Hotel Review: Kimpton Eventi New York City

kimpton eventiI recently shared details about what I booked with my last uncapped IHG anniversary free night.

Last year, I used my free night for a stay at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia. After the stay, I felt the property was worth writing a review about. Check out my review of the Kimpton Monaco here.

This year, I was hoping to use my anniversary free night for a trip being planned. However, nothing really made sense for us so I decided to use my free night for another Kimpton stay.

We booked the Kimpton Eventi NYC for a little staycation. Continue reading Hotel Review: Kimpton Eventi New York City

Win A Trip For Two To Scotland!

ScotlandSony Pictures is celebrating the release of season four of Outlander Untold to home video by giving one lucky winner a trip for two to Scotland.

As part of the prize, the winner and guest will get to visit a set location of the show.

While I’ve never seen Outlander, I’d still love to win this prize. I visited Scotland with a friend years back. I’d love to visit again and winning this would be the perfect excuse to do so. Continue reading Win A Trip For Two To Scotland!

Contributor Ridiculous Street Signs #14: Kung Fu Deer- Thailand

ThailandI love coming across funny signs both at home and while traveling around the world. Most of the time these signs aren’t meant to be funny, regardless, humor can be found in them.

From time to time, I post about funny signs which I call, Ridiculous Street Signs.

A few months back, I posted about an interesting traditional hat that I came across over the summer. While in Azerbaijan and Georgia, I searched for a traditional papakha hat!

This post led to an e-mail from a reader who wanted to contribute a sign he came across in a national park in Thailand.ThailandWhen I first saw the sign sent in by Ben, it reminded me of one that I noticed in Japan around six years back. I wanted to find out more about this sign which he called Kung Fu Deer. (You gotta love the name!)

I sent Ben a bunch of questions related to his awesome sign find:

MW: Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
Ben: I’m the blogger behind The Sabbatical Guide, a site designed to give people the information, tools and inspiration they need to make their sabbatical dreams a reality. I caught the bug for travel at an early age when my dad moved out to South Africa, and now builds regular ‘mini-retirements’ into my career, in which I sees the world with my wife Becca.

MW: How did you come across my street sign posts? Are you a frequent reader?
Ben: Weirdly, I came across your site, not when looking for travel, but when searching for information about Papakha hats after I saw Khabib Nurmagomedov wearing one before a UFC fight and was wondering about their heritage!
MW: Wow, talk about a cool way to discover my site!

MW: When did you spot the sign?
Ben: We were on a three month sabbatical in mid-2018, where we made up our up through Thailand, and then back down through Laos and Cambodia, before taking a train up the east coast of Vietnam, up to Hanoi.ThailandMW: Where was it located?
Ben: We saw the sign in the Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. We were there for a day long hike, hence the group of people in the background sporting the ultimate fashion accessory- leech socks!

MW: What was your reaction when you spotted the sign?
Ben: We both had a good chuckle when we saw it! The antelope in Asia must be pretty angry if their first reaction is to rise up on their hind legs and kick you in the face!
MW: LOL!!!

MW: Is there anything else that you’d like to share related to the sign or Thailand?
Ben: Thailand was a breeding ground for brilliant signs! It was probably to do with the cultural differences to the UK, but we saw some crackers! Warnings about taking balloons on the Metro, ‘Cobra Crossings’ and a restaurant advertising that it sold ‘vegetarian and non-vegetarian food’ (um, so just food then!!).
MW: Awesome! Sounds like you’ve got a keen eye for ridiculous sign spotting. Maybe you can share another with us in the future!

I want to thank Ben for reaching out and sending in this awesome sign and taking the time to answer some questions related to it!

Check out more of my Ridiculous Street Signs HERE.

And Don’t Forget:

Have your photo featured on Michael W Travels:

If you have a Ridiculous Street Signs photo that you would like to contribute and have featured on Michael W Travels, feel free to e-mail me at michaelwtravels@gmail.com
(Not all photos will be featured but thanks in advance for sharing.)

Marriott 25,000 Points Anniversary Free Night Booking, Uber Driver Tries To Rob Passenger’s Home, Money Saving Lyft Ride Pass Offer, McDonald’s Spain, Travel Contests & More- The Rehash!

rehashOver this past weekend, I used my last uncapped IHG Anniversary Free Night for a stay in NYC. (Staycation!)

We used our time in the city to check out the newly opened Hudson Yards. This is a really great new area to check out with great food options and fun things to do. I plan to write about it in a future post.

How has your week gone when it comes to miles, points and travel? Continue reading Marriott 25,000 Points Anniversary Free Night Booking, Uber Driver Tries To Rob Passenger’s Home, Money Saving Lyft Ride Pass Offer, McDonald’s Spain, Travel Contests & More- The Rehash!

Beds In Premium Economy, Passengers Playing Footsies On AA Flight, Child Thrown Off Mall Of America Balcony, Star Wars United Airlines Plane, Europe’s Hottest Hotel Chain & More- Travel News!

travel newsTravel News:

Continue reading Beds In Premium Economy, Passengers Playing Footsies On AA Flight, Child Thrown Off Mall Of America Balcony, Star Wars United Airlines Plane, Europe’s Hottest Hotel Chain & More- Travel News!

Buy A Lyft Ride Pass To Save $50+ On Next 10 Rides

lyftLyft sends out money saving offers frequently. The most recent one I received was to save $1.00 off my next 10 rides. While not a major savings, I’ll still take it (if needed).

Lyft is now offering a Ride Pass which can save you $50 or more on your next 10 rides. The catch is that you need to purchase the Ride Pass. Continue reading Buy A Lyft Ride Pass To Save $50+ On Next 10 Rides

Find Out What We Tried At McDonald’s Spain

McDonaldsOver February break, the Michael W Travels family visited Barcelona, Spain.

Spain was the first country I visited in Europe years back. This would be the first visit to the country for the rest of my family.

During our visit, we had to make a visit to McDonalds. We ended up stopping by during our first day… Continue reading Find Out What We Tried At McDonald’s Spain

What Did I Book With My Marriott 25,000 Points Free Night?

MarriottI recently put together a list with various hotel points and free nights which I needed to redeem/ book over the next few months.

On this list were two free nights at Marriott hotel properties. One night was good for a room valued at up to 35,000 points from my old SPG Amex card, the other good for a room worth up to 25,000 from my old Chase Marriott Rewards card. Continue reading What Did I Book With My Marriott 25,000 Points Free Night?