Video: Our Dubai Desert Safari

Dubai is a pretty cool place. If you leave the city limits, there's sand... a lot of sand... What better way to explore that sand than via four wheel drive vehicles?

Review: El Monte Sagrado, Marriott Autograph Collection


El Monte Sagrado has had my eye for some time now. When Marriott first introduced the autograph collection, this property was in the first batch of properties included in the release. The pictures on the website looked beautiful, and I had always wanted to ski at Taos Ski Valley. For the past ...

I just ate New Mexican green chile for 5 days straight. And I want more.

My wife and I just spent 5 days in Taos, NM. I'll have a few upcoming posts about it, including a review of El Monte Sagrado, a Marriott Autograph Collection property. But for now, I think it's worth admitting that my favorite type of food may be New Mexican... and my favorite ingredient is probably ...
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Video: Showering on the Emirates A380

I made a video of myself showering on the Emirates A380 :-). Okay... it's not actually as creepy as it seems! Mostly filmed from the first person perspective. For those of you curious about what the Emirates A380 shower spa is like, hopefully this provides some clarity!

 

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The Emirates Dubai First Class Lounge

I suppose when you have pretty much the best in-air product out there, the only reasonable thing you can do is try to come up with a ground product that matches! I have never experienced the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, but I think the Emirates First Class Lounge in Dubai may come ...
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Review: The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai (Junior Suite)


Last week we spent five nights at the JW Marriott Marquis, and I must say, this is one of the more impressive Marriott properties I have stayed at recently. Dubai is a city of "world's biggest this" and "world's tallest that," and in this regard, this property does not dissapoint. The JW ...
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Report: The Emirates Lounge at New York JFK

I've already blogged about our best flight ever, the Emirates A380 from JFK to DXB, but this post is about the Emirates lounge that we visited beforehand. I thought it was one of the better lounges I had ever been to, and it was my first experience ever boarding directly from a lounge!
Our day ...

Our Ski Dubai Experience! (Video)


While in Dubai this past week, one of our final activities was to do some indoor skiing at Ski Dubai! Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort on the Arabian Peninsula in Dubai. Calling it a "resort" might be a bit of a stretch as it's mostly just a relatively small, single beginner ski run. However, ...
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Report: Emirates A380 First Class JFK to Dubai


EK204 ~ 12/3/2014
Airbus A380-800 JFK-DXB, Seats 2E and 2F

Best. Flight. Ever.
I’m writing up most of this trip report from the comfort of my personal suite on our Emirates flight from JFK to Dubai. As a point of reference, I have never flown international first ...
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Trip to Dubai and Thailand... Starting Now!

I'm off to Dubai and Thailand with my wife for a couple weeks! We're going to be traveling in style, rocking the Emirates A380 First Class... TWICE! We'll be staying at the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai and the JW Marriott Khao Lak in Thailand. I'll certainly post reviews when the trip is wrapped up, ...
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Review: Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos


Before I start this review, it’s worth noting that as of today in December 2014, the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is currently closed due to damage from Hurricane Odile. The property is slated to reopen on May 1 next year.
A little over a year ago, Hyatt began rolling out two lines of ...
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A Million Miles with United Airlines

Wow! What a journey… A few months ago I hit one million flown miles with United Airlines! I think I beat Brad by about a month :-).
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After:

It took me about 8 years to get here. I'm 31 years old, and I started traveling heavily for business when I got my ...
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Review: Le Meridien Ile Des Pins


Prior to this trip, this was probably in the top three of SPG resorts I wanted to visit. I stumbled upon it a few years ago while just browsing the SPG website, and my first reaction was, “Where the heck is New Caledonia?” Reaction two: “Wait a minute… a tropical ...
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Convert Bing Rewards Points to Airline Miles


If your first question is, "What's a Bing Reward?" you're probably not alone. Bing, the Microsoft search engine that I have photography competitions with (see here, here, and here), has always offered a rewards program. The more times you search on Bing, the more credits you get. You have to ...
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Review: Moyyan House by the Sea, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu


I'm not typically one for the bed and breakfast type of place. I primarily travel for business, and I accrue points during this business travel. Then I redeem my travel points for free vacations. Repeat. As great of a system as this is, it often limits us frequent travelers from going a bit ...
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Trip Report: Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

WOW! What a place!

I don't think my wife and I have ever had such a fun island adventure like we had on Espiritu Santo. First, where the heck is Espiritu Santo, more commonly just called Santo?


Santo is the largest island of the island nation of Vanuatu, located in the ...
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Are United "Confirmed" Regional Upgrades Worthless?

"Confirmed" upgrades on United used to work. Back in the day, if a cabin was mostly open, I could apply one of my confirmed upgrades and voila. Upgrade confirmed. I don't think I've seen a confirmed upgrade actually upgrade one of my flights in quite some time. I was especially surprised for an ...
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Trip Report: Etihad from Johannesburg to Abu Dhabi


After flying from Cape Town to Johannesburg and killing our long layover in JNB, it was time to head for Abu Dhabi en route to the Maldives! Our itinerary was CPT-JNB-AUH-MLE, with the last two segments being on Etihad Airlines. I was really excited about the last two flights, as I had never ...
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