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Ashley Onadele

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About Ashley Onadele

Ashley didn’t travel internationally until she was in her early twenties when she and her then-boyfriend, now husband, gifted themselves with an all-inclusive trip to Cancun, Mexico after graduating from college. Since then there have been a few more all-inclusive resort stays, over a dozen more countries explored, and the added addition of two kids.

Ashley’s travel adventures have evolved to match her lifestyle. While she and her husband still enjoy coveted time away without the kids, the majority of her travel now revolves around family.

Points and miles have made otherwise impossible travel goals a reality for Ashley and her family. Her favorite thing in the world is showing other parents how to pursue the dream of travel through a combination of points, miles, and savvy travel tips.

Formerly the sponsored content writer at The Points Guy, Ashley has also contributed to Conde Nast Traveler, Matador Network, and other online and print publications. She also briefly shared her travels and points and miles tips on her own blog (frommyworld.com) as well as self-published “Your Baby Can Travel” which shows parents how to travel with their babies.

In other media, Ashley has appeared as a guest on podcasts like The Lily and Magnolia Travel Podcast and the Black Women Travel Podcast. She also recently moderated a panel about Black travel at the first-ever AfriCon conference in Los Angeles in 2022.

When she isn’t traveling, Ashley is obsessing over a new fiction novel, spending quality time with her kids and husband or the likeliest activity of researching where her points and miles will take them next!

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Free Tickets for Bank of America Cardholders With Museums on Us

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Chase Sapphire Reserve Cardholders Enjoy Exclusive Benefits at Paris 2024 Olympics

Chase Sapphire Reserve Cardholders Enjoy Exclusive Benefits at Paris 2024 Olympics

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How To Earn Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite Status (And Is It Worth It?)

How To Earn Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite Status (And Is It Worth It?)

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The 7 Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Snorkeling in the Caribbean [2024]

The 7 Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Snorkeling in the Caribbean [2024]

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Luxury and Love: The 10 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in México for Couples [2024]

Luxury and Love: The 10 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in México for Couples [2024]

Mexico is a popular destination for American and Canadian travelers due to its proximity, world-class accommodations, and amazing beaches. All major airlines fly several times a day to many cities in Mexico from cities throughout North America. It also doesn’t…

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Height Requirements for Disneyland Rides and Rider Switch Service [Fun at Every Size]

Height Requirements for Disneyland Rides and Rider Switch Service [Fun at Every Size]

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Blissful Escapes: The 12 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Los Cabos, Mexico [2024]

Blissful Escapes: The 12 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Los Cabos, Mexico [2024]

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Hyatt Regency Cape Town in South Africa [In-Depth Review]

Hyatt Regency Cape Town in South Africa [In-Depth Review]

At the start of a 2-week trip to South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, my best friend and I had the opportunity to spend 5 nights at the Hyatt Regency Cape Town. We would spend the remaining part of our trip…

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The Ultimate Guide to Flying Hawaiian Airlines With Kids [2024]

The Ultimate Guide to Flying Hawaiian Airlines With Kids [2024]

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The 9 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Jamaica for Adults [2024]

The 9 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Jamaica for Adults [2024]

Travelers to Jamaica can look forward to warm, humid weather, great beaches, rum punch, and a laid-back attitude. Indeed, it’s a great destination for families and singles alike, even if they’re not sharing a resort. At an all-inclusive resort, guests…

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Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels Summer Sale [Rates Starting at $98]

Disney has announced a summer sale where for a limited time, guests can score rates for as low as $98 at select Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in Orlando. This promotion stacks with nicely with the current Walt Disney World…

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The Ultimate Guide To Flying Alaska Airlines With Kids [2024]

The Ultimate Guide To Flying Alaska Airlines With Kids [2024]

Alaska Airlines is a Seattle-based airline often rated one of the best family-friendly U.S. airlines. The airline’s hubs are located along the West Coast and Anchorage, Alaska, making it ideal for West Coast travelers. Families can enjoy a comfortable travel…

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Height Requirements for Walt Disney World Rides and Rider Switch Service [Avoid the Tears and Tantrums]

Height Requirements for Walt Disney World Rides and Rider Switch Service [Avoid the Tears and Tantrums]

There are more than 50 rides between 4 theme parks and 2 water parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. While plenty of rides don’t have a height requirement — meaning anyone can ride — there are some…

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Disney Cruise Line’s Loyalty Program — Castaway Club [Review]

Disney Cruise Line’s Loyalty Program — Castaway Club [Review]

In addition to Disney theme parks around the world, Disney provides magical cruise vacation experiences for guests of all ages on Disney Cruise Line. Castaway Club, the cruise line’s loyalty program, rewards cruisers with status and perks after completing just…

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Enjoy Disneyland After Dark in 2024: Star Wars Nite and Pride Nite

Enjoy Disneyland After Dark in 2024: Star Wars Nite and Pride Nite

The magic of a trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, doesn’t have to end just because the park has closed for the day. Thanks to Disneyland After Dark, a series of events that take place after hours and features themed…

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The Ultimate Guide To Flying Spirit Airlines With Kids [2024]

The Ultimate Guide To Flying Spirit Airlines With Kids [2024]

The ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines is both beloved and loathed. Despite the headache of having to pay for each amenity, Spirit continues to be the airline of choice for many, including families. Ticket prices are often favorable, and with a…

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The 12 Best Disneyland Hotels To Book With Points [2024]

The 12 Best Disneyland Hotels To Book With Points [2024]

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The Ultimate Guide To Flying JetBlue With Kids [2024]

The Ultimate Guide To Flying JetBlue With Kids [2024]

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The Ultimate Guide To Flying Frontier Airlines With Kids [2024]

The Ultimate Guide To Flying Frontier Airlines With Kids [2024]

Frontier Airlines is a growing ultra-low-cost carrier in the U.S. As such, it can be a cost-effective airline for families that don’t require additional amenities such as advanced seat selection or checked baggage allowances. Low-cost carriers aren’t for everyone, so…

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[Expired] [Deal Alert] Score Lie-Flat Seats to Europe on La Compagnie for $1,900 Round-Trip

[Expired] [Deal Alert] Score Lie-Flat Seats to Europe on La Compagnie for $1,900 Round-Trip

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Pixar Place Hotel at Disneyland is Now Open

Pixar Place Hotel at Disneyland is Now Open

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