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Where should I send my in-laws?

Where should I send my in-laws?

  1. Anonymous

    So, out of nowhere, my father-in-law sent me an email which basically caused my head to explode:

    [INDENT][I]Mom and I are planning to go somewhere tropical for our next trip and I wanted to get your advice on a few things. We currently have a Visa Venture Card. We get 2% back on every purchase. We have been redeeming our points to get credits to pay our monthly bill. I am guessing that may not be the best way to redeem our points given the fact that you are so cleaver at using the points to get places. Is the Visa Venture Card the one you recommend? Is there a better way for us to redeem our points? Is there a better card that we should be considering?
    We want to plan a tropical vacation someplace that provides a good value for the money and a place that has good snorkeling. Where might you suggest we go? We have been to Hawaii so we are thinking to go someplace different. What are your thoughts?
    [/I][/INDENT]
    There’s a lot to unpack there, and [I]yes I know they’re using the wrong card I wasn’t making it up when I said all my relatives were using Capital One cards I promise[/I], but do y’all have any suggestions for itineraries?

    Places I would suggest as “good value” are also realistically “too exotic” for this set of parents. Like, when we brought them out to visit us in Sicily they missed their flight from Paris even though they had a four-hour layover because the gate changed.

    They’ve enjoyed Key West, Palm Desert, and Maui. They don’t enjoy when I take their kid to places like Malaysia, Cambodia, Abu Dhabi, Peru, Japan, or anyplace that doesn’t speak English without an accent.

    So, any ideas? Not sure whether to laugh or cry here.

  2. Yukon

    Sounds like they may not be the most sophisticated travelers. How about Puerto Rico or Costa Rica? Neither may be the absolute best spots for snorkeling, but they are ok. Infrastructure is better than most Latin American places, and lots of people speak English. Yet they each have their own slightly exotic culture, varied geography, and are quite beautiful.

  3. Donna

    How about a cruise to Mexico.

  4. Jacob McCarthy

    Costa Rica was fun, a bit exotic, almost every single person spoke some english, (except the hotel cleaning maids who spoke absolutely 0). I also recommend Turks and Caicos or the Bahamas

  5. MidSouthSkier

    I Googled “best places to snorkel” and saw several websites with lists. I checked out one and there were several recommendations in the Caribbean (Bahamas, USVI, etc.) and Latin America (Belize, Honduras)

  6. Gaurav

    Hahahaha… Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    What is their travel style like? Do they enjoy want higher end travel and accommodations? When will they be going on this trip? Will they have time to accumulate miles and points other than the venture card or do they have access to Tiffany’s Reserve Bank of Miles and Points? 🙂

  7. Donna

    I missed the part about the snorkeling – how about Jamaica? Great coral reef. I heard it suffered damage from Katrina but has come back well in the last ten years.

  8. Anonymous

    [USER=1566]@Gia[/USER] –Hmm, I don’t know if they’d like a cruise?! That’s an interesting idea. The other set of in-laws would [I]love[/I] a cruise, so will have to throw that out there.

    [USER=1099]@Yukon[/USER] and [USER=104]@Jacob McCarthy[/USER] — Costa Rica is a good idea too. My dad spent a few weeks there a couple of years ago. I don’t remember the snorkeling situation, but he was able to communicate just fine, and he doesn’t speak any Spanish. Good thought!

    [USER=79]@Gaurav[/USER] — They aren’t using my points, because I don’t think they’re going to cross an ocean, and I’m not using miles in this hemisphere. I’d use SWUs for them though. They’d prefer an airbnb where they can make their own breakfast to a fancy hotel, usually.

  9. Gaurav

    This may be only be loosely similar to the guidelines in the original post but may I suggest going back to Key West? It’s still in the US and so very familiar/natural but still unique in some ways. Most people never do this but from there, there is a daily boat or sea plane service to Dry Tortugas National Park ([URL]http://www.nps.gov/drto/index.htm[/URL]) which is part of a marine national park. They could try to get overnight camping permits so that they can snorkel around the fort and surrounding areas. I understand gear can be rented in Key West so they don’t have to cart everything around. Not sure if they would be up for something so adventurous but it might be fun.

    Dry Tortugas Camping: [URL]http://www.nps.gov/drto/planyourvisit/camping.htm[/URL]
    Dry Tortugas Snorkeling:
    [URL]http://www.nps.gov/drto/planyourvisit/snorkeling-and-diving.htm[/URL]
    [URL]http://www.nps.gov/drto/planyourvisit/diving-and-snorkeling-sites.htm[/URL]

  10. Jacob McCarthy

    [QUOTE=”Tiffany, post: 13605, member: 7″][USER=1566]@Gia[/USER] –Hmm, I don’t know if they’d like a cruise?! That’s an interesting idea. The other set of in-laws would [I]love[/I] a cruise, so will have to throw that out there.

    [USER=1099]@Yukon[/USER] and [USER=104]@Jacob McCarthy[/USER] — Costa Rica is a good idea too. My dad spent a few weeks there a couple of years ago. I don’t remember the snorkeling situation, but he was able to communicate just fine, and he doesn’t speak any Spanish. Good thought!

    [USER=79]@Gaurav[/USER] — They aren’t using my points, because I don’t think they’re going to cross an ocean, and I’m not using miles in this hemisphere. I’d use SWUs for them though. They’d prefer an airbnb where they can make their own breakfast to a fancy hotel, usually.[/QUOTE]
    If you have any questions about Costa Rica be sure to ask me and I’ll try to help! Where are they coming from?

  11. PhatMiles

    If they are willing to do Puerto Rico, you should ask them to spend few days in Vieques island. The water is very beautiful and extremely snorkel friendly. They have a bunch of airbnb places with cheap taxis operating around the island. On the day of departure, they can take the first trip on the ferry and catch the afternoon flight without having to spend another day in San Juan. To spice things up, they can try the cruise one way or the other. I would consider PR to be tropical but not exotic. The food scene is great too.

  12. Ben Holz

    Hey Tiffany!
    My parents were back in August in Grenada and from what I heard back from them they really enjoyed it. It seems to be a pretty calm place and people there speak English really well. It is pretty accessible from the US. I believe there are flights from MIA, JFK and ATL. Hope this helps 🙂

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