Travel Adventures

Part of our motivation to retire early is to be able to travel freely and experience the many wonders of the world. Travelling the world together, along with our Little Man, is a key part of Freedom 35. It’s important that our adventures don’t break our budget nor put a dent in our early retirement and financial independence plans.

One of the ways we keep travel expenses to a minimum is using airlines miles and hotel points whenever possible. There’s a multitude of ways to accumulate the maximum number of points and miles, which can be as simple as signing up for the right credit cards. We’ve listed some of our favorite sites that explain the best ways to earn and redeem miles and points.

Our trip reports show some of the places we’ve been able to explore, list the expenses we incurred, and also give us an outlet for our many photographs. Happy travels!

Trip Reports

The MC taking in the phenomenal view of Olympic mountains and peaks.

The MC taking in the phenomenal view of Olympic mountains and peaks.

Adventures in the Pacific Northwest (May 2015)

The Pacific Northwest has some of the most beautiful parks and views nature has to offer. We spent ten days in the area: starting in Seattle, taking a scenic road trip around the Olympic Peninsula, and visiting the San Juan Islands.

The beautiful blue water of Lake Tahoe

Taking in Tahoe

We packed up our luxury car, our two dogs, The Little Man, and headed up to the Sierra Nevadas for a long weekend. It was a wonderful three days featuring stunning lake vistas driving from North Lake Tahoe to South Lake Tahoe, hiking in Squaw Valley, and two bonus brief stops in the state capitals.

Sunset in Puerto Vallarta

Sunset in Puerto Vallarta

Tropical Paradise for Almost Free: Eating, Drinking, and Relaxing in Puerto Vallarta

Everyone has different Thanksgiving traditions; ours is to use the extra-long weekend to escape somewhere warm. This year we managed to use loyalty points to book an almost-free tropical getaway at an all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta. We spent 5 days and 4 nights at a total out of pocket cost of $230, including airfare, hotel, and local transportation for two adults and a baby.

Bora Bora

Endless beautiful blue waters of Bora Bora

Visiting The South Pacific and Bora Bora on the Cheap

We spent a blissful week among beautiful beaches, picture perfect palm trees, and unbelievably blue water. We were visiting the French Polynesian Islands for some luxurious rest and relaxation, arriving in Tahiti and quickly making our way to the islands of Moorea and then Bora Bora. These islands have at least two reputations: being ridiculously close to paradise, and being ridiculously expensive to visit. Read more to find out how we did it for a “reasonable” out of pocket cost with careful planning ahead and some clever travel hacking!

%d bloggers like this: