The Magic of Santa: A Ride on the Polar Express

Frank and the kids on the Polar Express

For me, driving from Connecticut with four kids the weekend before Christmas to experience the Polar Express in Saratoga, New York was akin to driving to the real North Pole. Children, ages 1.5 to 11, packed with anticipation on a 3.5-hour drive from Westport, CT—it ain’t easy. But our accommodations at the Inn at Saratoga were […]

Travel Tip of the Day: The Best Time to Travel? (and Happy Holidays!)

Christmas in Trafalgar Sq

The Best Time to Travel? (and Happy Holidays!) One of the two best times of the year to travel is fast approaching us: the week after New Year’s (the other is the week after Thanksgiving). In the travel industry, weeks like these are referred to as “dead weeks” because very few people are traveling. After […]

Travel Video of the Week: Empire State Building’s first-ever Christmas light show

Empire State Building light show

This Christmas season, New York City is really in the holiday spirit! For the first time ever, New Yorkers and holiday visitors have been given the gift of a Christmas light show on the iconic Empire State Building—not once but five different times. Beginning on Friday, December 20 and closing with the grand finale today—Christmas […]

Travel Website of the Week: NORAD Santa Tracker

NORAD Santa Tracker

Our friends at NORAD have been tracking Santa Claus for over 50 years! Over the years NORAD’s website has changed significantly for the better. It all started when they began using Google Earth to bring more detail to the journey and this season, Santa’s tracking will be taking advantage of Twitter, Facebook and other social […]

Johnny Jet’s Ultimate Traveler’s Gift Guide for Christmas 2013

Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+—you name it—then you know I travel a lot. I usually fly around 175,000 miles and visit 20 countries each year. And since I spend more time on the road than I do at home, people are always asking me what I travel with—and when the […]

Travel Video of the Week: WestJet Christmas Miracle

WestJet Christmas Miracle

Flying can be stressful during the holidays, but not on this WestJet flight! WestJet passengers flying from Toronto to Calgary were recently treated to a little Christmas magic courtesy of the airline, and as you’ll see in the video above, the results were heartwarming. Before boarding at Toronto Pearson, passengers were asked by a virtual […]

Using Points for Presents – Advice for a Reader

Beats

As one of 12 American Express Membership Rewards experts in the #PointsForPresents program, I found a reader who needed help finding ways to use their Membership Rewards points on holiday presents. James M. from Los Angeles asked me this: “I would love to find some great, not terribly expensive, holiday deal for me and my two […]

Day Trippin’ Southern California Style – Festivals, History and the Ocean

Channel Islands off of Oxnard

Vacations are often aimed at large cities and when going to California most travelers head for Los Angeles, San Francisco or San Diego.  There are so many other aspects to the golden state that have great appeal and give a taste of what comprises California as seen from a small town view. Oxnard, California is an agriculturally-based coastal […]