City Explorations: Doha, Qatar

City Explorations: Doha, Qatar

Elizabeth and I’s journey home from Budapest began with a quick 36-hour pit stop in Doha, Qatar. We landed in Doha on Friday evening and were scheduled to fly home in Qatar Airways’ new Qsuites bright and early Sunday morning. That left us with one full day to get out and explore Doha.

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Review: Grand Hyatt Doha

Review: Grand Hyatt Doha

Elizabeth and I’s flight from Budapest landed in Doha at about 5:00 pm local time. We had booked a two night stay at the Grand Hyatt Doha in preparation for our flight home in Qatar Airways’ new Qsuites. Elizabeth and I grabbed a taxi at the airport and enjoyed the 45 minute ride through downtown Doha en route to the Grand Hyatt.

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City Explorations: Budapest, Hungary

City Explorations: Budapest, Hungary

Elizabeth and I woke up to clear blue skies and sunshine on our first morning in Budapest. We decided the best way to see the city on such a beautiful day was to grab a map and just start walking. We left the Hilton Budapest City and headed straight for the Danube River.

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Review: Hilton Budapest City

Review: Hilton Budapest City

After crossing the pond in Norwegian economy, an eight hour layover at London Gatwick, and a quick connecting flight on easyJet, Elizabeth and I finally arrived at the Hilton Budapest City around 9:00 PM local time. We planned to spend three full days exploring Budapest so I booked a four night stay using 160,000 Hilton Honors points.

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Review: Norwegian Economy 787 Los Angeles to London

Review: Norwegian Economy 787 Los Angeles to London

Norwegian has long been touted as the “World’s Best Long-Haul, Low-Cost Airline.” Most low-cost airlines typically operate under the same business model: only pay for what you need. This typically means things like carry-on luggage, seat assignments, and meals aren’t included with the price of your ticket. If you plan to fly with Norwegian make sure to do your homework before you book your ticket.

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Review: Cedar Rapids Marriott

Review: Cedar Rapids Marriott

Last week I took my first official business trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a three day course at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. I arrived in Cedar Rapids on Sunday evening after a four-hour drive across the great state of Iowa. The Cedar Rapids Marriott had a small entryway with a couple of seats in the middle and the check-in desk along the right.

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American Express' Revamped Gold Card

American Express' Revamped Gold Card

Last week American Express launched their revamped Gold Card and it immediately became one of the hottest credit cards on the market. The new Gold Card offers an industry best 4X points on purchases at US restaurants and supermarkets, and is a much needed addition to American Express’s mid-tier portfolio.

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Preparing For My First Flight With Norwegian

Preparing For My First Flight With Norwegian

Norwegian has taken their low-cost carrier business model internationally with outstanding success. Skytrax not only named them “Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline” but “The World’s Best Low-Cost Long Haul Airline” as well. The business model for Norwegian (and other low-cost carriers) is simple: only pay for what you need. Instead of wrapping up all of their costs into one ticket price, they break them out individually and let the customer decide if they want to spend the money or not.

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I Get to Take My First Real Business Trip

I Get to Take My First Real Business Trip

If you’ve read my small “About” section then you probably know that I spend the majority of my hours working as a Commercial Banker and not a travel blogger. Since I work for a local bank I hardly ever have to do any traveling. Instead, I spend the majority of my work days in my office or driving around town to visit clients.

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