Moon Palace in Cancun for TBEX 2014

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Hola! If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter, then you know I just returned from Cancun, Mexico, where I attended the TBEX conference. I landed after a short three hour, 35-minute flight from New York. It was my first time to Mexico in years and one of the reasons why is that after […]

2014 US Open with SPG Amex

Johnny and Natalie at the 2014 US Open

Every traveler I know who has the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express loves it! I have it, and I love it too, which is probably why their PR team has invited me and a guest to the US Open in New York for the last three years, to attend one of their […]

The Post Hotel and Lake Louise Village in Banff National Park

Kayaking on Lake Louise

My wife Natalie and I recently visited beautiful Alberta, Canada to attend the Calgary Stampede. (Here are 10 tips for Stampede first-timers as well as 10 things to know about flying Air Canada rouge, the airline we flew to get there.) I’ve always wanted to go to the Calgary Stampede, but I was even more […]

The Tuscany Hotel in New York City

The Tuscany Hotel

These days all the major hotel chains are getting so big and dominant that it’s starting to affect my purchasing decisions—and I’m probably not the only one. And that’s a huge mistake. I admit I often have to remind myself that it’s okay to stay at a hotel that I don’t have a loyalty program […]

The Good, Bad and Ugly about Taking Amtrak’s Acela Express Train

Inside Amtrak Acela Express train (Business Class)

Last week I took Amtrak’s Acela Express train for the first time in a few years and I realized I’d completely forgotten what it was like. I was traveling from New York’s Penn Station (one of America’s worst train stations) to Wilmington, Delaware. Since it had been so long since I’d taken Acela, I actually […]

Hakkasan Beverly Hills

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Restaurant: Hakkasan Beverly Hills Where: 233 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-888-8661 The concept: Originally opened in London in 2001, Hakkasan is now known the world over, from Miami to Mumbai, from San Francisco to Shanghai. And recently, Hakassan threw open its doors in Los Angeles. At Hakkasan Beverly Hills, modern Cantonese cuisine […]

St. Regis Bahia Beach in Puerto Rico

Golf course at the St Regis Bahia Beach Puerto Rico

I recently traveled to Puerto Rico to meet my dad and a camera crew to shoot promotional videos on behalf of the Starwood Preferred Guest® Card from American Express, an advertising partner. I’ve been a SPG Amex card member for quite some time, which is one of the reasons they invited me to be part of […]

How to Get TSA PreCheck for Free

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If you get my weekly newsletter (sign up here) then you know that I have a love/hate relationship with TSA PreCheck. I love it because the line is usually much shorter and I don’t have to take off my shoes, belt and jacket. I also don’t have to take my laptop or my 3-1-1 compliant […]