Travel A bucket list layover at Plitvice Lakes National Park for 38,000 points
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Staffers at TPG love booking speculative trips and I am no exception to that. Whencame up with a of 30,500 miles for a one-way business-class flight to Croatia, I jumped on the deal.
I am a huge AvGeek. These points were originally transferred way back in May of 2019 to fly thefrom Mexico City to Amsterdam. Unfortunately, the and I found myself without a use for 30,500 points. I had forgotten about them until last winter when I was looking to book some summer travel.
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Flying Blue monthly deals
Each month, Flying Blue publishes a list of discounted award tickets across various destinations and cabin classes. Each destination on the list will receive a fixed percentage discount on flights to or from any destination in Europe, not just Air France and KLM’s respective hubs in(CDG) and (AMS). Discounts range from 10%-50%.
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With its low hotel rates, secluded beaches, and sublime autumnal atmosphere, the locals call this time of year "Magic Season" in Cannon Beach.“Another log?” I’m pulled from my reverie by a boyish teen smiling kindly and gesturing towards the waning fire. He is a staffer of the Surfsand Resort, a beachfront hotel that recalls the nostalgic days of family resort vacations. Since checking in, I’ve been lulled into a sort of dream-like state marked by cotton-candy skies, the sing-song of seabirds, and the crescendo of thunderstorms heading out to sea.
As soon as I saw this deal, I knew I had to book it: 30,500 Flying Blue miles for New York (JFK)-Paris (CDG)-Zagreb (ZAG). I’m not sure if it was a glitch, but I also didn’t have to pay anyor booking fees on this ticket. It was simply 30,500 Flying Blue miles.
I originally booked this trip. I had no idea whether I would be able to find a way home, whether I would be working, whether I would have an internship that would allow me to travel or if I would have to cancel the trip for college swimming.
Luckily, the stars aligned and I found an internship that not only allowed traveling but encouraged it. I couldn’t have been more excited. However, I was ready to cancel this trip if I needed to. Knowing that, I didn’t book anything in Croatia until I had confirmation I could actually take the trip.
I only had 18 hours in Zagreb so I wanted to make the best use of it. I decided to book a rental car for $260 and drive up to Plitvice Lakes National Park. I had seen photos and was enamored of the stunning natural beauty. With the itinerary nailed, I had myself a trip.
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We have plenty of reviews ofso I did not review the flight. However, I was thoroughly underwhelmed and disappointed. We started the flight with a dinner service that took nearly two hours from start to finish. That is quite a chunk of time for a relatively short transatlantic red-eye.
The food was mediocre, and the cabin crew seemed to be understaffed. While I don’t blame the crew, I was disappointed and would choose next time to fly with partner airlineinstead.
After 12 hours of work at, I hopped onboard an Air Croatia flight to Zagreb. The short flight offered some beautiful views of Paris as we departed, and I was pleased with the small snack.
I was really nervous about renting a car in Croatia. I paid $260 with my Platinum Card from American Express. I had never driven internationally before, so I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect. I had done my homework and made sure that at 21 years old I was eligible, but one never knows.
I had an awesome experience, to say the least. Therepresentative was great and upgraded me to the newest car on the lot. He took care to make sure he had a car that was automatic as opposed to stick shift. I then drove about two hours to my hotel.
There are 2 national park free entry days in August — 7 parks with the least amount of crowds
The gift that is the U.S. National Park Service just keeps giving this month, with two free entrance days on offer at all National Park Service sites that usually charge to enter this August — including on Aug. 25 and, if you can squeeze it in, today. That makes it pretty tempting to plan a …That makes it pretty tempting to plan a last-minute trip into the great outdoors. Just don’t expect to have the most popular of the country’s natural wonders to yourself on fee-free days — or any other days this summer — for that matter.
Originally I was going to stay in Zagreb but was told that a visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park was best if done in the morning. I took the advice and decided to stay only a few minutes’ drive away. I chose a boutique hotel not a part of a chain. It was $119 and I decided to take advantage of the.
I stayed at the Lyra Hotel Plitvice. It was quite pleasant. Originally I was walked up to a room that hadn’t been cleaned and was then downgraded to a room with two double beds. Having traveled for 30 hours door to door I couldn’t have cared less and slept like a baby.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The next morning I drove over to Plitvice Lakes National Park. I highly recommend visiting in the morning — the earlier, the better. I have heard it can get quite busy. I purchased a ticket in advance for $30 online and walked straight to the lakes from the parking lot.
The park offers a few different hikes. I wasn’t interested in something very long, as I had a flight to Dubrovnik at 2 p.m. While the hike was a little warm even at 8 a.m., it was stunningly beautiful and everything I had hoped it would be.
After a few hours of exploring, I made the two-hour drive back to Zagreb and started my way home with an hourlong flight to Dubrovnik that set me back 6,600and $28.50. It was nice to know the miles .
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I was pretty nervous about checking off a bucket list item so far away in such a short time span but it worked perfectly. I managed to get away with only spending 38,000 points plus $295 to get from New York-JFK to Dubrovnik via Zagreb with an awesome bucket list hike at Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Featured photo by Ryan Patterson/The Points Guy.
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