San Francisco Union Square:
Everything happens from or at Union Square. There are art works on display, sightseeing tours depart from here, there are many other activities in and around the square. I would suggest booking a hotel in the vicinity of the square. The cable car runs past the square to Fishermen’s Wharf. China Town is also not too far from the square…Make sure to visit the cheese cake factory just opposite the square..
Las Vegas Strip:
The strip Las Vegas is definitely meant to entice, it’s many theme hotels & street acts have you drawn into its web of shopping & gambling delight. At night she puts on her make-up, the lights mesmerize and the buildings flash their wears..Therefore the saying “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”…Every traveller should be able to say “I walked the Vegas Strip”…
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
Definitely one the touristy things to do in LA, I recommend you take a picture with your name in a star, this is a great souvenir. Hollywood Blvd is a pretty long street so wear your walking shoes..The atmosphere is electric, watch out for side street food vendors, its a great place to pick-up a 5$ lunch & some strawberry lemonade…
The Hollywood Sign:
The sign is an icon of LA and you should definitely make sure to capture a picture. Most tours cover the sign and take you up to the sign in the Hollywood Hills…Another great place to see the sign & capture a pic is from the Griffith Observatory…
The Concourse Hotel LAX:
I was fooled by this hotel stating its a Hyatt affiliate, expecting top notch standards as received by the Hyatt hotels. I booked this hotel for a 1 night stay. It’s a airport hotel and really convenient. Except for this positive there is nothing else fantastic about the Concourse. It’s Dull & Dusty..definitely not good for people with allergies…
Fremont Street Old Las Vegas:
Unrefined acts, compared to the Strip. A few naked bodies, wired costumes, loud music and a chaotic ambiance… Devilish & definitely PG 18, but worth the traveller stop. The zip liners through the air add to the Harry Potter scene of mystique…
New York-New York Hotel Las Vegas:
The NYNY is spectacular, the rooms are comfy service was great & the location is perfect. I really enjoyed my trip to NY City in 2012 and therefore chose this theme Hotel. There’s a roller coaster exclusive to hotel guests @ 7$ everyone else pays 14$..The inside you will find the streets of NY, the deli’s, and great NY food. Check out the NY Deli for their 5.99$ breakfast. Coyote Ugly is on the upper level, the bar is great with amateur dances…Loved the Vibe @ this hotel.
San Francisco Fishermen’s Wharf:
Sour dough & chowder for lunch..This you have to try, the wharf is amazing, loads of shopping & a great view of Alcatraz. Check out bargains on Levi jeans..there’s plenty to do & plenty restaurants to choose from..You could hire bicycles from here & ride to the Golden Gate Bridge…
San Francisco Hotel Marriott Marquis:
Fantastic stay, great location & friendly staff. I cannot fault the Marriott, it was an all round amazing stay from check in to check out. The beds are truly amazing. Close to Union Square and the Cable Car with plenty of shopping all around the hotel. You must check out the 39th Floor which opens at 4pm daily “The View”…
Santa Monica Pier Burger Restaurant:
Really great burgers @ Pier burger…and great service too.. A must when you visit the pier. The frozen custard cone is great..Make sure to check out the funnel cake shop as well…Definitely a foody spot..
Santa Monica Pier California:
This trip to the Santa Monica Pier was awesome, take the 704 bus on Santa Monica boulevard, it’s a long ride about an hour but really worth the journey ( if your staying in Hollywood ). The pier is gorgeous with great places to take pictures, the pier burger is a must. You could hang around the pier awhile as there’s a fun fair to entertain the kids. I enjoyed the scenery and there’s plenty of shopping spots around…
Universal Studio’s Hollywood:
Plan this 1 guys it’s costly but the kids would love you for it. Our family has been to all the Universal Studios except Paris, we love the rides, food and the vibe @ Universal. Try ‘& purchase the front of the line tickets it will save you a huge amount of time in the park, especially if you traveling during spring break like we did when the park is busy. There is a shuttle service that takes you into the park situated just across the street from the Metro stop ” Universal Studio’s”. The Hollywood “Sets” tour is really impressive, check out all the sets like “The Big Bang Theory” ect…
Hollywood Hotel The Hotel Hollywood:
I’m sure many who have stayed at this Hotel will agree, Hugo is a legend. You will meet Hugo at breakfast, he is efficient, courteous & genuine about making you feel good in the mornings. The breakfast is great, truly is… The hotel has all you need, laundry, pool ect.. I liked that the metro is just a few minutes walk, so you could get around quiet easily. The beds are comfy and the rooms big enough for a family of 4 with 2 queen beds. I researched this hotel thoroughly and found it was the best value for money in LA. Ups to the Hollywood Hotel on Vermont, We had a descent stay.
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket:
We stayed at Centara for 6 nights, Brilliant 5 Star Family Resort, staff were friendly and helpful, excellent check-in with Yuri and the Breakfast was Excellent. My son thoroughly enjoyed the Rock Jump and the Private beach was perfect. Had a fantastic ocean facing room…Great property would definitely be back…
Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11:
Stayed at the Aloft Bangkok for 3 nights, a very retro property with free Wifi and internet usage,
a great plus…my son enjoyed the games room and the staff are extremely friendly…Breakfast was average though, we however enjoyed the location of the Hotel. The only negative experience was the mini bar deposit of 3000b yet to be credited to my card 3 days after my check-out which still hasn’t been done at the writing of this review…Overall opinion an Average Property..
James Bond Island Thailand:
Yes the drive is lengthy…especially if you are traveling by coach and other travelers need to be fetched but its worth the experience…absolutely brilliant… remember its an entire day so carry loads of sunblock. A light lunch is usually served on the boat with some amateur entertainment by the crew.
Fitzsimons Hotel Dublin Ireland:
I stayed at the Fitzsimons with my mate over a two day period while touring through the UK. The hotel has a night club and bar which is great for young travelers. The problem I encountered was continued harassment by their security detail as to whether indeed I was a guest or was just trying to get into their nightclub or bar. They have multiple entrances into the hotel via the bar which are manned to keep certain people OUT..Even as a paying guest at this Hotel I felt uncomfortable every time I entered the property. I was told the security was for my benefit….I definitely will not be staying at the Fitzsimons again…
Rennie Mackintosh Station Hotel Glasgow:
Stayed here touring through the UK. This is a budget Hotel with a great location. The staff were great and helpful. There isn’t a lift so be prepared to carry your luggage up two flights of stairs. We stayed on the 2nd floor and whilst the rooms are clean, they shudder every time a heavy vehicle drives past, this was cool in a weird way… Overall a good stay…
Absolute pleasure to use the Tube, routes are color coded so you either on the red line blue line or green line..Buy an oyster card at any underground near you, and start enjoying your travels. There is an automated voice system on the train telling you which station is approaching and when you need to switch trains. Its really not rocket science, just read the signs a fantastic experience…
A must do when in London for the first time. If the lines deter you, there is a Fast Pass available for purchase. You would definitely get the best pics of the city from the Eye…
This was really cool to see up close, the History lesson is definitely worth the time. Seen Stonehenge on TV and in the movies, glad I got to see this Marvel in real life..
St Andrew’s Links:
The oldest golf sanctuary…This was a mind blowing experience, right next to the beautiful coastline with gorgeous architecture and a quaint town. The Dunhill Cup was on, when I visited. I am not a golfer but absolutely fell in love with the setting, definitely a golfers paradise..Great picture spots, make sure to carry a jacket as it does get chilly…
Chelsea Football Club London:
Managed to get tickets to the Chelsea vs Fulham match on the 22 September 2013, My first English Live Premier game, was Epic. The game was a sell out and the stadium echoed with the screams and songs of Chelsea Fans. This was an experienced of a life time…Chelsea won 2-0
Little Brazil Restaurant Dublin Ireland:
This Little Restaurant brought back great memories of my many trips to Rio Brazil. The staff are Brazilian, so they are extremely friendly. The food is obviously authentic Brazilian and is Absolutely Fantastic. A great place to chill with friends and family…
Plataforma Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro:
I have seen the show more than once and its been great every time. If you haven’t been to the Rio Carnival then this show will give you a sneak preview. Definitely get your picture taken with the dancers, its a great keep sake. A Brilliant experience…
Rio de Janeiro Favela Santa Marta:
Make sure you take this tour with a reliable street smart tour guide, preferably one with tons of experience in the travel industry, so choose wisely. Santa Marta was a brilliant experience, being inside a favela district was scary yet overwhelming. I visited with a friend from Rio so I felt really comfortable. The cable car was awesome…
Corcovado Statue of Christ Rio de Janeiro:
If you going to Rio and you don’t have this on your itinerary then you can’t say you’ve been to Rio.
This is the signature attraction of Brazil, and should most definitely be one of your highlights. Its fantastic anyway so believe me you won’t be disappointed. Make sure your guide gives you a history lesson on the statue its quiet interesting. Take the train its a Grand experience…Enjoy.
Sugar Loaf Mountain Rio de Janeiro:
I have traveled to Rio a few times, but only have done this attraction once. Its an amazing view of the City. Sugar Loaf forms a big part as a tourist site in Rio and should not be missed. Its worth the Cable Car Ride, its all about the views with great photo ops…
Amsterdam’s Red Light District:
Loads of walking, through the district. It was epic, an experience I will never forget. The alley ways and glass doors…Be warned, you are not allowed to photograph the “models” Definitely should be on every guys bucket list..Its a great tourist spot and should be toured with an open mind…Make sure to have a cup of coffee & a smoke…
Disney World All Star Music Resort:
This is not a 5 star property, not that you will need one traveling to Disney, as the least amount of time is spent at your hotel. Everything works at All-Star, your basic needs are catered for, which is all you need really. Its a fun place with a great atmosphere..The pools are great and there’s entertainment throughout the day..Its great value with all the necessary amenities..
Grand Hyatt Hotel New York City:
The location of the the Grand Hyatt is perfect, as it is next to Central Station. 5th Avenue is not far and you can easily walk to Central Park and Times Square. The rooms are modern and the architecture inside the hotel is very snazzy. Some of the staff aren’t that friendly, but as they say, you can’t win them all…Great stay none the less..The food vendor’s in NY are great, you should definitely try out the Philly Steak Roll..
Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s Theme Park:
This was our first trip to Disney World for my son’s 10th Birthday. Amazing, Amazing,Amazing…Hollywood Studio’s was our first Park to visit. We were blown away, the parades the rides..Everything just ROCKED..Brilliant Experience…
Disney’s Epcot Theme Park:
Disney is GREAT, Epcot even better, this was my favorite park. The different countries represented was awesome, there again it just blows your mind. Please take your kids to Disney if you haven’t already, its worth every penny. Allow yourself a full day for each park, you will never run out of things to do..Our family visit to Disney was one of the reasons I started Travel Expert to help others experience the Disney Magic.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park:
The run away train was epic on ghost mountain. Animal Kingdom is just that, a Disney Zoo. The sounds and sights of various animals in an African setting. We loved it being from Africa, again I must say Disney World Florida was our best experience to date.
Xtracold Icebar Amsterdam:
We had a cold experience, the bar operates a freezer room bar that operates throughout the evening. Definitely do it for the fun, the chilling experience won’t be appreciated by everyone but I had a blast and can say I have been there and done it..
Old Trafford Soccer Ground Home of Man United London:
As a soccer enthusiast Old Trafford was a blessing to visit. You will be able to buy authentic Man United clothing, they even will personalize your items. Amazing stadium to visit, a must in your lifetime especially if you are a Man United supporter..
The Great Wall of China:
The Great Wall is an obvious must when in Beijing. Make sure you prepare for a 2 hour drive, and wear your walking shoes. Get your picture taken and embossed on a Mug. Make sure to research some history of the Great Wall, will make it a better experience. The cable car is a nice ride, and you can get some good pics…enjoy China.
Beijing Summer Palace:
Do it.. Just to say you have visited, there is not much except for tons of history, courtyards and rooms. The lake was frozen on my visit, so people walked on the thick ice…this was cool..
Inner Mongolia Grand Hotel Beijing:
Wifi only in the Lobby and the wifi is WEAK. Desk staff are ridgid and unwelcoming. This is an authentic chinese hotel catering it seems, NOT FOR TOURISTS…I had a lousy experience at this hotel and will not be back…