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Dominic is a travel enthusiast and self-proclaimed AA/PHL expert who aims to bring you news and inspiration about the best travel experiences, destinations, and industry insights without all the unnecessary fluff.

Here’s How You Can Stay At The Eiffel Tower For One Night

Ever dream of staying in the Eiffel Tower? Well now you can! HomeAway, a vacation rental website, is running a contest to win a night in HomeAway’s Eiffel Tower apartment and three extra nights at a Paris vacation rental, round-trip transportation, and gourmet dinner for you and 5 family members or friends. Here’s an early look at the apartment layout:   This contest comes at the heels of the UEFA EURO 2016™ soccer (football) tournament taking place in France from June 10th to July 10th. The Eiffel Tower is arguably the most prominent landmark in France (and much of Europe)...

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A Guide to SPG’s New Hotels in Cuba

Starwood recently signed management deals on three pre-existing hotels in Havana, Cuba that will be opened under the SPG brand later this year. The hotels are quintessential Havana and, in my opinion, absolutely gorgeous. Hotel Inglaterra (Luxury Collection) Update: The Inglaterra is scheduled to re-open under SPG ownership on November 1, 2016. Check here for further updates.   Opened in 1875, Hotel Inglaterra is Cuba’s oldest hotel (it didn’t get electricity until 1901). The hotel has four floors, 82 rooms, and two restaurants. A standard room at the Inglaterra is $97USD, which will undoubtedly be increasing once Starwood brands...

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No Surprise: Dubai Is Thinking of Building A Mountain

Dubai, the land of excitement, possibility, and the unimaginable, is extremely hot and absurdly dry. On average, Dubai sees temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (100+ in June through September) and averages just three inches of rain per year. This is why when I heard Dubai might build a mountain to induce rainfall, I was the least bit surprised. Arabian Business published a story explaining how a team of researchers and scientists from the United States are heading up the project. Experts from the US-based University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are in the “detailed...

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Should You Skip The 2016 Brazil Summer Olympics?

Last week Brazilian soccer legend Rivaldo was very honest about his feelings toward the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, basically telling travelers to stay home and not attend the event. The reasons he cited are legitimate, but are they enough to make you stay home? For the months and years leading up to the event, Brazilian leaders have been doing everything they can to dispel the horrendous press they’re (deservedly) receiving. Everything from sewage-filled waters, violence, and Zika virus have been the cause for concern, and now to top it all off, an impeachment of Brazilian...

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Travel Guide: Oktoberfest 2016 in Germany

If you’re heading to Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest 2016 (or you are thinking about doing so), you’re going to want to pay attention to this post. Seeing as I have never gone to Oktoberfest before, I set out on a mission to talk to people that have so that I could bring you all the front line tips and tricks. I’ve used numerous resources like FlyerTalk, Reddit, and Google to get the very best information and made sure I cross-checked it with other sources for accuracy. The responses were hilarious and I have to say (as a warning, but...

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Stay at This Incredible Iceland Hotel With a Free Stopover

If you’ve been thinking of visiting Iceland, now may be the time. Starwood acquired one of the most mind-boggling properties and Icelandair is offering an incredible deal that you will definitely want to consider, even if you weren’t currently planning to stop in Iceland on your way to/from Europe. When you package the hotel with the flight deal, you have yourself a perfect Icelandic adventure! The Hotel A few months back, Starwood unveiled its new brand of Design Hotels, one of which being the ION Luxury Adventure Hotel in Nesjavellir, Iceland, about one hour’s drive from Reykjavik. The hotel...

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