Layover Tours and Airport Transit Tours

A Tale of Two Cities (San Francisco), Part 1

Did you know that many airports around the world offer free layover tours for travelers in transit? And even in cities that do not, you can easily design your own layover tour. We recently had the opportunity to maximize our travels (and layovers) through a self-guided visit to San Francisco and a free transit tour from Incheon Airport (ICN) in Seoul, South Korea. Here’s how it went:

The Trip Takes Us crew among the hustle and bustle of Fisherman's Wharf on our self-guided layover tour in San Francisco
Enjoying our do-it-yourself layover tour in San Francisco.
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My Hilton Honors points were stolen. What now?

Over Labor Day weekend, 240,000+ points were stolen from my Hilton Honors Account. Here’s what happened, how it turned out, and how you can (and should) protect your airline frequent flyer miles and hotel points.

Hilton  sent me a message confirm that my points had been redeemed for a purchase at Amazon. That's how I knew my Hilton Honors points were stolen.
This email message alerted me to the fraud on my account. I had made no such purchase
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How Painful Is It to Fly in Economy to Australia?

The thought of flying from North America to Australia can be overwhelming–and for good reason. Spending 21 hours in the air and adjusting to a 14-hour time difference is not easy! On the blog I shared tips for surviving a long-haul flight. And now our family has just put them to the test on our longest ever trip. Did we follow our own advice? See how we fared, as we answer the question, “How painful is it to fly in Economy to Australia?”

Close-up photo of the face of a soft, fuzzy koala bear in Australia.
Start with the destination in mind: Is it worth a bit of discomfort to see Australia’s amazing wildlife?
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Art and Architecture at the “Palace for the People”: Boston Public Library

Majestically perched on the south end of Copley Square, across from (but careful not to overshadow) historic Trinity Church, sits the Boston Public Library. This Back Bay institution is of national significance for its history, art, and architecture. Join me on a tour of the highlights at this National Historic Landmark.

Second floor gallery in Boston Public Library's McKim Building featuring marble arches and murals
Second floor gallery in Boston Public Library’s McKim Building

Trivia question: What is the one library in the United States that is larger than Boston Public Library?

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Compression socks giveaway: And the winner is…

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We had an overwhelming response to our first-ever giveaway! So, we couldn’t bring ourselves to have just one winner. We have randomly selected THREE new subscribers to receive a pair of Coolover compression socks!

If you missed our article about wellness on long-haul flights (and why you might want to own these compression socks), you can check it out here.

The winners of our Coolover compression sock giveaway can choose between black, light blue, lime green, orange, or white
Our winners will have to choose between practical neutral and bright fun colors!

The winners are…

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WIN A FREE MILES MAKEOVER

In addition to our current giveaway offer, The Trip Takes Us has an exciting new contest. As announced on the We Travel There podcast, you can now enter to win a free Miles Makeover that will teach you the tips and tricks you need to fly for FREE.

Kathy and Jim from The Trip Takes Us dance on the beach in Kauai. The Miles Makeover can help you get to YOUR dream destination.
The question we receive most often from readers is, “How do you travel so much?” We’ll teach you!

Kathy Forest, from TheTripTakesUs.com, will meet with you for a one-hour Miles Makeover session to customize a plan for you to be able fly for FREE to your dream destination. She will give you all the tips and tricks you need to make this happen (and don’t worry, you don’t even need to step foot on a plane to earn free travel). 

Whether you are looking to go to Orlando or Oman, Montreal or Mumbai, Kathy can help you make it happen. 

With your Miles Makeover, will you choose to take in this panoramic view of tranquil Hanalei Bay on Kauai.
Start dreaming!

To enter, send an email by Wednesday, July 17, 2019 to kathy@thetriptakesus.com and tell us where you dream about traveling for free.

Consultations will be done via FaceTime/Skype. The miles and points landscape varies significantly from country to country, so these sessions are designed for a U.S.-based audience. 

Our wonderful Canadian peeps can learn more about miles and points in the True North at Ricky Zhang’s site PrinceofTravel.com. UK-based? They have you covered over at the TPG UK site

We can’t wait to hear where YOU will go with your Miles Makeover.

Tips for Surviving a Long Flight

In just over a month, we are off to Sydney, Australia (from Washington, D.C.). The question has crossed my mind more than once, “How are we going to survive the trip?” Long-haul flights can take a real toll on your body and mind. Here’s my plan for surviving our 20+ hours in the air:

Map showing travel across the globe, with plane, suitcases, passport, and ticket
Want to staying well while traveling halfway around the globe (or even across the country)?
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Earn Points and Miles with Lyft

Did you know that you can earn points and miles every time use the ridesharing service Lyft?

It couldn’t be easier to be on your way towards free travel. We will show you how.

Rideshare service driver transporting passengers to the airport
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay 
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