Trip to Austin, Texas for SXSW 2015

In the TripIt Lounge at SXSW with Brian Kelly and Lee Abbamonte

Greetings from Los Angeles! If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter then you know that my wife and I were just in Austin, Texas for SXSW. The good folks at TripIt (the creators of one of my favorite travel apps) brought us down for a meet and greet with tech and travel enthusiasts. […]

How I Got Shingles From Too Much Travel and How to Avoid It


I went to the doctor last Wednesday because I had a really nasty earache, which felt like someone was stabbing my inner ear with a pin. Each time, the pain would only last for a split second but it would make my eyes water and part of my body twitch. I was surprised when the […]

10 Reasons to Stay at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort

Feeding the elephants on arrival at Anantara Hotel Chiang Rai

It took the longest travel day to get to the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort, in northern Thailand. My journey began by flying from New York to London on British Airways. During the six-hour layover, I took a shower in the club and had brunch at a nearby pub before flying 11 hours […]

Behind-the-Scenes at Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami

Joe's Stone Crab in Miami

I was just in Miami to attend the South Beach Wine & Food Festival as a guest of Certified Angus Beef, which supplies meat to some of the city’s top restaurants—including Joe’s Stone Crab (11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139). Joe’s is one of south Florida’s most iconic and historic restaurants and during my stay, I […]

Difficult to Get a Good Night’s Sleep in Miami Beach

Thompson Miami Beach Check-In

I was just in Miami to attend the South Beach Wine and Food Festival as a guest of Certified Angus Beef. The first night they put me up at the Thompson Miami Beach and the next two nights, I stayed at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Both are beautiful hotels but it was the first time […]

Do I Have Travel Insurance and Which Policy Company Do I Use?


The most frequent question I am asked when speaking at travel shows is: Should I buy travel insurance? The answer all depends on what you are buying and where you are going. I say, if you are just buying a $150 ticket from Los Angeles to San Francisco and staying with family, I wouldn’t get […]

Attending the 57th Annual GRAMMYS with Hilton Hotels

Beverly Hilton GRAMMYS red carpet

If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter then you know my wife Natalie and I were fortunate enough to be guests of Hilton Hotels to experience the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night. Hilton invited us to help spread the word about their Hilton@PLAY call to action, which is inspiring and encouraging people to seek out the unfamiliar […]

Plane-spotting at Eureka! Tasting Kitchen in the Hawthorne Airport


With my dad and my sister, I found a hidden gem in Hawthorne, CA, earlier this week, perfect for plane-spotting, burgers and craft beer! Tucked away on Crenshaw, Eureka! Tasting Kitchen serves great food and overlooks Hawthorne Airport. You can see the runway from the restaurant windows—a great spot for watching all of the Cessnas come in! […]