Category Archives: Travel

Southern California Road Trip Photo Diary

After cruising around theLos Angles, Long Beach and Santa Barbara areas of Southern California for nearly two weeks, I’m ready to move out there! The nearly endless sunshine, coastal driving, beautiful outdoor settings, and delicious dining venues and bars will do that to you.

I traveled with my friend and fellow blogger, Ian Michael Crumm, and we made so many new friends along the way (and notes of where to check out that we didn’t get to do while there), we are sure to return soon.

Check out the moments below and mini guides on each destination we visited:

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LGBT-Friendly Hotel Brands to Travel With

For Travel & Leisure, I researched and put together a collection of 12 of best LGBT-friendly hotel brands based in North America: Read the rest of this entry

Travel Insurance Claims Made Easier With Allianz’s New Innovations 

Having insurance for your travels, or any life aspect for that matter, gives peace of mind from start to finish. From the minute you book the flights to picking up your luggage at baggage claim once you’ve returned from the trip, it’s a good to know that if something goes wrong, you are covered. However, filing a claim and its process can be a real headache. 

“Customers often feel that the process is too cumbersome, rigid and time consuming and doesn’t meet the needs of today’s on-the-go consumer,” shares leading travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance USA. To help make the process more user-friendly, Allianz recently launched a new suite of innovations and improvements to make filing a travel insurance claim and receiving payment faster and easier. 

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Grooming and Skincare Items to Get This Spring

Spring has sprung, and that means its time for spring cleaning! After you go through and throw out old bottles and tubes of your skincare and grooming products (or ones with just a couple squirts left), these are the news items what you should fill your soon-to-be empty cabinets and drawers with to help you look and feel good:

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Chile Travel Photo Diary

I recently got to publish two stories on my travels in Chile on Travel + Leisure online, and was happy to finally see them live and be shared around. One was on reasons to visit the capital Santiago, and the other on Chilean cuisine throughout the country. After working on the piece and selecting photos for it, it made me want to share other moments I haven’t gotten around to sharing yet. Hopefully going to do more of these again and at least twice a month. Anyways, hopefully these moments in Chile from Santiago to Valle Nevado and the Elqui Valley will inspire you to visit:


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Best Neighborhoods to Stay In During Your Miami Getaway

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If you’re starting to feel the effects of the mid-February winter blues then you’re not alone. You might be struggling to decide where to spend your upcoming—and well-deserved—spring vacation and there’s one place that can solve this question: Miami. One of the top vacation destinations in the United States, Miami offers not only its world-renowned beaches but also a thriving nightlife, warm tropical weather, and a variety of mouthwatering cuisines. It’s no wonder that millions of tourists flock to the city each year. With this list of the best neighborhoods to stay in during your getaway to the sunshine state, all you’ll have to worry about is packing your swim trunks and shades. Read the rest of this entry

8 Gifts to Give Travelers (or Gift Yourself) This Season

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Because, ’tis the season! With just over a week before Christmas, here are some wonderful gifts to pick up for your friends, family, partners, Secret Santas, or anyone else who has the travel bug that you are shopping for this holiday season. And if you’re all done with your shopping list, why not pick up yourself a treat for your next trip?

Partnering with UncommonGoods this holiday, find out about the above selects below and more ideas! Read the rest of this entry

13 of the World’s Best Observation Decks

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Just last year, the One World Observatory opened in New York City provided a new view to the city for the public. Along with the observatory at OWTC, the Big Apple is home to a couple other major attractions for high altitude views (the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building). NYC is undoubtedly the city for urban observation decks, but there are other elevated sightseeing platforms and structure also worth visit. Here are 13 bucket-list worthy observation decks from around world over: Read the rest of this entry

How to Get Free Uber Airport Rides This Holiday Season

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This holiday season through New Year’s Eve, you can get two free rides from the airport thanks to Uber and American Express!

While on my way back north from Miami today, I got an email from Uber about its new holiday promotion that grants users with an American Express credit card two free rides from various airports in the U.S. up to $65 each. I tried it out today, and it covered the entire cost of my trip from LGA to Grand Central. In case you didn’t get this email (looks like sent out to those in the NYC area, Chicago, Houston, Boston and DC), find out below how it works:

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11 of the Most Beautiful Mountains in the World

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Photo: Andrew Villagomez

Because #nature, and since nothing is more stunning than a gorgeous mountain, but a bunch of them. Check out some of the world’s most awe-inspiring mountains below: Read the rest of this entry

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