Review SoFi Money (USA): Checking with 1.6% interest, no fees, worldwide ATM reimbursement – and peace of mind for traveling!

Update 2020: SoFi is offering a new cash management account with debit card that currently pays 1.6% interest, charges no monthly or other account fees, no Foreign Exchange (FX) fees for use abroad and reimburses ATM fees worldwide, instantly. You can control the card and account from your mobile app, giving you additional peace of mind when using the card … Continue reading

Destination Guide: Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka is home to important historic sights, with landmarks from Portugese, Dutch and British colonial times. Throw in ever-present Chinese and Arab traders and you get an early melting pot, resulting in a unique mix you won’t find anywhere else in Asia. You’ll also find those ethnic roots in the food scene, with the vibrant night market on Jonkers Street … Continue reading

Deal: TAP Air Portugal offers 15% off select flights!

TAP Air Portugal is starting CyberNovember, a month of deals, with 15% of flights from various cities in Portugal to destinations all around Europe. You can pay cash with oneway fares starting for as little as EUR41 or with miles, also discounted by 15% to 6,375 miles oneway! With oneway fares that low, this is a great opportunity for a spontaneous getaway!  … Continue reading


Fantastic Foto Friday: Pura Luhur Batukaru, Bali

Most people visit Bali for the beautiful beaches, but you can also find a rich history and more temples than anybody could visit in one trip. One of the most impressive temples is a little off the beaten path – you get to enjoy it with fewer people!
Plan your own getaway to Bali to see this and other impressive temples with my Best Places to Stay in Bali!

Review: TAP Air Portugal Miles & Go Rewards Program

The rewards and loyalty program of TAP Air Portugal is called “Miles & Go”, formerly known as Victoria. TAP has undergone a make-over under repeat-airline innovator David Neeleman. They are a StarAlliance member, have renovated their fleet and aggressively grown their transatlantic flights, often with very low fares. Their reward program TAP Miles & Go also has some interesting features, … Continue reading

New IHG RewardsClub Accelerate Offer – how many bonus points can you earn?

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) unveiled their Accelerate Promotion of their IHG RewardsClub loyalty program. From September 1 to December 31, 2019, you can earn points for completing personalized tasks, in my case up to 40,000 bonus points. After many IT issues and uninteresting rewards in the last few rounds, this is the worst iteration yet for me and certainly won’t get … Continue reading

Accor Sale: Hotels up to 40% off!

Accor Hotels has frequent “Private Sales” for Accor LeClub members, offering significant discounts off regular rates. The latest sale is available now through May 24, 2019 for stays into 2020 with discounts as high as 40% off regular rates – you’ll typically find the best rates of the year during these sales and I found some bargains this time as … Continue reading


Fantastic Foto Friday: Manila’s Intramuros – A Stroll on historic walls with a view

Manila is the most important sight of Spanish colonial history in Asia and a stroll along the centuries-old fortress walls, the sight of old bastions surrounded by parks makes for a wonderful day of relaxed sightseeing. Throw in a beautiful church, some delicious Filipino food and friendly service and you have the making of a great visit!

Check out my Perfect Stopover Itinerary Manila Intramuros for a weekend visit or a short stop-over on a visit to the beautiful island beaches of the Philippines!