From Star Wars-themed to beachfront paradise: 10 top Airbnb homes in Florida

Written by Andrea M. Rotondo @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or next year. As it becomes clear that travel to …

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From beach bonfires to VIP theme park tours: 7 ways to upgrade your Florida vacation

Written by Andrea M. Rotondo @ The Points Guy

A Florida vacation can mean different things to different people. It could be an adventure-packed, week-long trip to Central Orlando for a tour of the world’s most thrilling theme parks like Walt Disney World. It could be a weekend getaway to Miami Beach where you’ll lounge by the pool and beach by day and club-hop …

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Our 15 favorite Florida hotels for every type of traveler

Written by Andrea M. Rotondo @ The Points Guy

One of the most attractive things about Florida — in addition to its sunny weather — is its diversity of accommodations. From luxe oceanfront resorts to cost-effective barrier island beach cottages to family-friendly complexes in central Florida tied to all the theme park fun, you’ll find something that’s absolutely perfect for you — no matter …

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The best Southwest national and state parks for kids

Written by Andrea M. Rotondo @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. There are hundreds of national and state parks in the United States, offering countless adventures for your family. And, while many of them were temporarily closed or open with limited access to due the novel coronavirus, more and more parks are opening back …

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These 12 state parks will make you fall in love with Florida

Written by Andrea M. Rotondo @ The Points Guy

Florida’s siren song calls to visitors from around the globe with its seashell-strewn beaches, wildlife preserves, iconic cultural hubs like Miami, historic forts and, of course, the theme parks of Central Florida. Add to that plenty of points-friendly accommodations and airports like Jacksonville (JAX), Orlando (MCO), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Miami (MIA), Tampa (TPA) and others …

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Florida’s top 10 vacation regions for different types of travelers

Written by Andrea M. Rotondo @ The Points Guy

People from around the globe are drawn to the Sunshine State and its weather — which is beautiful pretty much year-round. If you’ve never visited this part of the country, you might not know just how big — and diverse — the state is. Indeed, Florida has many faces. Its zeitgeist spans the glitzy nightlife …

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Hawaii travelers with a negative COVID-19 test can avoid 14-day quarantine

Written by Andrea M. Rotondo @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. If a potential trip to Hawaii was on your radar for June or July, you’ll need to readjust your expectations — unless you have a valid negative COVID-19 test. On June 10, Governor David Ige issued a statewide order extending the mandatory 14-day …

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Experts just released guidelines to help restart the travel industry — here’s what’s in store

Written by Andrea M. Rotondo @ The Points Guy

Today in a call with the press, the U.S. Travel Association — a national, nonprofit organization that represents and advocates for all components of the travel industry — unveiled new industrywide guidelines to help travel-related businesses of all types reopen despite threats from the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. In recent days, we’ve …

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If you need to wear a face mask on your next flight, these are your choices

Written by Andrea M. Rotondo @ The Points Guy

Every day, it becomes more apparent that the novel coronavirus will drastically change travel — and, for at least a little while, it may be unrecognizable. As the world waits for a vaccine or treatment, travelers are considering the scenarios in which they’ll travel again in the near and distant future. Meanwhile, airlines are researching …

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Dreaming of Sanibel: Using flexible points for a Florida beach cottage getaway

Written by Andrea M. Rotondo @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: The team at The Points Guy loves to travel, but now is not the time for unnecessary trips. Health officials say the fastest way to return to normalcy is to stop coming in contact with others. That includes ceasing travel. We are publishing travel guides because we should all use this time to think …

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15 TPG editor-approved passport holders to buy before your next trip

Written by Andrea M. Rotondo @ The Points Guy

There’s enough to worry about when traveling without having to dig through your purse or backpack every time you need to grab your passport. Whether you’re the type that likes a slim billfold-style wallet or a larger zippered pouch to hold multiple passports for your entire family, there’s an organizer that’s right for you. Related: …

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7 inspiring US state parks to visit when we get the all-clear

Written by Andrea M. Rotondo @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: The team at The Points Guy loves to travel, but now is not the time for unnecessary trips. Health officials note that the fastest way to return to normalcy is to stop coming in contact with others. That includes ceasing travel. We are publishing some travel guides because we should all use this …

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park — and others — close amid coronavirus shutdown

Written by Andrea M. Rotondo @ The Points Guy

Just yesterday, The Points Guy reported that the National Park Service would waive park fees at its parks that remained open. But, today, in response to conditions on the ground, some popular national parks, like Great Smoky Mountains National Park, are closing to the public. This is not a nationwide closure of all National Parks …

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