We went from the east to the west.
First stop – denver – Denver museum
Travel hacking. I signed up for a credit card, after spending $3000 in three months, then I’ll get 40,000 points. Instead of buying an airplane ticket, I get reimburse for hotel stay. A saving of $400.
There were nine of us, so we booked 2-3 hotel rooms with 2 queen beds. It worked out we spend about $250/person for the trip.
This was the close to perfect vacation for my sister. OMG, the lady like to move from place to place. Almost everyday we have to travel 200-300 miles. The great thing was my brother-in-law likes to drive. I was happy to be the back seat driver haha. There was some intense moments but we generally tolerate each other very well.
I enjoy doing all the booking and planing. Her two younger boys learned to swim on this vacation. I bought them the snorkeling gogles so the water won’t be in their eyes or nose. But they were a bit shy. I saw a little girl, and asked her to teach the little guy to swim. She was very effective. I guest from her perspective, swimming is very simple. First practice cycling the arms. Then flap the feet. Last putting it together, cycling the arms and flapping the feet. Voila! The older nephew was laughing at the younger one, but he also listened to the little girl and started swimming. That’s pretty much the highlight of the trip. Book a hotel with swimming pool, or go to places that we can swim.
By day 2 on the trip, they know who to go to to go somewhere or do something, hahah. The niece is a teenager, so she’s into the urban lifestyles – she wants to try sushi and Mexican food. I also worked in the museum, because she wanted to visit one. Denver museum was awesome. There was kids activities that I could spend half a day there without getting bored.
The hot spring was perfect, because we needed two days to get used to the altitude. And I have to remind myself and my sister, we are on vacation, we need to relax. No need for a competitive vacationing, hahah.
Colorado has many national parks that are relatively close together. We hot most of the highlights. It was a once in a lifetime trip that I won’t ever get another chance to see it again. Overall, Coloradan are friendly and welcoming. The food was exquisite if you know where to eat. I’d recommend a family vacation here even during the summertime.
I’ve completed my goal of travel hacking this year. I might get mr. To sign up for a hotel bonus credit card and between the two of us, we will get enough point for the next caribean trip this winter for airline ticket and for hotel we will just have to figure out the food and excursions.
What are your travel hacking stories? Have you done any road trips?