Bonvoy, Mergers & Corporate Culture

When is a Marriott ‘Bonvoy’ property not going to give you the experience their frequent members are accustomed to? A bit on my experience in the post Marriott-Ritz Carlton merger world.

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Observations of a City – Seville Spain

I’m trying to capture some of my impressions of Seville, Spain before we move on in our trip. The Wife and I have wandered around here for almost four days, encountering the people and culture in various settings. If, like us, you prefer to explore a destination by foot… peering into windows and catching glimpses […]

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The Food of Seville Spain

Food is an interesting way to explore the culture and people of a particular place. You can learn a great deal about the hospitality ideals of a locale from the way the hotels there serve an international client base. In places where hospitality is a primary consideration, a hotel breakfast bar will convey the welcome […]

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The Great Baggage Fee Scam

That cheap ticket may be more expensive than you think. Check for baggage and other fees before making the purchase.

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Skipping the Line – Facts & Fallacies

The fact is, there is no such thing as “skipping the line”. There is only guaranteeing you will get into the venue… eventually.

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The Lost Art of the Itinerary

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to travel arrangements I like to be really clear on where I need to be, and when.

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Destination – Refuge Day Spa in Carmel Valley California

If you live in the Central Valley of northern Californi, Refuge spa is probably your best bet for a relaxing soak and a terrific massage.

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Ride Service Apps in Barcelona

I went to Trip Advisor looking for some basic info from a Barcelona local. Shame on the site admins for allowing the forums to turn into a place where bullying is acceptable “advice”.

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An American Retirement

The more I think about the idea of retiring… the less I understand. Is retirement about not working? Or is it about not working at the same job you’ve been doing for a Very Long Time. Am I leaving an employer, a lifestyle, a way of defining who I am in the world? What the […]

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What Makes a Good AirBnB

There are plenty of hazards in renting an AirBnB. Here are some things to watch out for, (or if you’re a host) not to do.

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