My 5 Travel Essentials: Celebrity Designer Clare Vivier

It was during home-ec class at high school in St. Paul that the stitch itch got celeb designer Clare Vivier. “I loved learning to sew,” said Vivier, who nurtured that affection over the years, even listing ‘bag designer’ as her occupation on her marriage certificate long before she founded her eponymous leather goods line, Clare…

8 Stylish Travel Pouches for Men

We live in a tech-driven age with an endlessly growing supply of personal technology to carry around: iPhones, USB cables, portable power supplies, you name it. When traveling, the list grows larger; add a camera, smartwatch or fitness tracker, or perhaps a portable Wi-Fi device. And all these devices, of course, need their own chargers, which adds even more to what we have to…

5 Ways to Travel Like a Star in West Hollywood

Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or an extended vacay, a visit to Tinsel Town lets travelers slip into the celebrity scene, if only for a few glittering moments. TPG Contributor Kelsy Chauvin recently performed some extra-strenuous research to find out where the stars dine, drink, lodge and lounge in West Hollywood. Here are some of her best tips for following in…

Here’s What the Travel Tech Bag that Raised $2 Million Looks Like

Between the ride-on Modobag and the stair-climbing TraxPack, carry-on luggage is getting a whole lot smarter these days — much of it thanks to the power of crowdfunding. But few bags seem to have piqued the traveling public’s interest as much as the Barracuda, a sleek, collapsible carry-on that managed to raise more than $2…

6 Bartenders You Should Be Following on Instagram

At its best, Instagram helps us discover people and places we might never get to know otherwise. Here, TPG Contributor Adam Erace shares the users that should be filling your feed. Sometimes you just need a drink. But if you’re, say, at work or riding the subway (or at a really cheap wedding), you might not be able to secure…

6 Food Photographers You Should be Following on Instagram

At its best, Instagram helps us discover people and places we might never get to know otherwise. Here, TPG Contributor Adam Erace shares the users that should be filling your feed. Twenty years ago, ‘food photographer’ wasn’t a job. Sure, there were pictures of food in magazines and newspapers, but by and large they were taken by regular photographers, not ones…

My 5 Travel Essentials: Celebrity Chef Daniel Rose

Chef Daniel Rose grew up outside Chicago, but made his name as a chef cooking in Paris, where he owns the game-changing restaurant, Spring, as well as bistros La Bourse et La Vie and the soon-to-open Chez La Vieille. This year he logged tens of thousands of American AAdvantage miles flying back and forth between Paris…

10 of the Weirdest Ways to Redeem Points and Miles

Most of us collect travel rewards to earn free flights or a luxurious award stay at a hotel, but there are plenty of other options out there. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr outlines several strange ways to cash in your account balances. Flying on an award ticket or staying in a…

National Convention City Face-Off: Philly vs. Cleveland

With both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions coming up (July 18-21 and 25-28, respectively), TPG Contributor Adam Erace takes a closer look at the two host cities, Philadelphia and Cleveland, to see which one is a more worthy contender. Unless you’ve been living in a doomsday bunker we’ll all be trying to buy our way into soon, you may…

Lyft Testing Ride Scheduling Up to 24 Hours in Advance

The ridesharing world is about to be disrupted. While part of the appeal of services like Uber and Lyft stems from their on-demand nature — you’re umbrella-less on a rainy day and, with a couple of clicks on your phone, can make a car come to you — Lyft may be soon be blurring the lines between…