Taking a Family Road Trip (Or, How I Became A Hotel Points Hacker)

It had been 10 months since we had seen my family, and with the holidays coming up the thought of waiting another year or two to see anyone in person was becoming more and more of a sad reality. I talked it over with my family and found a middle ground that worked for all of us. We decided to rent a car and drive to see my family in outdoor-only settings while booking lodging in a hotel. When we arrived, the outdoors-only and always-masking policy we all had agreed on prior to the trip fell apart almost immediately.