Hilton No Desk

6 Of The Worst Hotels We’ve Ever Stayed At

We've invented a new game on this road trip, having exhausted our previous car-ride favorite of Airport Code Jumble, and while I don't have a catchy name quite yet, the theme is "Name Hotels That Were Literally The Worst." I'm not quite admitting to…

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Transylvania Brunch Romania 22

Brunch In The Transylvanian Countryside

To start off our second full day in Romania, we headed out to the countryside of Transylvania, and the tiny hamlet of Veseud. I can't remember where I first heard of these Saturday brunches, but I was instantly enamored by the idea. The brunch moves…

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Veseud Church Romania 1

Romanian Road Trip: Amazing So Far

I really have to thank you guys for all your insights into Romania as we were planning this trip. I ultimately chose our itinerary by pasting all your suggestions on hotels and activities into a geographically-grouped table, chunked things out by how…

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Holiday Inn Elk Grove

Don’t Forget: 2019 Chicago Seminars

I can't believe I forgot to write about this earlier. Well, I can, as it's been a complicated summer here, and this is one of those things each year where I know I'm going, pretty much everyone I know seems to be going, and at some level I think I just…

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Air Canada A320 Watermark

Caution: Amex To Aeroplan Transfers Limited To Once Daily

This won't apply to everyone, but just in case it's relevant to you I wanted to share a quick note of caution regarding making multiple transfers from American Express Membership Rewards (at least the US program) to Air Canada Aeroplan in a single day.…

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The Beekman Hotel Lobby 15

Review: The Beekman Hotel, New York City

I had to be in New York for meetings earlier this summer, and decided to take the opportunity to check out some of the new World of Hyatt properties in the city, starting with The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel. The Beekman is a Category 6 property for World…

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Corvin Castle (edit)

Planning A Romanian Road Trip

Once upon a time, before the days of revenue-based mileage earning and other lifestyle complications, Ben and I used to fly together a lot. Granted, these were almost always miserable-sounding mileage run itineraries where we'd spend two weeks going…

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Lufthansa A320 Business Class – 10

What’s Going On With Marriott To Lufthansa Transfers?

Well, this doesn't look good. For the past week or so we've been hearing about issues with Marriott Bonvoy points getting "stuck" when members have initiated transfers to Lufthansa Miles&More. This isn't entirely unusual, as post-merger many Marriott…

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Four Seasons Desroches Island – 58

What’s Involved In Writing A Trip Report?

We get a lot of questions about what blogging is like, and even more questions about writing trip reports. Having just wrapped up an extremely lengthy series on my trip to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, the process is pretty fresh in my mind, so I thought…

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Raffles Phnom Penh 1

Raffles Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh Review

This will be the final segment of my trip report on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, which feels bittersweet. This has been a very long series (and was a long trip to start with), so it's taken a ridiculous amount of time to put together, but I've so enjoyed…

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Phnom Penh Travel 2

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: I’m In Love

There are places you travel to with a certain vision of what the experience will be like -- sitting streetside in a Parisian cafe while an accordion plays; inhaling scents of saffron and sumac in a crowded Turkish spice market; being enveloped in the…

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Cambodia Angkor Air Review 12

Cambodia Angkor Air ATR 72 Siem Reap To Phnom Penh

There are a surprisingly large number of domestic carriers in Cambodia (though the majority are owned or at least subsidized by Chinese companies), and all have very tiny fleets. Most of these carriers operate a mix of aircraft, including some Airbus…

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Angkor 3

Angkor: Practical Tips For Visiting The Ancient City

While you can certainly spend as much time exploring the areas around Siem Reap as you'd like, it's certainly possible to experience at least a taste of the UNESCO site at Angkor on a shorter trip. We planned our itinerary such that we had an evening…

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Park Hyatt Siem Reap Rooftop Suite 42

Review: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

I've actually stayed at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap previously, when my husband and I visited in 2014, and it feels much the same now as it did then. Siem Reap, on the other hand, has since changed to the point of being nearly unrecognizable, as extremely…

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Cambodia Visa 13

Applying For A Cambodia E-Visa With A US Passport

While applying for Vietnam e-Visas for our group was fairly annoying (an unclear website, weird payment funnels, and having to do separate applications for each person), and Laos visas are arranged on arrival, getting Cambodia visas in advance was basically…

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Satri House Luang Prabang 12

Review: Satri House Hotel Luang Prabang

Sorry for the delay on this folks -- not to get too much into the sausage-making, but we had planned to pause this particular narrative while Ben finished sharing details on his trip to Sri Lanka, with the idea being that I'd publish the rest of this…

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Lax Terminal Connector – 6

How To Get Between Terminals At LAX

Airports can be confusing, particularly in the case of terminals designed for the jet era that haven't adapted as well to modern aviation. The terminal shift at Los Angeles International Airport earlier a few years ago has inspired improved wayfinding,…

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