Tuesday, January 24, 2017

LA Times: Hotel Elite Strategy for 2017

For my latest LA Times travel article, I tackle the shifting landscape of hotel loyalty programs including the changes ahead due to the merger of Starwood and Marriott, Hyatt's new World of Hyatt program and more.

Read the article to find out what you need to know, and what you need to plan for in the year ahead: Rest easy. Those perks you get from earning hotel status can still be yours, despite changes in the programs.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

JustLuxe: Portugal is Europe's Next Hot Destination

Portugal has been acclaimed as Europe’s next great destination thanks to gorgeous beaches , world-class wines, well-preserved historical sites and a thriving arts scene. But the country has somehow managed to avoid a tourist jam and retain a sense of off-the-beaten-path charm.

Photo courtesy of Pestana.
 That means now is the time to visit before too many other travelers discover the country's charms. Read all about what you should do, see and eat in my latest for JustLuxe: Luxurious New Hotels Make Portugal Europe's Next Hot Destination

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Bravo: The Benefits of Solo Travel

Thanks to the nature of my job and, okay, yes, my personality, I tend to be on my own a lot when I travel. In fact, when it comes to my work, I prefer solo travel because I can make my own schedule, see what I want and need to see for articles, and generally just like having only myself to answer to.

But there are lots of benefits beyond those to traveling the world alone. You meet new people, experience things in a special way and even get into some of the best restaurants around the world on a moment's notice.

Read all my 9 Reasons to Absolutely Love Traveling Solo on Bravo to find out just what I like about traveling the world this way and how it's impacted my life.

Monday, January 9, 2017

JustLuxe: Highlights from a Viking Ocean Cruise

Last fall, I had the chance to take a cruise with Viking aboard one of its new oceangoing vessels, the Viking Sea. The cruise went from Venice to Athens down the Dalmatian coast with stops in Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Greece.

I had a fabulous time doing everything from browsing local farmer's markets to fishing for my own lunch to mountain-biking through the hill towns of Corfu.

Read all about the highlights in my recent article for JustLuxe: 9 Highlights from an Ocean Cruise Aboard the new Viking Sea

Friday, January 6, 2017

Bravo: Earn Points and Miles Quickly

I turned back to one of my perennially popular post topics this week for a piece on Bravo. It's all about racking up the airline miles and hotel or credit card points you need to achieve your travel goals in 2017.

In it, there are tips on everything from getting the most from your everyday shopping to taking advantage of banking offers and even dining out. 

7 Ways Even Travel Novices Can Earn Miles and Points Fast

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

JustLuxe: Europe's Most Luxurious Wine Resort

During my recent trip to Europe, I swung through Spain specifically to stay at a gorgeous hotel located in a restored 12th-century abbey about two hours from Madrid, Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine.

Guests there can take bikes and hikes around the enormous property, enjoy private tastings at the winery, explore the historical buildings, indulge in lavish meals at the Michelin-starred restaurant, or luxuriate in the opulent spa with wine-inspired treatments.

Read all about the experience here: Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine is Europe's Most Luxurious New Wine Destination

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Travel + Leisure: How Airlines are Upgrading Business Class

I wrote up the business-class upgrades US airlines are adopting for Travel + Leisure this winter as well, and you can find it in the December issue of the magazine as well as online.

Business class is only going to get better! Image courtesy of American Airlines.
Fliers can expect better seats, bedding, menus, amenity kits, lounges and more. And it's about time! Read all about the changes in my article.

How Airlines are Upgrading Business Class With These Great Perks

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Points Guy: Exciting Hotels Opening in 2017

A new year means plenty of new hotels to check out around the globe, including some in South Africa, Laos, Tahiti and more.

There are 18 in particular that I'm personally looking forward to checking out at some point, but more are sure to come.

Read the full list on The Points Guy here: 18 Highly Anticipated Hotels Opening in 2017

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bravo: My 12 Favorite Airline Business Class Experiences

For my latest Bravo JetSet piece, I got to write about some of the most wonderful experiences I've had in business class. To be honest, it was hard keeping the list to 12 since I've had some fantastic times in the skies.

But a lot of recent entries made my list, including Air France and KLM, not to mention old favorites like Air New Zealand and JAL.

For the full rundown, be sure to read my piece on Bravo.

12 Best Business-Class Experiences I've Ever Had... and How You Can Have Them Too

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Points Guy: 15 Places to Visit in 2017

For this year's round up of the best destinations of 2017 on The Points Guy, we span the globe from Bhutan and Mongolia to Malawi and the Maldives, and everywhere in between.

Take a look at the full list on The Points Guy.

15 Best Places to Visit in 2017

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

JustLuxe: Luxury Suites at the Pulitzer Amsterdam Hotel

For my latest JustLuxe piece, I stayed at the storied (and historical) Pulitzer Amsterdam hotel, which is comprised of 25 17th and 18th-century canal houses right in the heart of Amsterdam.

The regular rooms are gorgeous, but it's the specialty suites that are truly jaw-dropping. Here's your inside look at them.

Which Luxury Suite to Book at the Pulitzer Amsterdam Hotel

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Bloomberg: Avoid Winter Weather Travel Delays

Today, I put on my travel-expert cap for Bloomberg and wrote up all the ways you can avoid or deal with winter travel delays when they come up. And based on the series of storms we've seen so far in December, they're sure to come up!

You don't have to get stuck sleeping at the airport like me!
There are some obvious tips on the list, but surely some that you haven't thought of, so give it a read and see if it helps you the next time you're in a tight spot because of the weather.

Tips for Avoiding Winter Weather Delays and Canceled Flights

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Bloomberg: Airline and Hotel Elite Status Strategies For 2017

It's the end of the year, and that means a last-minute panic about elite-status qualification for 2017 as road warriors and leisure travelers alike wonder whether they've racked up the miles and hotel nights to maintain their current status.

But don't stress too much. Just use my list of handy tips and calls to action to make sure you get the status you deserve for next year and all the benefits that come with it.

A Travel Hacker's Guide to Elite Status in 2017 and Beyond

Monday, December 5, 2016

Bravo: Hospitalized Abroad

My latest for Bravo's JetSet is a fun little story (though it wasn't fun at the time!) about getting so sick I had to be hospitalized...and what every traveler can do to insure themselves on the road.

Read it here: Hospitalized Abroad and 3 Ways to Make Sure You're Covered

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Points Guy: Review of Singapore Airlines' New Premium Economy

Singapore Airlines just launched its new premium economy service aboard its 777-300ERs and eventually A380s.

I got to fly the new service just on a short hop from Singapore to Hong Kong and you can read my review of the experience on The Points Guy.

Review: Singapore Airlines 777-300ER Premium Economy