The Search for My Ideal Diabetic Diet, Part 3

One month ago, I wrote Why Do I Have Diabetes? while struggling to find the ideal diet to help me reverse my diagnosis. Since transitioning to a whole food plant-based diet, I have lost 10 pounds and feel GREAT! I had previously had success on a whole food plant-based diet, so I attended a 2 Forks event (See what…

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…

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”…

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…

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…

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 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….

Hiltons of London: Hilton Metropole London

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…