Podcast Recommendation:Cabin Pressure

Cabin Pressure by John Finnemore Starring: Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch, and John Finnemore For those of you who haven’t already heard about this sparkling BBC Radio 4 sitcom, consider yourselves forewarned.  For you are about to enter a world filled with the kind of rib-tickling, spit-taking humour that is going to positively …

Amazing Amex ANA Offer

  It’s time to head to Japan.  American Express has an amazing new offer which gives 20,000 Membership Reward points if you spend a total of $1,000+ with ANA.  Now, keep in mind that this spend does not have to be one transaction – as long as the purchases are …

Batteries: Don’t Check Them In

More importantly – spare batteries. Normally, most of us ‘connected travellers’ carry at least 3-4 spare batteries (between your laptop/mobile phone/camera etc).  Personally, I carry anywhere between 6-8 spare batteries – 2 for my phone/Kindle/Google Glass, 1 for my laptop, and 3-5 for my camera. Now, that may sound like a …

The Calm before the Storm

Hello everyone, I apologise for the lack of posts over the past few weeks but owing to my rather hectic travel schedule I haven’t had any time to post anything.  Having said that, I have a slew of posts lined up and here is a rough index for the upcoming reviews/trip reports: 1. …

Bad News from Hyatt

Hyatt has announced its list of hotels with category updates and while the list isn’t all bad it has two *huge* negatives for me personally. 1.  Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson: Category 4 –>  5 This is the biggie.  This particular property was one of the best Hyatt deals since you …

BREXIT – What it means for Travel

When Nigel Havers woke up on Friday morning, he thought the ‘remain’ vote (in the EU) would just ‘nick it’.  Or so his mind games would have us believe.  As the UK faces down the barrel of an abominable Boris Johnson Prime Ministership, we are left to search for the silver linings on some very dark and …

The Problem with Hotel Star Ratings

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” R. Buckminster Fuller Currently, there is no accepted international standard for rating hotels except that in most countries they are rated from 1 to 5 stars.  In most of …