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Paris

Just got back from Paris two days ago. Beautiful bright sunshine, blue skies, no clouds and no crowds. 50 degrees in December and a strong dollar against the euro: how could I not go? I had to do some business on Thursday (which paid for my expenses), so how could I not enjoy a long … More Paris

New York

Who stays in a $1,000 a night Park Hyatt Hotel in New York City for FREE? I do. And with Travel Cutie’s help, dear reader, you can, too… What a perfect New York weekend! A Michelin-starred meal in a fancy French restaurant (http://www.danielboulud.com), a walk in Central Park on a sunny, summer day, FREE visits … More New York

Mexico

Scuba diving in the Yucatan is always a thrill, even in fresh water! Our intention had been to dive a couple of days last week, in the azure sea, on the colorful reefs off the ivory-hued sandy shores of the still beautiful although ever-increasingly over-developed beaches of an oft-chaotic Cancun, but a sudden cold front swooped … More Mexico

Favela, Brazil

Favela- a unique take on Brazil Watch one of my favorite short animated films (a minute and a half long). I wish I could have gotten it uploaded before the Brazil Olympics, but, better late than never. Can you recognize some of the world’s most famous architecture at the end?   Travel Cutie       … More Favela, Brazil

Most memorable

“My most memorable moment of a travel experience would probably be an impromptu scuba dive with wild dolphins in Belize” My second most memorable experience was being invited to and attending (on the spot!) a wedding in Solo, Indonesia, on the island of Java, which you can access from my menu, in the post on … More Most memorable

Spa Experience

See me, feel me, touch me, heal me. (Remember ♫ The Who?) Do you love a spa experience, too? One of the things I like to do while travelling is give myself a little gift every now and then. I’ve saved plenty of money from getting free tickets and free hotels, so, why not spoil … More Spa Experience

Peru

A big “gracias” to American, Four Points, LAN and Crowne Plaza, too, for a magnificent FREE trip to Machu Picchu and more, in pretty Peru. I highly recommend you visit. Does Andean culture interest you? Well, was I surprised to find out that for a free ticket from the US to Lima, Peru, I only … More Peru

Dominican Republic

Scuba diving in the Dominican Republic? Bayahibe has undersea beauty. FREE American, FREE Starwood- thanks for making travel my rewarding duty. Are beachfront resorts that serve unlimited amounts of food and alcoholic beverages your idea of vacation paradise? I unknowingly had thought that this was all there was to the D.R., and therefore had avoided it, but … More Dominican Republic

Rome

Arrivederci, Roma. May I return to the Eternal City. Free Sheraton on the outskirts of Rome had a setting and pool that were pretty. As Descartes used to say, plus ça change…. But evidently he wasn’t always right, things don’t always stay the same, at least not in Italy. When I stayed at the Sheraton … More Rome

Pixabay

Kodachrome isn’t the only thing that gives us the nice bright colors.. Pixabay does, too. A huge shout out of a thank you to them for being such a great place to upload and download pictures and vectors from generous professional and amateur photographers and artists. Many of the visuals you see here on travelcutie.com … More Pixabay

San Francisco

An Oakland wedding wow, San Francisco Bay Area treats, FREE flights on United, FREE hotel at Double Tree Suites! Two utterly magical west coast back-to-back long-weekend weddings can take a toll on your energy and on your wallet, too. But we didn’t want to let that happen; there was too much joyful reason to celebrate! … More San Francisco

London

Gift a FREE trip to London for someone-you-love’s graduation? Well, then, Delta is the one. For 60,000 miles I got a free transatlantic ticket to that city’s good food, good fashion, and good fun. Another niece finishing high school, another nice two weeks abroad to celebrate. One free ticket for a flight on Delta thanks … More London

Rhodes

Rhodes is a beautiful island, with many wonderful things going on. Odes have been written to its beaches, ruins, cobblestone streets, ancient villages, and my 5 FREE nights in its tony Sheraton. Not only all that, but we even took a beautiful day trip sail on the Aegean Sea to the lazy-days-in-the-sun jewel of a … More Rhodes

Marrakesh

Morocco is simply magical, and Marrakesh? A traveler’s treat! FREE nights at the beautiful Le Meridien N’Fils Hotel there? Well, that’s lodging that’s hard to beat. With gardens so lush, and a pool so cool, why stay anywhere else? Although the updated rooms have lost all charm, the fact that this hotel is a Category … More Marrakesh

Southeast Asia

From Bangkok to Borneo, Java, Bali and Lombok in between: a Southeast Asian FREE fest. And for the senses, so many good things heard, tasted, felt, smelled and seen! With gratitude and appreciation for Delta, Sheraton, and Le Meridien, one day for sure with miles and points, I’ll visit them all for FREE again. And now, … More Southeast Asia

Culebra

Culebra’s a paradise, so warm and so cool. FREE flight to San Juan, taxi, ferry, thank you, JetBlue! I love Jetblue flights, even more when available and free, and you can love them too, learning from me, Travel Cutie. Yes, Culebra was a dream! No skyscrapers, no hotel chains, no big old buses, no tired … More Culebra

Chicago

A big bean, some serious food, the grand art, a great lake. Cool buildings, friendly people, Second City humor, it’s a lot to take. Don’t you just love Chicago? Don’t you just love a FREE Fairmont? We came to Chicago in early summer, and it was already very hot! I wondered what it’s like there … More Chicago

Sicily

Sicily, oh Sicily! A FREE Sheraton in Catania, was an excellent homebase for exploring la bella isola siciliana. Sicily is such a beautiful island, with so many interesting and fascinating places to visit- from breathtaking, well-preserved ruins from the myriad of cultures that occupied this vibrant land during its complex history, to gorgeous beaches, a … More Sicily

Tripadvisor reviews

If you choose to peruse them, reviews are like news. Some sing the praises, some sing the blues. Some of the following you may find of note, of some I’m embarrassed, of others I gloat. So remember that the truth here is somewhat subjective, (not like in math!) and what you read now’s but my … More Tripadvisor reviews

Barcelona

A FREE Sheraton hotel in fabulosa Barcelona? ¿Cómo se dice “free” en la lengua española? ¡Gratis! Like so many other visitors to this fabulous city, we couldn’t help but fall in love with Barcelona. It’s a beauty! The architecture, the people, the food, the energy, the coast, the edginess of the place. It’s all very … More Barcelona

Montreal

In marvellous Montreal, a très grand merci, to Fairmont Hotels for our regal Queen Elizabeth for FREE. I believe what they say in français is “gratuit”. Who knew that Montreal had it’s own garment district? The area is called Chabanel, as is the street that most of the buildings with the best shops are on. … More Montreal

New England

FREE foliage weekend in the autumn of New England? I’ll have mine again in a handy Homewood Suites by Hilton. Apple picking, autumn leaves, pumpkin pie, yard sales, fresh cider, dirt roads, covered bridges…ah, New England in the fall! Bed and breakfast inns are excellent, and that’s where I usually stay, but last year I … More New England

A FREE Westin on Mexico’s ocean for seven days and seven nights, brought us to markets and ruins and cenotes, then colonial city sights. Sure the beaches there are beautiful but alone just not enough for me. Luckily the Yucatan Peninsula has many other interesting places to see.

Chichen Itza is still an impressive pyramid site, even after the tremendous amount of development that’s gone on there. Tulum is even better, that wonderful complex of ruins in a majestic location at the edge of the Caribbean Sea. And the cenotes! Those pretty turquoise swimming holes are idyllic, and we also enjoyed Valladolid, a … More A FREE Westin on Mexico’s ocean for seven days and seven nights, brought us to markets and ruins and cenotes, then colonial city sights. Sure the beaches there are beautiful but alone just not enough for me. Luckily the Yucatan Peninsula has many other interesting places to see.

Berlin

With a niece I visited Germany: three days we spent in Berlin. Two FREE nights, two FREE breakfasts- two lucky people at the Hyatt, alles gut! Sehr dankbar, ja, ich bin. Berlin’s a wonderful city for walking, cycling, and river cruising; there’s beautiful new modern architecture everywhere, one of the rare advantages of the city’s … More Berlin

Dedication

They say that heaven is 10 zillion light years away… This website is dedicated to the memory of my mother, still a constant source of love, generosity and inspiration. She loved a bargain, she encouraged her children and grandchildren to broaden our horizons, and even though she, herself, never had a passport, she used to … More Dedication