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Choice Hotels’ Best Internet Rate Guarantee: An Empty Promise?

If you book hotel rooms on the internet, you’ve likely encountered the online price guarantee. The specifics vary among … Read More

Where’s Johnny?

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Del Mar Racetrack for My Dad’s Birthday

I talked my dad into coming to California for the winter since Connecticut is no place for someone in their eighties. A … Read More

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Holiday lights and a quick stay at southern California’s Dana Point

IlluminOcean holiday lights at Dana Point Harbor

Well, I'm totally in the Christmas spirit after seeing a fabulous holiday lights display in Orange County, California! It’s the first year of Dana Point Harbor’s IlluminOcean installation, which features 22 ocean-themed light creations. The lights began on … Read More

Travel Tip of the Day: Lock It, Hide It, Keep It!

Lock it, hide it, keep it

Lock It, Hide It, Keep It! My mom taught me this when I was a kid, so it’s second nature to me, but I know way too many people who don’t follow it. It's a simple rule that the Los Angeles Airport Police Department also suggests following, and it goes like … Read More

Lost and Stolen Passports: Can Travel Insurance Help?


Insurance is something I am asked about pretty frequently. Travelers, whether they are frequent flyers or first-timers, often want to know whether they should buy travel insurance before they take off on their vacation or business trip or journey of any kind, … Read More

Travel Tip of the Day: American Offering Bonus Miles in 2015


American Offering Bonus Miles in 2015 The big airline news today comes from American Airlines, which announced the terms of huge, great promotion that will run all of 2015. Here's how it will work: Beginning January 1, American customers will earn bonus miles … Read More

Angkor National Park Siem Reap Cambodia

Monks leaving Angkor Wat

My wife and I were in Cambodia as a guest of Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa. The hotel is plush but the real reason you’ll want to go to Siem Reap is for its proximity to the magnificent Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of ancient … Read More

10 Reasons to Stay at Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa in Cambodia

Monk blessing at Anantara Angkor Resort

I’ve always dreamt of going to Cambodia so when Natalie and I were invited to go to Thailand with Anantara Hotels, we decided to skip the trip to their Phuket property and instead, visit their hotel in Cambodia. After all, it was half the distance (218 miles … Read More

American Airlines’ Lucrative Bonus Mile Promotion for Premium Passengers


I love how American Airlines isn’t following Delta's and United's revenue-based plans (at least, not yet) in which fliers earn miles based on ticket price instead of miles flown. And now, they're starting to lure Delta’s and United’s business and first class … Read More

Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Bring Ziploc Bags


Bring Ziploc Bags Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip was left by A. R. Kennedy of Long Beach, NY, who says: “Take quart-size Ziplocs. Of course you’re supposed to bring one in your carry-on to … Read More