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Chiang Rai is a Northern Thai city on many bucket lists for its famous White Temple, and is often paired with a visit to the larger city of Chiang Mai, which is about a 3 hour bus ride away. Looking for budget accommodation for our visit, we found Laluna Hotel and Resort, a surprisingly nice property with low rates starting…

After leaving Bali, we had a short two night stay in Singapore before continuing on to Thailand. With some IHG Rewards Club points still in our stash, the Hotel Indigo Singapore emerged as a solid option we could redeem for free nights. Located in the trendy Katong district, the Hotel Indigo Singapore was a great base for a short exploration…

If your Costa Rica trip itinerary is anything like ours, you're probably not devoting much time to the capital city of San José beyond flying in or flying out. But you might find yourself in need of an overnight stay like we did and need a place to lay your head without going through the fuss of a hostel or…

If Manuel Antonio National Park is on your list to see in Costa Rica, you'll want to stay in Quepos or Manuel Antonio Finca to access the park. There are plenty of hostels and hotels to cater to every budget, but we found that the proximity to the park made Hotel San Bada stand out above the rest. You literally…

When trying to decide where to visit for one week in Costa Rica, I had to come up with a priority list of what I really wanted to do and see—and number one on my list was to sleep in a treehouse. Now there are plenty of treehouses in Costa Rica, from airbnb rentals to exuberantly priced resorts and even a treehouse…

To start off our three week trip to the Holy Land, we spent a few days in one of our favorite cities in the world, Istanbul. Since we were booking this trip on credit card reward points, we got to splurge on a fantastic hotel with a stunning room, great views of the Bosphorus, and a breakfast buffet to write home…

It's likely your trip to Jordan will have you entering or exiting through Amman if not both, so if you're looking for a hotel with lots of style and a great location, you may want to check out the InterContinental Amman. And if you have a stash of IHG Rewards points, this is a great option to take a look at.…

Our first stop in Jordan was Aqaba, crossing from the Israeli border. We needed a place to recuperate before heading on to Petra and beyond. Since we booked this trip using points and miles, our options were limited. Fortunately, Aqaba had a DoubleTree hotel, a Hilton property, that we were able to book for 10,000 points. With a great location…

When planning a trip exclusively with points and miles, you have to get creative when you're trying to stay in a place without major international hotel chains. Such was the case for our Christmas Eve overnight trip to Bethlehem. Options were limited, and we were going on the busiest day of the year for Bethlehem. But after some searching, I…

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