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New Stackable Hyatt Promotion for Bonus Points in Las Vegas

Hyatt is offering 20% - 100% bonuses at MGM properties in Las Vegas, through May 15 stackable with their 1000 bonus points per night offer. Mostly I'm a fan of Hyatt's annual status match with MGM, which makes things a bit nicer in Vegas for someone that doesn't go regularly and certainly doesn't gamble a lot. Continue reading New Stackable Hyatt Promotion for Bonus Points in Las Vegas...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Las Vegas, MGM, Vegas, Hyatt, New Stackable Hyatt Promotion for Bonus Points


Thrilling ATV Adventures – Best Things to do in St. George Utah

“Show them what you’re made of Mum” We were in St. George Utah and Kalyra screamed at me from the back of our ATV as I screamed. I think an oh shit even slipped out of my mouth as I pressed my foot down on the accelerator and roared up the sand dune. Breathing was tight, possibly even held, as that old familiar fear from my youth arrived. It would take my breath and freeze me in the back seat of our car as my nervous mother attempted to drive up the vertical notorious Rampart. As a child it fel...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Usa, Bob, North America, St. George, Wyndham, Vegas, Craig, Destinations, Savannah, ATV, Kalyra, St George Utah, State Park, Wingate


Game of Thrones Bellagio Fountains

In case waiting for the final season of Game of Thrones wasn’t already too much to bear, this new Fountains of Bellagio show will stoke your anticipation even more. Until April 13, the eve of the release of the much-anticipated season eight, the famous fountains at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas are putting on a Game of Thrones spectacle with music, pyrotechnics, and video projections on a wall of water at 8:00 PM and 9:30 PM every day. Photo: MGM Resorts WET Design, the original...
Tags: Travel, Northern Ireland, Game Of Thrones, Wildfire, Las Vegas, MGM, Vegas, All, Bellagio, Ramin Djawadi, Bellagio Resort Casino, Thrones Bellagio Fountains, Lake Bellagio


Week 17: Wowed at what lives Beyond Vegas

Keeping a commitment can be challenging, but there is one important reason why you should: If you don’t you lose confidence in yourself. If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust? How can you build confidence and competence if you continue to give yourself a back door? It’s so easy to quit. Valley of Fire State Park It’s so easy to say you’re too tired, or broke, or unhealthy, or time strapped, or whatever. It’s hard to show up each day and remain true to your word. But you will kill yo...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Hong Kong, Utah, Usa, Instagram, Yosemite, La, Starbucks, Las Vegas, Tripadvisor, North Carolina, Chevron, Grand Canyon, Vegas, Craig


Wacky museums to visit in Las Vegas

The endless stream of taxis shuttling visitors from McCarran International Airport to the Las Vegas strip is as monotonous as the turnover on the $1 poker machines and Blackjack tables those visitors plan to park themselves in front of. Vegas is actually full of incredible things to do and see, and most don’t even involve throwing your money away. To really throw your cabbie for a loop, have them drop you at one of the city’s museums, some of which pay tribute to subject matter that is only t...
Tags: Travel, America, United States, Vw, Las Vegas, Nevada, Sin City, Vegas, All, Las Vegas NV, Jack Kevorkian, Gary Indiana, McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas Blvd, Pinball Hall of Fame, Tim Arnold


Vegan food tours around the world

Veganism isn’t just for incense-burning yogis anymore. Now, your bro who went a little too hard in Vegas comes back talking about, “I’m going vegan for a few weeks; I need to clean out,” like he’s pledging to take up running. Even the fried chicken joint on the corner has a little section of its menu dedicated to vegan options. So maybe it shouldn’t come as a complete surprise that there are entire vacation packages based around sampling vegan cuisine. Thanks to Vegan Food Tours, the first co...
Tags: Travel, UK, Texas, London, Australia, California, India, Africa, Israel, US, Sacramento, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Iran, Rome


Week 16: Our first taste of Utah BLOWS our mind

BeaUTAHful. Bring out every superlative on the planet and you still won’t do this state justice. It’s why we’ve chosen to spend at least 5 weeks in Utah! I can’t get enough of the colors in God’s Art Studio. Not only that it’s full, and I mean, full of epic outdoor adventures and memory making opportunities. Snow Canyon State Park There’s Savannah and Kalyra yelling at me over the ATV engine as I screamed and drove up a steep sand dune, “You’ve got this Mum!” ‘Show them what you’re made of!”...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Utah, Usa, Instagram, Australia, North Carolina, St George, Vegas, Craig, Destinations, Savannah, Don, George, Valley, Tucson


Best ways to donate when travel

There are many ways to make a positive impact when you travel — buying local, eating local, staying in a mom-and-pop guesthouse instead of the towering big-chain hotel. Voluntourism can also be a great way to use travel for good (if done the right way), but if you’re on the road with a set agenda — for work or a sporting event, for example — this isn’t always a viable option. A number of travel brands have developed ways for the casual traveler to leave a place better than they found it by do...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Australia, Ebay, Africa, Local, Indiana, New Zealand, Patagonia, Virunga National Park, Giving Back, Vegas, Svalbard, All, Cirque Du Soleil, Palms Casino


Week 15: Viva Las Vegas Baby!

We weren’t intending on visiting Vegas on our America Unplugged road trip. Our intention on  this trip is to go beyond the main tourist destinations that everyone knows, and strangely, wants to visit. But, since we were close by, and our Australian readers insist on incorporating Vegas into their travel plans, we decided why not? I wasn’t expecting to have a great time – I mean how long can you spend looking at casinos before you get bored? But, I arrived intending to have a great time and see V...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Facebook, Utah, Usa, Instagram, US, America, Chicago, Paris, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Zappos, Tripadvisor, St George, MGM


Week 14: Relaxing at Stunning Lake Mead, Nevada

This week was all about taking it slow and enjoying the stunning lakeside views and desert landscape from our campsite. I was happy to hear the coyotes howl at night as we sat around the campfire – finally a place we can have one again. Lake Mead RV Village I had time to set up a new homeschooling routine for the girls, catch up on work and exercise. We were able to use this time also to run a few errands – put Kalyra’s broken camera into Best Buy for repair. Thankfully I bought the protecti...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Utah, Usa, Instagram, US, San Francisco, Facebook Messenger, Chromebook, Arizona, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada, Hoover, Vegas, Family Travel


5 Out Of The Ordinary Places to Visit in Las Vegas

We’ve put together this list for the adventurous ones out there, looking to have a bit of a different experience during their Las Vegas visit (or the curious local). Each of these locations includes something that you wouldn’t normally expect, but that’s exactly what makes Vegas one of the most unique cities on Earth. Places to Visit in Las Vegas 1. The Neon Boneyard As time passes, all things pass with it. Las Vegas is no different. This unique spot in The Neon Museum hosts a large colle...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Las Vegas, Sin City, Vegas, MGM Grand, McLarens, Exotics Racing, The Apex Social Club, Apex Social Club Located


Week 13: Selfies, Art and Natural Beauty of LA

Once again on our morning of departure from LA we did a quick about face and change of plans. We wanted to go to Death Valley, but after a few phone calls to reserve an RV campsite we realized it was not the best decision. Everything was booked out as it’s peak season now. Death Valley is not an ideal summer destination. We also learned there are a few road closures thanks to weather destruction. So there is a fair bit of work going on AND gold mining, which meant the chances of us getting accom...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Asia, Usa, Hollywood, Instagram, California, La, Los Angeles, Ireland, Katy Perry, Korea, Las Vegas, Warner Bros, Cher, Jack


Tinder hooking up on spring break

Not that it’s ever hard to meet people on spring break. A simple “Who’s next on the beer funnel?” is usually a pretty tried-and-true icebreaker. But in case you’d rather try and meet a potential spring break fling while you can still form coherent sentences, Tinder has you covered. Starting March 4, Tinder U is rolling out Spring Break Mode, which unfortunately will not keep you from swiping when your phone detects daiquiri mix on your fingers. But it will allow you to see who’s traveling to ...
Tags: Travel, Tinder, US, Vegas, All, Fort Lauderdale, Spring Break, Cabo


Attending a Southwest Rally in Vegas, But Flying JetBlue Home (Trip Report)

Southwest used to put together something called the “Message to the Field,” a big party that also happened to be an attempt to tell everyone how the company was doing. Over the years, this has morphed into what today is called a Rally. They do 3 or 4 a year, and it involves thousands of people throughout the company getting a dose of the Southwest Kool-Aid. I was invited to attend the airline’s Vegas event this year, but alas, it’s entirely off the record. While I can’t talk about the event ...
Tags: Travel, New York, La, Boston, Cnn, Trip Reports, Long Beach, Howard Schultz, Airbus, Boeing, Jetblue, Vegas, Sabre, Southwest, AirTran, Southwest Rally


Best weed dispensaries in the US

Recreational cannabis is legal in 10 states, and a number of states like New York and New Jersey are in the process of legalizing. And it’s not just for the locals — cannabis tourism has shifted from something you did once while in Amsterdam to something you can do without leaving the US. For people new to the idea of legal weed, the novelty of being able to stroll into a business and walk out with a bag of marijuana will be cool the first couple of times you do it no matter which shop you go...
Tags: Travel, Apple, New York, Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, La, Massachusetts, US, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Best, Alaska, Iowa


Week 11: Ryan Mountain and Desert Springs Healing

There’s one thing I know you can expect from your travels. You’ll soon arrive to a destination called “I’ve had Enough.” All roads in lead to the town square called a Melting Pot of Disasters and you’ll be sitting at the fountain crying and frantically searching for the highway back out to the simple life. One where you wake up each morning pretty much knowing what will happen. You can walk into your kitchen and prepare your breakfast exactly as you want it, you’ll be ready to walk out the door...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Usa, Instagram, California, La, US, Netflix, Ford, San Diego, Las Vegas, Nevada, Disneyland, Orange County, Vegas, Family Travel


Insane new suites in Vegas hotel

These hotel suites in The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas are putting typical hotel rooms to shame. As part of their $690 million renovations, the hotel has revamped its Hardwood and Kingpin suites to include a half-sized basketball court and full-sized bowling lanes respectively. Photo: Palms Casino Resort/Facebook Photo: Palms Casino Resort The regulation size half basketball court in the Hardwood Suite is the first of its kind in the world. The 10,000-square-foot, two-story suite has...
Tags: Travel, Michael Jordan, Las Vegas, Vegas, All, Palms Casino Resort, Vegas Hotel, Vegas Hotel Suite, Vegas Suites, Hardwood Suite, Kingpin Suite


Hilton Honors Experiences: One Idea for Valentine’s Day 2019

So what are you doing about giving a gift to your special someone on Valentine’s Day, which is tomorrow, Thursday, February 14, 2019? Do you want to spend your time making wine in the hills of Portugal? How about taking your romance to new heights in a hot air balloon over Myanmar, where activities for every type of couple are plentiful. Perhaps you would like to choose from a private concert with Walk The Moon in Vegas in Las Vegas on Friday, March 1, 2019; or perhaps treat your Valentine to a ...
Tags: Travel, Portugal, Myanmar, Las Vegas, Vegas, Hotels And Lodging, Loyalty Programs, Walk The Moon, Hilton Honors


Top 7 Tips for First Time Las Vegas Visitors

Las Vegas is officially known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, owing to the presence of the fine dining, casinos, shopping areas, resorts, and a luxurious ambiance. Located in the Mojave Desert of the Nevada country, Las Vegas is one of the top tourist destinations who want to spend some quality time away from their monotonous lifestyle. However, as it is said everything we see isn’t true, Las Vegas has many hidden facts which can baffle the tourists in the most nerve-wracking manner....
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, US, Las Vegas, Nevada, MGM, Vegas, Mojave Desert, First Time Las Vegas Visitors, Grand Luxor


Think Outside the Box: The Top 10 Things to Do in Vegas (That Don’t Involve Gambling)

Are you planning a trip to Las Vegas? If so, gambling might be one of the things at the top of your to-do list. But you should know that there’s more to do in Las Vegas than sit at a slot machine or a blackjack table. Studies have shown that only about 12 percent of the people who travel to Las Vegas these days do so to gamble. The other 88 percent visit Las Vegas for everything else the city has to offer. Here are the top 10 things to do in Vegas that don’t involve gambling. 1. Walk Up and Do...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Vegas, Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas Strip, Bellagio, Don, Wayne Newton, Hoover Dam, Fabulous Las Vegas, LINQ Hotel Casino, Bellagio Show The Bellagio, Mr Las Vegas, Lady Gaga s Las Vegas


Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 January 2019

Bet you don’t know what this is, where it is, and what it does (did)? See final item. Good morning It has been an exciting week, with our “next generation” daily news curation service taking shape behind the scenes.  Part of this is a new and more active Twitter feed. If you’re on Twitter, please do follow our new Twitter account, @TheTvlInsider.  If you were following our earlier Twitter account, feel free to unfollow that one, and please now follow our new @TheTvlInsider account. The new Twit...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, UK, Science, London, Trains, Disney, Siri, Tech, Aer Lingus, Karen, David, Atlantic, Britain, Heathrow, Gatwick


CES Report 2019

The annual CES event was held in Las Vegas this week. Ever since 1967, the first week in January has seen the enormous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  This year was no exception, with over 180,000 attendees from over 150 countries and over 4,500 exhibiting companies meeting in an enormous 2.5 million square foot exhibition, sprawling over the Las Vegas Convention Center and spilling into other nearby hotels and locations too. We’ve been occasionally attending CES since the mid/late 198...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Google, Amazon, Science, Miscellaneous, Samsung, Tech, Current Affairs, Las Vegas, Costco, Vegas, Harley Davidson, Alexa, Consumer Electronics Show, Cellphones & Wireless


Defensive Handgun Safety and Proficiency Course (March 2019)

Travel Insiders on an earlier Front Sight course. I’m in the rear. All firearm owners should consider themselves obliged to be thoroughly conversant with safety issues and the law surrounding when and how their firearms can be used.  They also need to be competent and comfortable with their firearms so that, whether for recreation or defensive purposes, they can appropriately handle the equipment and make the proper decisions as to when and what to do. Most of all, firearm owners need to unders...
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US airline suspends flights, blames pilot crisis

Services to Vegas amongst those grounded
Tags: Travel, US, Vegas


Bowlling in Vegas

Well my dream of seeing my alma mater my California Golden Bears play the hometown boys the Fresno State Bulldogs in a bowl game did not happen. Instead my Bears are headed to Phoenix for a Dec. 31 bowl game called the CheezIt Bowl. And our hometo
Tags: Travel, Vegas, Phoenix, Fresno State Bulldogs, California Golden Bears


How to do Nevada's 'Death Drive'

You might think that a Nevada route called “The Death Drive” would give you something to worry about, like getting stranded alone in the desert. In fact, the road is not barren. Not at all. The itinerary for this 365-mile road trip — a loop from Las Vegas to western Nevada and back again — is actually alive with excitement. You’ll head from the neon lights of Sin City toward the rugged beauty and history of the state’s wide open heartland. The route treks past forests and parks, among them t...
Tags: Travel, Travel Planning, California, US, Radio, Idaho, Alaska, Las Vegas, Nevada, Beatty, Bill, Mel, Sin City, Vegas, New England, Charleston


Southwest Prepares for Battle in California With Fare Cuts (Analysis – Part 2)

Welcome back to the second part of a look at Southwest’s pricing changes in intra-California markets.  If you missed the dynamics that led to this change yesterday, I’d recommend heading over to the post first.  Now, we’re going to look at the numbers. Thanks to Henry Harteveldt at Atmosphere Research for providing the DOT Origin and Destination Survey data. I went back to the beginning of 2016 and looked at the data through the second quarter of this year, the most recent data out there.  I ...
Tags: Travel, California, La, San Francisco, Alaska, Long Beach, Orange County, Fares, Vegas, Southwest, Phoenix, Henry Harteveldt, Atmosphere Research, David Neeleman, Moxy, San Francisco That


Where to wine taste in all 50 states

It used to be that when people thought about wine tasting, they thought about swirling expensive glasses while snacking on brie in Napa Valley. It was a boujee, sophisticated weekend activity reserved for wealthy couples and the occasional bachelorette party. Now, literally every state in America has a wine region, even Alaska. So while the image of high-class leisure may be a bit diluted, the experience is far more accessible. Granted, some states do it better than others. You’ll still find ...
Tags: Wine, best US wine country, best US wineries, US wineries by state


Most affordable American cities

Hasbro made headlines recently when it taglined its new Monopoly for Millennials game, “Forget real estate, you can’t afford it anyway,” which, while humorous, is only accurate in a dozen or so cities. If you’re not looking to move to San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, New York City, or other A-list locales, housing is still pretty affordable. Of course, sometimes said affordable housing is in places you can’t really envision moving. Lovely as cities like Dayton, Ohio, and Lansing, Michigan, m...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Florida, Colorado, US, America, Austin, Cities, Idaho, Portland, Hasbro, Boulder, Cleveland, National Geographic, Denver, Jacksonville


Frontier flight to Tampa returns to Vegas with engine damage

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a commercial passenger jet bound for Tampa, Florida returned safely to Las Vegas with engine cover damage just minutes after takeoff. No injuries were reported after Frontier Airlines flight 260 landed at 7:26 a.m. Friday with 166 passengers and crew members aboard. McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews says […]
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