Category Archives: Trip Reports

My Adventures Exploring Queens in New York City: Part 5 – SPG Moments at the US Open

I always have a great time when I visit New York.  And usually focus on Manhattan, like most tourists.  But this time, I decided to spend more time in Queens.

I was invited to attend the US Open tournament in a center court suite.  This was the same experience offered on SPG Moments!

It was a fun way to close out my adventures in Queens.  Especially because I got to watch some great matches!

SPG Moments US Open

This Could Be You! SPG Moments Can Be Your Ticket to Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences, Like the US Open Tournament Held in New York Each Year

I’ll share my experience.  And how you can use Starwood points for fun events like this one!

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Is the United Polaris Lounge in Chicago Worth Visiting?

This week, I had a chance to visit the brand new United Polaris lounge at O’Hare airport in Chicago!

United Polaris Lounge Chicago Review

Getting Ready to Experience the New United Polaris Lounge for the First Time!

Here’s my United Polaris Lounge Chicago review, complete with my photos of the space, seats, food, menus, and Wi-Fi speed.

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Daraius’ Adventures in Queens: Part 4 – Upi Jaya Restaurant

I always have a great time when I visit New York.  And usually focus on Manhattan, like most tourists.  But this time, I decided to spend more time in Queens.

On my way to the US Open tournament, I stopped for a meal at Upi Jaya, an Indonesian restaurant in Elmhurst, in central Queens.  It was fantastic and authentic!

Upi Jaya Restaurant

My Favorite Meals Always Involve a Bib

I’ll share my experience!

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Daraius’ Adventures in Queens: Part 3 – Sri Pra Phai Restaurant

I always have a great time when I visit New York.  And usually focus on Manhattan, like most tourists.  But this time, I decided to spend more time in Queens.

I’m glad I did because I got to enjoy my favorite pastime: eating! 🙂

Queens is full of amazing ethnic restaurants.  Like Sri Pra Phai in Woodside, which serves authentic and tasty Thai food.

Sri Pra Phai Restaurant

I Love Finding Neighborhood Gems. Especially Ones That Have Food!

Here’s my experience at Sri Pra Phai!

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Daraius’ Adventures in Queens: Part 2 – Moon Barber Shop in Jackson Heights

I always have a great time when I visit New York.  And usually focus on Manhattan, like most tourists.  But this time, I decided to spend more time in Queens.

The highlight of my trip was getting a shave and head massage at a little barber shop in Jackson Heights. 

Moon Barber Shop Jackson Heights

Little Did I Know This Would Be Such an Enjoyable Experience!

I’m so glad places like this still exist in the US.

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Daraius’ Adventures in Queens: Part 1 – Hyatt Herald Square Review

I always have a great time when I visit New York.  And I usually focus on Manhattan, like most tourists.  But this time, I decided to stay in Manhattan, but explore Queens.

I stayed in Manhattan at Hyatt Herald Square.  But made the trip across the river for my adventures.

Hyatt Herald Square Review

I Made the Hyatt Herald Square My Home Base

Here’s what I thought of the experience!

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My All-Time Favorite Car Upgrade!

I’m not loyal to any rental car brand.  When I rent a car, my biggest concern is finding the agency with the best price.

I usually rent the cheapest car, which is usually an economy car.  Often times, I get upgraded to a compact or a mid-size car, because car rental companies don’t have a large stock of economy cars on the lot.

During my recent visit to San Francisco, I received my all-time favorite Avis free upgrade!

Avis Free Upgrade

Driving Narrow, Winding Roads Helped Keep My Lead Foot in Check

I’ll show you my latest Avis free upgrade, the best I’ve ever had!

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Winter Escape to Mexico! Part 6 – Blog Giveaway

Emily:  When I was a teenager, I traveled to Mexico as part of a mission trip to build homes for families in need.

The experience changed my life in such a positive way!  I saw how kind and generous the Mexicans were towards me, even when they had very little.  I realized how much we take for granted in the US, and how blessed we are in so many ways.

Since that time, I’ve wanted to return to Mexico for another mission trip.  But this time, my friends and I were on vacation, so we visited Playa del Carmen before our recent trip to Cuba!

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 6 Blog Giveaway

Enter to Win 8 Fun Souvenirs From Playa del Carmen!

No trip could ever replace that first time in Mexico though.  I feel thankful that I was able to go to help others.

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Winter Escape to Mexico! Part 5 – Where to Eat in Playa del Carmen

Emily:  When I was a teenager, I traveled to Mexico as part of a mission trip to build homes for families in need.

The experience changed my life in such a positive way!  I saw how kind and generous the Mexicans were towards me, even when they had very little.  I realized how much we take for granted in the US, and how blessed we are in so many ways.

Since that time, I’ve wanted to return to Mexico for another mission trip.  But this time, my friends and I were on vacation, so we visited Playa del Carmen before our recent trip to Cuba!

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 5 Where To Eat In Playa Del Carmen

When in Mexico…

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Winter Escape to Mexico! Part 4 – What to Do in Playa del Carmen

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Emily:  When I was a teenager, I traveled to Mexico as part of a mission trip to build homes for families in need.

The experience changed my life in such a positive way!  I saw how kind and generous the Mexicans were towards me, even when they had very little.  I realized how much we take for granted in the US, and how blessed we are in so many ways.

Since that time, I’ve wanted to return to Mexico for another mission trip.  But this time, my friends and I were on vacation, so we visited Playa del Carmen before our recent trip to Cuba!

Winter Escape To Mexico Part 4 What To Do In Playa Del Carmen

Stunning Cenote Sun Rays

No trip could ever replace that first time in Mexico though.  I feel thankful that I was able to help others.

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