Casa Particulares: One Incredible Weekend with Three Cuban Families

Ever since my spur-of-the-moment trip to Havana, Cuba with TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino back in January 2015, I’d been wanting to head back to Cuba and do more exploring. Visiting only Havana is like going to Times Square and feeling confident you’ve seen the whole US. This time around I did things with just a bit more organization. I enlisted…

Airbnb’s Fastest-Growing Market: Cuba

Since the US eased restrictions on travel to Cuba in December, the Caribbean nation has quickly become one of the hottest destinations in the hemisphere. Both commercial airlines and charters have been adding new services to Havana, including JetBlue, which announced it would be adding a weekly service from New York JFK-José Martí International Airport…

By the Sea: Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy

In the first installment of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky luxuriates in the sun-splashed, no-fuss dolce vita of Italy’s Ligurian Coast. First, get your bearings: The Ligurian Coast is better known as the Italian Riviera, and is divided into two parts: west of Genoa to the French border (Riviera di Ponente) and…

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…

Tips & Tricks For Booking Rental Homes

As a companion piece to Ryan Gargiulo‘s post on reasonably priced long-and-short term accommodation and her own on booking rental homes, TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino offers tips to help you determine if apartment and house rentals are right for you when you travel.  If you’ve always booked hotel rooms in the past, perhaps the idea of renting apartments or houses seems intimidating. These rentals are typically…

Airbnb Now Open in Cuba

America’s newly relaxed travel restrictions to Cuba just got a little more relaxed: starting today, worldwide home-rental service Airbnb is now listing more than 1,000 options in Cuba. After encountering a complex process to book lodgings in Havana during my last-minute trip to Cuba this past January, I’m thrilled about this new development—and I’m planning a return trip to Cuba later this…

Hotel Alternatives: Booking Rental Homes For Travel

As a companion piece to Ryan Gargiulo‘s post on reasonably priced long-and-short term accommodation, TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino shares a few more websites that will help you rent a house or apartment for your next trip. Although AmEx Membership Rewards partner Airbnb may be the most popular rental site, several other websites offer a variety of rental options, as well. HomeAway, VRBO &…

Best London Hotels To Redeem Points

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…

4 Great Sites for Booking Short and Long Term Accommodations

Throughout his extensive travels, digital nomad and TPG Contributor Ryan Gargiulo has learned that there are several great options for booking reasonably priced and centrally located short- and long-term accommodations across the globe. Here are a few resources that might come in handy when you’re planning your next big trip. I used to be the quite the hotel…

TPG’s Top New Year’s Resolutions for Travelers

The TPG team is excited to see if 2015 will bring higher point valuations, cheaper award redemptions and (in a dream world) lower hotel and airfare costs. As a companion piece to our list of fabulous destinations to visit in 2015, TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino has compiled a set of resolutions designed to help us improve our collective…