15 Reasons to Stay in Long Beach When Visiting Southern California

Aquarium of the Pacific

Approximately 22 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, CA has spent a lot of time in LA’s shadow—but it has a whole lot to offer in its own right. Here are 15 reasons to stay in Long Beach—instead of LA proper—on your next visit to the area: 1. Long Beach has its own airport and is […]

Planewear Shopping at Seattle Airport

Planewear Store in Sea-Tac

Traveling through Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle? If so, check out my friend’s new Planewear store, located in Sea-Tac’s Concourse C. They sell all kinds of fun, nostalgic plane-wear including their own SkyBelts (I have one!), Pan Am “vintage-inspired” t-shirts, passport covers, luggage tags, and bags. Prices range from $10.00 – $200.00. Planewear is open daily from 7:00 […]

13 Best Holiday Travel Gift Guides of 2013

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It’s that time of year again! Black Friday officially kicked off the holiday shopping season and it seems like travel-related holiday gift guides are popping up everywhere. I’ve created a travel gift guide myself but I’ve also spent some time looking at plenty of others and there are lots of great gift suggestions out there. […]

Michaela’s Map | Milano, Italy: Money Can Buy Access

Michaela in Milan Shopping

Michaela Guzy, Founder of OhThePeopleYouMeet.com, shopping designer Corto Moltedo’s signature clutches. Story & photos by: Michaela Guzy, Founder of OhThePeopleYouMeet.com & Michaela’s Map I am always on the search for insider experiences—especially in better-known destinations. Recently I was introduced to the founder of Mr. Aristotle, which features over 300 unique insider things to do in over […]

Using Points for Presents – Advice for a Reader

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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 […]

Points for Presents – Using Membership Rewards for Holiday Shopping

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Can you believe it’s that exciting time of year when we gather with friends and family to celebrate the season, forget about our diets, and of course, make a mad dash to the mall to buy gifts. Thanks to American Express for helping to ease the pain of shopping by allowing their Cardmembers to earn and use Membership Rewards points. You probably already know you can earn points for almost […]

Quirky Cleveland: Big Fun

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The plaque outside Big Fun fittingly reads that it’s listed on the National Registry of Hysterical Places. From the extremely wacky to the mildly inappropriate, Big Fun is a “a warehouse of nerda-bilia and nostalgia.” Everything and anything from your childhood can and will be found. Don’t think there’s a store that carries that vintage He-Man lunchbox […]

Top 10 Family Fun Activities In Laguna Beach

Ben at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center

When my wife, Cindy, and I traveled to what is arguably California’s #1 romantic getaway, we took along our four-year old son Ben. Much to our delight, Laguna Beach also proved to be an incredible family vacation destination. Here are 10 of our favorite family activities: 1) Dana Wharf Whale Watching Cruise: Leaving from nearby Dana Point, this two-hour […]