A Long Weekend in Cabo San Lucas

I recently got back from a trip to Cabo San Lucas, a short two hour flight from San Diego yet a world away in terms of mindset. We originally planned to stay for five days (four nights) but Hurricane Newton, […]

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Flying Virgin America

I flew Virgin America for the first time today for one of my semi-regular trips from San Diego to San Francisco. Normally I fly US Airways or Southwest, but Virgin was actually the cheapest option and I had been wanting […]

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Two Week Honeymoon in Belize

It’s been a while since I posted, but fear not – I’m back! My life has underwent some major changes recently, most notably getting married to the love of my life. We decided to celebrate the occasion by taking two […]

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Sunrise in Ambergis Caye

DoubleTree by Hilton – Branding & Loyalty Through Cookies

I’m pretty loyal to the Hilton family of hotels whenever I travel, primarily because (1) I want to accumulate the points/status within one chain (2) they have a very consistent experience no matter where I travel, which means no surprises […]

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My favorite travel gadgets & gear in 2012

Now that the year is almost over, I’m taking a look back at all of the travel I’ve done. According to Tripit.com, I’ve flown over 54,239 miles and counting this year and visited destinations ranging from Cody, Wyoming to New […]

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Cody Wyoming Sunrise and Sunset

Vegan Dining Getaway in Los Angeles

My wife and I recently took a three-day vacation up to Los Angeles, a mere 2 hour drive from San Diego (when traffic cooperates, anyway). It rained nearly all weekend which foiled a lot of our plans to go hiking and exploring outdoors, so we really dug in to find the best vegan restaurants in L.A. to try out. Both my wife and I have been vegan for a little over 2 years (and vegetarian over a decade) and while we love the vegan dining scene in San Diego, Los Angeles blew us away with both the sheer number of great vegan restaurants, as well as the quality & originality of places to go. I made a thorough list of places I wanted to try before the trip began, and we didn’t have a chance to try them all but I thought I would at least share some of the highlights from the 10+ vegan establishments we did get the fortune of trying since every single one of them was worth trying again.

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A Long Weekend in Cabo San Lucas

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I recently got back from a trip to Cabo San Lucas, a short two hour flight from San Diego yet a world away in terms of mindset. We originally planned to stay for five days (four nights) but Hurricane Newton, a Category 2 storm, hit Cabo on our last night shutting down the airport and forcing us to stay a little longer. Ultimately we welcomed our extended vacation as the storm passed pretty quickly allowing us to get back outside to enjoy the beach and pool, although in hindsight you really only need about a weekend in Cabo San Lucas to really take it all in.

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Flying Virgin America

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I flew Virgin America for the first time today for one of my semi-regular trips from San Diego to San Francisco. Normally I fly US Airways or Southwest, but Virgin was actually the cheapest option and I had been wanting to try them out, so I gave it a whirl as they advertise as having one of the best traveling experiences. Ultimately other than nicer seats with outlets, Virgin is much like any other airline, just with a little more lipstick on the pig that is the American flying experience.

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Two Week Honeymoon in Belize

Sunrise in Ambergis Caye

It’s been a while since I posted, but fear not – I’m back! My life has underwent some major changes recently, most notably getting married to the love of my life. We decided to celebrate the occasion by taking two weeks off to visit a new country – after some deliberation, we chose Belize, and put together a two week itinerary you’ll see here. For those thinking of honeymooning in Belize, perhaps this post will help steer you in one direction or another, and maybe help you put together your travel plans and where you want to stay as well…

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DoubleTree by Hilton – Branding & Loyalty Through Cookies

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I’m pretty loyal to the Hilton family of hotels whenever I travel, primarily because (1) I want to accumulate the points/status within one chain (2) they have a very consistent experience no matter where I travel, which means no surprises and consistently good service. DoubleTree has to be my favorite brand within the Hilton family, and I think a large part of that is due to the cookies. As crazy as that sounds, I love the cookies both from the perspective as a guest and as a marketer. It’s a great detail and really nice perk. It’s also just a really memorable thing to do, which helps me recall previous stays at DoubleTrees (because after a while, all hotels start to blend together) and want to stay there again.

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My favorite travel gadgets & gear in 2012

Cody Wyoming Sunrise and Sunset

Now that the year is almost over, I’m taking a look back at all of the travel I’ve done. According to Tripit.com, I’ve flown over 54,239 miles and counting this year and visited destinations ranging from Cody, Wyoming to New York, New York. I’ve earned Silver status at Hilton Hotels and Gold on USAirways, as well as a lot smaller bonuses & tiers of status on other chains. It’s been a busy year, but travel overall has been smooth & pleasant.

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My favorite restaurants in Sedona, AZ

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I’m fortunate to live less than two hours from Sedona, AZ, one of the most beautiful places on earth, so I make a road trip to there about once per month when I can help it. As such, my fiance have “wined and dined” across Sedona, and have found the dining scene there to have some fabulous food & service. We’ve rarely had a bad experience, but here are the “best of the best” restaurants we’d recommend when our friends visit Sedona. I’m writing this blog post half as a public resource, and half so that when my friends ask me where they should eat I can just send them this link. Enjoy!

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Travel Resolution: Rate Every Hotel I Stay In on TripAdvisor

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Every year I like to make a “travel resolution” to help me travel better – last year, it was to consolidate all of my miles on a single airline and get status (and I’m now Gold Status on US Airways/Star Alliance), and this year I decided to try to rate every hotel I stay in on Tripadvisor. I’ve contributed about 17 reviews this far, reaching about 12,600 readers, which is pretty neat!

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US Airways Gold Status – Review & Thoughts

US Airways Gold Card

I’ve been flying US Airways loyally for almost two years now, as I started traveling for work a lot more heavily and realized that if I were to consolidate my miles I would qualify for higher & higher levels of status. I started by getting the US Airways credit card, which doesn’t contribute towards your status (you have to actually fly the miles for them to coiunt towards Silver (25k miles) or Gold (50k miles) status), but the credit card did give me a sneak preview of status with perks like earlier boarding. I also found that US Airways tended to also be the cheapest & most practical airline for me as I live in Phoenix and PHX is a hub for them – occasionally US Airways will be marginally more expensive, but for the most part they tend to be the most cost effective too. I had a goal of reaching at least Silver status, and I easily surpassed that within one year, hitting Gold Status by December of 2011.

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My favorite places in Vegas

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As a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, Las Vegas is only a five hour road trip away – which makes it very easy for me to get away for a weekend and enjoy the fabulous place known as Sin City. While I enjoy watching cards on TV, nothing beats heading to Vegas and doing the real thing (except if I’m losing, then maybe watching the TV is more enjoyable, lol). Over a number of trips I’ve done a lot, and always make a point of checking out new hotels & restaurants everytime I go. Here are my favorite spots in Vegas:

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