Focal Point: Golkonda Fort (Dol Guldur & the Origin of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond)

Golkonda Fort sits on a 390 foot granite hill, 7 miles outside the centre of Hyderabad, India. The fort dates back to 14th century and was considered impenetrable for almost three centuries before its fall to Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1687 at which point it was pillaged and looted. 

Why I absolutely love Air New Zealand short-haul flights!

I recently came back from my second trip to marvelous Middle Earth, and I just wanted to comment on how much I loved not only the great drives through it, but also the flights over it. I’ll have a full trip report out soon about my trip, but I just …

SPG/Marriott Devaluation w/ 21% of Marriott hotels going up!

So you’ve probably heard by now that SPG and Marriott just announced their 2018 hotel category changes. At SPG, 8% of hotels are moving up a category, while 7% are moving down, but at Marriott 21% are moving up, while only 5% will be coming down. These changes are in …

Amazing Deal: Austin/San Antonio/El Paso – Hawaii for $400 RT

United Airlines and American Airlines have put economy class seats to Hawaii on sale from many Texas cities including Austin, San Antonio, El Paso to Maui, Kailua (Kona), Honolulu, Lihue (Kauai). Economy fares are mostly under $400 (except to Lihue on Kauai) and allow carry on bags. The flights are …