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How to Celebrate Day of the Dead in Mexico This Year

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a fascinatingly rich tradition in Mexican culture. But what will it be like this year, and where are the best places to celebrate Día de los Muertos in Mexico? To get the inside scoop on the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico City and Day of the Dead history, I spoke with my friend Ubish Yaren, an expert Mexico tour guide and owner of Mexico Underground, a company that offers curated Mexico City tours. In this Mexico travel video, Yaren talks about ...

IPW Daily Wednesday Edition — U.S. Travel Association

The Wednesday edition of IPW Daily is out! It's the last day of IPW, the nation's biggest international inbound tourism convention, and I'm working with the U.S. Travel Association yet again to showcase the most important travel industry trends through custom and sponsored content. In this issue, I highlight travel news from Visit Las Vegas, Travel Nevada, Experience Kissimmee, Florida and Alamo Rent A Car, as well as trends in travel technology.

IPW Daily Tuesday Edition — U.S. Travel Association

The nation's biggest international tourism conference is happening right now! And I'm working with them to give you the latest news and sponsored content. If you want to know what trends are driving travel to the USA, look no further than IPW Daily, the official publication of IPW, the nation's largest international inbound tourism conference. It's a pleasure to work with the U.S. Travel Association on this compelling custom content. • In today's Tuesday issue, I showcase what's new from Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority - LVCVA, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit California, NYC & Company, Travel Texas & Big Bus Tours.

IPW Daily Weekend Edition — U.S. Travel Association

Every year, I'm contracted by the U.S. Travel Association to research and create custom content for IPW Daily, the official publication of the largest international inbound tourism convention in the United States. This is the Weekend edition, the first of several editions published during the conference, which takes place this year in Las Vegas. My content focuses on what's new in Las Vegas, great travel apps and news from important IPW sponsors and partners including the Las Vegas CVA and Visit Orlando.

In Mexico, St. Regis Blends City and Sand with Luxurious Style

Mexico is a land of many contrasts, and one of the grandest ways to explore them is with a multi-destination vacation at two noteworthy luxury hotels: St. Regis Mexico City, in the nation’s capital, and St. Regis Punta Mita, in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit. During a recent visit to Mexico, I sampled the offerings at both properties and found that they complement each other well, with a satisfying mix of big-city sophistication and Pacific coast beachfront relaxation.

The Best Luxury Hotels in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

Both Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are known for the quality and variety of their hotel offerings. Travelers looking to indulge in top-of-the-line luxury experiences will find lots to love, too, as both destinations are home to a wide array of villas and beautifully furnished suites. Spacious accommodations, private terraces, sumptuous decor, personalized service and a variety of perks — including VIP lounge access, spa treatment discounts and preferential reservations at hotel restaurant

VIDEO: Inside the Luxurious Mexico Hotel Where Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep & Ellen Degeneres Slept

If you’ve ever wondered where Hollywood movie stars and TV stars go to vacation when they’re not in the mood to be hassled by adoring fans and invasive paparazzi, well, I’ve found one of their favorite Mexico vacation hideaways: Las Alamandas. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World located in Costalegre, a Pacific coast beach area just south of Puerto Vallarta Las Alamandas is a small hotel on a gigantic property (you can see it in my latest hotel tour video on YouTube). The 18 lovely sui

Instagram Travel Selfie Tips from 2 Male Underwear Models in an Abandoned Factory

Most people don’t tour Mexico City in their underwear. But when you’re a male fitness model and you’re doing a men’s underwear photo shoot in one of the city’s interesting cultural venues, it kind of makes sense. Luckily, I was there to document this decidedly revealing Mexico City tour in my latest travel video. And if you’re looking for a colorful venue to take your own unique vacation selfies and Instagrammable travel photos and videos, this just might be the place for you.

Hotel Review: Las Alamandas in Mexico's Costalegre Region

It’s not often that travelers get to meet the owner of the hotel where they’re staying. But at Las Alamandas, guests shouldn’t be surprised if they run into Isabel Goldsmith-Patino, the charming founder and CEO of this equally charming luxury boutique hotel in Mexico’s Costalegre region. During my recent visit, I had the pleasure of chatting with Goldsmith-Patino, who first opened Las Alamandas in 1990 on 2,000 acres of pristine land she inherited from her grandfather, who had planned to constr

The Fascinating Truth About Mexican Food: Chiles en Nogada

Sampling tasty Mexican food is an important and enjoyable part of any Mexico vacation. And if you’re planning to travel to Mexico in August or September, there’s a very special season dish that you should try: chiles en nogada. Many Mexican dishes have interesting stories behind them, and this colorful and delicious culinary creation has both a culinary and patriotic history. (Scroll down to see our tasty culinary travel video if you’re viewing this on the site, or click here to watch it on You

MEXICO HOTEL REVIEW: Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Leon, Guanajuato

During my first-ever visit to León, the largest city in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, my goal was to find a reasonably priced hotel in the historic city center. I chose the Ramada Plaza by Wyndham León. My latest travel video provides an inside tour of the hotel and what I liked best about it (and also what to look out for). In the video, we visit the hotel lobby, bar and lounge, one of the cheapest guest rooms and two restaurants, including a brand new venue called La Esmeralda del Bajio, w

Luxury Travel in San Miguel de Allende: Top Restaurants, Hotels and More

The concept of luxury travel means different things to different people. And San Miguel de Allende, one of Mexico’s highest-profile destinations for upscale travel, is well-positioned to satisfy various interpretations, thanks to its array of activities and experiences. Founded in 1542 and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, San Miguel de Allende offers a unique blend of old and new, traditional and contemporary. This is a place to explore history and traditions, to be sure,

My Weird Trip with Gong Therapy at a Luxury Hotel Spa

I didn’t expect the hotel spa to send me on a trip with my dead grandmother. I expected the gongs in the spa’s meditation session to be soothing. Instead, I found their intensity was sometimes scary. And I was surprised by the bizarre directions where the experience took me. I’m not the kind of person to seek out yoga or meditation classes. I’m a rather hyper, easily distracted type, and if I relax too much I’m likely to simply doze off. But when one of the top luxury hotels in Mexico City off

6 Stunning Luxury Hotels in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende has been named the best city in the world multiple times. So it’s no surprise that this historic destination is a great place to indulge in a luxurious Mexico vacation. I just got back and visited 6 stunning luxury hotels in San Miguel de Allende, and in my latest Mexico travel video, I showcase what makes each hotel special. My sumptuous home base during this visit was the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, one of the town’s most luxurious hotels. It’s designed like a tradit
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