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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How to Take Advantage of Changes to a Flight Schedule

How to Take Advantage of Changes to a Flight Schedule

Have you ever felt that little moment of panic after you receive an e-mail about a change to your flight schedule? For those two minutes you think your trip is a ruined and all hope is lost. After you realize there was only a 15 minute change to your arrival time, then the panic subsides and you move on, right? Wrong . This is where the savvy traveler takes advantage.

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Why You Should Be Using Google Flights

Why You Should Be Using Google Flights

The internet has revolutionized the way people search for airfare. You can search directly on a particular airline's website, you can use a search engine like Skyscanner, or you can even use an online travel agency like Expedia. While all of those are reputable options, there is one tool that is head and shoulders above the rest: Google Flights.

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How I Got Talked Out of Cancelling My AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard

How I Got Talked Out of Cancelling My AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard

Last year I signed up for the AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard after I saw their 40,000 point sign-up bonus (P.S. It's currently at 50,000 now so I'd suggest pulling the trigger if you haven't already). At the time I was in the midst of planning my trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi and needed few more AAdvantage miles to complete my award in Etihad's A380 First Class Apartment.

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My Experience Applying for a Chinese Visa

My Experience Applying for a Chinese Visa

In just a little over a month I'll be heading to Beijing, China. Whether your visiting China as a tourist or for work, you'll need a visa to enter the country. Earlier this year Elizabeth and I applied for our Chinese 10 year tourist visa in preparation for our trip. 

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Review: The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection

Review: The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection

The Hotel Minneapolis is a part of Marriott's Autograph Collection. The hotels in the Autograph Collection are unique to their city and offer that boutique hotel charm you wouldn't normally find at a Marriott.

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How to Avoid Feeling Like You're in a Travel Lull

How to Avoid Feeling Like You're in a Travel Lull

As many of you know, I'm not constantly traveling the globe. Sometimes I go for weeks, or even months, without setting foot in a hotel room or an airplane. When I find myself in one of these stretches I love to book a staycation. They help break up countless weeks at work and give you something to look forward until your next big trip.

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Bring on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Bring on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

The power of the Olympic Games is truly amazing. It's almost like the entire world can exhale and finally enjoy itself for once. Political indifferences are put aside and even the harshest of enemies can join hands, like we saw this year with North and South Korea. For those two weeks everyone can look past the differences that set us apart as nations and focus on what brings us together as human beings.

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Review: Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

Review: Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

I was in Lincoln, Nebraska a few weeks ago for Elizabeth's work holiday party. The last time I stayed in Lincoln I reviewed the Hyatt Place Lincoln/Downtown-Haymarket, so I decided to check out the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel this time.

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