Author: Mary Chong

Canadian Points University #PointsUYYZ Travel Hacking Conference

Travel hacking, frequent flier points, hotel rewards, loyalty rewards — they go by many different names, but they all mean the same thing — Free Travel. Travel Hack Definition – Noun A way of travelling by attaining flights, hotels, and other amenities at little or no cost by using rewards, shortcuts, tricks, travel points, or a gimmick to avoid the cost. A productivity trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity and make travelling easier, lighter, or more efficient by solving everyday travelling problems in clever or non-obvious ways. I admit that this is a form of travel...

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Getting my Guacamole on in San Antonio Texas

In San Antonio Texas there are good eats everywhere you look but each time I visit this gorgeous city I feast on one thing —- guacamole. I’m not sure what it is that makes guacamole in San Antonio so memorable. It could be the romance of a candlelit dinner along the picturesque Riverwalk at Boudro’s Texas Bistro. Perhaps it’s dining with the locals in El Mercado (Market Square) at Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia. Or maybe it’s the party atmosphere of dining al fresco with friends at La Fogata as you laugh it up during a guacamole cooking lesson...

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Sudio Vasa Bla Bluetooth Earphone Review

Never have I yearned for a piece of technology before now until I saw the Sudio Vasa Bla Bluetooth Earphones online. Earphones and Earbuds have always been a utilitarian item for me because they were a practical necessity that did a job. I wore them on the plane to watch the in-flight entertainment system and would listen to some soothing travel music so that I could peacefully get some sleep on a red eye. It never mattered what my earphones looked like because they were always black or white and Plain Jane boring — until now. Super girly of...

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#CruiseSmile Dream – Regent Seven Seas Tongass Explorer

I recently wrote about the cruise line industry’s “Plan a Cruise Month” campaign for October and the #CruiseSmile #Sweepstakes that they’ve been offering. I hope that you’ve been entering daily for a chance to win a cruise. Well, I wanted to share with you one fabulous dream cruise that I’ve been crushing over so maybe you’ll start a crush over it too. This cruise and itinerary will be the one that I select should I be one of the free cruise winners in the sweepstakes! How’s this for a #CruiseSmile dream cruise? Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers this amazing...

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Nine Dishes in Nine Cities as Recommended by Nine Food Writers

On every journey I make to some far off place in the world, I find I return home with the memory of one meal, one particular dish that remains with me forever. This unforgettable memory is the best souvenir because it involves all five traditional senses — sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. I reached out to a few of my fellow International Food Wine and Travel Writer Association food writer friends and asked them to share one dish in one city that has been particularly memorable for them. I hope you enjoy our tasty memories. Chinese Egg Tarts...

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9 Tips when Travelling with Another Couple

You’re hanging out with a couple of friends enjoying a lovely dinner out and someone says, “Hey, we should go on vacation together!” Sound familiar? Travelling with another couple can be a ton of fun but it can also be a ton of heartache. We are fortunate that we know a few couples that we love as travel companions. On the flip side, we also know of a few couples with whom we could never travel with but they are great fun to hang out with for a few hours. There is nothing wrong with this and doesn’t make...

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The Ultimate Souvenir – Passport to your National Parks

To follow is an excerpt from an article I wrote for Mom’s and Munchkins. Souvenirs, trinkets, T-shirts and tourist trash; how many of these things have you purchased while on vacation for yourself or your family that ultimately ends up in the garbage or the donation pile? I’m not immune to the allure of the souvenir. I have magnets and key chains from various cities from around the world as well as a few Starbucks mugs from the “You are here” collection. Each mug has a pictorial graphic on the outside representing a city I’ve visited. I also have...

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Quick Travel Tip #3 – Book an Extra Day off Before and After a Trip

I’m sitting here getting a pedicure and I have a massage booked for this afternoon. Tomorrow, I’ll be on vacation in the Caribbean but today I’m skipping work and having a “me day”. Why do I book an Extra Day off Before and After a Trip? So I can start my vacation stress-free! Let’s face it; travelling is stressful with all the preparation and running around to get EVERYTHING completed at work AND home before the alarm goes off for the ride to the airport. If I can manage it, I always give myself one extra day before and...

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October: Plan a Cruise Month #CruiseSmile #Sweepstakes

I’m asleep at home in my bed, but my mind is deep in slumber dreaming. In my dreams, I’m also asleep but instead of my ordinary bed in suburbia; I’m on a cruise to Alaska. Nestled in amongst the luxury linens, I can feel the gentle rocking motion of the waves of the ocean, and I’m smiling as I think about my day spent on the promenade deck watching glaciers and wildlife go past me and then later, I wined and dined on the most exquisite cuisine… Do you have a dream cruise ? I know I have a...

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Start planning fall & winter vacations #WeVisitVallarta

There is a chill in the air, and the calendar is proclaiming the end of summer and the official beginning of the Fall season leading up to winter. Sigh, where does the time go? I can still remember the feeling of the heat of the summer sun and the warm water splashing on my feet from my recent trip to Puerto Vallarta Mexico! Truly a heavenly experience! In case you missed it here’s a link to the article about my delightful stay at the all-inclusive, exclusive, adults only resort – Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway. Now is...

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