This Woman May Soon Become the Youngest, Fastest and First Female to Visit Every Country

There’s about to be a new record holder in town! Cassandra De Pecol, a 27-year-old woman from Connecticut, is set to become the first female to visit every country on the planet — oh, and she’ll also earn the honor of being the youngest American to ever do it and in the shortest amount of…

Cheap and Creative Around-the-World Award Itineraries

For some award travelers, an around-the-world booking holds a special place on their bucket list. You can book these awards through various frequent flyer programs, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains below, it’s often a better deal (and more fun) to piece together your own trip segment by segment. A…

5 Reasons to Visit Istanbul This Fall

TPG Contributor Vikram Birring traveled to Istanbul earlier this year and had a wonderful time. Here’s why he says you should plan a trip to this fabulous city this fall, when shoulder season prices are king and the crowds are few.  Istanbul, the only city in the world that spans both Europe and Asia, is an ancient…

10 Unique (and Delicious) Foods to Try on Your Next Trip to Taiwan

Some of Taiwan’s best-known local foods are also its cheapest. In this guide, TPG contributor Katherine Fan shares her favorites, where to get them — most can be found at night market kiosks as well as in sit-down restaurants — and how to order. The best part: None of these tasty treats will cost you more than 10 bucks. …

Man Finds New Companion With Same Name as Ex-Girlfriend

Looks like there’s a happy ending to the sad tale of the boyfriend who was dumped by his girlfriend and left with a round-the-world itinerary in her name: he’s now found a (platonic) taker for the free trip, a young woman with the same nationality and name. Jordan Axani, a 28-year-old guy from Toronto, recently parted ways with one Elizabeth…

Round-the-World Awards and How You Can Still Book Them

Lately, Delta Air Lines has been on a tear of negative announcements, including limiting points transfers from American Express Membership Rewards, raising Medallion Qualifying Dollar amounts for elite status qualification in 2015, and ending Round-the-World SkyMiles award tickets starting January 1, 2015. American Airlines also nixed its Oneworld Explorer round-the-world awards back in April. With options…

Delta Ending Round-the-World SkyMiles Tickets

We are just a few months away from when Delta will be switching to revenue based earnings, but it seems that Delta is already making changes when it comes to SkyMiles redemptions, as starting January 1, 2015, Delta will discontinue Round-the-World (RTW) SkyMiles tickets. According to Delta’s SkyMiles Program Rules & Guide, Round-the-World Award Tickets will not be issued on or after January 1,…

Hotel Review: Maldives Airport Hulhule Island Hotel

This is the second post of in the series from my recent “Around the World” trip to the Maldives, India and Dubai. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Quick Singapore Layover & Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class to Male, Maldives As part…

Review: Quick Singapore Layover & Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class to Male, Maldives

This is the first post of in the series from my recent “Around the World” trip to the Maldives, India and Dubai. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Hotel Review: Maldives Airport Hulhule Island Hotel On my trip down to the Maldives…