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Travel Strategy for 2023: How I plan on traveling better, smarter and optimizing benefits along the way this year

Travel Strategy for 2023: How I plan on traveling better, smarter and optimizing benefits along the way this year

Welcome to the new year! As we look ahead to all the adventures and travels that await us in the coming year, I feel it's important to make sure that we're doing everything we can to travel better, smarter, and optimize for value. There is no right or wrong way to go about traveling or trying to maximize and optimize your travel value, but there is always a better way.


“Travel’s biggest gift to us is making us realize we are all more alike than we are different”

Whether I’m planning a trip around the world or a quick getaway close to home, my main goal when traveling with my family is to travel better, travel smarter and optimize for value as much as possible.
Optimizing for value can mean many things, but can include saving money on hotel stays, flights, rental cars or other value that can come in the form of time savings, extra benefits like breakfast, room upgrades, lounge access, free checked bags or experiences. For 2023, I have started planning out our trips and am doing my best to optimize our hotel stays, flights and tours we plan on doing in the destinations we plan on visiting.

To give you an idea of things to come, I’ll be discussing some of my travel strategies I use and plan on expanding on the following topics in the coming weeks:
  • What's in my Wallet? How I optimize my travel rewards and save big on family travel
  • Points, Miles or Cashback?
  • Optimizing Hotel Travel: How to get the elite experience without elite status & make yourself a VIP
  • Optimizing Flights: What you need to know & how to find the best deal on your next flight
  • Optimizing your next Car Rental: What you need to know about car rental company alliances, maximizing credit cards perks, corporate codes, insurance and loyalty program status
  • Optimizing your next Cruise: Want to cruise better? Here's three ways to maximize your next voyage
  • My Secrets on how to optimize family fravel, especially when traveling with young kids
  • Chasing Hotel Elite Status: What you need to know about hotel credit cards, loyalty program status and why you should care
  • Chasing Airlines Elite Status: What you need to know about airline credit cards, loyalty program status and why you should care
  • When to use a travel advisor?
    • Reasons why you don’t need to use a travel advisor
    • Reasons why you should consider using a travel advisor

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