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Madrid, Spain: Hunger

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I hope my first few articles somehow gave you some ideas on how to stretch your travel budget. Now that I have the practical talk out of the way, I hope I can share some thoughts and hopefully provide the inspiration you need to embark on your own journey. On that note, I would like to share a poem written by my niece, Rachelle Cruz – a poem inspired by our trip to Spain.

HUNGER
At La Casa Botin, we suck tentacles stewed in a pocket of hunger.
We learn Hemingway dipped his pen in this hunger.
Duende bird of ink, your house of deepsong and fortress,
where even cats listen, stray from their hunger.
Sevilla, she swirls her mantón around arms, claps,
even dance won’t defy history or Spanish Hunger.
There’s a lover in California folding his dress socks, straightening
his bookshelf, a mouth in absence won’t satisfy hunger.
She tastes her finger of ink from the latticed bowl,
I imagine we are descendants of this hunger. Each of us experience hunger in a different way. It was not until our trip to Spain…

#3: Choosing a Hotel Rewards Program

In writing this blog, I was reminded of the scene in the movie, "Up in the Air" when Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) caught Natalie staring at his plate. Ryan said, "Our business expense allots forty dollars each for dinner. I plan on grabbing as many miles as I can"...Natalie said, "Ok you got to fill me in on this miles thing. What is that about?" Ryan replied, "I don't spend a nickel if I can help it unless it somehow profits my mileage account".

Another memorable scene from that movie is when Ryan and Alex compare the contents of their wallets - rewards/credit, mileage and hotel membership cards. We have so many choices especially when it comes to hotel rewards program that choosing a hotel rewards program can be challenging. Most people are enrolled in a hotel rewards program by way of credit card. To maximize your benefit, learn as much as you can about the hotel rewards program linked to your credit card. If you haven't yet started…

#2: How to Travel For Free or Travel Luxuriously for Very Little Money

How to travel for free or travel luxuriously for very little money:


1. Join a frequent flyer program even though you're not a frequent flyer. One can easily visit the the airline's website to sign-up for a frequent flyer membership. Airlines and banks have partnership and alliances. So the best way to sign-up is through a credit card company because of the initial/bonus point incentives. For example, Chase has a special offer for United Mileage Plus card starting with 30,000 miles – enough for a free roundtrip ticket to anywhere in the continental United States, after you spend $250.00. To find the best frequent flyer award values, visit: http://www.flyerguide.com

2. Join a hotel reward program. Visit a hotel website and you'll find a link to a partner credit card company. For example, you can earn up to 25,000 SPG (Starwood Hotels) points from American Express for opening an account/credit. SPG property includes Westin, St. Regis (most luxurious), Sheraton hotels to nam…