Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Residences Review – A Suite Upgrade

Room at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah ResidencesIn our first Hilton points redemption on our 1.5 year long trip, we used two weekend certificates and 40,000 points for a three-night stay at the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik worth about $1,750.

For our second rewards stay, we wanted to go big, and one destination was on our minds: Dubai.

In a city where you can spend as much as your credit allows, we knew that Hilton had some pretty amazing properties we could choose from.  The two leaders were the Hilton Jumeirah Resort, a 9-floor property near the famous Jumeirah Palms island with its own private beach, and the Hilton Jumeirah Residences, a 44-floor apartment style property located right behind the resort with access to the same amenities (and our preferred choice).

But for this particular redemption, booking into the property we wanted gave us an important lesson in how to redeem our points in the future.

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6 Perfect Meals You Must Have While Traveling In Europe

Now that our time in Europe on our RTW adventure is coming to a close, we’ve been doing a lot of reflecting. And since I love food, I tend to reflect on that aspect of our time in Europe a lot.

We’ve had a few truly terrible meals, lots of mediocre meals, and a handful of simply spectacular drool-worthy meals in the last 150 days.Many of the best meals were not fancy; in fact, most of them involved in-season, fresh, high quality ingredients that were allowed to shine through because of the simplicity of the dishes. Of course, when we think about our favorite meals, atmosphere also comes into play.

Things like sunsets, cool buildings, or unique cultural experiences were present in most of our favorite meals, although atmosphere alone certainly doesn’t always make for a great meal.When it comes down to it, only a few meals can be called “the best,” and the following six were the highlights of our five months exploring Europe.

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Traveling the Western Balkans in the Off-Season

Fortress of Kotor, MontenegroAfter traveling around France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey in peak summer season, constantly squishing ourselves and our bags onto buses and trains, waiting in lines for hours on end, and needing several showers a day because of the heat, when October hit we were ready for something different. Cue our month in the Balkans! 

Fewer people, cooler weather, and cheaper prices left us relieved and happy.  

But while there are a number of perks to traveling western Balkans in the off-season, a few drawbacks need to be kept in mind when planning your own travels to the region.

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While Traveling in Montenegro, Enjoy the High Places

Bay of Kotor, MontenegroOne of my favorite features about the Balkan country of Montenegro is that it is full of mountains.  

No matter where you go, mountains are always on the horizon in multiple directions; and in being a small country, you can get to the top of them very quickly.During our week-long stay in Montenegro we climbed to many viewpoints over looking the cities of Kotor and Budva and even jumped on a 12-hour tour around the country that hit many of the most famous overlooks you can find.

Of course, we can't keep the amazing photographs we took from our stay to ourselves.  So come with us on a visual journey around Montenegro's best scenic viewpoints with none of the hair pin turns in a fast moving vehicle that we had to endure!

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