Category Archives: Travel Blogs

Mommy Points Story Today

I was reading my morning blogs today and came across one that I wanted to share with you.  It was on Mommy Points, one of my favorite blogs as it talks about how to traveling inexpensively as a family.  She titled the blog post as Not Everyone is an “Expert” Flyer.  I would have titled it something like You Never Know What Others Are Going Through.  It’s a nice reminder to us all to be kind to others while we travel and every day.  It would have been so easy for her to judge the other passenger by thinking, “Who doesn’t bring a credit card when they are traveling?”  I think you’ll agree that not judging was a far better path.

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Google Reader

I follow about 5 – 10 travel blogs, most of which post every day.  It would be very time consuming to go to each of the sites every day.  Luckily, they all have set up RSS feeds.  That allows you to have the posts sent to a reader so you can read them all in one spot.  I use Google Reader.  If you have a Gmail account, you already have an account that can access Google Reader.  If you don’t, you’ll need to create an account.  It’s free to create one.  After logging into the account, you’ll want to add subscriptions.  You can do this in one of 2 ways:

  1. Search for the blogs using the search feature on Google Reader.
  2. Go to the blog directly.  Most blogs will have a way to subscribe to the blog via RSS feed, usually an orange button that has satellite rings on it.

After the set up, you will be able to view all of the blogs you follow in one spot.  Here’s what it looks like:

Another reason I like Google Reader is that also view the blogs on my phone.  I have an Android phone.  I use the NewsRob app which you can link to your Google Reader account.  There is both a free app and a paid app.  I find the free app fine for what I want to do.  What I like about the app is that when a blog has multiple posts, you get a summary of them when you click on the blog name.  That way, you can quickly decide which posts you want to read.

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First off, you have to love the name of the next blog that I follow – InACents.  It’s such a clever name.  This blog is also another relative newcomer to the travel hacking blog community.  It was started approximately 9 months ago, but there are many reasons that I like this blog over some of the blogs that have been around longer.

  1. Family travel – Like me, this site takes into account that people with kids may travel differently than people without kids.  The way we go back collecting and using points and miles is different.  I don’t think many family travel hackers are going to fly first class most of the time.  Between my husband and I, we have to be able to cover 4 tickets, instead of 2.  This blogger totally gets that too.  I am so impressed that he is traveling with young kids.  When my kids were as young as his, we didn’t travel via air much at all.  Anyone who does it with young kids has my attention.
  2. Not just travel - Again, like Travel Savvy Family, this site doesn’t just focus on travel deals.  He also talks about other ways that you can save money.  For example, he had 2 posts on Home Buying and Selling Logistics and Lessons for Newbies and Novices.
  3. Screen shots – As I mentioned yesterday, I really appreciate any site that takes the time to create screen shots to help the readers understand what they are talking about.  It takes much longer to create a post with screen shots than without.  I gravitate to those that include screen shots.
  4. Activities – This goes along with the Family Travel and Not Just Travel bullets, but I love that he includes discounts on activities.  For example, he had posts about discounts for Legoland and Six Flags!
  5. He talks about his life – He’s living the travel hacking lifestyle.  He’s talking about how he is making it work for his family, including going on a trip to Hawaii and Disneyland – geez, we have a lot in common. :)

So check out InACents.  I have a section on the left side of the site where I’ll be keeping links to all of the blogs that I talk about.  You can use it to easily link to all of them.

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Million Mile Secrets

I’m going to spend a few posts telling you about other blogs that I really like.  I’ve mentioned in the past that I got my start with travel hacking by reading the Frugal Travel Guy.  While I still enjoy reading that blog, I have a new favorite blog – Million Mile Secrets.  This is a relatively new blog; it started in April 2011.  It is written by Daraius Dubash.  There are several things I like about this blog:

  1. It is not over cluttered - I don’t like reading blogs that cram so much information in many sections on their front page.  That’s one thing I didn’t like about the redesign of the Frugal Travel Guy’s site.
  2. Love his top menu – You have to check out his top menu bar.  I find myself going to this site many times because I know that information I reference over and over again (like award charts and credit card offers) can be found easily from his top menu.
  3. His posts are detailed and visual - He gives great information in his posts.  And I love that he includes screen shots.  I wish that I could create as many posts as he does in the detail that he does.  I just don’t have the time to do it.  Creating posts with screen shots takes a lot of time.  I appreciate when a blogger takes the time to do that.
  4. The interviews – He has a running series where he interviews other bloggers.  I’ve learned a lot from his interviews and I like that he covers them instead of thinking of them as competition.
  5. His site isn’t covered with ads – I’m all for kickbacks from companies (although I do not take any).  I don’t know if Daraius does or not, but I like that his site isn’t covered with ads. 
  6. He talks about his life - This makes the blog seem real.  I love that he posted about when he proposed to Emily – and she said yes!

So check out his blog.  I subscribe to it via Google Reader (as I do with all of the blogs I follow), but I also suggest you visit the actual site.  That is so much information on the site.  I’m sure you’ll find it very informative and a good read.

And who knows – maybe I’ll even to get interview him someday.  If you happen to be going to the Chicago Seminar this weekend, you’ll have a chance to meet him.


The Points Guy Starwood 100k Contest

The Points Guy is running a contest where you could win 100,000 Starwood Hotel Points.  All you have to do is comment on the post as to how you would use the 100,000 points.  You must post by this Saturday, August 20th.  Good luck!

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