Comparison of Panama City Hotels

To finish up my Panama blog series, following is my comparison of the 12 hotels that I visited throughout Panama City. As you can see, the Hilton is my favorite hotel in Panama City. I’ve written all about it in “My Favorite Hotel in Panama: The Hilton“. The Sheraton was also quite a good value. Overall,…

My “Taste of Waldorf” Panamá Experience

For the past few weeks I have eagerly been awaiting a very special night at the Waldorf Astoria Panamá.  I booked a special event called “The Taste of Waldorf.”  Their marketing description was: “The Taste of Waldorf Astoria package invites you to enjoy a three-course gourmet dinner for two in a unique location within the hotel or…

My Favorite Hotel in Panamá, Central America: The Hilton

As a person who travels globally and stays in hotels full-time, I have experienced quite a variety of hotels.  In Panamá City, Panamá , I have stayed at 12 different hotels, across 3 major chains: Hilton (see my previous post, Living in Hilton Hotels in Panamá City) , Marriott and Starwood Hotels (who have recently merged), and InterContinental  Hotel Group (the…

10 Reasons to Move to Panamá

With the crazy U.S. elections, many Americans are considering options for leaving the country.  There have been a number of articles popping up about countries to which you can “easily” immigrate.   As a person who has lived abroad in multiple countries, I can tell you… it’s not so easy!  Most countries have significant restrictions….

Tips for Visiting Panamá City

Panamá’s Panamá City (Ciudad de Panamá) is a great place to enjoy some relaxing, fun, interesting Latin American culture, and it’s generally safe and inexpensive. Popular excursions include Monkey Island, the Panamá Canal, and several nice beaches.   If you plan on visiting some day, following are my top 10 tips: 1. Pack light. The weather is…

Libby’s Travel Credit Card Tips

As a follow-up to my previous post, Libby’s Lifestyle FAQ, following is my response to the question: What are the best credit cards for someone who frequently travels and stays in hotels? I find the following cards to be the most valuable for my lifestyle: American Express BlueSky Preferred – Main benefit: 2x American Express points for $1…

Imagine Eating a Dog on a Plane

Imagine if everyone around you is eating dogs (or your cat, or a horse, or any other animal that you love). Imagine if the culture around you accepts this as “normal.”  If you’re disgusted, this is how many vegetarians and Vegans feel about eating ANY animals. This week I flew from Panama to Los Angeles…

What About Your Friends, Libby?

In my previous post, “Libby’s Lifestyle FAQ,” I explained how I live in hotels in different places around the world. I received a couple of questions related to how I physically connect with my friends.  I hope this post brings clarity. My friends are important to me, and I love them dearly. I think about them…

Libby’s Lifestyle FAQ

As someone who travels and lives in hotels full-time,  I receive a lot of questions regarding my non-traditional lifestyle. Following are answers to the most common questions: Question 1: What do you do for a living, and how are you able to work remotely from hotels? I am an IT Consultant. Fortunately, there’s been a trend in large IT…

¿Qué es for breakfast?

During my stay at Hampton by Hilton Panamá, I encountered some funny Spanish to English translations at the breakfast buffet. Mmmm…. Bouns. Apparently they were trying to spell “buns.” According to Wikipedia, a “bollo” is a bun made from corn or potatoes. I don’t know what a bun is anymore. “Sauges” is close, but “salchichas”…

Living in Hilton Hotels in Panamá City, Panamá

As a person who lives in hotels 100%, I am taking advantage of inexpensive rates at the hotels in Panamá. One of the reasons I decided to visit Panamá is because an article by The Points Guy: 8 Low-Level Hilton Properties that Make for Awesome Rewards mentioned the Hampton by Hilton Panamá. At the time the article was…

¿Why Am I in Panamá?

I’m so excited to be in the Republic of Panamá!  Until very recently, I knew very little about it. Of course, I remember Van Halen’s Panama, but that’s just about his car. In History class I learned about the Panamá Canal, and I knew that it’s in Central America. That’s about it! So how did I decide to visit Panamá? Monkeys, sloths, and…

My Bucket List

Life is short! The older I get, the more I realize it.   My bucket list contains the things I want to do, see, and experience before my life ends. I had a mental bucket list in my teens and 20’s, but that list changed drastically by the time I hit 30.  As my understanding of the world evolved, my…

Top 5 Reasons I Blog

I’ve been blogging for 2 and 1/2 years.  It’s been an enjoyable experience, and I plan to continue.  Here are the top 5 reasons I blog: To learn.  When a topic is of interest to me, I enjoy researching it. Blogging is a good platform for capturing my research, especially if I want to share…

The Hilton-Like Tropicana Las Vegas

From the outside, you wouldn’t know that the Tropicana Las Vegas is part of the Hilton hotel chain.   Its full name is “Tropicana Las Vegas a Doubletree by Hilton,” and you even get a warm cookie when you check-in.  On my most recent stay, I pushed the limit to answer the question: How Hilton-y is…

My “Free” Nights at The Palazzo Las Vegas

The Palazzo is a large, high-end casino on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s between the Venetian (its sister tower) and The Wynn, and across from TI.  It’s also across the corner from the  Fashion Show Mall.  The Palazzo and Venetian are owned by IHG, the same owner as Holiday Inn. Because of previous gambling at the Palazzo,…

Hiltons of London

My favourite hotel chain is Hilton, and I often stay at Hilton and Doubletree by Hilton hotels in central London.  I have visited and blogged about 7 Hiltons of London so far (links below). Perhaps this blog series may be useful to others, plus it helps me remember which London Hilton hotels I like and why….

All My Belongings in a Carry-On

I greatly enjoy the freedom and precious time that being a minimalist provides. As I previously blogged in Waking Up from the American Dream, I used to own a house, a car, furniture, appliances, etc. I learned that the more stuff you own, the more your stuff owns you. I used to spend my free…

Why I Don’t Wear Make-up

I don’t wear make-up.  I used to wear it now and then, and I respect make-up as an art form.  However, it’s not for me, and I have given it up entirely. Here’s why: 1. It feels gross. I don’t like the feel of make-up on my face. When I touch my face, I want to…

Save Money by Living in Hotels?

I enjoy the benefits of living in hotels full-time, while also saving money!  I especially love the stress-free lifestyle and the abundance of free time in my life. The hotel lifestyle may not be appropriate for those who have a big family, certain pets, or certain hobbies. It may not make sense for those who already invested in a…

Top 10 Best Things About Living the Hotel Lifestyle

My driver license has a Hilton hotel as my address. That’s about as tied down as I will ever be.  Everything I own fits in one suitcase. I don’t run errands, I don’t do chores, I don’t drive, and I don’t pay bills.  I never liked those things, so I got rid of them!  I am…

Eating Healthy in Las Vegas: Off the Strip

After a week of living on the Las Vegas Strip, I was ready for some nice quiet living OFF the Strip. Even though I was getting complimentary nights at casino properties, I had felt trapped in an area where I couldn’t sleep well and the food was overpriced and unhealthy. Fortunately I was still able to enjoy complimentary…

Eating Healthy on the Las Vegas Strip

After 3 weeks of eating healthy in Denver hotels, I am now hanging out in Las Vegas hotels for a month.  My husband and I are platinum-level M Life players, so we thought we’d take advantage of some of the perks. Last year I spent two months living in Las Vegas, but that was  before I started…

Hiltons of London: Doubletree by Hilton Tower Hill

I have stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton Tower Hill twice. Overall, it is my favourite hotel in London! On my first stay, I was given a free upgrade to an Executive room, and the second time I stayed in a standard room (tip: Friday and Saturday check-ins are the worst for getting free upgrades).  However, both of…

Hiltons of London: Doubletree by Hilton Hyde Park

The Doubletree by Hilton Hyde Park is a nice hotel in central London.  I stayed for 7 days and enjoyed both the hotel and the location.  It is across the street of the north side of Hyde Park, and just 2 blocks west of my previously reviewed hotel, the Hilton Hyde Park. I was upgraded to a…

Hiltons of London: Hilton London Hyde Park

The Hilton London Hyde Park is a nice boutique hotel that recently finished significant refurbishments.   I enjoyed my stay and would be happy to stay again. The hotel is in a quaint building around the corner from Queensway LRT Station.  There are  several restaurants and pubs (of course) around, and it’s just a few blocks east…

My Holidays at Holiday Inn Club Vacations Desert Inn Resort Las Vegas

I have stayed several weeks in several different units at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Desert Inn Resort in Las Vegas over the past few years.  It is a Las Vegas IHG property (along with Staybridge Suites and The Palazzo). I frequently choose this property when I can get a good price. It’s 2 blocks east of Las…