Reviews

Hotel Rouge: Love at First Sight

March 25, 2015
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[Disclaimer: I’m not sure why all my photos of this place came out so terribly, but you can definitely blame the photographer and not the subject. You’ll have to use your imagination to picture how great it looks in person.] Hotel Rouge had me at “Hello.” Literally. I arrived late on a Saturday night, after […]

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A Newbie at the United Club Lounge

March 11, 2015
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Are you one of those lucky people whose business pays for you to spend your airport layover time in an airline club lounge instead of with the rest of us riff-raff in the food court or at the gates? Or are you, like me, someone to whom the airline club lounge experience has always seemed […]

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How I Survived an 11-Hour Flight

April 23, 2014
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Before my January 2014 trip to Honolulu, I had never been on a long-haul flight before, unless you count the 8 hours it takes to get to some European countries. Eight hours is grueling enough, but the idea of being cooped up on a plane—in economy class—for 11 hours sent chills of dread up my […]

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Using a Mobile Router for Hotel Room Wifi

October 23, 2013
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Late last year, I started traveling with just a tablet and smartphone. Getting rid of the ball-and-chain weight of my netbook was liberating for my back. Unfortunately, there was a tradeoff: Lack of hotel options. Almost all of the hotel rooms I stay in have wired Internet in the rooms, but not all of them […]

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Book Review: Magic Carpet Seduction, Travel Tales Off the Beaten Path

August 28, 2013
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Over the past two years, I’ve had the pleasure of becoming friends with Lisa Egle, otherwise known to her online followers as “Chickybus,” which is also the name of her blog. I’ve read hundreds of travel blogs over the past five years, and hers is one of my favorites. Lisa is a born storyteller, and […]

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Travel Gear Review: The Scottevest Women’s Travel Vest

February 20, 2013
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Let’s get this out of the way first: This is not a sponsored post. I wanted to review this vest in case anyone else is thinking about buying one. The Scottevest is an article of travel clothing that has been around for several years. The premise behind the vest is that it helps you save […]

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Travel Gear Review: The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

February 13, 2013
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I’ve come to accept that I’ll never be a carry-on only traveler. I’ve tried it three times now, and I don’t like it, for reasons I’ve outlined before. For me, checking my suitcase and just bringing my backpack on the plane as a carry-on makes for a much easier flying experience. Except it hasn’t been […]

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Book Review: The Essential Guide for Baby Boomer Travel

November 7, 2012
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Heads up, boomers, there’s a new guide in town. If you’re a baby boomer (anyone born between 1946 and 1964), and you’re faced with the prospect of traveling solo for the first time in your life, this may be the guide for you. The Essential Guide for Baby Boomer Travel was written by Leyla Giray, […]

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The Thrill is Gone: An Airport Rant

June 8, 2012
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As the old saying goes, there’s a thin line between love and hate. Congratulations, US airlines, TSA, and airports all across the US. You have pushed me over that line, you have turned my love for flying into hate. It’s been coming for awhile now, and mostly, I’ve blamed the airlines–what with costly flight cancellations […]

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