Beat the polar vortex with’s 5 best airport hotels

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

2014 has not been kind to travelers. On-time departures, flights and even entire airports have been frozen like the rest of us in the insane, polar vortex-level cold that’s gripped most of North America thus far. And it’s not over yet. With forecasts suggesting more of the same may be on the way next week, (which I’ve […]

Website of the Week: Smart Destinations

Smart Destinations

Everyone wants to save money when they travel—including me! If you plan on traveling to a U.S. city and doing a lot of sightseeing (alone or with the family), then you should seriously consider getting a Smart Destinations Go Card, because it’ll save you up to 55% on top attractions. For example, those traveling to […]

JetBlue’s Announces New Route and Destination


JetBlue released new information today about some exciting additions to their ever-expanding routes and destinations. First up, they announced that they will now offer flights between Chicago and San Juan, Puerto Rico starting in November. There is a limited time sale on flights. Here are the details: Starting this November, JetBlue will offer daily nonstop […]

World’s Highest Skating Rink Open For the Season

Hancock Ice Rink

For the third year, Chicago’s John Hancock Observatory reopened the much anticipated world’s highest skating rink on January 1st, more than 1,000 feet above The Magnificent Mile!  The rink features tempered glass wall boards, offering skaters an amazing view of Lake Michigan, Lake Shore Drive and the Chicago skyline from the 94th floor. The ‘ice’ rink, which […]

The Chicago Hilton

VEMEX conference

Last month, I spent a couple of nights in The Chicago Hilton to attend a European tourism conference that was being held in one of the hotel’s 50 meeting rooms. That’s right – 50 – and that number doesn’t even include its three ballrooms. In fact, The Chicago Hilton has 234,000 square feet of meeting […]

Sweet Home Chicago

Chicago Skyline

Off to the airport with our new ultra-light Bric luggage, my girlfriend and I were excited to travel to Chicago, a place 40 million people visit each year, and a city I once called home. Whenever we travel, I always seem to run into someone I know. Standing at Quik Park LAX, I heard a […]

Travel Contests: Week of June 11th, 2012

Travel and Vacation Contests and Giveaways

This week’s featured travel contests: Featured: Johnny Jet’s Submit Your Best Travel Tip And Win “Convenient” Goodies Giveaway Getaway with Vacation Pay Win $2000 plus a free kindle giveaway Embassy Suites: Win one of five week long vacations and $10k Win a trip to Chicago & tickets for the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

Hurricane Irene in Connecticut


Like most rental houses in Nantucket, they have free Wi-Fi, so I was monitoring Hurricane Irene every few hours. When I saw that she was going to hit New York City on Sunday and I was flying through there, I changed my flight back to California from 2 p.m. to 6:35 a.m. on Saturday. I […]