Cheap Flights To Central America, Free Lingerie (!) and $75 Off A Hotel Booking

The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about  in length.  Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others.   This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.

To Panama! Boats, Canals & Beaches! Westin Playa Bonita Review, Part 1 (Guest Rooms & Suites)

Previous posts: Booking A Trip To Panama Getting There: Copa Airlines and Rental Car Fun In my search for the right hotel for our Panama trip most of what I discovered fell into two distinct categories.  The city of Panama is a busy financial center housing plenty of comfortable accommodations similar to what you might find in major US cities like Chicago and New York.   That wasn’t quite the right fit for a week-long vacation with two young children enjoying spring break.  I also discovered resort properties that showcased beautiful […]

To Panama! Boats, Canals & Beaches. Getting There: Copa Airlines And Rental Car Fun

Previous posts:   Booking A Trip To Panama It’s been a whopping two months since we got back from Panama.  Wow, time flies! I need to get off my butt and get these posts done! This would be my first trip on Copa Airlines, the flagship carier of Panama.  They’ve been a longtime partner with Continental (now United), going so far as to replicate their logo and replace their mileage program with MileagePlus (originally, they were OnePass when that was Continental’s program).  When searching on United’s website, Copa has plenty […]

I Want To Go To The Country Of New York

In today’s environment of increased security, longer lines and full planes, travel can be an adventure.  Smart travelers find ways to make sure the adventure comes when you plan it as opposed to random road blocks along the way.  Two of the best ways to guarantee a positive airport experience are Global Entry and TSA Pre-Check. TSA Pre-Check is a program in the domestic US that allows for expedited security screening.  Due to recent expansion, you can find it at most sizable airports in the US.  You can qualify for […]

Why I Love Travel And Why Those Reasons Changed!

I always enjoy hearing stories from people about their favorite travel memories. I’ve heard so many great stories from fellow travelers, readers of my blog as well as close friends and family. I’ve had an especially heavy business travel schedule the first half of 2013. The older I get the less enjoyable those trips tend to be, especially because they mean time away from my family. A little bit of travel fatigue lead me to think about that next dream vacation I want to take, which lead me further to […]

To Panama! Boats, Canals And Beaches. Booking A Trip To Panama

Lots of people have bucket lists, and I’ve been meaning to write mine down for quite some time.  On my mental bucket list, Panama has always held a spot near the top of the leaderboard.  The country has obviously had a lot of US influence over the years, though that has significantly waned since the canal was officially handed over to Panama at the end of last century.  I was happy to schedule it for a family spring break trip, especially since we only booked it about 6 weeks ahead […]

For Real? Google To Discontinue Printed Frommer’s Guides. Guess I Should Have Seen That Coming.

I’m sure this is not big news for some travelers, but my first reaction was, “Well, that kinda sucks.”  I read about this first on the Open Suitcase, and was really a bit surprised.  Sure, print media is dying.  But, I had to figure there was still a market for these books.  It’s expensive to walk around a foreign country using the internet to pull down this type of information.  And, while that may not always be the case, it’s still going to be that way for a while yet. […]

Hyatt Expanding Again, In Asia And Central America

2 quick tidbits expanding the Hyatt network: Park Hyatt Busan has opened marking the second Park Hyatt in South Korea and the 10th in Asia.  I’m a huge fan of the Park Hyatt brand.  The Park Hyatt Tokyo is a favorite of mine.  I’m always happy to see another Park Hyatt pop up.  This property appears to be entering the program as a Category 4, which means 15,000 Gold Passport points per night. Hyatt has also announced development of two new properties in Panama, a Hyatt Place and Hyatt House. […]