Stupid Tip of the Day: Get Out There — Even When You Do Not Feel Like It

During almost every trip on which I am traveling, there is usually one day where I feel like I would rather just stay in the hotel room, relax, work, nap and eat…

…but I rarely ever succumb to that urge to not step out. The main reason is that I went through a lot of time, effort and expense to be travel to where I am at the moment in the first place — and to miss out on any time is time I will never get back.

There is also…

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Was I Almost Taken For a Ride For Being Taken For a Ride?

The wind was persistently trying to cut through me on yet another cold, blustery and grey winter day in April as I stood at the 17 Stycznia bus stop waiting for the bus to arrive.

Bus route 175 is rather convenient for traveling from Warsaw Chopin Airport to central Warsaw and the Old Town. Buses typically travel every ten minutes or so; but this was a Saturday morning, so the wait was longer.

When I checked out of the…

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Are Dual-Branded Hotel Properties Becoming More Popular?

Ground was broken in March on 14 Street in midtown Atlanta for a new building costing $70 million which will house both AC Hotel by Marriott and Moxy hotel — two of the 30 lodging brands of Marriott International, Incorporated.

It is expected to open during 2018; and the two hotels — AC Hotel by Marriott will be comprised of 133 rooms; while Moxy hotel will accommodate guests in 155 rooms — will share a deck-top amenity space that includes a rooftop pool and bar.

Two brands of the same lodging company may not be so unusual; but two brands of different lodging companies might seem quirky. Consider the project announced in August of 2015 in which…

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Sunrise Over Warsaw

I awoke this cool and crisp morning in Warsaw to watch the sun rise while in my room — specifically over the area near the central train station building, which would be located…

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Earth Day 2017 — and What Hilton is Doing to Help Save the Environment

When staying at a hotel or resort property, guests think about enjoying themselves on a leisurely vacation to get away from it all; or to conduct business while away from home — not about the environment or its sustainability…

…but lodging does have a significant impact on the environment: all of the towels and linens which need to be washed; all of the floors and furnishings which need to be cleaned and maintained; the plastic which is used for bottles of amenities and water; the paper used for announcements and advertising; the energy which is required to power lights, appliances, vehicles and machinery; and the leftover food which is disposed and cannot be used again for health reasons.

One thing about which many people do not think is…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Hotel Hopping to Elite Level Status — But…

Benefits such as bonus points, executive lounge access and room upgrades are only some of the reasons why frequent travelers strive to achieve elite level status in frequent guest loyalty programs.

Sometimes you can qualify for elite level status for the following year based on the number of nights which you stay; sometimes you can earn a certain amount of base points per dollar spent; and sometimes you can qualify based on the number of stays…

…but if…

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Earn 500 Bonus AAdvantage Miles by Shopping for April Bonus 2017

Effective now through Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 11:59:59 in the evening Eastern Standard Time, you can earn 500 bonus American Airlines AAdvantage miles — in addition to the standard AAdvantage miles earned — during the April Bonus campaign at the AAdvantage Shopping portal by spending a minimum of…

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Sunrise Over Minsk

I awoke this cool and crisp morning in Minsk to watch the sun rise while in my room — specifically over the central train station building in the center of the photograph and what are known as the City Gates on the left.

After arriving in Minsk, I…

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