United Lowers Price for Award Travel Within Japan

United and its Star Alliance partners announced earlier this month that the price for award travel within Japan would be lowered. Travelers in Japan will now be able to snag one-way flights for 5,000 or 8,000 miles depending on the distance flown (flights of less than 800 miles will be available at the lower rate). That’s a…

Deal Alert: Houston to Southeast Asia for $699

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…

5 Fabulous Sailing Vacations at Points Resorts

In this month’s installment of “Sail Away,” TPG Contributor (and expert sailor) Shayne Benowitz shares the scoop on five points properties that offer experiences for your inner sailor. Whether it’s a US Sailing Certified course or a luxurious day sail complete with a butler and chilled Champagne, these far-flung adventures will put the wind into your wanderlust. 1. The St. Regis Aspen, Colorado If you…

7 Cycling Adventures That Will Really Move You

Exploring a destination on a bicycle tour creates a connection to all five senses that you can’t get any other way. TPG Contributor Joel Ward shares seven places around the globe perfect for two-wheeled travel, even if you’re a newcomer to the world of cycling. (As you read on, remember that tours like these are categorized as travel…

Food Tours: Taste Your Way Around the World

Culinary tourism is on the rise, but you don’t need to book a table at the hottest new restaurant in town to taste the best a destination has to offer. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset takes us through a few great food tours around the globe, in cities and regions beloved for their cuisine. (But don’t get so…

6 Must-See Theme Parks Around the World

Summer is the most popular time of the year for visiting amusement parks in North America, but if you’re traveling a bit further afield than Florida, you’ll discover that many of the most exciting new developments are happening in other parts of the globe. Having worked in theme park operations for more than two decades, TPG…

Why I Think The Upper House Hong Kong is Overrated

Anytime The Upper House in Hong Kong has come up in conversation with fellow travelers, they’ve swooned. So on the final leg of my recent Asia trip, I was excited to finally stay there myself. And true to form, when I posted my photos from the hotel on Instagram, it seemed like everyone exclaimed,”That’s my favorite…

5 Reasons Why W Guangzhou Should Be the Brand Standard

After being wowed by the W Beijing Chang’an, I had very high expectations for the W Guangzhou—and it delivered. Ideally, all W Hotels would offer the consistent level of quality I experienced in Guangzhou. This hotel had it all—luxury, service, design, everything. The W Guangzhou was the first W Hotel in mainland China, but it’s still only…

Favorite Places: The Great Wall at Mutianyu, China

For the our new TPG weekend series, “Favorite Places,” I’m sharing a day trip I recently took from Beijing to Mutianyu—one of the many sections of the Great Wall of China that are open to visitors. (All photos by Julio Gaggia.) Roughly 5,500 miles long, the Great Wall of China was built in sections starting back in the 7th…

Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul

One leg of my recent whirlwind tour of Brazil, South Korea and China was a one-night stay in Seoul with the express purpose of enjoying some Korean BBQ. To make sure I’d have a good night’s sleep with a very full stomach, I booked a room at The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul. Built in 1995 and then extensively…