Wine & Cocktail Tourism: Drink in the World

Most booze enthusiasts know about major drink destinations like the Napa wine valley and Germany’s Bavaria for beer. However, TPG Contributor Spencer Spellman of cocktail/travel site Whiskey Tango Globetrot wants to splash a few other hotspots in your glass—so please join him for a tour below of some of the best cocktail tourism destinations around the world. Kentucky An American landmark, the…

Hotel Review: Andaz Maui at Wailea

Back in 2012, I took a hardhat tour of the Andaz Maui, and ever since it opened in September of 2013, I’ve wanted to go back and check it out as a full-fledged guest. On my most recent trip to Hawaii, I figured I’d do five nights in Maui and three in Kauai (to re-visit the St. Regis Princeville,…

7 Spring Break Destinations for Grown-Ups

As the winter drags on endlessly, are you craving a spring break escape—in the company of other adults? Well, you’re in luck, because new TPG Contributor Christine Cantera can suggest just the ticket: seven delightful destinations around the world that will be low on crowds and perfect to visit in March and April.  Venice, Italy Sadly, Venice (VCE) is often…

Travel to Canada for the Women’s World Cup 2015

When FIFA brings the Women’s World Cup games to Canada this summer, they’ll present sports and travel fans with two awesome opportunities: watching American greats such as Alex Morgan and Former FIFA World Player of the Year Abby Wambach kick some butt—errr, we mean, soccer balls –and two, to check out two vibrant, dramatically diverse…

The Full Monty on Points Hotels in London

Not just the title of a cheeky movie, “The Full Monty” is also British slang for “the works,” or “the whole shebang”—which TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne aims to provide with this comprehensive overview of hotels in London where you can redeem and earn loyalty points.  London Hotel Neighborhoods In case you can’t picture the whole layout of…

Layover Lowdown: San Francisco International Airport

Our “Layover Lowdown” series feature airports and destinations around the world where you’re likely to be stuck between flights, offering tips on navigating and spending time in the airport, as well as some things to do if you find yourself with time to explore the nearby city. TPG Contributor Katie Hammel guides us through San Francisco International Airport. A hub for United…

Best Value Destinations for 2015

Even if budget isn’t the sole consideration when you’re planning a trip, knowing you’re saving money because of a favorable exchange rate almost feels like you’re winning the lottery. The U.S. dollar is currently experiencing a growth period at the same time as some other countries are slumping into recessions, and while we wouldn’t wish…

What Are the Best Excursions in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii?

TPG reader Matt tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “I’m going to Princeville in Kauai, Hawaii in May! What excursions do you recommend?” I just got back from an incredible trip to Kauai, and I know how excited Matt must be for his trip. I’ve been to Princeville twice now, three years ago in February,…

6 Budget Destinations That Will Save You a Bundle

Matthew Kepnes runs the budget travel website, Nomadic Matt, and is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. His book features tips and advice on how to travel the world on a budget and was called “the bible for budget travelers” by BBC Travel….

3 Great London Restaurants

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at all…