Kotor MontenegroI'm pretty excited about the Balkans right now and the ex-Yugoslavia countries, so much so that I decided to split the July post into two, July Expenses, and this one, July Travels.

Seriously, I love the Balkans, and I love love love Bosnia and Herzegovina. Right now I'm thinking about how I can possibly convince my friends to do a road trip and camping trip next July across Bosnia, Montenegro, and Albania.

July was mostly in ex-Yugoslavia, which is the part I'll focus on entirely (I've been to Budapest many times before and written...

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Best Use of Hilton HHonors Points

Hilton points are by far the easiest hotel points to earn via credit cards. 6 points per dollar at select stores on the Surpass, and over 15 different credit cards are out there that can earn a decent amount of Hilton HHonors points. Therefore, I've spent a bit of time recently thinking about the absolute best use of Hilton HHonors points.

This is a post about best uses of Hilton points and not how to earn them, but like I said, the ease of earning is the inspiration.

As I mentioned recently, we both just got the Citi HHonors 75,000 point...

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Simple, but I had a new idea for a resource. I went to get a Hyatt award chart and noticed none had all of the options in one place. None. If I look at an award chart I want to see all my options.

Then I noticed nearly all the hotels do this. SPG had some info on one page and some info on another... and their new website is the most difficult to navigate that it took me 10 minutes to find the chart I was looking for. Yikes.

So I decided to remake all the award charts with...

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8 Non-US Based Sweet Routes

Almost all of my posts have a disclaimer about all prices being from North America or the US. For example, my Cheapest Miles To... series is a chart of mileage prices to a region from the US. Very few exceptions.

However, there are many cool opportunities out there to go from one region to another with miles and at very great prices. Obviously you can use your miles to travel on partners not within the US, but I want to talk about great redemptions that have nothing to do with North America, for a change.

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