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Hawaii Island In 48 Hours

Like all the other islands, 48 hours will give you a brief opportunity to explore Hawaii Island, but if you only have 48 hours, here’s what you should do: The Big Island, as it’s called, is larger than all the…

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The Phoenician Scottsdale Then & Now

The Phoenician Scottsdale is part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection of hotels. The Phoenician is tucked into the Sonoran Desert at the base of Camelback Mountain. From the moment you arrive at the Phoenician you notice the lush grounds and traditional…


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Should I Ride That Elephant or Pet That Tiger?

As the world focuses on Cecil the Lion and the American dentist who hunted him down for his own entertainment, there are far too many animals being used and abused.  I’m not talking about hunting here, I’m talking about entertainment. The…


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J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician Scottsdale

Back in June of 2011 I had the most amazing meal at the Phoenician Scottsdale at celebrity Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s J&G Steakhouse. So when I went back to the hotel this past week for a frequent traveler event, I was…


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Top 5 Travel Hacks Everyone Can Use

Have you ever been on a trip and realized you’ve forgotten something?  It’s never a good feeling.  Last week on a trip I forgot some prescription medicine, but luckily there was a CVS down the street.  Unfortunately, there’s not always…


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Starwood Nights and Flights- Don’t Forget

Did you know that Starwood has a program called Nights and Flights? It’s a redemption program that I always forget about. With Starwood Nights and Flights, you can redeem either 60,000 or 70,000 Starwood points for 5 nights and 50,000 frequent…


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What Is Pad Thai?

To understand the history of Pad Thai, you need to understand the words.  Pad means fried and refers to the fried noodles. Thai – that’s obvious. The main ingredient in Pad Thai is rice noodles which are stir-fried. So if you were…