Rodeo Drive in China

Waking up in Shanghai at the JC Mandarin was like waking up on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Outside the window was Cartier, Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and almost any other designer you could imagine. This was a vast contrast to the ancient architecture of Beijing. Shanghai literally means “above the sea,” and is China’s largest…

Temples and shops and palaces, oh my.

Day 5 brought us to our last few sites in Beijing before our flight to Shanghai. We stopped by the Temple of Heaven, the Pearl Shop and the Summer Palace. At the Temple of Heaven during the winter solstice, the Ming and Qing emperors would perform rites and make sacrifices to Heaven praying for good…

One night in Beijing makes a hard man humble?

My first day in Beijing may be one of the longest days I have ever had in a country. 5:00am arrival with a 1:30am bed time that evening. Somehow, Kalindra and I managed to stay very busy! We arrived to the Traders Hotel Beijing around 7:30am. Unfortunately, our room would not be ready until about 2:30pm…

A quick trip to China? Why not?

I found myself taking a quick trip to China because of an amazing deal I found on Travelzoo for ChinaSpree. My good friend Kalindra decided to be my partner in crime for this epic adventure and we really had no idea what we were getting into. ChinaSpree is a great organization that plans everything for…

A few thoughts about my recent hotel stays

I love staying at various hotels since that is the industry I work in. On this trip I stayed at quite a few different hotels that all had a little something special to offer. Planet Hollywood Las Vegas is one of a million hotels on the Las Vegas strip. This hotel is in a prime location…

Southwest vs Virgin America

I have been traveling for the last few weeks and I have been on quite a few flights. I booked most of my flights with Southwest except for one flight on Virgin America. After flying both back to back I had a few thoughts about the airlines. Southwest Pros: No change fees which I love with…

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the wonders of world and can be a very long day when done in one day. Kalindra and I had such a short trip that we needed to do the one day trip and not the two or three or four day route that is also available. Our adventure went a…

Ica…Day 2

After the weirdest day of travel I have ever had I am pretty sure sleeping in and having a relaxing day was exactly what was on the schedule for the day. We slept in to receive a phone call at 9:00am alerting us that breakfast would be over at 9:30am. Somewhat still half asleep we…

Ica…Day 1

Day one in Ica did not turn out the way it was meant to. We had planned to arrive early in the morning and we had even secured an early check in at our hotel. We were going to freshen up and then see what Ica had to offer. Instead we didn’t end up checking…

Cusco…Day 4

Our last day in Cusco started out a little slow. Kalindra wasn’t feeling very well and I decided to venture out to buy our bus tickets to Ica. We were going to take the overnight train on Cruz del Sur that left at 6:00pm. I went to our favorite little travel agency and they told…