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What Staying at the TWA Hotel is Really Like

TWA Hotel New York

The Golden Age of flying instantly conjures images of attractive couples dressed to the nines as they board a small jet to whisk them away in what must have seemed like no time at all. Onboard they’re served decadent meals with all the finishes and afterwards they smoke a cigarette while enjoying an after dinner drink in the plane’s lounge. The modern traveler hasn’t experienced this kind of luxury in decades and that’s not likely to change any time soon. This desire to return to a more civilized era of flying isn’t only what prompted me to book a stay at the new(ish) TWA Hotel at JFK Airport in New York, it was the impetus for the hotel itself...


Solo Travel Destinations New Orleans | Solo Trekker

Solo Travel Destinations New Orleans. Add it to your bucket list!

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Solo Travel Destinations New Orleans:

New Orleans is both historic and cutting edge.

  • My 1st trip was at age 12. I was intrigued by the “spooky” old cemeteries. It was like an Alfred Hitchcock movie! 


When I was a college student, I returned.

  • I spent hours watching artists paint in the French Quarter.
  • Then I took free rides on the Mississippi River ferryboat.
  • I saw one of the world’s longest bridges. The 23+ mile Lake Pontchartrain Bridge even has a cloverleaf to turn around!

Solo Travel Destinations New Orleans: Its History:

It is one of the most “foreign” US cities. Its looks little like other US cities.

  • New Orleans dates back to the 16th century with Hernando Cortez.
  • The Spanish and then the French ruled t...

Road To Hana Stops – 17 Beautiful Scenes With Video

The world-famous road to Hana is one of the must-do experiences when visiting Maui. It can be overwhelming deciding what to see, so we’ver rounded up the Road to Hana stops that we did on Maui’s epic coastal drive.

The Road to Hana, aka The Hana Highway, takes you from the sleepy surf town of Paia to the peaceful town of Hana.

It is one of the island’s most popular day trips, so it can get very busy fast.

We recommend leaving early and driving directly to Haleakala National Park which is about 30 minutes past Hana.

Once you have seen what you want there and around Hana, you can then spend the day slowly making your way back to Paia.

Traffic on the road to Hana from Paia to Hana is plugged and stopped later in the day seeing the sights in reverse order, let you enjoy the viewpoints and wat...


Where to Stay in San Francisco – A Guide To The Best Areas

San Francisco was once known as the epicenter of the counterculture movement. In the 1960s and 70s, it was the place where you would find artists, beatniks, and those who practiced an alternative lifestyle.

Today, San Francisco is more tech than it is artsy but it still revolves around a culture that values tolerance and acceptance of diversity.

One of the things that come along with that change is that the city has become quite expensive which can make choosing where to stay in San Francisco difficult.

There are so many different neighborhoods, some safe and some not, so selecting the best place to stay is really important if you want to take advantage of all of the cool things to do in the city.

We asked local San Francisco expert Mimi McFadden to create a guide on where to stay in San ...


My Night at the Museum: The 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City

I love great hotels and it’s a segment of the travel industry that I pay a lot of attention to. So when a few years ago a new player in the industry popped onto my radar, I was immediately intrigued. Although we’ve seen in recent years a growing trend of so-called boutique lifestyle hotels, the fine folks behind the 21c brand weren’t just early adopters, they well and truly paved the way for others to follow. With all of this in mind it was with no shortage of excitement that I finally had the opportunity to patronize one of their properties when I spent some time in Oklahoma City.

What is 21c

Since at least the Great Recession, there has been a revitalization of lost or nearly lost neighborhoods and communities in cities of all sizes around the world...


My Perfect Day in Key West in 4 Acts

There are strange holes in my travel resume; spots I just haven’t visited for a variety of reasons. Until a few months ago, Key West was on that list, and I couldn’t wait to finally travel to this remote American outpost on the edge of the country. My visit to the Florida Keys was part of a project with Marriott, the Americas to highlight some amazing places around the country, including the always-interesting community of Key West.

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Where to Stay

What helped set the tone for my brief stay in Key West was my very quirky but also very luxurious boutique hotel, The Saint. Part of the Autograph Collection of hotels the distinctive mix of design and decadence matches its central Key West location with ease...


20 Places You Should Visit in 2020


2019 is now officially over, thank goodness, and since this is the start of the New Year I thought I would share some of my top travel picks for 2020. Some are obvious choices, others a little more unexpected but all are amazing places to discover for one reason or another. Also, these are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER. I don’t want to see anyone complaining that one destination is ranked higher or lower than another one; they all have my love and admiration.

Overberg South Africa

South Africa

It’s been a few years since South Africa has been the star of travel media coverage, which is unfortunate. After making some incredible headway in travel and tourism, the nation took some steps backward making planning a trip there more challenging...


14 Best Places In Arizona To Visit

Sometimes, the gorgeous state of Arizona can be overlooked when visiting fun cities in the USA and its stunning national parks. That being said, it really shouldn’t be overlooked, there are literally so many of the best places in Arizona that I’m almost certain you’ll love. 

Home to the legendary Grand Canyon and the incredible tribal lands of the Hopi, Arizona has a heap of incredible places, cultures and history. Even if you’re heading on a road trip around the USA, or choosing for a trip to the Grand Canyon, you can easily partner some of these pit stops on your trip… and it’s well worth it.

Anyway, I’m totally rambling about Arizona now, but we totally loved it during our cross-country road trip of the USA. It really is a special state.

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Trains, Missions and Canoes: A Unique National Park Foundation Adventure in Texas

In recent years I’ve had the great opportunity to explore more of America’s Best Idea, the National Parks. I thought I was making pretty good progress through the parks until very recently when I learned that there are actually more than 400 sites protected and administered by the National Park Service in every corner of the country. That’s an incredible legacy to leave future generations, but ultimately it is only part of the remarkable efforts conducted by the Service, the National Park Foundation and their partners in the preservation of not just historical and natural resources, but the very essence of what it means to be American.

What is the National Park Foundation?

It’s somewhat unusual for a Federal agency to have an affiliated nonprofit partner, but of course the National...


Living My Best Life at the Four Seasons Orlando

I stay at a lot of great hotels and resorts around the world, many of which I’ve written about on this blog. To be honest, since I am very picky when it comes to hotels, the experiences are rarely bad, in fact, they’re usually great. Once in a while though, and not nearly as often as one would think, there comes along a very special property and a very special experience that is just so exceptional, I feel at a loss to properly put into words what my time there was really like. Such is the case with my experience at the Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World Resort and what was in all honesty one of the best days of my life.

I know what you’re thinking, “Oh look, another blogger gushing over a hotel in order to curry favor...