see, I’ve figured out first hand that expenses can add up quickly when planning a wedding, but using the right credit cards for wedding and honeymoon purchases can pay off big time for future travel.
Including bonuses, I’ve earned:
The Platinum Card by American Express is one of those cards that exudes a bit of clout in the credit card community. That clout seems to have dissipated somewhat as of late, due to stiffer competition like the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Citi Prestige, but it’s still there. And the Amex Platinum also has quite a few perks up its sleeve that may make the fact that it has a $550 annual fee worth it. Ultimately, though, that’s up to you.
This is a charge card
First and foremost, I think it’s important to point out that this is a charge card, not a credit card. What’s the difference, you ask? The biggest difference is the fact that a charge card needs to get paid off in full every month. A credit card can carry a balance. But because of that, you will typically have more spending power with a charge card because you won’t have a set limit that you can put on them.
Not paying off a charge card will come with severe consequences. Those consequences can include suspending your line of credit entirely. So if you decide to get one, it's best to pay it off.
Main card benefits
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On June 8th, the world-renowned travel writer, chef, and television host Anthony Bourdain committed suicide at the age of 61.
There’s no doubt, Bourdain was a lot of things. Before I started travel writing, I thought of him more as a chef and television host. But shortly after I began my little trek into the world of travel writing, I found out that Bourdain was a fantastic writer. Much like his career as a chef, as a writer, he seemed to know what ingredients (words) belonged and he knew where to sprinkle them in.
Below are just a few of his quotes that may inspire you to travel, cook, or live life to the fullest every single day:
Podcasts. They’re a fantastic way to kill time. Whether it’s on your next long drive or long layover/flight, there’s a binge-able podcast for everyone.
The choices are seemingly endless. That’s because basically anyone with a smartphone can make a podcast. Many say we’re in the golden age of podcasting. And it’s hard to argue with that. But while having so many choices at your fingertips is a good thing, there’s at least one unintended consequence: you have to sift through a lot of crap in order to find the good stuff! Now, if you had all week, you could theoretically do a deep dive into that list and find your favorites. But who has that kind of time?
Trying to figure out where you’re going on that much-deserved post wedding trip? Whether you’re looking for someplace romantic, exotic, budget friendly, or someplace where breathtaking beaches are plentiful, there are nearly an endless amount of options when figuring out where to go on your honeymoon.
Tequila is a drink with a rich history. Yes, contrary to popular belief, it has more of a history than making your clothes fall off.
A Brief History of Tequila
Tequila is a type of mezcal (which, if you haven’t tried you should). Tequila, however, has to be made with at least 51% blue agave, unlike mezcal (yes, there are several different varieties of agave).
And just like Champagne, tequila can only be made (legally, for it to be called “tequila”) in a few specific regions of Mexico. Within one of those regions is where the drink we now call tequila was born: in the town of Tequila. Not too long after the city’s founding, the drink was commercialized with the help of a man that went by a name that’s still known today: Jose Cuervo.
Traditionally, there are five different kinds of tequila:
Having said that, you should know this: there is now a new category added to that list. The Tequila Regulatory Council has added a category called cristalino. Cristalino is aged (like añejo) tequila that is filtered to strip the caramel color out of it.
The New Kid On The Block
Berlin is quite the place to visit. What stood out to me is its unique mix of old and new. From its modern skyscrapers to the relics of generations past, the old vs. new mix certainly made the city stand out to me. This week, in Picture This, a semi-regular series on The Keith King Report, is a picture blog of Berlin. If you're interested in more on this series, you can find the others in the series here.
They’re mysterious to those who’ve never been in one, yet unforgettable to anyone who has. Before I was lucky enough to visit an airport lounge, I’d walk by those doors that say “Admirals Club” or “Sky Club” slowly, just so I could maybe get a peak inside, wondering what it was like.
Still, they’re unheralded, often forgotten parts of every airport (certainly by the majority of people who travel). If you fly on a regular basis, a lounge can potentially save you, not only your sanity, but a ton of cash. If you don’t fly a lot, buying a day pass may turn your trip to the airport into something you look forward to, rather than a chore.