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