Abundant Travel Tips: Malaga, Spain & Bastrop, Texas

Abundant Travel Tips: Malaga, Spain & Bastrop, Texas

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I'm in Malaga, Spain

Hi all!  I’m so excited to announce that The Delights of San Miguel is almost sold out.  I have only 2 spots remaining, so make sure to book now if you want to join me.  Thank you to those that are already signed up; you’re going to have an amazing trip!!!!  Remember to use SMA2021 for $200 off your booking.   Book here. Come and join me!  

This past week, I’ve been in Malaga, Spain, on the Costa del Sol, and I am in love with the city!  I always enjoy coming to Spain, but the food, culture and people in Malaga really fit my personal lifestyle.  I’ve walked more than 15,000 steps a day, soaked up the delicious sunshine every day (over 300 days of sun every year), and I’ve had the most delicious seafood.  From shrimp to anchovies to sardines, as well as yummy Spanish wine I feel like I’ve died and gone to food heaven.   One of the coolest things I did in Malaga was take a private Flamenco class with Sonia Marin.  It was such an incredible experience, and it’s such a difficult dance….I was terrible at it, but I had a great time!  If you want to learn Flamenco, you can actually book online courses or virtual Flamenco classes with Sonia on her website called Flamencoson.   Here’s her instagram.  Tell her I sent you 🙂

I’m now in Marbella, taking it easy for a couple days.  I’ve worn myself out already, so I need a day or two of lounging in the sun.

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GuruWalk

My new favorite travel app is called GuruWalk.com.  It’s a great way to find free walking tours in most cities that you might visit; I’ve already booked through this app 4 times since arriving in Spain.  I find the free tours are as good as the paid tours, and of course, since they are free, I tip the guide generously at the end of each tour.  My recommendation is that you read the description/bio of the guide to find someone who is local, and not someone who has ‘moved’ to the city.  This app will save you so much time and money; hope you love it as much as I do.  Happy Touring!

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Bastrop, Texas

I still love adventures, even when I’m home in Austin.  This week’s video is all about my day to Bastrop, Texas.  Who knew this little town had so much to offer!  Please let me know if you have any suggestions for day trips from Austin.

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Abundant Travel Tips: San Miguel de Allende Trip

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Join me in Mexico!

As you might know, my heart is in Mexico.  I travel to this gorgeous country multiple times a year, and I do everything I can to immerse myself in the culture, language and food.  Well, now you can join me on one of my incredible trips to Mexico.  November 11-15, I will be hosting up to 10 people in the magical city of San Miguel de Allende, where we will be experiencing true Mexico in my laid-back luxury style.  I’ve curated some incredible excursions and tours, including a tequila and mescal tasting with a sommelier and master distiller as well as an rockstar cooking class and tour of the local food market with the chef from The Belmond.  Also, if you’re a foodie or a shopper, I’ve also scoured the city for the best of the best, and I’ve found the perfect shops and restaurants.

Read the Itinerary here.

Traveling solo?  Not to worry, I can pair you with another wonderful guest.  Each hotel room with 2 beds, or you can pay a single supplement.

Our itinerary includes 5 days, 4 nights of excitement and fun!  Book here. Come and join me!  Don’t delay, I already have bookings.

Use coupon code SMA2021 for $200 off at time of  booking.

Email me with any questions you have.

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Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel is packed full of fun things to do.  From ATVs to hot air balloon rides, along with some of the best restaurants in Mexico, San Miguel has it all.  Check out the below post for the top 25 things to do in this gorgeous city.  What’s my favorite thing to do?….The rooftop bars are the ultimate way to watch the sunset, and I’ve reserved a couple great spots for our trip in November.  Come with me to  San Miguel, and join in the fun!

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Oldie, but Goodie in San Miguel de Allende

This video of San Miguel was created a couple years ago, when I had NO IDEA what I was doing on YouTube 🙂  Oh, well….it still has some great ideas, and you’ll likely get a good laugh while I struggle through eating my elote from a street vendor.  Make sure to join me on my trip to San Miguel!  You can book here!

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Abundant Travel Tips: Passports & Cheap Flights

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Guadalajara Guadalajara

Saludos from Guadalajara!  I’m so excited to say that one of the Travel Tribe members saved $800 last week on a car rental with the tips I provided.  YAY, that’s so amazing, and this is why I created The Abundant Traveler; I want to make your travels easier, your planning and packing seamless, your excursions and destinations more epic and all without overspending!  Congrats to D.M. for saving all that money!!!

This week, I’m in Guadalajara visiting a functional medicine doctor that I’ve worked with for over a decade.  He’s amazing, and has provided valuable insights and therapies for my ongoing health concerns that started with my house fire in 2005.  It’s been a while since i’ve seen him, and I felt that it was a great time to go see him.  I haven’t been in Guadalajara in a decade, and I’m enjoying the home of Mariachis and carne de su jugo (beef in it’s own juices, similar to roast beef ‘tortilla’ sandwich au jus).  I’m staying at a wonderful Marriott Boutique hotel called Casa Habita (photo of pool below), and I’m having a grand ole time visiting the plazas, listening to Mariachis and drinking tequila 🙂   Did you know that there’s an actual town called Tequila an hour from Guadalajara; it’s not just a bottle of alcohol.  More on Tequila Town in future missives….

Guadalajara, Mexico

Passport Renewals

Everything seems to be delayed because of the Pandemic; things are either backlogged due to lack of supplies like lumbar or aluminum, or delayed due to shipping, or you are waiting forever due to the lack of employees to field your service requests.  Well, your passport renewal is no exception to those backlogged items. At this point, you haven’t traveled internationally for a 1 1/2 years, and you may not even know when your passport is due to renew.  Well, it’s time to dust off this important document, and see when your expiration date is.  Did you know that most countries won’t allow you to enter their country without 6+ months left on your passport.  I’m not an expert of passport renewals, but I’ve heard that people are waiting up to 18 weeks to get a new passport.  YIKES! Below are 2 great articles that I’ve recently read; they will help you through the renewal process, and they even provide a couple examples of how to ‘pay’ to get your new passport expedited.  Let me know if you have any tips or tricks as my passport is up for renewal very soon.

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Scott's Cheap Flights

I’ve been a member of Scott’s Cheap Flights for years, and I love buying his recommended cheap round trip tickets to Europe for $450 or flights to Colombia for $220.  Of course, I can’t always take advantage of these opportunities, but it feels great to know that another ‘cheap flight’ is just around the corner.  Recently, Scott published a book called Take More Vacations, where he explains how airline pricing algorithms work as well as the physiology behind taking advantage of ‘cheap flights’.  This book will help you understand nitty gritty of airline seat pricing, and it will open your mind to the idea that you don’t have to have an exact destination in mind.  I like his go with the flow mantra….

Check out the book here.

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Day trip to the cenotes near Tulum

So many people are traveling to Mexico right now because Mexico doesn’t have stringent COVID entry requirements.  During 2020, I was in Mexico 4 times, and I’m back again visiting Guadalajara and San Miguel.  If you are headed to the Riviera Maya, ie. Playa, Cancun or Tulum, make sure to take note of these amazing cenotes in my fun day trip video below.    Make sure to subscribe and leave a comment about your favorite cenote.

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2 Days Dubai Itinerary

2 Days Dubai Itinerary

Dubai is an all-time favorite holiday spot, sought after for its eclectic mix of astonishing architectural landmarks, striking viewpoints, live performances and shopping. But, with just two days to discover them all, it can be quite an overwhelming task to create an immaculate Dubai program. As every single minute counts, this proposed Dubai itinerary for two days is definite to give you some inspiration to get a slice of everything that this city is famed for. This also includes some important information on local etiquettes, best time to visit and other aspects such as where to stay and how to get around in Dubai.  

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Getting Around Dubai

Dubai Metro, operated by Dubai Government’s RTA (Road and Transport Authority), is probably the most affordable yet efficient way to get around in the city. After all, it is completely automated (hence driverless) and also the longest of its kind in the world. You can equally count on RTA’s other transport means: public buses, ferries, cabs etc, with all being spotless, spacious and well-organized. If you plan to use public transport extensively, purchase a NOL card which allows you to access and make payment of all of the above transport; just top up the card as you go. 

But, with just 48 hours in Dubai, it is most recommended to opt for private transfers arranged by a reputable tours company. A private transfer in Dubai mostly comes with the services of a professional driver. That said, you can also hire the vehicle alone (without driver). But, be sure to carry your international driving license, if you plan to drive in Dubai. 

Dubai RTA transit

Where To Stay in Dubai?

An accommodation is usually chosen on the basis of a variety of parameters. So whether you want to pick an accommodation for its extraordinary comforts, luxury, ambience, location, or views, Dubai has the most amazing option in every category. 

Atlantis, The Palm, Burj Al Arab, Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah, and Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah are some of the sure-fire choices for those looking for a high-end accommodation. But if is convenience you are after, it is most ideal to pick a hotel located in a central location, such as Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road, and Downtown Dubai.  

For budget accommodation, there are some cool choices in Bur Dubai and Deira areas. Now if you are planning to discover the city on your own, make sure that your accommodation is located close to a metro station or bus stop.

Best Hotels in Dubai

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah – With amazing amenities like 9 restaurants, a pool with a swim up bar, fitness classes on site, and more, this is a great hotel. 

Atlantis the Palm – This iconic hotel is what you see in pictures of Dubai. 20 restaurants, 2 pools and a lazy river, and a kids club make this is an amazing spot. 

Armani Hotel Dubai – Located in downtown Dubai, this hotel has a great location. It features 5 restaurants, an outdoor pool and a full service spa. 

Shangri-La Dubai – This 5 star Asian theme hotel has a lot to offer including an extensive fitness center and spa, pool and 5 restaurants and bars. 

The St. Regis Dubai – A prestigious name with a hotel to match, you’ll love this choice. Everything you need including restaurants, grocery delivery, swimming pool, golf course, and more. 

Jumeriah Beach Hotel – If you want a great beachfront spot, this hotel fits the bill. A luxury hotel with access to a water park, 10 restaurants, and 5 pools. 

Hotel Indigo Dubai, Downtown – You’ll love the chic, modern decor of this hotel located in a prime location. Breakfast is included and the hotel also offers a pool, fitness center and restaurant. 

Rove La Mer Beach – Located beachside on La Mer, this modern spot is a great find. With a game room, pool, fitness center, and restaurant with breakfast included, you’ll find all that you need! 

W Dubai – The Palm – A stunning property you have to see to believe! Beautiful decor, an award winning Japanese restaurant, two stunning pools, and private beach front will make you never want to leave. 

Best Time To Visit Dubai

With its diverse and year-round offerings, there is no denying the fact that Dubai can be visited during any part of the year. But if you are asking for the peak season, it is undoubtedly winter months from November to March. It is also ideal for outdoorsy people as well as anyone who likes to be part of exciting events, festivals and seasonal attractions such as Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), Global Village, Dubai Miracle Garden, New Year’s Eve festivities, and Christmas Celebration to name a few. 

For those looking for extremely cheaper holiday, it is recommended to skip winter months and instead visit here in summer months. Don’t expect to spend time outdoors in these months; it will be intolerably hot. However, on a positive note, this is the time when you get to stay in a top-notch hotel at unbelievable rates and make the most of the attractions like super cool Ski Dubai, Dubai Ice Rink etc. You can also look forward to enjoy incredible price-drops while putting together all other elements of your vacation, including sightseeing, airline tickets, and transfers.

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Local Customs And Rules That You Should Know

Knowing the following local etiquettes is vital as it not only allows you to avoid many embarrassing situations, but also saves you from paying heavy fines. 

  • Dubai is a conservative place. So take care to wear comfortable, non-revealing dresses. 
  • Say no to any kind of PDAs. 
  • Take permission, if necessary, before you click pictures. This is especially significant when it comes to government structures and local Emiratis. 
  • Avoid smoking and drinking (alcohol) in public. 
  • Don’t eat or drink in public during Ramadan (which is the month of fasting in the Islamic calendar.)

Dubai Travel Essentials

To ensure a hassle-free visit to Dubai, you will need certain documents. Foremost of them is Dubai Visa. This is applicable for only those nationals who are not qualified for any kind of visa exemptions by way of visa-on-arrival or visa free entry. Get your Dubai visa through an experienced visa service provider who will help you to pick the right visa package for your brief Dubai trip.  Ok to Board (OTB) is another staple for your Dubai visit, mainly mandatory for visitors traveling from South Asian destinations like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This is a minor procedure conducted by your airline service company to ensure the legitimacy of your travel documents. In the absence of OTB, your airline has the complete authority to prevent you from boarding the flight. 

Two Days Dubai Itinerary

We have crafted this Dubai itinerary with the assumption that you have full 48 hours or more in Dubai. 

Day 1: Dubai City Tour, Burj Khalifa And Dubai Mall

Morning till Afternoon: Given that you have a very limited amount of time in Dubai, go ahead and cover as much attractions as you can on a well-crafted Dubai city tour. With an experienced guide in tow, you will visit almost all iconic Dubai landmarks and popular neighborhoods in a few hours. It takes you through the exquisite ever Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah etc, and also comes with ample photo ops at spots like Atlantis, The Palm Resort and Burj Al Arab. This further includes a trip to Dubai’s hidden gems like Al Bastakiya Quarter, known for its old-world appeal. If you are looking for more alternatives, you can select from Big Bus Tour or Heritage Express Dubai Tour. 

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Afternoon till Night:  After your city tour, get ready to spend your rest of the day at Downtown Dubai. This 500-acre glamorous neighborhood stands as an epitome of how long Dubai has traveled to establish itself a fabulous global city. Step into the Dubai Mall where you can speed through its over 1200 outlets, dine at its massive food court, and check out its widest spectrum of leisure choices, particularly Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink, KidZania Dubai, and VR Park Dubai – the world’s largest Virtual Reality Park.

The star highlight of Downtown Dubai or probably Dubai itself is Burj Khalifa! As soon as you drop in here, it will instantly catch your attention with its soaring height of about 828 meters. So don’t miss it; you can make an entry here via the Dubai Mall. Most people come here for its ‘At The Top’ observation decks (on 124th and 148th levels) which are accessible on an extraordinarily swift elevator ride. Most stunning views over the city skyline and beyond await you as the doors of elevator open. Sunset is one of the best times to catch this view! 

Back on the ground and before you retire for the day, head straight to Burj Lake that is outside of the Dubai Mall. It is where the marvelous Dubai Fountain show takes place. You can watch this choreographed water show (in breathtaking harmony of light and music) for free. If you are willing to spend a bit of money, you can take in this from an exclusive standpoint with an abra ride or via standing at the dedicated Dubai Fountain Boardwalk. 

Top Tips for Day One

  • Whether you prefer to go on a personalized city tour or choose options such as Big Bus Tour, make sure that you pre-book to avoid any kind of hassles. 
  • To make the most of attractions in Downtown Dubai, consider buying combo pass such as At the Top Burj Khalifa ticket with Abra Ride at Burj Lake or entry tickets that offer access to VR Park Dubai, KidZania Dubai etc. 

Day 2: Morning Desert Safari, Theme Park, Shopping, And Dhow Cruise

Early Morning: Desert Safari: No Dubai trip, especially your debut trip, is complete without going on a guided desert safari. So start your second day early and right off by venturing out to Dubai’s isolated yet safe desert region. Enjoy dune bash aboard a powerful 4X4 vehicle, watch the mindblowing sunrise views, and take a camel ride that lets you experience the sheer beauty and tranquility of Dubai’s desert from a distinct perspective. 

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Morning: Visit a Theme Park: Each of Dubai’s theme parks is unique and incredible in its own right. Not to mention, it is well worth setting aside a few hours to enjoy Dubai’s remarkable rides and games. Don’t know where to head? Visit the snow-themed Ski Dubai where you can immerse yourself in wintry fun throughout the year, or make a stop at IMG Worlds of Adventure; with four distinct zones to excite every age and ability, it is the world’s largest indoor theme park. For epic theme park fun, you can’t go wrong with Dubai Parks and Resorts. It is the first integrated resort in the Middle East, with multiple accommodation options (such as Lapita Hotel, Rove at the Park and LEGOLAND Hotel), a dedicated retail section, and mostly four parks: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai, and LEGOLAND Water Park. There are also kid-exclusive amusement parks such as Mattel Play! Town.

Afternoon till Evening: Shopping / Spa / Observation Decks: Squeezing in a mix of over 70 gigantic malls and an array of traditional bazaars (such as Gold Souk, Spice Souk and Perfume Souk) in its compact size, Dubai’s retail scene is definite to entice shoppers and non-shoppers alike. So after your lunch, you can set forth to purchase some marvelous, one-off souvenirs and other merchandise. Serious shoppers can sign up for an all-inclusive shopping tour. Don’t want to shop? Utilize this time to get a soul-soothing spa treatment at some of the region’s world-class facilities such as Talise Spa at Jumeirah Qasr Hotel or Amara Spa at Park Hyatt Dubai. Another alternative is to visit attractions such as Dubai Frame or the brand-new View at the Palm Jumeirah.

Evening: Dhow Cruise: There is no better way to wind up your Dubai itinerary than with a relaxed dhow cruise along the stylish Dubai Marina or more traditional Dubai Creek. It sails you down Dubai’s waters aboard a traditional Arabian dhow for two hours. Besides admiring the impressively illuminated night skyline views, it allows you to delight in a lavish meal and watch traditional performances like Tanura show during the ride.

Top Tips for Day 2

  • As Dubai’s desert landscape is secluded and a bit far from the city centre, it is ideal to book a fully guided desert safari inclusive of roundtrip transfers. 
  • Book your theme park ticket in advance to save time and assure yourself of smooth access to its rides, attractions etc. 
  • To maximize savings, choose combo tours bundled with dhow cruise and tickets to attractions like Dubai Frame.

2 Day Dubai Itinerary Conclusion

2 days in Dubai is not adequate to cover all that this place has to offer. But with smart pre-planning, it serves as the perfect amount of time to get an incredible feel of this wonderful city.  We assume that this post has given you some helpful ideas to make the most of your short Dubai trip. 

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Abundant Travel Tips: Travel Hacking 101 & Palm Springs

Abundant Travel Tips: Travel Hacking 101 & Palm Springs

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Travel Hacking 101

I’ve settled back in to Austin life after an amazing ‘remote work’ week in Boulder, and this week I’ve been studying new travel hacking tips to bring down my cost of travel.  To me, why pay $1000 for cramped coach flights overseas, when you can fly free by using points for that same seat?  I’d rather spend my money on experiences, food and excursions, and not spend the money on my logistics.  I’ve become pretty savvy with flights, but over the past couple weeks I’ve been studying car rental hacking.  As you may have heard, car rental prices are crazy right now!  The rental companies significantly reduced their inventory during COVID, and now they cannot keep up with the rental demand.  For example, my flight to Boulder (if I’d paid for it) would have been $250, and my car rental was $480; that’s almost twice as much!  And, my rental was a piece of junk from an off market rental company?!  Seriously?!    I find this situation so frustrating.  Well, exclusively for y’all, below are 5 tips I’ve learned that I’ve learned during my recent research.

1.  Join the rental car loyalty programs; they are free.  Why?  Well, you get to skip the crazy long line when picking up your rental.  And, you get points and perks and sometimes free upgrades.

2.  Look online for ‘coupon codes’.  Simply google Avis Coupon Codes and see what pops up.  Websites like retail Me Not sometimes have great coupons.  This tip came from Wandering Earl and he said he recently received a 40% discount on a car rental.

3.  Decline all insurance, and make sure to pay with a credit card that has insurance, ie. American Express Platinum.  ps.  bring a copy of your car insurance as well, as some rental companies want proof of additional insurance.

4.  My last 2 car rentals, I’ve found through Hotwire.com; Hotwire has some great rates right now.  Also, book as early as possible, at least 2 weeks in advance for he  rates.  Disclaimer:  It is better if you can book the same price through the actual rental car company site.

5.  Always ask for the local office phone number as well as the 1.800 number.  If there’s an emergency with the car, you want to know how to reach the local office.

Platinum American Express

One of my favorite credit cards is the Platinum Amex.  I’ve had it for years, and I love having access to the Priority Pass Lounges when I fly.  American Express just announce the cost of this credit card is going up by $145.  It’s not cheap to begin with, but I still think it’s worth having.  With the increased cost, I needed to find out the additional perks and bonuses so I could make the best use of this card.  Below is a list of travel benefits with this card, and here’s an article from The Points Guy who is my go-to for credit card benefits.  Yes, it’s expensive, but if used correctly, the benefits out way the cost.

-Annual Fee:  Now $695
-Sign up bonus right now:  100,000 points after $6k in spending within 1st 6 months. Wowza!
-5x points for flights booked directly with airline
-5x points with prepaid hotels booked through Amex Travel
-Rebate for Clear sign up
-Rebate for Global Entry sign up
-Global Dining Access through Resy
-$100 free shopping at Saks ($50 every 6 months)
-$200 credit on a specified airline for seat assignment, luggage etc.
-$200  Uber cash, $15 month
-$200 on prepaid hotels through Fine Hotels + Resorts
-$100 experience credit at qualifying Hotel Collection hotels
-Bonvoy Elite Status (Marriott)
-Hyatt Gold Status
-Avis, Hertz & National car rental status and perks
-Global Assist Hotline, as long as you are 100 miles from home
-trip cancelation insurance

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Palm Springs

As mentioned in a previous missive, I visited Palm Springs in April for a wedding at The Parker Hotel.  There were 6 of us from Austin, and we had a ball!  Check out this video where I share tips, suggestions and ideas for a perfect weekend in Palm Springs.  Congrats to Lea & Bob; your wedding was amazing!

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