Traveling Vines turns Two
As with the first year, year two has been unremarkable in terms of blog metrics. For all of the reasons we talked about last year, we are fine with that. We enjoy the anonymity of our journey thus far. Each year offers the chance to reevaluate our continued desire to write here. Again we decided... Read More
Flight review: Roundtrip to LIR
It’s time to get back to some travel talk. Even in the midst of a pandemic, I want to maintain the goal of writing at least two travel-related articles per month. Our Costa Rica vacation in February 2020 was a wonderful respite. Although the virus was on our radar, we were fortunate that the trip... Read More
March 2020 Progress Update
It felt like March arrived out of nowhere. Right away, it seemed like spring showed up with it. Suddenly we enjoyed sunnier days and warmer temperatures. I came down with a cold that I battled for the first part of the month. Our “little efforts” paid off in the form of a cleaner apartment with... Read More
What we did on our Florida Holiday vacation
This post completes our series reviewing our holiday trip to South Florida. With all that's happened in the world since, it feels like a lifetime ago. I have some thoughts forthcoming about the pandemic we are currently experiencing, but until those are ready to publish, it felt right to stick to my editorial calendar and... Read More
Ski Weekend Getaway
In January, we spent a weekend with another couple at a ski resort. The resort is within driving distance for both of us, so it made for a simple short getaway. The resort has downhill and cross country skiing opportunities, in addition to other winter activities like tubing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking. This resort... Read More
Free Money! How we use credit card points
This post may contain referral or affiliate links. See our full disclosure here. We don’t consider ourselves expert points hackers. Maybe we just don’t like labels. In any event, we use a carefully curated credit card collection to help squeeze a little bit more out of our travel budget. We carry a couple of cash... Read More
February 2020 Progress Update
The month began in sunny Costa Rica. The trip was the perfect dose of Vitamin D for us. A full review will come in the future. Until that review is posted, we paid for the Costa Rica trip with some travel hacking. We tried something a little different with this travel schedule--we departed on a... Read More
Rental Car Tips from our Florida Roadtrip
Our flight arrived slightly behind schedule on Friday night, around 9:30 p.m. We flew into Jacksonville and planned to spend Friday night at Mr. Vine’s parents’ home in St. Augustine. I had a rougher flight than usual. It had been a long day for both of us by the time we landed. It took about... Read More