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Visiting The Seattle Olympic Fairmont Hotel with AMEX Points

Disclaimer: There are affiliate links in this post. If you decide to open the American Express Platinum card through my link, I'll get points for referring you and you'll get an amazing sign on bonus! Austin and I spent a weekend in Seattle this month and stayed at one of the bougiest hotels we've ever been to: Olympic Fairmont Hotel. Our trip was really to see the play, Hamilton. While we loved it, the star of the show really was this hotel. We were excited the moment we pulled up and we spent quite a[...]

Apple Orchards in Washington: Where to go Apple Picking this Fall

When I think of fall, I'm immediately picturing myself in a plaid button down shirt with a vest, strolling through aisles of apple trees, eating cider donuts, and drinking hot chocolate. Sounds pretty great, right? Well, that can be you, too, with the help of this list of apple orchards in Washington State. Use this list for all of your apple picking needs this autumn! Google Map of the Apple Orchards in this Post Apple Orchards in Washington Bellewood Farms U-Pick apples starting[...]

Discovery Flight Experience with Rainier Flight Service

Post Summary: I took a discovery flight with Rainier Flight Service, a flight school near Seattle. I have never flown anything before and I'm completely new to this. Here's my experience. I've always had an obsession with the thought of flying. It just never seemed like something that I could do. The dashboards on planes are intimidating to look at, I could never quite understand what the control tower was saying, and I just didn't think I'd ever be capable of flying a plane. To be fair, I still tech[...]

5 Best Hikes in Bellingham, Washington

Bellingham, Washington is such a unique area. Parts of it feel as if the city, itself, is sitting in a forest of trees. While it feels like a bustling community downtown, a short drive in almost any direction will bring you to at least a few hiking trailheads. As soon as we moved here, I started asking around about the best hikes in and near Bellingham. The hikes on this list are the ones that people were excited to talk about, so I knew they had to be the ones I started with. The Best Time of Year for[...]

Thrift Stores in Bellingham, Washington

I was simultaneously excited and nervous about moving to the Bellingham area because of the uncertainty around the quantity and quality of thrift stores in the area. I have a reselling buisness and I was able to scale it so quickly because the thrift stores in Bozeman, MT were amazing! I've been here a month now and can offer some great insight into the Bellingham thrift scene. One thing I noticed right away is that most thrift stores in this area are pricey. They know the quality of the items they have[...]

I Tested Positive for Covid-19 While Traveling and Here’s What Happened

I don't want to say the worst thing happened. I've seen the movie Taken. Obviously, there are worse things that can happen while traveling. But this felt like the worst at the time. As of April 21st, 2022 (when I'm typing this), most countries have opened their borders to US citizens for travel after Covid-19. However, there's one huge risk if you do decide to travel internationally from the US: if you test positive, you can't go home. At least, not immediately. I, along with many others, know this risk[...]