Amsterdam canals, image Veronica Lopez

Choosing a Boutique Hotel in Amsterdam with a Story to Tell

“There are cat cities and dog cities. In dog cities, you throw a stick and it comes back with its tail wagging. Cat cities are reticent and harder to judge. Amsterdam seems to be a dog city at first, until you discover that it’s really a cat city pretending to be a dog.” As IRead More

Sydney NYE fireworks as seen from Shangri-La Hotel, image credit by Paul Reiffer

Best Hotels for Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks

They’re the fireworks that are seen around the world and mark the start of so many New Year’s Eve celebrations. Australia’s biggest public event, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks bring more than one and a half million people to the harbour foreshore and are watched by more than a billion people around the world. WhenRead More

If you have a hotel room concern, talk to the staff

How to Tell if Your Hotel Room is Clean: a Former Hotel Manager tells all

Did you ever get into a hotel or hostel room and you felt like need a black light before you even lay down your backpack? For nine out of ten travelers, the answer to the question will be YES, especially if you are traveling on a budget.

Le Monastere des Augustines is one of the more unusual Quebec City Hotels

Three (very) Different Quebec City Hotels to Stay In

Quebec City is one of the oldest and most beautiful settlements in North America.  That’s the definition of North America that also includes Canada, of course. But you got that. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with narrow cobblestone streets, 17th and 18th-century houses and charming sidewalk cafes. The Old Town areaRead More

A power nap can make travel better, as it did for me here in Moana Surfrider, Waikiki

Mastering the Art of the Travel Power Nap

… This is a Guest Post by Sara Westgreen from the sleep science hub Tuck Sleep … Traveling can be exhausting. Jet lag, early flights, shuffling children, sleeping on unfamiliar mattresses, and changing time zones can make any traveler tired. Even if you’re just taking a short flight or car trip, the hustle and bustleRead More

Hotel Mansart, a boutique luxury hotel in Paris

An Affordable Boutique Luxury Hotel Stay in the Heart of Paris

In the heart of Paris’ 1st arrondissement you will find one of France’s most beautiful squares, a square that gives my own heart a little lift whenever I walk through it. The Place Vendôme is filled with charm and elegance, not to mention some rather prestigious brands. Considered by many to be the world centreRead More

An Amsterdam Cycling holiday is a great idea for beginners

The Best Cycling Holiday for Beginners: The Netherlands

… This is a guest post by Mike McLeish of the bicycle blog Pinch-Flat …   A phrase that struggles to strum up images of adventure is “health and safety.” Instead, the words conjure up images of rules, regulations and high visibility. None of that sounds particularly inspiring, except when talking about cycling. A countryRead More

With views like these Shanghai Ritz Carlton's Flair is one of the best rooftop bars in the world

The Seven Best Rooftop Bars in the World

… This is a guest post by Hans Ebenman and Rikard Fredricson of The Rooftop Guide …   If you love to dine and drink with a view then here’s a story for you: the seven best rooftop bars according to the world’s biggest website and guide on the subject, The Rooftop Guide. The RooftopRead More

Tasting sparkling wine at Killara Estate, Yarra Valley Victoria

Yarra Valley Visit with a Surprising Best Western Hotel Stay

When I heard we’d be staying at a Best Western in the Yarra Valley this was not what I expected. After driving down a little lane on a misty afternoon we’re greeted by the smell of log fires and what looks like a charming guesthouse. Then as we step inside I can feel my spiritsRead More

Rumpus Room Bar Mondrian London with view of St Pauls

Mondrian London, the Luxury London Boutique Hotel with a View

I’ll never forget the first time I walked into a Morgans Hotel lobby. It was the late ‘90s in New York, my friend was staying at Paramount, and when I went to meet him I just thought ‘wow’. I’ll admit I wasn’t particularly well travelled at that time but I’d never seen anything like it.Read More