39 Reasons to Stay at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in Australia

Wildlife at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort

I got invited by Destination NSW (tourism marketing company for the state of New South Wales) to go to Sydney, Australia and witness the first two games (and Opening Day) of the 2014 Major League Baseball season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was an historic occasion, as the first-ever MLB […]

9 Reasons to Stay at The Langham Sydney

Langham Sydney bed

As soon as I heard that the Langham Hotels chain had entered the Sydney market, I immediately wanted to check out the new hotel. After all, Langham is a luxury hotel group that’s been around for a while (their first hotel opened in 1865). The Langham Sydney (rates start at $315 AUD or $292 US) opened in […]

13 Reasons to Stay at the QT Sydney

QT Sydney front desk

Back in September 2012, a fun, hip, quirky and beautifully designed hotel opened in Sydney, Australia. I was fortunate enough to visit, and after spending four nights at the QT Sydney, it’s safe to say it’s unlike any hotel I’ve ever seen—and if the below tickles your fancy, one you don’t want to miss. Here […]

My Most Embarrassing Travel Story Involving a Japanese Ryokan

Maikos (geisha apprentices)

In 2005 I went on a Memoirs of a Geisha fam trip where they took me to all the sites that were mentioned in the book/movie.  We checked into an above average ryokan called Sento (a traditional Japanese inn). It was located in the center of Kinosaki and it did not look like much from […]

MLB Opening Day 2014: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia

Ball

G’day! If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter then you know I just returned from an amazing trip to Australia. The whole thing feels like a dream, but I took tons of photos (below)—so I know it’s not! Speaking of dreams…I was Down Under for the first two games (and Opening Day) of […]

10 Great Reasons to Stay at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

“Now I’m going to pour tequila on your belly.” This was the last thing I expected to hear while getting a massage in Los Angeles at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Hotel. That wasn’t the only surprise from this luxury hotel, where you’re pretty much guaranteed to see an A-list celebrity every […]

Major League Baseball in Sydney, Australia: An Unforgettable Experience

Not the first pitch

On a beautiful, warm, early autumn night in Sydney, Australia, I watched the Los Angeles Dodgers take on Team Australia at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). It was an exhibition game before Saturday’s Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Opening Series where the Dodgers will take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. Team Australia took the lead early […]

12 Reasons to Stay at The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa

The Moana Surfrider view

The Moana Surfrider will always be a special hotel to me since I used to stay there back in the late 1990s when I first started to travel to Hawaii. Back then, it was a Sheraton but in 2007, Starwood re-branded it into a swanky Westin Resort & Spa. What’s even better is that it […]