Dia Adams, The Points Guy

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Past articles by Dia:

Why Rome, Paris, Iceland and the Canary Islands are must-visit European spots this winter

European destinations can sparkle... even in the winter. Here's our advice for heading to Rome, Paris, Iceland and the Canary Islands this season. → Read More

Beyond the beach: Mexico’s 6 best inland destinations

A Mexican vacation can be so much more than sandy beaches and frozen drinks. Here are six inland destinations that offer colonial charm, amazing food and immersion in Mexican cultures that will stay with you longer than your tan. Best of all, you can get to Mexico and back in a comfy lie-flat business-class seat. … → Read More

The 3 best Disney World character meals you've never heard of

Booking characters meals at Walt Disney World can be a test of your patience. Some events, like any meal at Cinderella's Royal Table, are a hot commodity and sell out quickly. Here are our 3 favorite character meals that are easier to reserve. → Read More

TPG readers share the travel mistakes they never thought they’d make

Even the most savvy traveler occasionally gets waylaid by a mistake that they can't believe they made. Here are some of our faves -- and what you can do to prevent these boneheaded maneuvers from happening to you. → Read More

Don't wait: Why you should take the trip now

A sudden loss shook the author to finally take the trip-of-a-lifetime with a friend. Here's how. → Read More

Adagio: The family-friendly European hotel chain you need to know about

There's no one perfect solution for affordable family hotel stays in Europe, but here are details on a chain that families should keep in their back pockets. → Read More

Why Monaco can be a surprisingly affordable family destination

Monaco may conjure up images of James Bond and Grand Prix, but there is a surprising amount of fun stuff to do there with kids. → Read More

Traveling to Portugal: 7 things to know before you go

Portugal is great for kids and adults alike. That said, even the best destinations can have spots to highlight and pitfalls to avoid. Here's what I learned while visiting Portugal. → Read More

How to book VIP activities – like breakfast in the Vatican and a princess makeover – with Chase points

Here's how to travel like a royal using your points and miles. → Read More

Art (Sorta) Nouveau: A Review of the InterContinental Paris Le Grand

The InterContinental Paris Le Grand has catered to the elite since its opening in 1862. Pros: Impeccable service, a desirable location, an iconic structure and an expansive breakfast buffet. Cons: In the midst of renovation, even new rooms are not exactly modern, and questionable soft product choices mar the five-star experience. → Read More

Discovering the Charm of Italy's Sardinia

Sardinia is Europe's second-largest island, but is off the radar for many American families. That's a shame as while challenging, Sardinia is also full of character. → Read More

Here's Why I Buy Travel Insurance

When trouble strikes, travel insurance can be your best friend. My experience with more than $5,000 in paid insurance claims shows what good travel insurance can do. → Read More

Family-Friendly Activities in Barcelona

Taking the kids to Barcelona? Here are our tips for the best sights to see as a family. → Read More

5 Ways Marseille Is a Great Fit for Families

Marseille may not be as famous as its neighbors on the French Riviera, but what it lacks in glamour it more than makes up for in charm. Check why we love Marseille for families. → Read More

How Travel Can Change Your Kids

When we show our kids the world, we hope they learn something. Sometimes the connections they make surpass anything you could have imagined. → Read More

Best Top Tier Hotel Elite Programs for Family Travelers

What's the Best Top Tier Hotel Status for Families? Take a look at the pros and cons for each major program and decide for yourself. → Read More

My Secret for Happy Family Travel: Minimize Transitions

By minimizing transitions and maximizing your hotel points, you can share your love of travel with your kids with less stress and more money left in your pocket. → Read More

How to Enjoy Disney World Without a Park Ticket

You can enjoy an entire vacation at Disney World and not set foot in a park. By enjoying the charms the resorts and other sites have to offer, your kids won't miss waiting in line for Slinky Dog Dash. → Read More

Best Credit Card Benefits for Families: Annual Free-Night Certificate

Many hotel credit cards offer an annual free-night perk. However, each loyalty program has its quirks, and you have to make sure you can use the free nights you get. Here's how to decide which is best for your family. → Read More

How to Appreciate Travel Through the Eyes of Kids

If you’ve been shrugging at a partial ocean view or rolling your eyes at an “average” club lately, bring a kid - not your own - on your next trip. One day watching her marvel at the little things will get your head on straight and remind you why all the hard work earning miles is worth it. → Read More