I know I know, I am probably driving you mad with my London obsession the last few weeks! What can I say, true love is real and I left my heart in London! Here's a little nugget from our last trip to London, April 2015:
This #TravelTuesday we are celebrating our upcoming trip to one of my favorite places, London!
Here’s a little secret about me: I had the privilege to live in London for 6 months in 2008 (during the crash, the pound was 2:1...INSANE). I absolutely loved living in London! I was on a 6-month tourist Visa while my boyfriend (at the time) was on a 5-year work Visa; the lucky guy was moved to the UK back when Booz Allen Hamilton split and the commercial sector became Booz & Co. (all my DC peeps know what I am talking about). In short this meant I would spend a lot of time by myself in a new country but long term it meant London was my oyster; I was able to explore alone without anyone else’s opinion to worry about during the day. I fell in love with the deep bounty of culture that the city has to offer; it is like the NYC of Western Europe after all. Influences from all over the globe coupled with a history dating back thousands of years come together to make quite the experience.
Unfortunately 6 months was the max I was able to stay in the UK on a tourist visa and I eventually had to return home to the States. The duration of my stay in London I had held onto hope that somehow I would be able to stay. I’d truly grown to love the city of London, all it had to offer and had only just begun to navigate it’s secrets.
Thankfully air travel has become more and more affordable and accessible; a mere 7h 50min flight away from Chicago.
My now husband and I are avid Marriott customers, loyal Bonvoy Ambassadors and Marriott Vacation Club owners. We have been hoarding our points for years dreaming of what we may cash them in for. Recently we agreed to transfer our Bonvoy points to United (a Bonvoy partner) to book flights to London for this coming October. This will be my third time visiting the UK since I Left in 2009 and the second trip with my Husband.
We have spent weeks looking at point savers, which we all know can be a rabbit chase, and finally found some awesome tickets! We chose to fly Lufthansa (a United partner) business class to Amsterdam and then fly from there to London. We ended up spending 140k points per ticket (RT), which isn’t bad at all for business class! We compared videos for Austrian Air, Lufthansa and United Business class, as those were our options for flights on the desired dates. While Austrian Air looks pretty amazing we are pretty confident that Lufthansa will not disappoint.
I look forward to sharing our journey with you, follow it all on our Instagram page!
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Travel Tuesday always reminds me of my past adventures and sparks new hope for future ones. On this Travel Tuesday I want to share a little slice of heaven with you, our trip to Jamaica 2019. Enjoy!
Last year we had the pleasure of vacationing in Montego Bay, Jamaica for our good friend’s wedding. My husband has been to the island six times before this trip and I always heckled him for going to the same place over and over…. Until I went myself. I can see why he keeps coming back! We LOVED Jamaica!
THE DIGS: HYATT ZILARA ROSE HALL, MOBAY
We stayed at the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall in Montego Bay and it did not disappoint! For starters, when thinking of the word vacation I immediately think relax. Well it is not very relaxing when you have layovers and long drives to your final destination. That is part of why this location was such a win for us. We flew United Airlines nonstop to MOBAY airport and then had only an 11 minute ride to the hotel (that included 3 stops along the way!). Efficient AND convenient!
When we arrived at the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall we were immediately greeted with champagne and promptly shown to our room; THAT is what I call relaxing!
Our room was nothing short of superb! Mind you, we did not request a certain room or pay extra for anything bigger or special and ended up with stellar views from our own, private balcony. Heaven is real!
All of the staff was beyond friendly, always smiling and genuinely happy; their joy was infectious! The food was 4-star and the Jamaican Hurricanes….well, let’s just say that you have to try them for yourselves… #Delish!
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