Debra Schroeder

Member Since:
Sep 2014

Debra Schroeder is a freelance writer who is always on the go. With a penchant for adventure, she loves active travel, discovering off the beaten path destinations, and finding the hidden gems in every city.

She specializes in finding the value in quality travel by getting the most from your travel dollar and maximizing airline and hotel points.

Debra started collecting frequent flyer miles in 1994, and has visited 31 countries and 5 continents. She flies over 200,000 miles a year.

A former 12-year travel industry executive and Master Cruise Counselor, Debra is a freelance writer, editor and content creator. Her work can be found at:,,,,, and

Debra was the Social Media Manager for FWT Magazine's Twitter account from August 2015 to March 2018. 

Published Articles (54)

Ultimate Guide on How to Get VIP Treatment at Hotels

Who doesn’t want to get VIP treatment at hotels? If you could get a giant suite or free breakfast for the same price as a standard room, would you turn […]

prAna Makes Packing Easy

Are you a single bag, carry-on traveler? prAna makes packing easy. prAna clothing goes from day to evening, from one activity to the next.

5 Things to Do With Kids in Tualatin Valley

Looking for things to do with kids in Tualatin? The Tualatin Valley is home to a variety of year-round indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. Check out these five […]

7 Fun Things to do in Temecula

There are so many fun things to do in Temecula for visitors of all ages and tastes. You can explore art galleries, go wine tasting, enjoy a symphony, take a […]

Is the Park Hyatt Maldives Meal Plan Worth it?

Is the Park Hyatt Maldives meal plan worth it? Travel and personal finance expert Debra Schroeder explains who should and shouldn’t purchase a meal plan.

$26,000 Trip to Australia for $208

We got a fantastic $26,000 trip to Australia for $208. How’d we do it? We used miles and points to get free First Class flights and stay in 5 star […]

Review: Tesloop San Diego to LAX

If you’re looking for a way to get from San Diego to LAX try Tesloop. Was it worth it? Here’s my review of my Tesloop San Diego to LAX ride […]

Review: iFLY Portland Indoor Skydiving

The thrill of skydiving without jumping out of an airplane at iFly Portland Indoor Skydiving. Floating free miles above the ground, the air whipping around my legs excites me.

48 Hours in Kuala Lumpur

I hadn’t planned to visit Malaysia let alone spend 48 hours in Kuala Lumpur. But I needed to get to Vietnam for my Qatar Golden Ticket flight ($628 roundtrip Business […]

Tesloop: Everything You Need to Know

What is Tesloop? Here’s everything you need to know. Tesloop is elevating the ridesharing experience with shared transportation in a Tesla Model S.

LJ Crafted Wines: Straight From the Barrel

Skip the long drive to Temecula and enjoy award-winning wines at LJ Crafted Wines, a gorgeous urban winery in San Diego. From barrel to glass every drop is pure perfection.

Santa Barbara Inn: an Affordable Beachfront Hotel in Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara Inn is an affordable beachfront hotel minutes from downtown Santa Barbara. Every room has a view and includes free breakfast.

How to Visit Santa Barbara on a Budget

A trip to Santa Barbara, the American Riveria, doesn’t have to cost a fortune. How to have the ultimate Santa Barbara vacation without a designer price tag.

Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa: Affordable Beachfront Hotel

The affordable beachfront Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is a short ride from the airport, close to shopping, golf, and more!

VASO Rooftop Lounge: Come for the Views, Stay for the Food

Overlooking the Scioto River and historic Dublin, VASO Rooftop Lounge offers shareable tapas in a casually elegant setting.

AC Hotel Columbus Dublin: Sophisticated Simplicity

From the contemporary modern European design to the palate-pleasing tapas at VASO, the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin offers everything a traveler needs.

An Oasis in the Heart of the Capital

The Fairmont Washington, DC is “an oasis in the heart of the capital.” It’s a welcome refuge and distraction from politics and life.

5 Washington, DC Exhibits You Must See Now

5 Washington, DC exhibits you must see now at Hirshhorn, Renwick Gallery, Artechouse, and the National Building Museum.

Affordable French Restaurant in Bellingham, WA

Eat Restaurant and Bar is the only farm to table restaurant with a French flair in Bellingham, WA.

Muscadine Wine: What You Need to Know

With tons of antioxidants and cancer-fighting radicals, muscadine wine is heart healthy.

Tualatin Valley: Portland Close, Willamette Valley’s Secret Gem

You’ve been to Portland, now what? Consider heading up to the picturesque Tualatin Valley in the northern Willamette Valley

A Delightful Assault to Your Tastebuds

Upscale Mexican food sourced from local ingredients

25 Reasons to Visit Florence, Alabama

Find out why this small Alabama town should be on your bucket list.

A San Diego Waterfront Hotel: Secluded Paradise for the Value Oriented

There are hundreds of San Diego hotels but few are on the water.

What to do in Miami on a 5-Hour Layover

Everything you can do in Miami on a 5-hour layover.

Centrally Located Luxury Madrid Hotel That’s Easy on the Budget!

A luxury hotel steps from the Prado that won’t bust your wallet.

The Las Vegas Hotel With Free Breakfast, Free Wi-Fi, Free Airport Shuttle, and No Resort Fees

Why this is one of the best hotels in Vegas. You get free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, no resort fees, and more!

Aliana’s Charming House on the River in San Ignacio, Belize

Aliana’s in San Ignacio, Belize, a 2 bedroom home in the Cayo District, is close to attractions like the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (ATM Cave) and Tikal.

10 Time Saving Instagram Scheduling Tools

How you can up your Instagram game with 10 time-saving tools (for the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers’ Association blog).

Where to Stay in Vienna, Austria? Here Are the Top 7 Hotels

Wondering where to stay in Vienna, Austria? These top hotels, luxury to budget, have unique histories from having a role in a murder-suicide, former spy headquarters, and more.

What You Should Know Before Visiting Pearl Harbor

Planning a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor? Use these 7 insider tips to prepare before your visit.

Everything You Should Know Before You Use the Etihad First Class

Your in-flight shower experience will be enhanced if you use these 6 tips before you use the Etihad First Class Apartment showers.

CowParade comes to San Luis Obispo: Are You Ready to Hit the Cow Trails?

CowParade San Luis Obispo. Fiberglass cows painted by artists, celebrities and designers auctioned for charity. Hit the trail to find all 101 cows.

Review: Eureka Skydeck, the Best Views of Melbourne

Are the best views in Melbourne worth being trapped in a glass box 984 feet above the ground?

Review: Lufthansa 747-8 First Class Los Angeles to Frankfurt

What it’s like to fly First Class on Lufthansa in the 747-8 from Los Angeles to Frankfurt

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Review

The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is a great pick for a trip to Chicago. It’s close to downtown and walking distance to Soldier Field.

Transforming Simple Ingredients to Create Great Food

Raising vegan food to an art form. Where eating healthy doesn’t mean sacrificing taste.

How to Fly Free for Two Years

Say goodbye to expensive airfare with this simple travel hack and learn how to fly free for two years.

Frugal Travel Secrets and Hidden Gems of the San Jacinto Valley

Here’s how you can spend a weekend, a week, or even a month or longer in California without going over budget by staying in the San Jacinto Valley.

Review Golden Village Palms RV Resort: This Ain’t Your Grandparents’ RV Park

Sand volleyball? A beer cart? Pickle Ball? Read why you should stay at Golden Village Palms RV Resort.

The Pier Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge

Review of The Pier Cathay Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge in the Hong Kong Airport

Where to Buy Argentina Blue Dollars When Visiting Iguazu Falls

Visiting Argentina? Here’s where to buy blue dollars on the black market.

Drinking Butterfly Pee in Thailand

Traveling is always a fun adventure. Both in terms of experiences and the subtle nuances of language, especially where English is involved.

San Diego Restaurant Week Brockton Villa Review

An oceanfront view, fine dining without the snobbery, and one of San Diego’s best kept secrets.

How to Get Vienna Opera Standing Room Tickets

The Vienna State Opera is one of the world’s greatest opera houses, and tickets can cost hundreds of euros. But, you can get cheap tickets to see a performance at […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Belize

Is Belize on your bucket list? Here are 5 reasons to travel to Belize.

Top 5 Things You Must Do When You Visit Vienna, Austria

There are so many things to do in Vienna that you could spend several days and not have done or seen everything. Here’s my pick of the top five things […]

How to Get Global Entry for Mexico

Skip the lines at immigration when you come back from Mexico.

Where to Get the Best Breakfast in Bend, Oregon

Do yourself a favor and visit this hidden gem for the best breakfast in Bend, Oregon.

Drinking Wine With Ghosts on the Concannon Haunted Hallow Wine Walk

Spector and spirits: a pairing Concannon Wine with Halloween candy

Carving it up: Sandboarding in Dubai

Step out with me and sandboard in Dubai.

A Memorable and Unforgettable Day of Adventure at Xenotes Oasis Maya Cancun

Underwater caves, zip lining, and other soft adventure experiences in Cancun

Fairmont Chateau Laurier Review

Every girl’s dream – spending the night in a castle.

5 Reasons Why You Should Rent Snorkel Gear in Oahu

Vacationing in Oahu? Here are 5 reasons why you should rent snorkel gear vs. bringing it from home.