An experienced luxury travel writer, photographer, and social media influencer, Dr. Cacinda Maloney of PointsandTravel shares her love of travel thru her writings about adventure, cultural, and luxury travel experiences. She stepped out of her comfort zone years ago by traveling every six weeks of her life for over 25 years. She now travels even more than that and traveled to 47 countries in 2016 and then 20 countries in 2017 and more than that in 2018. She loves transformation travel that is rich in cultural experiences.
And Dr. Maloney was kind enough to answer a few of our travel questions below.
Cacinda: I have been traveling every 6 weeks of my life for over 25+ years for a lifestyle choice, but now I travel more than that. Originally what got me hooked was a phone call I made to my business trainer when I asked him about a trip to Vienna. I called him and within 25 minutes, he had given me the top things to do in detail, as he knew it like the back of his hand. That is what I wanted to be able to do, know a place like that.
Cacinda: Primarily luxury, not over the top Beyonce style, but the best value luxury an affluent traveler can afford and enjoys. My tag line is "Adventure and culture by Day, Smart Luxury by Night!", which sums up how I like to travel.
Cacinda: Oh come on, seriously? How does one answer that question? There have been so many great vacations! Remember I go all the time! But I would say, as an American, if you haven't made it to Western Europe, then you better get started there. I love Italy and Spain, as well as so many more countries over there with amazing histories. But there are so many places to see in this world, you must go to the Galapagos Islands; Palawan, Philippines; Manitoba, Canada; Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, Chile,
Cacinda: Tanzania on an African Safari and Easter Island, Chile.
Cacinda: iPhone, Mac, DSLR camera, power sources, noise cancelling headphones, and a sweater.
Cacinda: Just do it, get out there in the world and see what it has to offer.
Cacinda: Bucket List Journey is my good friend and travel buddy and she has a fantastic website.
Cacinda: Palawan, Philippines, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and Savannah GA, USA.
Cacinda: Travelocity, TripAdvisor, and Award Wallet for points storage.
Cacinda: Always sign up for those frequent flyer accounts and make sure you get every mileage that is owed to you on it or its partner's airlines. Check to see which alliance the flight you are traveling on is in, so that you get your points without a hassle.
Cacinda: Easy to answer this one: "Travel every six weeks of your life." - per Dr. Radermacher, my business trainer, circa 1993 Words to live by.
Cacinda: Yes, getting something stolen. Honestly, this doesn't happen that often when I travel.
Cacinda: Guyana! Try the Egg Ball!
Cacinda: Santorini island was probably the most romantic, but unfortunately it wasn't with my partner, but with a good friend. I would say a drive down the Amalfi Coast was the most romantic place I have visited with my partner. Positano was icing on the cake.
Cacinda: Take the daily free walks to the city.
Cacinda: Yes, my friend, Annette Slowik-White of Bucketlistjourney.net. Met her at a luxury farmhouse in Tuscany, Italy and I have been traveling with her ever since!
Cacinda: I loved Genoa, Italy. Krakow, Poland, Lviv, Ukraine. Those are all affordable and amazing at the same time! Also, a lot of the post USSR countries are super cheap and cool too!