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6 Feb

Bermuda

So even before Sohail and I left to visit this pretty little paradise, I had “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys on repeat. I could not wait to be on another island and escape this icky, cold NY weather. And since our flights cost $200 total for the both of us it was a super sweet escape. Does anyone else get extra hyped when you get a good deal on something? Last year, half of our domestic travel cost us nothing! We flew for FREE! I want to share some pictures from Bermuda but also how we were able to utilize a total of 15,600 JetBlue points in order to fly to this island. Not only was it super easy to get there (a 2 hour and 11 minute direct flight) but that extra vitamin D didn’t hurt and flying JetBlue is always a pleasure.

People often ask how we get to travel so much, so hopefully this is a bit of a guideline for everyone. I’m going to add a sample itinerary to demonstrate.

Note: you do not need to have a JetBlue credit card to  redeem points for flights. You would need a TrueBlue account and can sign up for free. We use the American Express gold card that collects points for our everyday purchases. You get 3 points per dollar when you purchase airline flights, 2 points per dollar from grocery stores and gasoline purchases and 1 point per dollar on all of your other everyday purchases. When we signed up for the AMEX gold card there was an offer when you spend $1,000 in the first three months you receive a 50,000 points bonus. I was able to transfer AMEX points to my true blue account and to delta’s skymiles program and redeem them for free flights out of  NY to New Orleans, Chicago, Charleston and Salt Lake City last year.

If you open up the JetBlue app or log into the mobile site you will see that at the end of March, the points to Bermuda are 2,000 TrueBlue points one way [JFK-Bermuda]. Make sure to select the ‘pay with TrueBlue points’ before you proceed. Once you select your round trip flight you will only be paying 4,000 points and approximately $100 in tourism taxes from the Bermuda government which isn’t too bad for a round trip flight at all. We utilized 3,600 points per flight with the same amount in taxes so this is a huge steal right now.

This outgoing flight from JFK to Bermuda international is direct and 2,000 points plus taxes and fees. We purchased one way tickets for 3,600 points, so this is def a steal.

Notice here as well the flight back is 2,000 points but the price on top of the points is about $95 in tourism and government fees. In total each flight would cost 4,000 points and approximately $100 per person. That’s like flying to an island for $50 one way!


Peace out Bermewja

I love sharing my travel photography with you guys but I’m also going to start sharing some tricks on how to get to places without draining your bank account. Stay tuned.

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27 Jun

Istanbul

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I know, I know, I say this about almost every new city I discover- but believe me this time when I say that the vibrant and sprawling Turkish metropolis of Istanbul has become one of my favorite places on earth. I was so impressed by the city’s unique fusion of ancient and modern as it effortlessly intermingled with the traditional and trendy.

The decision to visit Istanbul was ultimately a difficult one for my husband and I. He wanted to go and I did not.

The Syrian War and the rise of the Islamic State to the south of Turkey’s border coupled with the recent conflict between Erdogan’s government and Kurdish rebels has lead to a rise in terrorist attacks targeting military and tourism. Just a few weeks prior to our trip, there was a suicide bomber that killed several tourists in Sultanahmet square. There was also recent conflict with Russia, when Turkey shot down one of Russia’s fighter planes near the Syrian border leading to cold thaw in relations between the nations. I remember telling a few friends Soley and I would be traveling to Istanbul, and receiving “be safe” text messages and calls. (Read my blog post regarding our brush with the Syrian crisis here

Having spent three days in Istanbul, I guarantee you that it is still definitely worth traveling to, despite the danger. With traveling there is always a risk, anywhere you go.

Istanbul is comprised of three areas- there is the European side which includes the Beyôglu district, ancient Sultanahmet and the Golden Horn, and the Asian side with its multitude of Istanbulli suburbs. The Asian and European sides are connected by the only bridge in the world that connects two continents- the Bosphorus.

Flying over the Bosphorus bridge

Flying over the Bosphorus bridge

We stayed at the Four Seasons Sultanahmet for two nights and it was more than we could imagine. We went to Saudi Arabia after our trip and detoured back into Istanbul before we started our travels to Greece. On our third night, we stayed at The Witt in the Beyoglu district. Fell in love with Istanbul so much we canceled our Athens trip to stay in the city of seagulls a little bit longer.

The Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet

The Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet

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Views from Suleymaniye

Views from Suleymaniye

Pottery at the Grand Bazaar, also located in historical Sultanahmet

Pottery at the Grand Bazaar

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Tea & Sofia

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Inside Sofia

Blue and Sofia facing each other

Blue and Sofia facing each other

The Spice Bazaar

The Spice Bazaar

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Topkapi cielings

Topkapi ceilings

Inside Topkapi

Inside Topkapi

Inside Suleymaniye

Inside Suleymaniye

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Galata tower

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Faint view of the Bosphorus bridge

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Hotel room view at The Witt

Street art in the Beyôglu district

Street art in the Beyôglu district

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You guys know how I feel about breakfast and views by now ✌?️

You guys know how I feel about breakfast and views by now ✌?

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7 May

Iceland

Iceland deserves its own post. The aesthetic was so dope.

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found this farmhouse while driving the ring road in iceland

jokulsarlon, iceland

some people are worth melting for

snaefellsness, iceland

snaefellsness, iceland

driving the ring road

ran into a rainbow

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snaefellsness, iceland

reynisfjara, vik

reynisfjara, vik

snaefellsness, iceland

snaefellsness, iceland

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