10 Ways to Make the Most of a European City Break

Exploring the beautiful cities of Europe can be an exciting and enriching experience. With hundreds of wonderful cities to choose from, you can have your fill several vacations over with the number of spots to visit.  Here are ten tips to get even more out of a European city break, experiencing authentic culture and making unforgettable memories. (Photo Credit: Werner Kunz)



Traveling Safely With a Life-Threatening Food Allergy

Gelato is tricky to eat when you have a tree nut allergy
For a long time, I went through waves of being terrified of doing an RTW trip because of my tree nut allergy. After all, eating delicious local food is one of my favorite things about traveling. How on earth was I going to avoid eating tree nuts in countries where I couldn't speak the language?

Well, the only way I got over this fear was to just go for it and prove to myself that I could travel, eat great food, and not die. Although I did have a few close calls in our 15 months of travels, I never had to use my Epi-Pen or go to the hospital. I attribute this to lots of pre-trip research and planning, and to our handy translation cards that we carried everywhere with us. Here's a look into the detailed steps that we followed before and during our trip that helped keep me healthy and alive!

Marrakech: Experience the Enchantment

The atmosphere of the Moroccan city of Marrakech is enchanting. Rich with the sound of lively bazaars, the scent of exotic spices and the sight of colorful street performers, is something that you must experience to believe. If you are looking for a city break unlike any other, then take a read through our guide to one of the world's most awe-inspiring destinations – before long you will have your tickets booked, travel insurance sorted and bags packed, ready for an unforgettable trip to Marrakech. (Photo "Jemaa El Fna" by ckeyzor)

Credit Card Rewards Recap - Are United Credit Cards Good for Long-Term Travelers?

Relaxing in my free business class upgrade to Mauritius.  Flying perks!
Before leaving for our long-term trip, we opened up two Chase United and one Chase Sapphire credit cards in order to have several free and upgraded flights during our travels.

We spent several months using the cards to meet the minimum spending limits to get the sign-up bonuses, and even used the Chase affiliated cards as our primary cards leading up to the trip to rack up a substantial amount of points. 

But does opening three credit cards, each with a $95/year annual fee, really save you money on a long-term trip? 

Let's find out.