Kunming, China in 4 Steps & Why You Need To Know About This Important City

The only reason I had heard of Kunming was thanks to one of my oldest friends. She and her husband adopted their daughter from Kunming years ago, and for some reason it’s a name I never forgot. So, when Cathay Pacific and I started working on what spots in China we should highlight, that’s immediately what came to mind. After a little research, I was definitely intrigued and a project was created. I’m working with Cathay Pacific to bring …

A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a fascinating city, one that you’ll likely want to revisit again and again, but what do you do and where do you go once you’ve already been back a second or third time and have covered most of the top attractions? One way to explore Hong Kong a little…

Falling In Love With A Place I Can’t Pronounce – Xishuangbanna, China

Walking off the plane I knew that something was different. The air was thick from a recent storm and a perfume clung to the air in a way I’d only ever experienced in one other place, Thailand. In fact, almost everything about Xishuangbanna at first seemed more like Thailand than…

Route 66 in Arizona: Detours, Kitsch and Natural Wonders

This is the leg of Route 66 that everyone dreams about. It’s perhaps the most iconic stretch of the Mother Road and the one most popular with day-trippers from either Las Vegas or California. In fact, there’s so much to say about Route 66 in Arizona that I’m not quite sure where to start. The result will be a post that may seem a little rambling and out of order, but believe me, it’s the one post in my Route 66 series you don’t want to skip. Great Outdoors It seemed strange to me…

Rediscovering Munich Through Its Food Scene

Fifteen years is a long time by anyone’s reckoning and that’s how long it had been since my first (and last) visit to Munich. The thing is, I have no idea why it took me so long to return. I’m in Germany at least once or twice a year, but for some reason the capital of Bavaria had somehow remained off of my to-do list. There’s no reason for it, I loved my first time in the city…

The Ultimate Guide To Visiting The Pyramids Of Giza In Egypt.

The great Pyramids of Egypt, the last remaining ancient wonder of the world and one of histories greatest tourist attractions. Learn everything you need to know to travel to Egypt and visit the Giza plateau with this ultimate guide to the Pyramids of Giza. The Pyramids of Giza are on most travellers bucket lists, and it really isn’t difficult to see …

Why Augsburg Should Be The Next City You Visit in Germany

Walking into Augsburg from the train station is a slow progression back through time. One starts with the modern era with coffee shops and McDonald’s but, before long actually, glimpses of the past start to take shape. The curiously serpentine route of the old town and colorful buildings so rich in design, one knows immediately they belong to a different era…

Route 66 – What Surprised Me About the Drive

I spent a lot of time preparing for my epic Route 66 drive, probably too much to be honest. I mean, there’s only so much research you can do before it all becomes pointless, but it helped me assuage my concerns that I would miss something along the way. Tackling the entire route in less than two weeks, while that sounds like a lot of time in practice it felt like I was racing. I still …

The St. Anthony Hotel & The Qualities I Look For in Any Hotel

I was about to write a fairly normal review of what is truly an exceptional hotel, the St. Anthony in San Antonio. As I thought about it a little more though, I decided instead that I would use my experience at this property, part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection, to share some of the most important aspects of any great hotel. Not every hotel is made the same and, believe me, I certainly don’t enjoy…

Charmed by Quirky Austin, Texas

We’ve all heard about “Keeping Austin Weird,” and the news-making SXSW event that takes place in the city every year is the stuff of legend. Austin does indeed exist in its own little bubble, one made up of food trucks and live music, but also of outdoor adventures and fun experiences. I was excited to visit Austin…

Texas Road Trip – Austin

This week I’m once again working with Marriott International and my good friend Brendan Van Son, but this time instead of Route 66 we’re exploring more of the great state of Texas. Although I’ve visited a couple of times in the past, I’ve never really experience very much of the state which is why I was so excited for this new adventure. The final stop on our drive around the state was also new to me, the country’s Capital of Cool – Austin. I still find it odd I hadn’t…

Texas Road Trip – Houston

This week I’m once again working with Marriott International and my good friend Brendan Van Son, but this time instead of Route 66 we’re exploring more of the great state of Texas. Although I’ve visited a couple of times in the past, I’ve never really experienced very much of the state which is why I was so excited for this new adventure. The first city on my trip was Houston, a destination that I don’t think gets …

Tanzania Maasai Indigenous Comes Up with Oligilai Traditional Oligilai Maasai Lodge

The Oligilai Traditional Lodge name is Oligilai Maasai Lodge.This new multi-million shilling upmarket lodge is being built nearly 90km Northeast of Arusha city in northern Tanzania, to cater for holidaymakers seeking to be close to the nature. The 300 million worth stylish and eye-catching Oligilai Traditional Lodge called Oligilai Maasai Lodge, stands out against the backdrop of 20 acres in the middle of the Africa’s highest Mountains of Meru and Kilimanjaro with awe-inspiring views. With its traditional elegant architecture …

4 Reasons to Love Monaco That Don’t Involve Gambling

It’s not everyday that we are made to feel like rock stars, that we can walk along a stately boulevard with the world’s most famous and well-heeled elite. But then again, Monaco isn’t an everyday kind of place, it’s something special and most certainly unique. Last year I had the unique opportunity to visit many spots along the French Riviera two different times while sailing on cruises. The specific itineraries were a little different, but each ship stopped in a destination I was excited to experience, Monaco. While the specific experiences on each trip…