Things to do in Izmir

IMG_8239 Izmir is Turkey’s third largest city and a great base to explore the Western/ Southern Turkey ‘hinterlands’. Things to do in Izmir – What you need to know Izmir is connected to the rest of Turkey by plane (the airport is very modern, via train and modern freeways). However the traffic in the city is […] Read on →

Nairobi Airport welcomes Barack Obama back to his ancestral home of Kenya

nairobi airport What’s the scoop with Nairobi Airport? Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, still fondly known as Nairobi Airport, hit the news this week when President Barack Obama returned to his ancestral home of Kenya for a three-day visit. Not only was this Obama’s first presidential visit to Kenya, it was the first ever trip to the country by a sitting American president and heavily anticipated because […] Read on →

Net Flights London (LHR) to Los Angeles (LAX) $592.61 RT

net flights What’s the deal with Net Flights? If you’re looking for a late winter flight from London to Los Angeles, Net Flights has tickets priced at $592.61 (GBP 379.56) round-trip for selected dates in February 2016 – that’s just 5 cents per mile. This LHR to LAX return flight is with American Airlines and Finnair (operated by AA) but you can choose to fly […] Read on →

Why you should make the trip to Ephesus Turkey

IMG_8622 Ephesus, Turkey was an ancient Greek city that later became the second in importance and size only to Rome within the Roman Empire in early AD. Ephesus is a well known destination in South-West Turkey. In fact it is considered a ‘Must-do’ for a most Turkey itineraries. I visited the ruins and the adjacent modern […] Read on →

Can a Hyatt corporate code always save you money?

hyatt corporate code What’s the deal with the Hyatt corporate code? The reduced price of a corporate rate is usually one that the hotel negotiates directly with a large company. If you work for a large company, it’s always worth checking directly if there’s already a discount in place for stays with Hyatt before you book, as you can save dollars […] Read on →

Radisson Blu Asia Istanbul Review

Radisson Blu Asia Istanbul The Radisson Blu Asia Istanbul is located on Istanbul’s Asian side (no surprise there) in a business district called Atasehir. There aren’t a lot of sights for the Istanbul visitor in its immediate vicinity. However some Things to do in Istanbul aren’t too far away – namely Kadikoy and Moda. I stayed at the Radisson […] Read on →

Grand Hyatt Istanbul Review

IMG_7155 The Grand Hyatt Istanbul is located right on top of Taksim square. The airport bus stops less than 100 meters from it. It is right next to the Intercontinental Istanbul and just about 15 minutes away from the Park Hyatt Istanbul (Review). The driveway and lobby is indeed ‘Grand’ – it’s pretty presidential and it […] Read on →

My Top 20 Things to do in Istanbul

Things to do in Istanbul Istanbul is a huge city – home to 14 million people. It’s chock full with sights and has gotten famous in the last 10 years especially with European ‘city trippers’. A big part of the old town and the European side of Istanbul is now fully in the hands of tourism with little ‘original Istanbul […] Read on →

Onur Air Review

IMG_8194 I flew Turkish discount airline Onur Air (Review) last week. The segment was short – just 200 miles from Istanbul to Izmir – the airplane basically does not even reach cruising altitude for such a short distance. Onur Air sold tickets for just about $32 for the one-way – this was on a very busy […] Read on →

Hilton Izmir Review

IMG_8198 You can book the Hilton Izmir here. Izmir is Turkey’s third largest city and has a pretty position along the Aegean Sea. The Hilton Izmir (Review) has an admirable location right downtown (Konak) in Izmir’s best neighborhood right at the sea. We had an early flight from Istanbul and the airport bus dropped us off […] Read on →