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

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Bloomberg: Airline Lounge Spas

For my next Bloomberg article, I got to take a look at one of the more fun aspects of premium travel today: airline lounges and their spas.

Image courtesy of Cathay Pacific.

Not only are airlines enlisting well-known spa brands to help entice business- and first-class passengers, but they're also creating in-lounge spas and menus that cater specifically to male clientele. Here are some of the most interesting and exciting of them.

Best Airport Lounge Spa Treatments

Monday, November 14, 2016

Metrosource: Outrageously Expensive Vacations

File this one under: over the top, un-freaking-believable, envy inducing aspirational travel. For my most recent Metrosource article, I take a look at some of the most expensive vacations and expeditions in the world.


We're talking $100,000 per person price tags, exclusive access to otherwise off-the-grid locales and personalities and more.

Find your adventure, and start saving up!

See the Planet...and How to Plan It

Friday, November 11, 2016

National Geographic Traveler: Off-Season Travel to Cape Town

I have the pleasure of launching a new series in National Geographic Traveler Magazine called Off-Season Strategist.

The first destination I look at is Cape Town and why you might want to travel there in winter (wine, whale-watching and more!).


Unfortunately I don't have a link, but above is an image of the article that you should be able to click on and read.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Bravo: My Life Traveling 200 Days a Year

My latest Bravo article is a bit introspective. It's a look at what life is like when you travel 200 days a year...as I do.


In it, I talk about relationships, logistics, highs, lows and everything in between. So if you've ever wanted the life of a vagabond, be sure to have a read.

9 Crazy Things That Happen Because I Travel 200 Days a Year

Monday, October 31, 2016

National Geographic Traveler: How To Choose A Travel Rewards Credit Card

For the next installment of my new National Geographic Traveler series on points and miles, I take a look at travel rewards credit cards and how you can decide which one is best for your needs.


The article discusses not only points and miles, but elite status, benefits and more, so be sure to check it out!

How To Choose A Travel Rewards Credit Card

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bloomberg: US Airline Business Class Updates

Exciting things are coming to business class aboard US airlines as American, Delta and United have all recently unveiled new cabins, seats, amenities and more.


Image courtesy of Delta.

For my latest Bloomberg article, I take a look at all the developments and discuss the pros and cons of what fliers can expect from each airline.

Who's Winning the US Business Class Showdown?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bravo: Epic Airport Lounges

Most airport lounges seem to be dreadful backwaters with fluorescent lighting, businessmen barking into cell phones and days-old snacks.


But others have amenities like full-service spas, salons, celebrity chef restaurants, cigar humidors and more. Read all about it in my latest Bravo article.

Spa, Champagne and a Chauffeur to the Plane: My 4 Most Epic Airport Lounge Memories

Monday, October 17, 2016

National Geographic Traveler: Why Hotel Points Programs Matter

When it comes to travel loyalty, a lot of people overlook hotel points in favor of airline miles. But really, they are just two sides of the same coin, and any good travel strategy will include both airline miles and hotel points. After all, once you get where you need to go, you have to stay somewhere!


For the latest in my National Geographic Traveler series on loyalty programs, I take a look at hotel points and how you can maximize them.

Why Hotel Points Programs Matter

Monday, October 3, 2016

National Geographic Traveler: Earn Frequent-Flier Miles Fast

I'll be writing a new online series specifically about points and miles for National Geographic Traveler. I'm so excited to share my tips and expertise with their audience and hopefully help them put those points and miles to use getting some of the exotic places we write about at NGT.



The first article is specifically about choosing a good airline mileage program for your needs, and then strategies for racking up the miles faster.

How To Earn Airline Frequent-Flier Miles Fast

Friday, September 30, 2016

Travel + Leisure: How To Get Upgraded to Business Class

One of the questions I get all the time as a travel expert is: how do you get an upgrade? Indeed, it seems like all any traveler ever wants is the chance to sit up front. While it seems harder than ever to get up into the business or first-class cabin, there are actually more ways to go about doing so than ever.





For my latest in T+L, here's my list of tips for making sure you snag that last business-class seat every time.

How to Get Upgraded to Business Class

Friday, September 16, 2016

LA Times: Foreign Frequent Flier Programs

US airlines have made huge (and hugely negative) changes to their mileage programs in recent years. Those include changing the ways you earn miles, how many you need to redeem for award travel and more.



If your airline has left you in the lurch, it's time to start thinking out of the box...and out of the country. My latest for the LA Times is about why you need to consider foreign mileage programs, and which ones might be best for you.

Want Better Mileage From Your Airline? Look To Foreign Frequent-Flier Programs

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Bloomberg: Best Credit Cards for Travelers

For my next Bloomberg article, I take a look at some of the top travel rewards credit cards currently available, including the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Citi Prestige and the Platinum Card from American Express.



The article compares their perks and benefits, the usefulness of their points and more. So if you're in the market for a new card, check it out.

Best Credit Cards For Travelers

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Points Guy: Lufthansa A380 First Class Review

Lufthansa first class is one of my favorite experiences in the skies. Lie-flat beds, caviar service, champagne, personalized service...what's not to love?


Read all about my latest flight in my newest review for The Points Guy.

Flight Review: Lufthansa A380 First Class Frankfurt-Los Angeles

Friday, August 26, 2016

Bloomberg: Scoring Airline First Class Upgrades

Getting an airline upgrade is one of the most arcane aspects of travel. No one ever seems to be completely sure about who is prioritized or how.





Well, I take most of the guesswork out of it for you with my latest Bloomberg piece...though don't get me wrong, there is still plenty of complexity and uncertainty!

How to get a First Class Upgrade Every Time

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Frontiers Magazine: Sri Lanka

As you can tell by looking at some of my recent articles, I absolutely loved Sri Lanka when I visited earlier this year, and have been writing about it ever since.




My latest is a great little feature for Frontiers that provides a handy itinerary for first-time visitors.

Your Guide to Spectacular Sri Lanka

Bravo: The Best Southern Road Trip

This summer, I had the chance to take a road trip I've always wanted to...through the U.S. South. Over the course of about 10 days, I got to visit Asheville, Greenville, Charleston and Palmetto Bluff near Hilton Head.


During the trip, I ate, drank, and saw some amazing things. Read all about it in my most recent Bravo article.

The Perfect Southern Road Trip Itinerary

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Frontiers Magazine: Adventure Travel

Though you'll usually spot me at restaurants and wineries, and a museum or two, I absolutely love the outdoors and adventure destinations. That's why I was thrilled to get this assignment from Frontiers Magazine to cover some of the most exciting thrill-seeker spots around the globe.


In it, I cover everywhere from Montana to Mongolia, plus Botswana, Greenland and Australia.

5 Vacation Spots for the Adventurous Man

The Points Guy: Etihad First Class Apartment Review

Etihad's First Class Apartments are probably the nicest first class seats in the skies. In fact, they're suites. And though everything about them is over the top, including the price, you can actually book them using miles and a few other methods.


Read about my review of the experience on The Points Guy.

Flight Review: Etihad A380 The Apartment First Class

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

National Geographic Traveler: Maldives

My next National Geographic Traveler article is about one of the world's great ends-of-the-earth destinations, the Maldives.


Most people think of this tiny island nation as a once-in-a-lifetime getaway, and yes, everyone there seems to be on their honeymoon. But it's easier to get there than you think, and once you do, there is plenty to see and experience.

Know Before You Go: Maldives

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bloomberg: Booking Etihad First Class with Miles

As you might know, I like airline miles and I like first class. My first piece for Bloomberg combines my two passions in one useful road map for using miles to book one of the best first-class seats in the world: Etihad's Apartment.


How You Can Book Etihad's First Class Apartment With Miles

Monday, July 18, 2016

LA Times: Travel Credit Cards and Authorized Users

There are lots of reasons you might or might not want to add others as authorized users to your credit cards.


It can help them establish credit and help you rack up the points and miles faster. But there are caveats as well. Learn more in my most recent LA Times piece.

More for your Money: Trusting Someone Else With Your Credit Card May Prove Rewarding

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

National Geographic Traveler: Zambia

My next National Geographic Traveler article is on one of my favorite all-time destinations, Zambia.


Waterfalls, safaris, amazing people and arts. It's a phenomenal destination. Check it out here...

Know Before You Go: Zambia

Friday, June 24, 2016

Bravo: The World's Best Hotels to Myself

I got to have a little fun with my latest Bravo piece and write a first-person essay about some of my more luxurious travel experiences...and what it's actually like being waited on hand and foot.



The short version: unnerving but awesome.

How I Got the World's Best Hotels All to Myself - And You Can Too!

LA Times: Staying Fit on the Road

People ask me all the time how I manage to stay fit and healthy when I travel (and eat!) so much.


Well, here are the answers all in my latest LA Times  article.

Vacation is no Excuse: 14 Ways to Stick to your Fitness Goals on the Road

Monday, June 13, 2016

Bravo: Business Class Upgrades

Sick of flying in the back of the plane? There's no reason you have to!


For my latest Bravo feature, I give you all kinds of tips and tricks for "turning left" and joining the jetsetters at the pointy end of the plane.

9 Hacks for Flying Business Class or Better Without A Celeb Budget

Bravo: First Class Tricks

Everyone wants to fly first class, but not everyone knows how easy it is to do, if you just keep a few simple things in mind.


Here's my latest Bravo article on the best first-class experiences I've had, and how I've used miles, upgrades and auction bids to get them!

How I Got To Fly 6 of the World’s Best First-Class Cabins — And You Can Too

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Bravo: The World's Best Overwater Bungalows

The waves lapping under your floor, nothing but ocean till the horizon...staying in an overwater bungalow is one of the top travel experiences.


For my latest Bravo feature, I take you around the world to explore some of the globe's most gorgeous overwater accommodations.

9 Overwater Villas So Stunning You'll Cry

Monday, May 9, 2016

Travel + Leisure: How To Join The Mile-High Club

For my first Travel + Leisure story, I wrote about a travel topic on everyone's mind: how to join the mile-high club.


Just kidding! But we've all considered it. Here's the scoop on its supposed origins and insider tips from flight attendants (seriously!) on how you can join it without getting into trouble.

How To Join The Mile-High Club...If You Dare!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Travel + Leisure: How to Travel To Europe on Miles

Using your airline miles to get to Europe without shelling out hundreds of thousands of them, or paying steep taxes, is one of frequent flying's holy grails.


But my latest Travel + Leisure article gives you some ideas and advice about how to spend those miles wisely and get where you need to go.

How to Travel to Europe on Miles

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bravo: World's Best Safari Camps

Though I've only gotten to go on safari a handful of times, it's one of my absolute favorite travel experiences.


Here are my picks of the best places to go on safari yourself, from Africa and Asia to Australia and India.

The World's 10 Most Luxurious Safari Camps

The Points Guy: Top 10 International Airport Lounges

Airport lounges outside the US have some amazing amenities including salons, spas, day rooms, cigar lounges and more.




Check out my list of the top international lounges including Lufthansa's First Class Terminal in Frankfurt, the Qantas First Class lounge, Air France's La Premiere Salon and more.

Top 10 International Airport Lounges And How To Access Them

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Points Guy: Etihad A380 Business Class Review

While Etihad's new Apartment and Residence first class offerings get a lot of press, I actually wanted to review its new business class.


I did so on a recent flight from Abu Dhabi to New York, and here are the details on the experience, which you can read about on The Points Guy.

Flight Review: Etihad A380 Business Class

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Metrosource: Shop Around the World

Though food and wine are usually my travel beats, I like browsing the shops in a destination as well, and picking up a souvenir or two.


For my latest Metrosource Magazine travel feature, I take you with me to some of my favorite shops in Paris, Stockholm and Florence, as well as Livingstone and Laos.

Shop Around The World

Thursday, March 31, 2016

National Geographic Traveler: Sri Lanka

I just published my first online piece for National Geographic Traveler and am thrilled to share it here.


 It's based on my recent trip to Sri Lanka and has some great tips for first-time visitors. Check it out here.

Know Before You Go: Sri Lanka

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Points Guy: Review of SriLankan Airlines Business Class

It might seem odd, but one of the airline reviews I was most looking forward to writing for The Points Guy this year was a recent flight on SriLankan from Beijing to Colombo.


The experience was delightful. Read my post for the full details on why.

Flight Review: SriLankan A330 New Business Class

Friday, March 11, 2016

The Points Guy: Top 11 Airport Lounges in the US

Though airport lounges aren't a huge selling point of the travel experience for me, getting into one can make a big difference when you need a place to rest and relax after a grueling flight.



Read about the best lounges in the US in my latest piece for The Points Guy and how you can get in.



Top 11 Airport Lounges in the US and How You Can Get Access

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bravo: Shockingly Expensive Vacations

Ever considered dropping $1 million on a vacation? Apparently some people do...and I got to write all about where they go and what they do!


6 Shockingly Expensive World Travel Packages

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Points Guy: Top Ways to Fly to Asia in Business Class

Today on The Points Guy, my look at the best uses of miles to fly in business class to Asia.


Some of the airlines included are Singapore, Cathay Pacific, JAL, ANA, China Airlines and more. Plenty of options!

Top 8 Ways to Fly to Asia in Business Class

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Points Guy: Best Business Class Seats for Couples

Just in time for Valentine's Day, I take a look at the best options for flying business class as a couple.


The choices include front- and back-facing seats for face time, those angled toward one another...and some for privacy if you prefer. Read more on The Points Guy.

11 Best Airline Seats for Couples

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Frontiers Magazine: Fitness Travel

I usually write about food and wine, so imagine my surprise when my editor at Frontiers asked me to write a travel feature about health and fitness destinations. Well, I guess after all that eating and drinking, I need it!


6 Worldwide Destinations Perfect For Getting Fit

Friday, January 29, 2016

Frontiers Magazine: Ski Travel

You'll usually find me in a vineyard or on a beach, but hey, it's winter, and that means...ski travel!


In my latest Frontiers travel feature, I cover some of the country's best luxury ski destinations including Aspen, Vail, Park City, Jackson Hole, Tahoe and more...

9 Luxe Ski Getaways