Christmas at Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

Tuesday Deal Day: Holiday Getaway at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco

The double Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco invites guests to enjoy all that the City by the Bay has to offer this holiday season. From a festive family vacation to a romantic getaway, the hotel is pleased to offer travelers of all ages the ultimate holiday escape. Festive Family Fun Package From the renowned Ferry […]

Recommended Thanksgiving Reading

AAA projects that 46.3 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest travel rate since 2007. I’ll be traveling just slightly more miles than that, and I’m loading up my Kindle Paperwhite with good reading to take along on the journey. I’m always keeping lists of things […]

new years eve times square

How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Five Boroughs

Ringing in the New Year in New York City is a bucket list item for many people. The annual ball drop in Times Square, as well as other celebrations throughout Manhattan, plus events in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, makes New York City an ideal spot to ring in 2015. For a visitor, […]

Acropolis in Athens

Tourism Economics: As Explained by a Greek Cab Driver

I learned a lot about the impact of Greece’s tourism economy from my cab driver. This isn’t trickle down economics. This is real. This is personal. Enjoy the story and photo essay here.

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Sunday Stories for December 21st, 2014

fireworks at Seattle space needle on new years eve

I’m counting down the days till Christmas, and till New Year’s, but still found a few stories to share this week. I hope you enjoy them.

20 Sentences People with Depression Hate Hearing the Most

With Christmas and New Year’s Eve crashing toward us, sweeping us up in the holiday spirit, it’s easy to forget that not everyone is merry at this time of year. We all know someone who suffers from depression, a disease that is often exacerbated this time of year. We all want to help, but our ignorance about the disease can lead us to say the wrong thing. This is good advice.

Here are 20 pieces of advice which are pretty useless when you are trying to help a loved one suffering from depression. Do not use these phrases if you’re trying to be sympathetic. They may have the opposite effect than desired.

Read original article here: 20 Sentences People with Depression Hate Hearing the Most

Use a ‘Fake’ Location to Get Cheaper Plane Tickets

We’re always looking for a way to go farther for cheaper. Have you thought about buying your ticket in another currency? Sometimes the foreign currency charges are outweighed by the savings.

I can’t explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from. This is all about leveraging foreign currencies and points-of-sale to your advantage.

Artist Turns Dirty Cars Into Works of Art

It’s the rainy season here in Seattle, and it doesn’t take too many miles in the rain to have a car sporting way too much dirt and road mud. Would you have thought to turn that into an art form? This guy did, and the results are amazingly creative.

Scott Wade turns dirty cars into works of art. Using a variety of brushes and painting tools, Scott has learned through much trial and error how to use dirt and mud on cars like paint.

Gondoliers on break, Venice Italy

Italian Gelato Flavors: What You Need to Know

Jessica is one of the people I love discussing Italy with. She gets it in a way that few people do. Or can. One thing we agree on is the desirability – dare I say need – for gelato multiple times a day.

I am a strong advocate of having gelato twice a day when you’re in Italy. Why? It’s an inexpensive treat, for one, and it gives you a chance to interact with Italians while simultaneously expanding your vocabulary. Because, after all, you’re not going to order the same gelato flavor over and over again, are you?

Read original article here: Italian Gelato Flavors: What You Need to Know

How to Buy a Greek Island

I spent all my time on the mainland of Greece, not having the opportunity to venture out to the islands. It’s one of the big draws for wanting to return to Greece. Turns out that I don’t need to settle for Mykonos or Santorini, I can have an island of my own. Oh, if only I had this kind of money.

Prices for these islands can run anywhere from a few million euros to more than €100 million, depending on amenities such as running water, electricity—and, in some cases, mooring facilities for a yacht. Still, property experts say prices are down overall—as much as 30% from precrisis levels.

Read original article here: How to Buy a Greek Island

How to Perfectly Sear a Steak

Easy tips to create the perfect steak at home. Yummmmmm!

There are few things as satisfying as a perfectly seared thick-cut steak with a browned, crisp crust. And few things that taste as good: That caramelized crust is where a lot of your steak’s flavor is hiding. Getting a good sear is simple if you remember just a few tips.

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Sunday Stories for December 14th, 2014

Mango and sticky rice for dessert

This past week I visited Salt Lake City. I hadn’t been there since the late 1980s, and was amazed to […]

Take the 2014 Traveling with MJ Survey

As I sit down to do a little end-of-year wrap up and editorial planning for 2015, I am asking for […]

Sunday Stories for December 7th, 2014

Yokohama Royal Park Hotel

This past week I was in Houston, a city I have not yet begun to discover. It set me to […]

Travel Product Review: Neo-Cover Luggage

art inspired neo-cover luggage

  Neo-Cover Art Inspired Luggage Product:  Lady Harvest 2-piece Hardside Spinner Set from Neo-Cover Value Luxury Rating:   (of three hearts) Features: […]