Capsule and Cabin Hotels: Unique Stays in Japan

By Alex Kallimanis: A comfortable stay in Japan will not cost a fortune if you stay at quality capsule and cabin hotels. Capsule hotels are a little like hostel dorms except the small pod-like rooms offer complete privacy instead of a room filled with bunk beds. That makes them much better than typical western style…

spacious capsule room at Hotel Cargo Shinsaibashi

Venice, Italy: Tips to Have a Great Experience

By Alex Kallimanis: Venice is one of the world’s most romantic destinations. Centuries of allure have drawn many world class comparisons. Amsterdam is often called “the Venice of the North,” and Mykonos has “Little Venice.” Venice has influenced other destinations with its beauty and through conquest during past generations. Venice was one of the world’s…

Italian man enjoying a spritz on the cana

Great Things to do in Florence, Italy

By Alex Kallimanis: Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance. Magnificent examples of Italian Gothic architecture were erected with the financial assistance of powerful Florentine families like the Medici’s. When you visit Florence today you can see why artists like Michelangelo were inspired by the city. Wander through the art-lined streets and take in the…

Close up of Michelangelo's David

Travel Hacks to Save Big Money

By Alex Kallimanis: Everyone loves a great deal, no matter what your budget is. There are so many travel hacking opportunities that can save luxury travelers to backpackers big money. Last year we flew multiple international trips for just the taxes, thanks to the bonus points on credit card sign ups. It’s liberating to travel…

The large brick dome of the Dumo cathedral at dusk

Best Hotels in Athens, Greece For All Budgets

By Alex Kallimanis: Athens is Europe’s oldest capital. It is considered the birthplace of the foundations of western civilization. The city draws millions of visitors for world class sites like the Acropolis and great beaches around the mainland and Greek islands. As a dual Greek and American citizen, I’ve made 12 trips to Athens over…

view of the Acropolis from the rooftop terrace of the Grand Bretagne Hotel in Athens