Hobbiton is one of the Coolest Things in New Zealand

I have never seen any of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies. I have never seen any of ‘The Hobbit’ movies. I have never read any of the books either. I don’t like science fiction or fantasy. That said, I went to the Hobbiton movie set as a special day and night time tour excursion […]

5 Things to do in Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China is one of the most exciting cities in the world. It has developed as fast as any city I can think of and is constantly striving to develop further. I’ve been to Shanghai a handful of times now and really feel like I have a firm grasp on the city-I even named it […]

Bermuda Weekend Getaway

I first went to the enchanting island of Bermuda back in 2005. I stayed at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel. It had a great location but was in need of some renovations. Fast-forward to present day and I just left my 4th trip to Bermuda and once again stayed at the Hamilton Princess. It was […]

It’s Worth the Effort to Travel to Luang Prabang

In all my trips to Southeast Asia, Luang Prabang had always eluded me. It was always a little too far from wherever I was. It was always a little annoying or expensive to get to. I couldn’t be bothered making the effort. So this trip I finally did it and I was pleased that it’s […]

Bagan Travel Tips

Getting your head around travel to Bagan can be really confusing when planning a trip to Bagan or travel to Myanmar (Burma) in general. So I thought some Bagan travel tips would be in order. Traveling to Bagan is a bit of a pain any way you slice it. So here are some Bagan travel […]

The Essential Nauru Travel Guide

It’s hard to find a travel guide to Nauru or even find out how to travel to Nauru. In fact, it’s hard to find people who have even heard of Nauru let alone people who have been to Nauru! Wikipedia is probably the best Nauru travel guide but it’s not great. Lonely Planet doesn’t even […]

Vanuatu is One of the Best Places in the South Pacific

My last trip to Vanuatu 5-6 years ago sucked. It was pretty awful to be honest. I was super sick and was barely able to leave my room in Port Vila. So I never really got to see or do anything on the main island of Efate or any of the other islands. Since I […]

5 Awesome Things to do in Nosy Be, Madagascar

I had been itching to go to Nosy Be ever since my first trip to Madagascar back in 2010. I wasn’t able to go at that time but I always mentally noted that I wanted to get there at some point. As luck would have it, I was down in Mauritius with SPG Amex on […]

5 Awesome Things To Do in Lisbon, Portugal

I wanted to come back to Lisbon, Portugal for the 4th time because it was the major European capital I’d spent the least amount of time and was relatively unfamiliar-at least to my standards. I wanted to get to know the city and the surrounding areas on my weeklong Portuguese trip that included 3 days […]

Road Trip Around Washington State

Washington State, not Washington DC, is one of the most beautiful places in America. I have visited Washington State twice before, both times to Seattle and both trips revolved around sporting events-I tend to do that! This time, I planned a road trip around Washington State that would include visits to all three US National […]

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