Essential Items to Pack for a Round-the-World Trip or Long-Term Travel


When going on a round-the-world (RTW) trip or traveling anywhere for several weeks or months, you have to plan your packing checklist totally differently than you do for a weekend or weeklong trip. Factors like the weight of your packing materials really matters because airlines will only allow 50 pounds (and some only 45 pounds) [...]

FAQ on Travel Rewards Credit Cards

British Airways Visa Signature® Credit Card

How many miles/points do I need? Most airlines’ rewards programs require 25,000 reward miles/points to get a free roundtrip flight within the continental U.S. How much does a reward flight actually cost? We’ve seen redemption fees as low as $2.50 each way up to a few hundred dollars, with most fees totaling less than $75 for both [...]

How Long Does It Take to Get a Cheap Flight from a Travel Rewards Credit Card?

Rainbow Over Auckland from Airplane

One of the questions I get asked most often is, “How far in advance of my trip do I need to apply for a travel rewards credit card?” Or, “I want to book a trip this week. Do I have time to use your credit card miles method?” These are important answers to know because nearly-free, [...]

How I Afford Flying Around the World

Cruise ship in Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zeala

This article is Part 1 in a series on how I’m affording a 6-week trip to Australia and New Zealand for less than most families spend on a trip to Disney World. To fly for nearly free to Australia and New Zealand from the United States requires combining a lot of little-known travel secrets and [...]

Easy Trick to Score Premium Economy Airplane Seats for Free

Premium Economy Seats

Check out this full row of empty airplane seats with extra leg room, extra width, and car charger ports, which Danielle scored for free with one of her travel hacks. These are generically referred to as “premium economy” seats. American Airlines calls them “Main Cabin Extra” seats and charges $20 or more per extra comfy [...]