Trip Reports

Send In Your Southeast Asia Tips – Bangkok, Siem Reap and Koh Samui

November 6, 2013

TPG Managing Editor is about to embark on a month-long journey through Southeast Asia and needs your tips! A few months ago, a friend in Thailand suggested I come down for a visit in November since it’s low season in Southeast Asia (and I hope it’s not too rainy while I’m there because of it!), […]

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My Experience Becoming a Certified Scuba Diver: A Whole New World of Adventures Begin

October 30, 2013

In preparation for my upcoming trip to the Maldives, I wanted to get certified in scuba diving so I can take full advantage of some of the best diving in the world while I’m there. Two weeks ago I did some research and found South Beach Divers, located near where I live in Miami Beach […]

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Flight Review: American Airlines 757 Business Class Madrid-JFK

October 23, 2013

Earlier this month, I flew out to Madrid in Iberia’s new business class to celebrate my friend’s 30th birthday. It was fun to surprise her, and meant that I got to visit one of my favorite cities in the world. For my return trip, I had purchased an economy ticket on months ago and […]

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Flight Review: Iberia A330-300 Business Class New York – Madrid

October 10, 2013

Last week I went to Madrid for a few days to surprise my friend Lori for her 30th birthday. I had found a fare from Berlin to New York on Air Berlin with a return to Madrid on October 1 (I already had this surprise trip in mind!) on Iberia. I purchased the roundtrip ticket […]

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Train Review: Amtrak Acela First Class

October 3, 2013

Last week I headed to Delaware from New York City and decided to take Amtrak. A few days prior when I knew what my itinerary for the day was going to be, I checked out the fares on Amtrak from New York Penn Station into Wilmington, DE. It’s a pretty painless trip that takes just […]

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Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton Toronto Lakeview

September 23, 2013

This week, I went north of the border to Toronto, Canada, to film an appearance on a CTV show called “The Social,” where I talked about how Canadians can maximize their points and miles. The quick trip seemed like a great excuse to try a new hotel in a great city, and while I don’t often stay at […]

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South Africa Restaurant Review: The Pot Luck Club

September 17, 2013

While I was in Cape Town last week, my friends took me to check out one of the hottest restaurants in the city, The Pot Luck Club.  The restaurant is located on the 6th floor of The Silo in the Old Biscuit Mill, which is a small former industrial complex that has been reinvented with […]

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Flight Review: Delta 767-300ER BusinessElite Amsterdam-Newark AMS-EWR

September 16, 2013

During my recent trip to South Africa, I was called home early due to a family emergency. Luckily, I was able to redeem 120,000 Delta SkyMiles for a last-minute  business class award departing South Africa earlier this week and returning on a dummy booking in economy in the spring (which I’ll shift around and use somehow for […]

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Flight Review: KLM 777-200 Business Class From Capetown-Amsterdam CPT-AMS

September 13, 2013

After surviving 18 hours in the economy comfort section of KLM heading out to Capetown from JFK via Amsterdam, I was called home early due to a family emergency. Luckily, I was able to redeem 120,000 Delta SkyMiles for a last-minute  business class award departing South Africa earlier this week and returning on a dummy […]

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Feasting in New Orleans: Commander’s Palace, Johnny’s Po-Boys and Arnaud’s Restaurant

September 12, 2013

Over Labor Day weekend, I stopped in New Orleans for a quick trip to see friends.  Although it was a short trip, I managed to eat as much as possible while there (the #1 recommendation of what to do!), as I wanted to sample as much southern New Orleans cuisine as possible. The trip was […]

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Flight Review: New York JFK – Amsterdam – Cape Town in KLM Economy Comfort

September 11, 2013

If you have been following my New York to Capetown trip, you know I survived 18 hours of flying in in KLM’s economy comfort section, plus a 3-hour layover in Amsterdam, and I wanted to report back on the experience. The real impetus behind this trip was a last-minute invitation to spend a few days […]

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Hotel Review: The Ritz Carlton New Orleans Hotel Executive Suite – Combining Ritz Carlton Status and Amex FHR Benefits

September 6, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Before the end of summer, I took one last last-minute trip to New Orleans to visit a few friends in the Big Easy. Having never experienced NOLA, I was really excited to go see what all […]

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Help Me Plan My Last Minute Trip to New Orleans

August 29, 2013

I’ve been all around the world including Easter Island and Seychelles, but I’ve never been to New Orleans. However, this week a friend who is working there on a project got some time off and convinced me (with little actual convincing) to come down and spend a couple days. I know it is hot there […]

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Berlin Restaurant Reviews: Katz Orange And Volt

August 26, 2013

Before I flew back from Berlin to New York aboard airberlin’s business class, I spent a few days in the German capital staying at swanky Soho House Berlin. After an enjoyable first meal at the club and hotel’s The Rooftop bar and pool, I reached out to TPG readers on Facebook and Twitter for restauarant […]

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Hotel Review: Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik Deluxe Suite

August 24, 2013

The next stop on my Eurotrip was Dubrovnik, where I had decided to book a room at the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik. The historic property is just a short walk from the Old Town, making the location pretty much perfect for my brief stay. The hotel has 147 guest rooms and suites. It’s a Category 8 property requiring […]

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Hotel Review: Soho House Berlin’s Big Room

August 22, 2013

The last stop on my recent European trip was Berlin, where I had booked a room at Soho House, one of the hottest hotels in the city. Soho House is a private club, originally founded in London (hence the name) and draws most members from the arts, media and fashion. In the US, clubs include […]

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airberlin Business Class Berlin-JFK Flight Review: Tall Travelers Beware!

August 21, 2013

This week I got to try out a new carrier- airberlin business class from Berlin to JFK. While known as somewhat of a low-cost carrier, they do offer a respectable business class and they are in the process of retrofitting their cabin with all aisle access lie-flat beds. I was lucky (or unlucky, as you’ll […]

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Trip Report: Five Days in Iceland- Horseback Riding, Whale Watching and the Golden Circle

July 18, 2013

Last week I decided to go to Iceland last minute by redeeming Delta SkyMiles to fly BusinessElite from JFK to Reykjavik and using a combination of Club Carlson points and cash to check out both Radisson Blu properties in Reykjavik. Since I hadn’t been out of the country since May, I booked the ticket on […]

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Club Carlson Options in Reykjavik: Radisson Blu Saga Vs. Radisson Blu 1919

July 17, 2013

When I decided to plan a very last minute trip to Reykjavik in Iceland last week, I naturally weighed up my hotel options carefully and decided on  to take advantage of my favorite Club Carlson credit card perk by staying at not one, but two, of their properties there – first at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, and then […]

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Using Frequent Flyer Miles To Go To Iceland: Delta JFK- Reykjavik (KEF) Review In BusinessElite

July 16, 2013

Last week, I was able to find some l0w-level award space on Delta’s seasonal route from New York (JFK) to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF), which spurred my last minute trip to Iceland. After burning 100,000 SkyMiles and $47 for BusinessElite, I was booked and ready to go. Delta offers seasonal summer service which runs through September 1, from […]

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What Should I Do In Iceland For 5 Days in July?

July 9, 2013

Although I’ve been enjoying summer so far on the east coast hanging out with family and friends, barbecuing, spending some time out on the water and generally just taking advantage of the gorgeous weather we’ve been having – when I sit still for too long, the travel bug starts to bite me. I have a […]

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Hotel Review: W Santiago Marvelous Suite

June 28, 2013

Last month on my Mother’s Day excursion to Easter Island, my mom and I made pit stops in Santiago on the first night and the final night of our trip before returning back to the States. I’ve been wanting to check out the W Santiago for a while now since I’d heard such great things […]

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Milan Restaurant Review: Ristorante Giacomo and Cocktails at the Armani Hotel

June 11, 2013

Rounding out my recent trip in Italy, we spent our last two nights staying at the Park Hyatt Milan. For our first night we had tickets to the Beyonce concert so we got a quick bite to eat beforehand at the hotel and had a few drinks before heading over to the Mediolanum Forum. For […]

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Flight Review: Alitalia A330 New Magnifica Business Class Milan – JFK

June 3, 2013

To top off an incredible weekend in Italy with some great friends where I went to Florence and then Milan to see Beyonce, we got to fly back to the states in Alitalia’s new Magnifica Business class product aboard the airline’s A330-200. I’ve been eager to get on one of these flights since I was […]

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