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Our 2015 Travel Year in Photos

This year has been an incredible year for Mrs. TT and I. Thrifty Traveler was launched in April of this year, and I'm pretty sure my Mom was the only reader for the first couple weeks. Since then, we've ramped up to over 100k readers so far in December alone!

All of our flights were free this year using points and miles. Most of the domestic flights were on Southwest using the Companion Pass, and the international flights were aboard American in Business Class, or in Economy Comfort on Delta. For hotels we almost exclusively stayed on points at Starwood Hotels or paid with Airbnb. Take a look at where we've traveled on points and miles in 2015!


Lake Tahoe (Lake Tahoe Travel Tips)

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Thrifty Traveler Lake Tahoe


Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Sheraton Hacienda Del Cabo)

A group of palm trees next to a body of water


Las Vegas (Palazzo & Marquee Dayclub)

A bedroom with a large bed in a hotel room


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Cancun, Mexico (Westin Lagunamar Cancun)

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Havana, Cuba (American Travel Guide to Cuba)

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Havana Vieja


cars parked in Cuba

a cigar and lighter in cuba
Cigar on the Malecon


New York City (W Downtown Corner Room & One World Observatory)

Grand Central Terminal


a tall building
Rockefeller Center


Ellis island
Ellis Island


A view of a large building
One World Trade Center


hotel exterior


France  (Westin Paris VendomeAmerican Guide to Driving in France) 

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Rue de Rivoli – Paris


Westin Paris Royal Suite
Westin Paris


the louvre
Louvre – Paris


A large lawn in front of a house
Cottage Rental (Grez-sur-Loing, France)


a bridge over a lake
Grez-sur-Loing, France


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Château de Chenonceau


A woman sitting at a table with wine glasses and smiling at the camera, with Champagne
Larmandier-Bernier Champagne (Vertus, France)


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A castle on a cloudy day with Palace of Fontainebleau in the background
Palace of Fontainebleau, France


Switzerland (Wengen, Lauterbrunnen Valley)

A view of a large mountain in the background



A person sitting on a bench in front of a mountain



Valley and Tree



A close up of a beer bottle next to a fence



A wooden bench sitting in front of a mountain




A view of a snow covered mountain


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View from the valley floor (Lauterbrunnen)


Switzerland (Via Ferrata in Murren, Lauterbrunnen Valley)

A man on a rocky hill


A view of a rocky mountain


A view of a mountain


A couple standing in front of a mountain
Schilthorn (Murren, Switzerland)


Switzerland (Aescher Guesthouse)

A view of a mountain


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Germany (Neuschwanstein Castle, Füssen) 

Neuschwanstein Castle


Germany (Obersee, Königssee & Berchtesgaden, Bavaria) 

A body of water with a mountain in the background


A group of people sitting on a bench in the snow


A path with trees on the side of a mountain


A person sitting on a bench in front of a body of water
Hintersee, Ramsau


A person in a boat in a body of water
Hintersee, Ramsau


a pool
Kempinski Berchtesgaden


Washington, DC (St. Regis)

St. Regis Washington, DC


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A person with a drink
View from W rooftop bar


Back of the Lincoln Memorial
Back of the Lincoln Memorial


New Orleans (French Quarter)

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A crowd of people standing in front of a building
Bourbon Street


Scottsdale, Arizona (Canyon Suites)

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Hong Kong

A rocky beach next to a body of water
Shek O


A view of Victoria Peak at night
Victoria's Peak


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street food
Incredible W Hong Kong breakfast buffet


a pool overlooking a city
W Hong Kong rooftop pool


seats on a boat
TurboJet VIP Cabin (Hong Kong to Macau)


Macau, China

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Fortaleza do Monte


A tall building in a city
Constructing an Eiffel Tower (Very original)


A group of people standing in front of Ruins of St. Paul\'s
Ruins of St. Paul's


A large building towers over a city
Venetian Macau (largest casino in the world and it also has almost no food venues…sad)


Austin, Texas

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Lake Austin


A sign above a store front at night
Rainey Street Food Trucks


A bridge over a body of water with a city in the background
Downtown Austin (Playing fetch)


Kansas City, Missouri

a long hallway
Union Station


A person wearing sunglasses taking a selfie in Kansas City
World War One Memorial with Union Station in the background


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World War One Museum and Memorial


Chicago (Dreamliner Flight)

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First Dreamliner flight in Business Class (Look at that engine!)


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Berkshire Room (Downtown Chicago)


On to 2016!

Mrs. TT and I covered a lot of ground in 2015, and we have even bigger plans for 2016. We're definitely not rich, we travel primarily on points and miles, and a few flight deals. You too can be a Thrifty Traveler! Make sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and like us on Facebook.


Curious what we used to shoot these photos? Most are from Instagram (iPhone 6 Plus), and the others were taken with a Nikon D5300 and Sigma 10-20mm Lens


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