Have the Best Halloween Ever at One of these Spooky Destinations

Have the Best Halloween Ever at One of these Spooky Destinations

Never thought of traveling for Halloween? Well you should think again. There’s tons of great spooky destinations to celebrate the holiday. Here’s a guide of some places to check out and sure to suit everyone – from the family friendly to history buff to the party animal.

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7 Awesome Yoga Workouts You Can Do in a Hotel Room

7 Awesome Yoga Workouts You Can Do in a Hotel Room

When I was on tour with Newsies, I LOVED watching YouTube videos for yoga workouts I could do in my hotel room. Now that I’m off tour, it’s still a habit a practice, but now it’s my living room.

Before we get to the videos, here’s some of my favorite traveling yoga essentials:

  1. Manduka eKO SuperLite Travl Yoga and Pilates Mat – this mat folds very easily so it takes up less room than a mat you have to roll
  2. Yoga Strap – I love to travel a yoga strap to help with poses

Travel Yoga Revitalizing Flow from Yoga with Adriene

Yoga with Adriene is my go to for yoga videos. I’ve completed her 30 Day Challenge (totally recommended) and I love her unique videos and fun yoga practices. Truth be told, most of her workouts can be done in a small space but this one is travel focused.

Yoga for Travel – Jet Lag Yoga to Stretch Your Entire Body from Yoga with Kassandra

I LOVE that this video is focused on jet lag. I haven’t tested it yet but definitely will use this video the next time I fly to Australia.

Yoga for Travel from Allie – the Journey Junkie

Yoga for Small Spaces from A Lotus in Bloom

Dorm Room Yoga from Yoga with Adriene

Quick Results Workout: Hotel Room Yoga from Steph Hendel

10 Minute Yoga for Small Spaces & Travel from ChriskaYoga

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Yoga workouts you can do in a hotel room (or easily at home, too). 7 YouTube videos including beating jet lag and stretches after flying. Also don't miss my favorite travel yoga mat.

Yoga workouts you can do in a hotel room (or easily at home, too). 7 YouTube videos including beating jet lag and stretches after flying. Also don't miss my favorite travel yoga mat.

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Theatre: 10 Ways to Maximize Your Per Diem on Tour

Theatre: 10 Ways to Maximize Your Per Diem on Tour

Touring is one of the best ways to make money in theater. Your per diem is nontaxed money in addition to your salary which you can use any way you want, which means you can bank the extra each week. Here are my tips for maximizing your per diem so you can add to your salary each week: Read More

How to Shop at Trader Joe’s on the Road

How to Shop at Trader Joe’s on the Road

Trader Joe’s has a major cult following and I’m definitely one of them. I became a fan of them in college due to their cheap prices BUT it has also come in handy on the road where I can stock up on frozen foods to heat up in my hotel room. I have been known to arrive in a new city and head to Trader Joe’s right away. Here are some of my faves: Read More

Backpacking Through Europe – Then and Now

Backpacking Through Europe – Then and Now

 As I mention fairly often, in 2008 I backpacked through Europe with a good friend of mine.

Pre-trip with our backpacks
With Jill

Now that I am older and have more financial resources (aka a job), I thought it’d be fun to dream about how I would do it differently. Here we go: Read More

Bruno’s Hotel Must Haves

Bruno’s Hotel Must Haves

Hi, guys! It’s Bruno here! My mommy is super busy filming a movie or something here in LA so I thought I’d write a guest post about what I like in a hotel!


The Room

First of all, we need a really big comfy bed for both my mommy and daddy to sleep in. I like to sleep in between them but sometimes I like to sleep at the end so it needs to be able to fit all 3 of us.

  IMG_2606 There should also be LOTS of pillows. I love to sleep on the pillows in the middle of the day because they smell like my parents and sometimes I’ll even bury myself in the big pillow pile! So a least 4 for sure.

IMG_2869I also need a nice big armchair because I’m a small guy. I need to use a chair to get up on the bed all by myself. Plus, an armchair is nice if I want to sleep on that. I like lots of options.

IMG_2508Floor to ceiling windows are great so that I can look outside when I’m home alone. I also love long curtains that I can hide in.

IMG_3253I prefer a shower in the bathroom so that I can go in and drink water leftover from mommy’s shower. I really don’t like bathtubs because that means mommy is going to give me a bath and water is yucky!

I’d also like a fridge because that’s where my parents put my wet food and sometimes tasty things like CHEESE. OH MY GOD CHEESE! And sometimes they have deli meat in there too which is also really tasty.


The Hotel

I really hate slippery floors. They make me really nervous that I’m going to fall. So I prefer carpet. I like to run fast on carpet! If it’s a short hotel, I’m happy being close to the stairwell otherwise I need to be close to the elevator. But it can’t stop on any other floors otherwise I’ll try to run out!

There should be a grassy area right outside the door for me to pee on. And lots of doggy smells. I like to smell the other dogs.

I also really like doormen. They’re nice and open the door for me and sometimes they have treats and water bowls.

I really don’t need that much in a hotel but those things make me really happy! So if all hotels could have that, that would be great!

Bruno's Hotel Must Haves. Tips for pet friendly travel including what to look for in a hotel and chains that accept dogs.


5 Ways to Use Those Hotel Toiletries

5 Ways to Use Those Hotel Toiletries

Donate Them

Collect all your toiletries and donate them to a local shelter. It might not mean a lot to you, but a lot of homeless or battered women would love shampoo or soap to use. Some hotels even use luxury brands like MALIN + GOETZ or Le Labo.

Covenant House, YMCA or YWCA shelters are a good place to start or you can try homelesshelterdirectory.org for more shelters near you.


Create a Hotel Bathroom for Your House Guests

Keep the hotel toiletries for the next time you have a house guest. Collect the whole set and put it out on a tray (bonus points for a folded washcloth or towel). Your guests visiting on vacation will love the hotel fee.


Reuse the Bottles

If you must use your own shampoo, why buy your TSA-approved 3 oz. containers from the store when you can just empty out the freebies and refill with your own toiletries. Not only will this save you money, but you’ll be able to use your same products while on vacation.


Throw the lotion in all your bags

I am constantly re-applying lotion and the hotel lotions are the perfect size to throw in every bag I own so no matter where I am, I have lotion with me.


Use Them at the Gym

They’re the perfect size to keep in your gym bag. Some hotels even have individual makeup wipes – another great item to throw in your bag for a post-work workout.


5 Ways to Use Those Hotel Toiletries. Tips for repurposing soaps and shampoos from hotel bathrooms.

My Stay at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham

My Stay at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham

I first came across the 21C Museum Hotels in Louisville, KY. I was visiting a friend of mine there who suggested we check out the art gallery in the hotel. An art gallery? In a hotel?! 

Outside the 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville
Outside the 21C in Louisville

It. Was. Awesome. The exhibit was modern with a mix of all art mediums including video. My favorite was Peter Sarkisian’s Puddle, which included video and audio.

Since then, I’ve always wanted to stay at a 21C Museum Hotel, located in select cities (Louisville, Cincinnati, Bentonville, Durham, Lexington & Oklahoma City). So when the Durham location was one of my company housing options in Durham, I had to stay there. Read More

3 Top Hotel Rewards Programs Explained

3 Top Hotel Rewards Programs Explained

Over the last 2 years, I have stayed at every major hotel chain and am a member of all rewards programs. I’ve counted my nights and points and have worked my way up to the top tier of a few. Here is my rundown and how to get ahead!


HHonors (Hilton)

Includes: Waldorf Astoria, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites & Home2 (aside from the obvious Hilton properties)

Where I’m At: Diamond (top level)


Run Down: 4 levels – Blue, Silver, Gold & Diamond


Blue – Automatic when you sign up

Silver – after 4 stays or 10 nights

Gold – after 20 stays, 40 nights or 75k base points

Diamond – after 30 stays, 60 nights or 120k base points.


Since I live in hotels, I reached diamond status by staying 60 nights. If you have a Hilton credit card, you’ll probably gain this status pretty easily too.


The biggest perk to going up tiers is really just the bonus points. For example, at the diamond status you get a 50% bonus on all base points you receive. So for 150% for each stay, you’ll quickly rack up the points for your free nights.

photo taken from hotel website
Photo taken from hotel website

How Do You Get Free Nights? We’re going to stay at the Home2 Suites in Orlando which is just 6 miles from Disney World and includes a free shuttle. It’s only 30,000 points a night, and my points will get me 3 free nights.


Marriott Rewards

Includes: Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Springhill Suites, Autograph Collection (Grand Bohemian Hotels, Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, etc.), TownePlace Suites, Ritz-Carlton

Where I’m At: Silver (bottom of 3 levels)


Run Down: 3 levels – Silver, Gold & Platinum


Silver – after 10 nights

Gold – after 50 nights

Platinum – after 75 nights


The rewards program is so-so. It’s benefits are similar to Hilton but it’s kind of a bummer that the only way to move up is by number of nights. So for example, with Hilton you could stay at a Hilton property for 1 night only 4 different times and get Silver status (so only 4 nights), you HAVE to stay the specific number of nights to move up. So in order to reach platinum, you have to stay at a Marriot property for two and a half months in the whole year to reach Platinum. Unless you live in hotels like me (and I STILL have never reached platinum), this can be pretty tricky.


Will the Marriott Rewards credit card help you? I’m not sure. You get 15 credits towards your Elite membership each year which puts you into the Silver category and then you get 1 credit for every $3000 in purchases. In order to get to Gold, you still need 35 nights so it will still take you some time or a stupid amount of money.


How Do you Get Free Nights? For a stay in New Orleans, one night is also 30,000 points but I only have enough points for one night out of our stay.

Photo taken from hotel website
Photo taken from hotel website


Includes: Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis, W Hotels, Aloft, Four Points

Where I’m At: Preferred


Run Down: 3 levels – Preferred, Gold, & Platinum


Preferred – when you sign up

Gold – 10 stays or 25 nights

Platinum – 25 stays or 50 nights


Platinum requires less stays or nights than the other brands which makes it much easier to get ahead PLUS with all the Sheraton hotels as well as the other luxury brands in its collection, you should be OK.


How Do You Get Free Nights? With rooms 10,000-20,000 points per night, this program seems to be your best bet.


Please note that in November 2015 Marriott announced that it would buy the Starwood hotel chain so the rewards program is expected to combine – but bonus to you, it will be the largest hotel chain so lots of opportunities to move ahead!