TRAVEL STYLE 2016-09-15T17:25:10+00:00

Travel Style Interview by Johnny Jet

Travel Style:

Dr. Cacinda “Cindy” Maloney

Cacinda Maloney

Cacinda Maloney

Occupation: Travel blogger, writer, adventurer, physician, business owner, storyteller, scuba diver

Hometown: Texas, USA

Residence: Arizona, USA


Instagram: @PointsandTravel  come follow me!

Twitter: @Pointsandtravel   come follow me!

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Short Bio: Romantic writer/travel blogger.  Love travel, love exploring, love storytelling.  She has visited 70 countries on five continents, and loves sharing tricks about how others can use miles and points to do the same.  Her motto:  “Combining points and travel to create extraordinary international experiences for you and your family.”  I am into “value luxury”.

How often do you fly: A few times a month

How many countries have you been to: 70

How many continents have you been to: 5

Favorite American city:   New York

Favorite international city: Rome and Venice, Italy; Vienna, Austria and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Can anyone just pick one?

Least favorite country: Germany, but I will give them another chance!

Favorite World Heritage Site: Too many to choose from, but Petra and Machu Picchu are high on the list!

Favorite airline: American, Cathay Pacific

Favorite aircraft type: 747 for style and A380 for comfort

Aisle or window: Was aisle for years, but recently switched to window seat for the view

Favorite airport lounge: Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt; ThaiAirways Terminal at LAX

Favorite U.S. airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (awesome name!)

Favorite international airport: Hong Kong

Favorite hotel: W Hong KongLa Casa de Cuesta, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Hotel Splendido, Portofino;  Banjaran Hotsprings Resort, Ipoh, Malaysia

Favorite cruise line: Loved Peter Hughes dive boat live-aboard! Viking River Cruise

Favorite island: Castaway Island, Fiji

Favorite fancy restaurant: La Tour ‘d Argent, Paris, France or the restaurant at the Connaught London, England

Favorite hole in the wall: Tiesto’s Cuenca, Ecuador

Favorite fruit: Blueberries or grapes, since they make wine!

Favorite food: Filet Mignon or lobster bisque with chocolate mousse cake for dessert!

Least favorite food: Liver

Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground) Air: water; Ground: tequila repasado

Favorite travel movie(s): The Talented Mr. Ripley (Matt Damon) – 1950’s Italy

Favorite travel show(s): I don’t watch TV, except recorded “The Amazing Race” with my son Diego!

Favorite travel book(s): Nothing to Declare:  Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone by Mary Morris

Right now I am reading: Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home by Susan Pohlman and The Last Bush Pilots
– a novel by Captain Eric Auxier

Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines: Mrs. O Around The World‘s newsletter and’s newsletter

Favorite travel website(s) – besides, of course!:, Leah’s Travels and  

Five things you bring on a plane: Laptop, neck pillow, noise canceling headphones, socks and Myocalm PM

What do you always seem to forget: Ponytail holder

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? A Christmas ornament

Favorite travel iPhone app(s): Instagram

Most embarrassing travel moment: Kicked a piece of luggage, when I got mad one time, in front of my kids in Seville, Spain!

Worst travel moment: Cold, gray Berlin in the pouring down snow, when my laptop crashed and my cell phone wouldn’t work all on the same trip.

What’s your dream destination: Greek Isles, Seychelles, Maldives and Madagascar

Favorite travel charity: Fields of Growth,  KIVA

Best travel tip:  Don’t be so travel specific, let your miles and points take you where they want you to go.  Always bring two credit cards and two debit cards for access to your money, as well as cash, but get your spending money out of the ATM for the best exchange rate.  Buy a SIM card in each country or area you visit, with your unlocked, non-contracted phone.  A lesson I have had to learn the hard way.

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