How to make the most of your trip

How to make the most of your trip


Greetings from one of the 7,107 Island of the Philippines! I just landed today after months of planning and talking about it. I am currently jetlagged and confused with my timezone, but totally worth it. The excitement alone is something I can’t explain. I finally did it! My Philippines – Bali – Cambodia trip is about to happen. I’ve recently partnered up with CIBC Aventura® Visa Infinite card to talk about planning your trip wisely, whether you’re alone or for the whole family.
As most of you know I love to Travel and the blog is mainly about different destinations, luxury hotels, and food. People online don’t often share what goes on a successful travel trip. How difficult and challenging it is. This was one of my worries before planning my trip to Asia. How I always have to consider this specific airline because of miles rewards so I could use it and because my points are about to expire. I have different Cards to every hotel and airline to earn points.

When I signed up with CIBC Aventura, that’s when I started thinking big for my trip to Asia. The card lets me earn 1.5 Aventura Points for every dollar I spend at gas stations, grocery and drug stores. Plus, I also received a Welcome Bonus of 15,000 Aventura Points and Travel Medical Insurance. It also has it’s personal concierge that takes the stress out of planning and ensures that I have access to the best deals available. Earning points every time I spend using the card (x1.5) and use for my flights is a huge deal for me which saves me a lot of money when traveling. Now, I only need one card to travel with, where all my miles and points using different airlines and reward cards doesn’t expire!

Now that we know how to score the best flight, let’s now begin the planning. A huge amount of research is required when planning a trip to Asia. Unlike the Caribbean where we can get deals for all inclusive resort with no more worrying and just paying one time for everything, it’s the opposite in Asia. First, you need to find the destinations you’d like to visit. Once you’ve narrowed it down, you need to plan on how many days you’d want to spend there and which hotels are in the range of your budget. I usually explore different hotels to get more experience of the quality of hospitality in the area. A little review check on Trip Advisor is very helpful. I mainly use Instagram when planning a trip. I click on the geotag and see the posts made by people who visited the Islands and see if they like it or not, using this I can find the best restaurants.

After gathering all the destinations and hotels to visit, you’d want to ideally book your stay a month in advance so you could get the best deals and no cancellation surprises or disappointment because it’s unavailable. After doing this, you’d be more relaxed and excited for the trip. It’s usually the flights and hotels that are the most crucial and expensive part. But luckily in Asia, your spending money could go triple the value. Food and accommodation are not as costly as you’d think. In terms of fashion, buy everything already that you want to wear except for bags or hats as you’ll find cheap but gorgeous wicker bags – All perfect for the beach and even for summer when you’re back in Canada!

Also, when I signed up with CIBC, they hooked me up with 15,000 welcome Aventura Points!, it’s amazing – my welcome points can go towards a mini vacay to any Canada and U.S (short haul) destination. I instantly chose to book a flight to Miami Florida just from the points I got upon signing up. It pays so much to be a part of the Aventura family.

You certainly want to capture every moment and share with your family and friends! You need a good DSLR camera and a go-pro to document every moment. But if you don’t have this, I’d recommend an iPhone 7 plus.

I can’t wait to share with you all about this upcoming trip. I’ll make sure to tag you along on my Instagram stories. Looking to book a mini vacation? Click here to learn how you can receive 15,000 points with CIBC Aventura

This post is sponsored by CIBC, but all opinions are my own


  1. May 9, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    What a trip and you sure did your planning. I am in the mood to plan some travels in my near future. I’m sure Asia is amazing and there is so much to see. I have not yet had a card like this but I always hear good things about these cards. I think I should get myself one in the next year or so. I try not to do Credit Cards, but I feel this one would be totally worth it. Anything to make a trip cheaper is well worth it. I have the DSLR to capture the best stuff but I sure do need to add a go-pro to the mix. I’m sure you have so many photos to remember the fun times.

  2. May 12, 2017 / 8:57 am

    WOW love the photos in this post and I agree with you that it is always important to book your trips in advance especially for long distance trips. My hubs is fond of doing things last minute (we’re flying next week and he is still in the midst of finalising the hotel bookings etc). We missed a lot of travel deals in between and got so stressed out with the planning. So it’s smart of you to plan in advance!

  3. May 12, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Philippines , Bali , and Cambodia? This is so amazing! The amount of planning to take a trip in the states is beyond so I can imagine the preparation that must go into planning these destination travels! CIBC Aventura seems like a great start in doing so! Having points that don’t expire is critical! I bet IG is so helpful in figuring out the places you’d like to stay! What a great tip! That’s so amazing that you already got to cash in your points to book a Miami trip! I cannot wait to see more images from your trip too!

    Manda |

  4. May 13, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    I love credit card points and rewards and this card sounds amazing for traveling! I love that you can earn rewards as soon as you open an account and that there is a personal concierge to help plan your trip or for anything you need. I haven’t been to the Philippines yet and it sounds like a beautiful place to go visit. It’s great that you are earning rewards while you are on vacation too. Have the best time and can’t wait to see more of your photos! xoxo, Christine

  5. May 13, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    What, I’m signing up for CIBC Aventura right now. I need to check out how you can already get enough points to book a trip to Miami just upon signing up. This trip to the Philippines that you’re doing sounds really great, I can’t wait to see more from your trip. Love the tips you’re sharing for booking an Asia trip as well. I have never traveled that far so it’s intimidating for sure. But with the hook up from CIBC Aventura, it sounds a lot easier. Also booking everything in advance and looking up on Instagram for places to check out is a great suggestion! Enjoy your stay beauty.

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  6. May 13, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    Bali is one of the destination that is on my bucket list. I don’t have a CIBC Aventura right now but after reading your post I will have to check it out and sign up . I want to visit so many places this summer and the idea of being rewarded upon signing up sounds so tempting. Just like you, I always plan in advance when I travel as is the best way to get deals and be more prepared. Checking out Instagram is great suggestion, thanks for al the tips. Have an amazing trip and looking forward to your next blog. Enjoy it beauty!
    Aurela xoxo

  7. May 14, 2017 / 5:15 am

    I’ve always loved your travel photos and sometimes I wonder what’s this girls secret for always be on the roads. Now I finally know your secret! It’s quite amazing how CIBC give you 15,000 as a welcome package! I love those free tix from the credit points, they are the best! Who doesn’t like a free holiday 🙂 Thanks for sharing your secret!

    xx, Jessie

  8. May 15, 2017 / 1:36 am

    OMG CIBC seems super amazing!!! Cant believe they hooked you up with that much welcome Adventura points that allows you to go on a mini vacay to US/CANADA desinations!!

    I know how stressful it is to plan out a trip, I always plan my trip overseas prior, but sometimes I plan them a few weeks before making things tougher! I love the idea on how they can help you plan things! Saves so much time!

  9. May 15, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Wait, there are really over 7000 Islands in the Philippines? That is amazing. I love how you plan your stay from places you find on Insta! It’s a whole new world! And so clever to travel with points – my SIL travels around for free with her points. I still haven’t figured that out yet LOL. And these pics are gorgeous! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

  10. May 16, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    You are so right about not having much tips on how to plan a Successful holiday! I wish this post was available back when I started planning for my own trips! Credit card points and benefits are something that we often overlook yet they do have very attractive offers.
    So excited for your trip to Southeast Asia and I can’t wait to read more about ur travels

  11. May 16, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    So excited for you babe. It feels great to book a trip to a destination you’ve always wanted to visit!
    I’ve never been to Asia, so I’m looking forward to see your posts! Have so much fun and take some amazing photos!!
    CIBC sounds amazing! I don’t know much about card and rewards because we don’t have these kind of plans in my country, but it certainly sounds like a good way to make traveling a little more affordable!
    Are they here in the US too?
    Thanks for sharing babe! Gotta def look into this!

  12. May 16, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    Hey Sweetheart,
    Hows you?
    I never been In Asia but it is on my Bucket List.
    Your Travels are so Dreamy and Exciting, Just in Love:)
    Bali is where I always wanted to go and I will:)
    I never heard about CIBC Aventura but definitely will check out. so Nice that you get 15 000 free points:) Wooow:)
    Can’t wait to see your Travels:)
    Love Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Tuesday

  13. Maryam
    May 16, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    There are a lot if credit cards that offer reward programs but I’ve always been hesitant as they usually have a lot of restrictions and rules. But this one from CIBC aventura sounds promising. I’ll definitely look into it. But regardless, I agree with you that planning a trip in advance is important to get a good deal. It sounds like you did a lot if research and now thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. I really want to go to Italy so hopefully I can take advantage of this credit card reward program to make it happen.

    xx, Maryam

  14. May 16, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    I’ve never heard of the CIBC Aventura Visa Infinite card before, but it sure seems beneficial to have! I love the fact that it comes with travel medical insurance and bonus points. Those are enough alone to persuade me into signing up! I would definitely use those points for a vacation, Who wouldn’t? 🙂

  15. May 17, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Firts of all let me tell you that your images are so amazing, as always, very well taken. I read your post and I found that this is a very helpful information. I’ve never heard about Aventura Visa Card but it sounds great. Love all the benefits thatb you have mentioned here. I’ve never signed up on a rewards program like that but I ‘m starting to think that I shoul do it ASAP, to get points for vacations.
    Thanks for sharing all those great tips. It’s very important to organize your trip in advance, in order to enjoy every single moment of it and achieve the most worth it experience. I will definitely keep in mind all this information.


  16. May 17, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    You are going to love Southeast Asia lady because it’s just so beautiful and scenic!! The islands and the food are always my favourite and Bali has so many stunning waterfalls! If you want to know which ones to visit then check out my post on my favourite places in Bali!!

    Helen xx

  17. May 17, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    It’s the first time that I heard about earn points with travels. What better like this, awesome idea . Feel good and save money for the next trip, because vacations never enough, incredibile

  18. May 17, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Wow babe so jealous about your adventure! Cant wait to follow and see all the pics.
    Planning can be very tricky but I’m sure every min on it will be worth when you start enjoying those destinations.
    Im always traveling but I have to say I never heard about the Aventura Visa Card. For sure will check them out.


  19. May 17, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    I don’t know if it’s possible to get an Aventura card over here, but to me it sounds amazing you don’t have to worry about all different airline and hotel points being collected on so many different cards and expiring and what not. It’s so exciting you’re in the Philippines (and darn, that’s a lot of islands!). I also really enjoy how you gave me tips on narrowing down to a destination with the help of TripAdvisor (which I already do), but also by checking out geotags to see what people think and to see authentic pictures posted by visitors. I’ve heard Asia is quite cheap, at least for us Europeans, and I guess I’d go bananas over the shopping there! Can’t wait to read more about your trip!

  20. Ana Vukosavljevic
    May 17, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    I loved all the photos! You are such a lucky girl for having a chance to visit Philipines and these tips are amazing. I saved this post, because there was a lot of it that I didn’t know before. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Janna
    May 17, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    More post babe…omg that beautiful breathtaking water falls….is it here in the Philippines? Love that pic of yeah bbe! So beautiful! ????❤??

  22. May 18, 2017 / 12:25 am

    Credit card points can really add up and be super helpful on saving money or get upgraded on a trip!! I like how you don’t have to worry about all the different airline and hotel and it is all grouped into one card. Your trip looked amazing, that waterfall shot is stunning and I’m glad to know that you are fully enjoying every bit of it.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  23. May 18, 2017 / 4:35 am

    The Aventura card sounds amazing , wish we had something similar in here! It’s really cool to turn every dollar you spend into points on their card . And now, who doesn’t love saving some cash? I’m also super excited to see the photos from your next trip! Wishing you a lovely day! xx


  24. May 21, 2017 / 12:44 am

    Have fun in the Philippines! I had no idea there were 7,107 islands there! CIBC sounds amazing! It is great that your welcome points work in Canada and the U.S. I was wondering about that! Thank you for sharing your tips for planning a trip! I really want to go to Thailand, but I want to stay somewhere say. I will look through instagram and see what I can find. XO

  25. May 23, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Aww I wish it was warm enough to go swimming now. Can’t wait for my summer vacation!

    xx, rebecca

  26. April 30, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    Beautiful photos! It looks like you had a lovely time! And so cool that you could earn points in so many different ways! 🙂 xx

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