What I Love About Credit Karma

What I Love About Credit Karma

In this day and age most of your personal information is just one data breach away. With such a thin line between your information and identity thieves, it's always a good idea to keep a close eye on your credit. In order to keep up with my credit I signed up for Credit Karma's free credit monitoring and I'm thoroughly impressed. Let's take a look!

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Review: Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza

Review: Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza

Wether it's for a bachelor party, wedding, Royals game or just visiting friends, I probably spend a handful of weekends in Kansas City each year. It's only a three hour drive from Omaha and there are always a ton of things going on. In a few of my more recent visits to Kansas City I've stayed at the Intercontinental and the Marriott Downtown.

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I Booked My First Stay at a Shangri-La Hotel

I Booked My First Stay at a Shangri-La Hotel

I'm going to be taking my brother, Adam, to Toronto in a few weeks for his college graduation present. We're going to spend four nights there so I'd originally booked us a room at the Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel. It's not the most aspirational property so I've been keeping an eye out for a better deal as our trip draws near.

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Review: Delta Economy A350 Beijing to Detroit

Review: Delta Economy A350 Beijing to Detroit

Since I just reviewed my Detroit (DTW) to Beijing (PEK) flight a couple of weeks ago, I'm going keep this one pretty concise.  First and foremost, If you've never flown through Beijing before, or China for that matter, I'd suggest getting to the airport EXTRA early. If you think the TSA is bad just wait until you try and get through their security cluster.

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City Explorations: Beijing, China

City Explorations: Beijing, China

Elizabeth and I had a great time exploring Beijing. We managed to see all of the major sights in just a few days without feeling completely rushed. I know a lot of people have no desire to visit China, but there's so much ancient history and culture there I think you have to go at least once.

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Review: JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central

Review: JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central

Our flight on Delta's brand new A350 landed in Beijing just after 3:00 PM. Elizabeth and I made our way through immigration, customs, and then to the official taxi queue. I did some research prior to our arrival and found out that it’s best to have the address of your hotel in Chinese symbols to avoid confusion. Luckily, a representative from the JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central had e-mailed me before our stay and their address was listed in his signature. Elizabeth and I printed it off, gave it to our taxi driver, and it worked like a charm.

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Review: Delta Economy A350 Detroit to Beijing

Review: Delta Economy A350 Detroit to Beijing

I started planning my trip to Beijing when I saw some great Delta economy fares on their brand new A350. Round trip prices from Omaha (OMA) to Beijing (PEK), with one stop in Detroit (DTW), we're starting at $652. I managed to lower my final out of pocket expense to $577 per ticket with the help of a couple Delta gift cards. I'd say that's one hell of a deal considering I just paid $486 to fly to Fort Meyers, Florida this weekend...

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Quirky Things You Should Know About China

Quirky Things You Should Know About China

China is the first country I've visited where it felt completely foreign. There were definitely a handful of occasions where I thought to myself "What the hell is going on here?" That's why I decided to compile this list of quirky things you should know about China. Hopefully my list can help take some of the shock value out of your first trip to the Chinese mainland. I'd like to preface by saying that I am not an expert on China or Chinese Culture. My thoughts below are just those of an ignorant American visiting for the first time.

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First Impressions of Beijing, China

First Impressions of Beijing, China

Beijing is truly a remarkable city. There is so much history here and no shortage of things to see and do. If you truly want to maximize your Beijing experience I suggest you start brushing up on your Mandarin. If you could speak the language I'm sure Beijing would be right up there with the greatest cities in the world.

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