JW Marriott Venice
Review of the JW Marriott in Venice. Great hotel but make sure to read notes about food prices and elite benefits. Read More ›

M.A.X. Pass – Unlimited Skiing
Get nearly unlimited skiing for $599 with M.A.X. Pass. Includes 25 mountains. See article for a detailed review of all of the worthy mountains on the pass. Read More ›

Free $15 from Lyft
Free $20 Ride from Lyft Read More ›

$20 Uber Credit
$20 off Uber Read More ›

Discounts for Brazilians
Use this Brazilian website to get deals in the USA Read More ›

Hilton & Waldorf Bonnet Creek – Orlando, FL
A very detailed review of the Hilton Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando that we stayed at during our trip to Disney. Tons of pictures and money saving trips. Read More ›

Tamarindo and Liberia, Costa Rica
See lessons learned from my trip with my wife to Tamarindo Beach in Guanacaste, Cost Rica and the surrounding area. Read More ›

Tenorio National Park – Costa, Rica
My wife and I spent our second day in Costa Rica at Tenorio National Park. We included some key info and pictures. Read More ›

Rincon de la Vieja National Park
My wife and I spent a day at Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Getting info on the internet on the park isn't the easiest so I decided to summarize my trip to help others. Read More ›

Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport – Costa Rica
Rview of the Hilton Garden Inn at Liberia Airport in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Read More ›

Best Western Vista Villas – Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Overall 4/5 (physical 3/5, location 3.5/5, view from oceanview rooms 5/5, staff 5/5) Read More ›

Free Travel Genius Kiva Challenge
Kiva and our Leap Year Kiva Challenge Read More ›

The Phoenician and Scottsdale, AZ
A review of the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale (Phoenix), AZ in January 2012 along with other hints about vacationing in Scottsdale. Read More ›

Liberty Hotel – Boston, MA
A review of our mixed experience at the Liberty Hotel in Beacon Hill of Boston, MA. Read More ›

California Trip 2010
Our 2010 trip to California including hiking along the Pacific Coast Highway in Big Sur, a jam packed day in San Francisco, and a relaxing weekend in Napa Valley, biking around, sipping wine, eating well and seeing old friends. Includes detailed hotel and restaurant reviews. Read More ›

Israel Trip
My wife and I decided to take a last minute trip to Israel since we just got an infusion of over 200k Delta points by combining offers from two American Express cards with a Membership Rewards transfer bonus. Read on to hear about our travels to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, the north and more along with our luxury hotel, budget hostel and car rental experiences. Read More ›

Hilton Amsterdam
My wife and I stayed at the Hilton in Amsterdam for one night last week. It was a very nice place, but beware of its location, it is nowhere close to the center of Amsterdam. Although I believe it is technically in the city, it feels like a close by suburb. They do treat Diamonds well, however. Read More ›

Climbing Kilimanjaro with Zara Tours
My wife and I summited Uruhu Peak of Kilimanjaro on July 10, 2011 at 7:06AM. It was a very exciting. For those considering a similar trip, I would like to share my thoughts. Air The trick is to fly into Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). JRO is half way between Moshi and Arusha (apx. 30 minutes from each), the two cities that Kili trips are based out of. The alternative is to fly to Dar Es Salam or Nairobi and take either a puddle jumper or a long bus ride. The only flight from outside the region to JRO is a once a day flight by KLM from Amsterdam (AMS). Delta has multiple direct flights from Boston to AMS, so the whole trip only required one stop each way. The best part of all is that we were able to do the trip on miles (80,000 delta miles per person round trip). I was able to get 150k of the 160k miles we needed from the Platinum American Express Card. Basically, Amex offered 100,000 Membership Rewards points for getting the card and then Delta offerred a 50% bonus on MR transfers netting 150,000 miles. Keep your eyes on my credit card blog for more ideas like that. Or if you are getting your ticket directly with FlyingBlue points, you can top up your points here. Climb Choosing an operator is a bit difficult. There are travel companies around the world advertising Kili trips, but almost all of them appear to use a local operator. Save your sell a couple of thousand and book direct. Read More ›

Doubletree Times Square (Hilton)
You may be asking where to use your Hilton points in New York City. I am currently staying at the Doubletree Times Square and decided to share my thoughts on the place and other options in NYC. Summary: Best all around New York hotel in the Hilton family for most visitors. Read More ›

Element Lexington Hotel
The Element Lexington hotel by Westin (Starwood) is great if you have a need to be in the western or northwestern suburbs of Boston. The Element is a great concept. Very functional rooms, fairly good free meals and green tog boot. However, they are not a business friendly hotel (as much as they think they may be). The hotel needs to have the option of a direct dial phone line. Charge us $1 a day or something, but if someone is staying for an extended period, they should have a phone number. And now with Google Voice, we really need it. The Element claims to be an extended stay option, but charges full service hotel level outrageous rates for a domestic calls? A call into the same metro area (e.g., Boston), costs $1.50/minute! you need to renew your internet every day (even for wired!). This makes many applications unusable. For example, logmein/citrix/remote desktop in the case you leave your machine in the room and want to be able to login to it from your jobsite. Also, imagine being in the middle of a video conference and lose your connection since it happens to be 24 hours after you last re-upped your connection. they need more staff – the front desk doesn’t always pick up the phone. Certainly consider some type of VOIP (e.g., Vonage, Skype) solution if you are there long-term. Element Lexington 727 Marrett Road – B Lexington, MA 02421 USA +1 (781) 761-1750 Read More ›

Mekong Delta Bike Tour with Sinh Balo Adventure
As part of our honeymoon trip to Vietnam, we took a 2-day bicycle tour of the Mekong Delta with Sinh Balo. It was the highlight of our trip to southeast Asia. Read More ›