After having covered lots of Midtown Manhattan on our first day in New York, we focused most of our efforts on Lower Manhattan for the beginning of our second day in the city. However, since it was convenient to the subway line we would be taking down to Lower Manhattan, we first decide to check out the famed Central Park. Here’s what we found: Continue reading
When I first looked to plan a spring trip to the East Coast, I was focused on getting Mrs. ITP and myself to Washington, D.C. during that small window of time when the cherry blossoms are in bloom and the springtime warmth banishes the snow flurries and icy winter air. I started by adding a “free one-way” onto our summer round-trip flight to Croatia (see this post for an explanation), but we still had to get from Southern California to Washington. That’s where United’s award availability got scarce and New York got added to the itinerary.
By flying to the United hub city of Newark, we were able to get to the East Coast on award miles and then utilize one of the many inexpensive yet comfortable private bus companies to get to DC. Between landing in Newark and heading to DC though, we went on a 48-hour whirlwind tour of New York City. Continue reading
We’ve just returned from our week-long trip to the East Coast and that means a wealth of new tips, tricks, and travel reports are headed your way!
In this travel report series, among other things, you’ll learn:
- How we got the most out of a short stay in New York City
- Taking on the Capital City in a variety of weather conditions
- Utilizing various forms of public transit and navigating the big city
- How to see and do a ton without spending a weighty sum
- Dining and Drinking in NYC + DC
- The benefits and drawbacks of aspirational hotel award redemption bookings
- An essay on the transient nature of umbrellas
As always, you can utilize the Travel Reports page on the main menu of IndependentTravelPlanning.com to access all of ITP’s travel reports, which include: US travel reports, international travel reports, and bicycle touring travel reports!
Want to know more about this unique, Colombian attraction? Read ITP Travel Report on Colombia, pt. 8: Guatape and La Piedra
In part 1, I showed you how we’ll be getting from Los Angeles to the South American hub city of Santiago, Chile. We managed to save nearly $4,000 on those tickets! In part 2, I’ll examine how we used Delta Skymiles to get from Santiago to several spots in Patagonia, including the lake district beauty of Bariloche and the wilds of El Calafate and Southern Patagonia. Continue reading
A while back, a good friend of mine expressed the desire to see the summer solstice from the ends of both the northern and southern hemispheres. I said I’d like to be a part of such a cool concept, and agreed to head to the southern hemisphere for a December 21st date with the longest day of the year. Nearly a year on, and still 300 days from our departure, I’m happy to say our tickets are booked and we’re going to Patagonia!
Getting to the southern tip of Argentina and Chile, I’ve learned, is an adventure all by itself, and required me to dig deep into my award miles playbook to come up with a way to get us there on the cheap. As it turns out, three strategic credit-card signups is all we needed to get the job done. This post will show how we used two of those cards to get to Santiago, the capital of Chile, one of two major gateway cities for those seeking flights into the wilds of Patagonia. Continue reading
So you know you want to visit Zion National Park by now, having read the first three parts of this series. Now it’s time to figure out where to stay and how to fuel your adventures. Continue reading