Why I’m Off To Cuba Again (So Soon)

Ever since my spur-of-the-moment trip to Havana, Cuba with TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino back in January 2015, I’ve been wanting to head back to Cuba and explore more of this charming, complex country–the largest in the Caribbean, with newly relaxed restrictions and a lot to offer tourists aside from its capital city. Visiting only Havana is like going to Times Square and…

Mistake Monday: The Pain in Spain

In his bimonthly series, “Mistake Monday,” TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites readers to learn from his travel mistakes—his many, many travel mistakes. Or in this case, his pain, as well. (All photos are by the writer.) Last summer, I booked a trip to Spain from my home in Los Angeles, with an outbound stopover…

Which Miami Starwood Hotel is Best for Award Nights?

TPG reader Carlana tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “I saw your post last Sunday about which NYC Starwood hotel is best for award nights, and was wondering what are the best options for redeeming SPG points in Miami Beach?” Even though I’m a resident of Miami Beach, I’ve still managed to stay at most…

Sexy Summer Getaways for Grown-Ups

Are you a grown-up? Do you love summer? Well, then you’re going to love TPG Contributor Christine Cantera‘s picks for destinations that won’t be overrun with families looking to entertain their kids…while you’re just hoping for some peace, a little cultural pursuit, and quite possibly a nice cocktail.  London, England They’re predicting a summer “heatwave” in…

How to Book Award Travel to Buenos Aires

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen has put together guides for using miles to get to Tokyo, Sydney and Istanbul. This week, he shares insights on how to get to one of South America’s most popular destinations, Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is one of my favorite cities in the world. It combines the Old World grandeur…

Layover Lowdown: Toronto Pearson 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 (and Toronto native) Alyssa Schwartz guides us through…

Six Great Summer Destinations for Families

Across America, children are eagerly counting down the days until school’s out for the summer. For them, Memorial Day signals “no more teachers, no more books.” For parents like TPG Contributor Kara Williams of The Vacation Gals, though, it means nearly three glorious months of no carpools, homework help, or packing daily lunches—and instead, ample…

Why Flying in Asia Puts US Domestic Service to Shame

Sometimes it seems like domestic airlines are racing to see which one can offer the worst service. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how vastly different things are across the Pacific. Living in Japan has some incredible perks. There are aspects of Japanese society that I dearly wish were incorporated into the American way of life. For instance,…

18 Hours in Seoul: What To Do, See & Eat

During my whirlwind Asia trip, I was in Seoul for just one night to get Korean BBQ, which is my idea of a good excuse to fly Singapore Airlines First Class. Arriving at 8 p.m and leaving at noon the next day didn’t give me much time to explore the city, but I tried to pack in as much as…

Under-The-Radar African Safari: Malawi

First-time visitors to Africa tend to gravitate toward well-known destinations like South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania, but in this new travel series, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen sheds light on five of southern Africa’s other great safari destinations. The first three posts covered Zambia, Rwanda and Namibia. Now we visit one of Africa’s aquatic wonderlands,…