Long layover at Heathrow? Here’s how to kill the time

The Pheasant near LHR

Last month, my wife and I got invited to Southeast Asia thanks to Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas and British Airways. We had a dream trip and for those living on the east coast, British Airways is a fantastic way to fly to Asia—especially if you break up your journey like we did: by stopping […]

Hotel Review: Boca Raton Resort & Club

Boca Raton Resort & Club

Last week I spoke at the Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.  The entrance was so beautiful; when I pulled up, I snapped a photo, then posted it on my Facebook page, asking my friends and followers to guess the hotel. I was shocked to see that most of […]

Moon Palace in Cancun for TBEX 2014

I did it!

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

hakkasan1

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 […]