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Seabourn Cruises: Behind-the-Scenes Interview

Have you ever wondered just who the people really are that make everything run so smoothly onboard your cruise ship? What makes them tick? You may recall an earlier post in which I interviewed Seabourn Executive Chef Jes Paskins to explore his passion for cooking and how it translates into the creation of such culinary […]

Hyatt Regency Miami Disappoints on All Levels

Priceline bidders beware.  When bidding for a 4✭ hotel in the Miami area, you may just get stuck with what I did:  The Hyatt Regency Miami.  Not only was the 4✭ rating granted by a blind person, the guest rooms were decorated by same. I arrived at the hotel at 9pm on February 11, 2011. […]

A Desert Pearl Glows in Utah

Desert Pearl Inn, in Springdale, UT, is a fabulous 61-room boutique hotel that sits on the water’s edge right at the entrance to Zion National Park.  It’s one of the most luxurious national park-related hotels I’ve ever stayed in. What we like about Desert Pearl Inn The aged wood used throughout Desert Pearl Inn is […]

Flight Crew Dirt #5: This is Your Captain Speaking

Who’s ready for some flight crew dirt? Robin, our very own flight attendant, is retired from service.  Her husband, Berry, a retired pilot, also chimes in with anecdotes that will give you a whole new respect for flight crews and, in some cases, leave you laughing. What, exactly, do those uniformed folks do in the […]

Five Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Hotel Stay

Ensure the hotel you choose has the amenities you desire. Not all of them do. Case in point: a Jet List reader recently pointed out that the hotel he chose for a recent business trip in Charlotte, NC, though nice, did not have an on-site lounge or restaurant. And, to make matters worse, there was […]

Flight Crew Dirt #4: Pilot Interview

Who’s ready for some flight crew dirt?  Robin, our very own flight attendant, is retired from service.  Her husband, Berry, a retired pilot, also chimes in with anecdotes that will leave you laughing and give you a whole new respect for flight crews. What, exactly, do those uniformed folks do in the cockpit and galley? […]

ATLs One Flew South is Worth Flying Into

Located in Concourse E in Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, this fine dining establishment sets the bar for all other airport-located restaurants.  Yes, I said, “fine dining.” One Flew South is a wonderful, luxurious concept for airport dining.  Sure, there are enough dinky little airport food joints from which to grab a pre-flight or post-flight bite, […]

ATL XpresSpa – Worth Scheduling a Layover for…

An oasis in a hurried, rushed, oft stressful environment, ATL’s XpresSpa (located in Concourse C across from gate 37 and Concourse A Centerpoint) is worth scheduling a layover for. And, you have more time for a spa service than you realize. My early flight landed at Concourse D, so I took the airport train to […]

How to Avoid Missing Your Flight Due to Gate Changes

Arrive early. Don’t cut things close by arriving at the airport too close to departure. Those pre-flight airport arrival times are provided for a reason. Worried about spending too much pre-departure time at the airport? Nowadays, most airports are destinations in and of themselves rather than just a dead zone between Point A & Point […]

A Typical Day Onboard a SeaDream Yacht is Anything But

If you’re looking for a relaxing, first-class cruise experience, you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to walk you through a typical day onboard a SeaDream yacht in the Caribbean. SeaDream Yacht Club (SDYC) is a small-ship cruise line consisting of two mega yachts – SeaDream I and SeaDream II. These yachts hold only […]

Flight Crew Dirt #3: Tricks of the Trade

Who’s ready for some flight crew dirt? Robin, our very own flight attendant, is retired from service.  Her husband, Berry, a retired pilot, also chimes in with anecdotes that will leave you laughing and give you a whole new respect for flight crews. What, exactly, do those uniformed folks do in the cockpit and galley? […]

Top Three Cancun-Area All-Inclusive Luxury Resorts

These three resorts are all about unrestricted luxury.   They provide a vacation experience that’s simply unforgettable and you’ll never have to leave their tropical havens.  Sit back, relax and drink it all in. If you’ve never experienced an all-inclusive vacation, now’s the time.  NOT having to sign checks is so liberating and relaxing, as […]

Top Five Camera Bag Travel Items

Photography is an essential part of my blogging and my travel. In addition to the basics (spare charged battery & lens cloth just to name two), there’s a small handful of items that I never travel without. These items are very user-friendly and should find a home in your camera bag no matter your photography skills.

Tipping at an All-Inclusive Resort: What’s the Deal?

Should you tip at an all-inclusive resort?  If so, how?  When?  Who? How much? All-inclusive resorts are my preferred method of relaxation & pampering.  I just love not being nickeled & dimed to death and not having to sign checks for each morning mimosa, afternoon vodka tonic & evening chardonnay.  Yes, I do eat food […]

Nine Tips to Reduce the Cost of Luxury Travel

Tips to keep more cash in your wallet during luxury travel 1. Pack your own alcohol. Be it your favorite cocktail mixings in a cooler in the trunk of your SUV during a road trip or tiny little bottles of vodka & cranberry juice in your checked luggage, it sure beats the cost of paying […]

Flight Crew Dirt #1: Practical Jokes in the Cockpit

Who’s ready for some flight crew dirt? Robin, our very own flight attendant, is retired from service and excited to share what life above the clouds was like. What, exactly, do those uniformed folks do on the plane…well, beyond what you see? Remember, read this with a SENSE OF HUMOR, people. All flight attendants work […]

Miami’s Mutiny Hotel Offers Apartment Living in Coconut Grove

Your Cost-Effective Apartment-Hotel Miami’s Mutiny Hotel in Coconut Grove, Florida is strategically located to provide you with a home-away-from-home base for all that south Florida has to offer. The Mutiny offers one- and two-bedroom apartment suites that are fully equipped with a full-size refrigerator, oven, sink and microwave. The convenient, though small, dishwasher makes clean-up […]

Snooth iPhone Wine App is Super Smooth!

If you’ve ever enjoyed a fabulous bottle of wine at a restaurant or on a cruise and really wished you could remember exactly what it was, but realize you have a snowball’s chance in hell of actually doing so, then do we have the app for you. Snooth App. This clever little app uses a […]

Treasure Hunting for First-Class Souvenirs

I. am. luxury. travel. However, I hate forking out tons of money for it. It’s like trash bags: you spend money on trash bags to throw them away. Hate that. One of the things I never spend money on are souvenirs. Rather, I secure free ones…and I’m not talking about the ones you pick up […]

What *Not* to Say to the Customs or Immigration Officer

“My Mom hates Mexico.” Seriously, did my nine-year-old daughter have to say that to the Mexican immigration officer? Not exactly the right way to speed up the immigration process. For the record, I don’t hate Mexico. Rather, I hate long immigration lines (she totally misunderstood). “Where’s the closest bar?” It’s Not Nice to Fool with […]

The TSAs Hysterical Blog (Seriously!)

Yes, the TSA has a blog.  And, it’s actually a really good blog.  Lest you think it’s nothing but boring rules and complaints from pissed-off, obnoxious travelers – it’s quite hysterical. On December 23, 2010, a very helpful article regarding holiday travel tips was published.  It contains the required tips, rules & regulations.  Surprisingly, though, […]

Tips to Squeeze More in Your 3-1-1 Bag

As a frequent traveler, and one who insists on carry-on only, I’m always looking for ways to squeeze more into that drasted quart-sized 3-1-1 bag.  As a woman, that’s not always easy – I love my special toiletries. These tips, though applicable to everyone who flies, will truly benefit those who fly carry-on only. 1. […]

De-Coding Cryptic Runway Signs

Have you ever wondered what those cryptic signs along the runway mean? Berry, our very own pilot, clues us in. 27R–9L are the runways. M16 is the taxiway. Taxiways are named with letters and numbers, usually dark background with yellow letters. The next crossing is the runway here. The red sign is to let pilots […]

Miami’s Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove

Hand-carved mahogany headboards.  Sea grass furnishings.   Egyptian cotton bedding.  Stone floors.   Marble bathrooms.  Creative natural textures. No, you’re not in the south Pacific.  You’re in the lush waterfront village of Coconut Grove, Florida. The property is located in the Mayfair shopping gallery and conveniently across the street from Cocowalk, seven miles from Miami […]