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Hotel Review: Residence Inn Seattle

Residence Inn Seattle: A great choice for families. I’ve driven past the Residence Inn by Lake Union in downtown Seattle a hundred times but it was only when Marriott invited me to come visit the hotel at a mom blogger’s event that I got a chance to explore this property. I’m happy to have done Read the Rest…

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Hotel Review: Westin Verasa Napa

Westin Verasa Initial Impressions On arrival at the Westin Verasa in Napa, Murph and I both remarked on the similarity of the hotels’ exterior to properties we’ve stayed at in various ski resorts – not what we’d expected on arrival in California wine country. The earth-toned colors used in wall coverings and carpeting extend a Read the Rest…

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Hostel Review: 7 Sages Xian

We stayed for four days at the 7 Sages Xian youth hostel, one of the prettiest and most welcoming hostels we stayed at during our year of travel. Xian Youth Hostel: Review I picked up a flyer for 7 Sages Hostel in Xian at the Rock and Wood Hostel in Shanghai – also a YHA Read the Rest…

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Hostel Review: Toms Guesthouse Chungking Mansions Hong Kong

Ta-da: the Chungking Mansions, Kowloon, Hong Kong. As far as I know, I haven’t stayed in any other place that is the subject of an Economist article, a wikipedia page, and a book. We stayed at the Chungking Mansions because we were trying to stick to budget ($150 per day: accommodation + food + entertainment Read the Rest…

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Whistler Canada Accommodation Primer

We’ll be visiting Whistler in February. That’ll make 12 years of fun family ski memories at this expansive Canadian mountain resort. I shared this with a friend here in Seattle who immediately came back and asked for help in planning his first trip to Whistler with his kids. His primary concern was where to stay Read the Rest…

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Hotel Review: Central Boutique Angkor Hotel

The Central Boutique Angkor Hotel was a gem. We didn’t discover it ourselves, it was recommended to us by fellow travelers we met in Ho Chi Minh City. They raved about the relative comfort and luxury of this boutique property on the outskirts of Siam Reap. I admit, initially I was tentative since I was Read the Rest…

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Hotel Review: Posada Salentein Argentina

The map showing wineries, campsites and hotels was on my lap as we trundled into the Valle de Uco, about 80km south of Mendoza in Western Argentina, in our less-than-spacious campervan. It was the day before Thanksgiving and I was on the lookout for a special place to stay to celebrate the occasion.

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Hosteling At Forty

I really should title this post “What it feels like to be the Old Fart in the room” because in some of the hostels where we stayed in South America, that’s what I felt I was: the Old Fart. It was such a shock to feel that way.

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South America Accommodation

We spent 108 days in South America. This post started because I was bored on our 2-day bus journey from San Salvador de Jujuy in Argentina to Lima, Peru. Data geek that I am, I thought it would be fun to chart the breakdown of where we’d stayed over the four months. As planned, mostly Read the Rest…

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Hostel Review Arequipay Backpackers

I chose the Arequipay Backpackers Hostel because of their advertised fun facilities: a movie room, games tables (pool and table tennis) and, as a special reward for my boys after the Inca Trail hike, a PS3.

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