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…

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,…

My Stay at Staybridge Suites Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Staybridge Suites is a few minutes off the south side of  Las Vegas Blvd (“the Strip”), west of the airport.  It is a member of Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), the same owner as Holiday Inn.  This hotel is surrounded by a few other Marriott and IHG hotels, all of which have free shuttles to the Strip. I chose Staybridge…

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….

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…

Hilton London Hyde Park – Review

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…

Hilton Metropole London – Review

My LEAST favourite Hilton hotel in London is the Hilton London Metropole. I had booked 4 nights, but left after only 1 night due to many issues with the room and hotel. The issues started with check-in, where the front desk receptionist was cold and dismissive. I asked for an upgraded room (I figured it never…

Doubletree by Hilton Westminster – Review

The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Westminster is a lovely hotel in central London. It is a sister property of my favourite Hilton hotel in London, the Doubletree by Hilton Tower Hill, and there are many clear similarities.  I’ve only stayed once so far, but despite a couple of hiccups, I would be happy to return. As usual with Hilton…

Doubletree by Hilton Tower Hill – Review

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…

Doubletree by Hilton London Victoria – Review

The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel London Victoria is a lovely, independently-owned hotel in the Victoria area of London, which is south of Hyde Park, and north of the Thames River. As a Hilton Diamond member, I was happy to be upgraded to a junior suite, which was quite spacious and nice. The bedroom was quiet,…

Hilton London Green Park – Review

The Hilton London Green Park is set in an old Georgian townhouse in the heart of Mayfair in central London. The best part of this hotel is its location. It is between Hyde Park and Green Park.  The main fun areas of London and the best shopping (like Harvey Nichols!) are all within a 20-minute walk. Best…

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…

Eating Healthy in Hotels: 1 Week with a Kitchen

Eating healthy, home-cooked (vegetarian) meals while travelling can be challenging, but it’s easier with a kitchen!  Long-term hotels, vacation homes, and some resorts have a full-size kitchen that I am happy to utilize. The following shopping and recipe list provides 14 healthy meals (That’s 7 days of lunches and dinners for 1 person, or 7…

Best Science Fiction Comedy Series

There are lots of great sci-fi comedy movies… but where are all the great sci-fi comedy TV shows? My favorite 2 entertainment genres are science fiction and comedy. I like science fiction for the interesting, often profound ideas about the nature of life and the cosmos. I like comedy because it can be an entertaining…

Why I am Voting for Bernie Sanders

Here’s  a Countdown of the Top 10 Reasons I am Voting for Senator Bernie Sanders for U.S. President: 10.) Because corporations own the government. Greedy corporations and the military industrial complex have control over the government, with increasingly more power over mainstream media, laws, and the election process.  Bernie Sanders refuses to accept corporate funds (Super PACS) for his…

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…

The Cold (Pressed) Truth About “Cold-Pressed” Juice

In my research for my last blog, What is Healthy Juice? Is it Green, Is it Cold Pressed, Is it Organic?, it became clear that the food industry wanted to me to be confused about the term “cold pressed.”  Here’s what I learned. What Is “Cold Pressed” Juice? Cold Pressed means extracting juice using cold compression….

What is Healthy Juice? Is it Green… Is it Cold Pressed… Is it Organic?

It’s a challenge wading through the marketing and mis-information about healthy juices.  My search has lead me to the following conclusions: What is “Healthy” Juice? By healthy juice, I am referring to juice made from vegetables and fruit (or sometimes just vegetables) for maximum nutrition and health benefits (and maximum weight loss!). The most abundant ingredients should be…

Alarming Trends in American Society

I grew up in Texas, then I lived abroad for a decade. Now that I have returned to the United States, I see many changes that concern me because of the negative impact to our health, to the pursuit of truth and knowledge, and to our world. I hope we can work together to turn these alarming trends around. 1)…

Chegan While Living in Hotels

While enjoying the Benefits of Living the Hotel Lifestyle, eating healthy can be challenging. Last year, after educating myself about nutrition and the food industry. I became a strict Vegan (I ate no animals or animal by-products, like dairy and eggs), and I was able to make the majority of my meals from scratch with no salt or…