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What’s a Hotel Fail for You?

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Just as first impressions are important in business and personal relationships, so are they important in setting the tone for a hotel stay.  That impression starts the minute you walk into the lobby, if not before, and just like with your interpersonal relationships, first impressions are usually spot on.  Throughout a stay, however, a hotel […]

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Practical Accommodations During the London Olympics

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While most of us will still stay in regular hotels when we go on holiday or travel on business, there’s an increasingly large range of other alternatives available, from house swaps and couch surfing to serviced apartments.  Nowhere has more choices than London, so I recently had a look into what’s available – particularly since […]

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MoMA VIP Art Package from The Setai Fifth Avenue

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I’m always on the lookout for cool, special packages that combine places to stay and things to do in remarkable ways.  What always catches my eye are value luxury travel opportunities – those locations, experiences, and travel opportunities that deliver over and above the price tag, regardless of what the price may be.  Sometimes it’s […]

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Hotel Review: ARIA Hotel at City Center, Las Vegas

Earlier this month, while I was in Las  Vegas for Blog World & New Media Expo, I had the pleasure of staying at the ARIA Hotel at City Center. Over the years, I’ve spent more than my fair share of time in Las Vegas.  It’s a haven for conference, convention, and trade shows, and at […]

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Hotel Reviews: What They Mean

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It seems like it’s feast or famine when it comes to visiting hotels and resorts, and I have a lot of reviews that I’m working on right now.  To make sure that you know what your getting when you read my reviews, I’m going to spell out my process, what I look for at a […]

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5 Extras for Your Beach Hotel

If you’re a sun-loving vacationer, you probably pay attention to weather reports, predictions, and warming trends at the destination where you’ll be.   In fact, that information may be critical in deciding whether you’ll be going to a particular destination and a particular time. If you idea of a vacation paradise is to spend your time […]

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20 Tips for a Safe Hotel Stay

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With so many heightened travel alerts in effect, it seems like a good time to review some basic personal security precautions.  It’s very easy to think that once you’re at your hotel that you’re safe.  And you generally are.  However, it’s still wise to take precautions at your hotel — being proactive decreases the likelihood […]

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REVIEW: Riviera Resort & Spa in Palm Springs

If you’re looking for a romantic spot for Valentine’s Day, the newly re-opened Riviera Resort & Spa offers several options that are worthy of your consideration. The Palm Springs resort covers 24 acres, and was once the playground for the famous and infamous.  Elvis Pressley and the Rat Pack spent time here, and back in […]

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Luang Prabang, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Today I have a guest post from a recent friend, Sue Henly.  Sue and I met at a travel event, and charmed me with her Australian accent.  I think she’ll charm you with her writing as well. — In the soft grey light of early morning, we sit quietly on a bamboo mat, wicker baskets […]

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LAX to the Beach (and Back) for Only $3

Being stuck at an airport is never any fun, whether it’s long ground time between flights, or a flight cancellation and serious delay.  Wandering an airport can be fun. . . for the first couple of hours, at least.  But when you’ve checked out every last gift shop, book store, restaurant or bar, and what […]

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You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, […]

Introducing the Travel Reading List Challenge

Today I’m excited to announce the first of a couple of new projects that I’m launching for 2018 – the […]

2017: A Year of Travel in Review

While 2016 was a big year for international travel, 2017 represented a year spent enjoying destinations and activities closer to […]

A Most Wonderful Time of the Year at Universal Orlando Resort

Holiday magic is a real thing. A feeling deep in your soul. A feeling that brightens your smile, lights up […]