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December 2014


A Vacation from Vacations: 4 Tips to Help You Actually Enjoy Your Next Getaway

Here at GFF we love to talk about how to book ridiculously awesome getaways for ridiculously little money. However, saving money on travel is only fun when you are able to actually enjoy your vacation. Today, GFF contributor Weston Conway tells us how to do just that.


People travel for a lot of reasons.

Work trips, seeing family for the holidays, going to a friend’s wedding, you name it. There are a lot of things going on in our lives that make us want to (or sometimes have to) travel.

Having traveled numerous times for both work and pleasure, I have found that both types of trips can end up feeling more like a job than a vacation.

Don’t believe me?

Take a look around next time you are at the airport and you will see what I mean. You’ll find happier faces in the dentist’s office.

While there are some parts of travel that are inherently unpleasant, you’ll find it to be a much more enjoyable experience by sticking to these 4 basic guidelines.


Weston’s Vacation from Vacations Guidelines:

  1. Travel spontaneously

Holidays, reunions, anniversaries and other special events are great reasons to travel, but they shouldn’t be the only times you decide to take a vacation. In fact, many of the best trips I have taken have been for no reason at all other than the fact that I could.

You’ll also save quite a bit of money and stress by traveling during these off-peak times.

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Hotel Review – Andaz Maui at Wailea

It’s been about 7 months since my wife and I spent our honeymoon in Hawaii on the islands of Maui and Oahu. Our stay in Maui was at the brand new Andaz Maui at Wailea, which is a beautiful boutique hotel in Hyatt’s new Andaz collection.

The Andaz Maui at Wailea is a large, 15 acre beachfront resort located in the Wailea area of Maui. It is about a 20 minute drive from the airport and is located next to many of the other premier resorts on the island.

Andaz Maui at Wailea

Basic rooms go for $500 to $600 a night, with suites running for two and three times that amount. Alexandra and were able to get 4 free nights with our Hyatt Credit Card free night certificates, which covered the entire cost of our stay.

As with most of my hotel stays, the only money I paid out of pocket was for poolside cocktails and valet parking, which was $30 a day and required for all guests. Continue Reading