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Park Avenue South entrance to The Hotel Giraffe in New York.

On Safari in Manhattan – New York’s Hotel Giraffe

The Hotel Giraffe offers a sleek, sophisticated lodging experience in Manhattan. This boutique hotel is in an amazing neighborhood filled with great restaurants and is centrally located to explore the city. Quite simply, The Hotel Giraffe is our new favorite hotel in New York City.

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On a Walks of New York Lower Eastside tour, we stopped at the Chinatown Dragon Fighters fire station. The firefighters were very gracious in talking to us about their company.

The Immigrant Experience on NYC’s Lower East Side

Despite the tenements and squalor of New York in the early 1900s, a beautiful culture flourished in the slums of the Lower East Side. When we lived in New York City, this area south of Houston and east of Broadway was a bit of a mystery to us, so when we had the opportunity to take a Lower East Side walking tour, we jumped at the chance.

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Confessions of Country Collectors

Country collecting is a topic among travelers that always seems to generate significant debate. Being a country collector really isn’t about keeping score against other people. For us, it’s about discovering as much of the world as we can and finding places we want to go back and visit.

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The Hotel Elysee in New York City - a Library Collection Hotel.

The Hotel Elysee — Where New York Meets France

The Hotel Elysee offers French country charm in the heart of New York City – a hit with business executives and theater goers. This was the perfect location for a romantic weekend getaway in Manhattan.

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Man walking in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal near Braka

Buddhism and Bloodshed in the Nepal Civil War

Reflecting on my time in Kathmandu during the Nepal Civil War. Study abroad during college brought me to Kathmandu, Nepal to study physiology and Buddhism during the early days of this insurgent conflict.

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Travel Hacking with Vanilla Reload Bluebird for manufactured spending.

The Easiest Way to Earn Free Travel

Imagine travel hacking your way to a free hotel night or a free airline flight for less than the cost of a lunch or dinner. Sound impossible? It’s not.

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