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16 quick questions for a Trini Traveller…and more than 16 answers

16 quick questions for a Trini Traveller…and more than 16 answers

It’s Carnival Tuesday 2014 in Trinidad. I have a dose of the Carnival tabanca …so here’s 16 questions for a Trini Traveller that I’ve gotten over the last couple months on my facebook page or via email. Where do I live? Toronto but I pretend to live in Trinidad or Prince Edward Island. First travel memory? Touching down in Trinidad for the first time. I still remember the plane ride and smell of Piarco Airport in 1981 as a child. On my iPod/iPad when I travel … ? I’m playing Infinity Blade 3 and listening to 2013 and 2014 soca ... Read More »

Priority Club Promo Stacking … it’s even useful in Trinidad.

Priority Club Promo Stacking … it’s even useful in Trinidad.

For those who travel within North America and the Caribbean, staying at hotels is just part of the deal. For consultants like me, it’s part of the job. I’ve written on mileage running and points collecting as one significant method of reducing my travel cost, along with stacking upgrades. My reliable hotel choice has always been the SPG program – not just for the points, but the upgrades and all the free stays I get with their promotions. Unfortunately in Moncton, there are no Starwood hotels, so I have to choose between Priority Club and Marriott. Marriott has been my ... Read More »

How to start a new IT consulting project …

How to start a new IT consulting project …

I got a great email last week, where the Trinidadian author basically asked to me explain how I can bounce from client to client in my line of work and be continually successful. This was a timely one, as I start a new project at a new client this week in Moncton, New Brunswick. I have an orientation checklist that I go through before I start working with any client. This isn’t some surefire way to be successful, but as a travelling IT consultant, I thought I would offer some tips … this post has very little to do with ... Read More »

TBEX ’13 : What worked and didn’t work? #TBEX

TBEX ’13 : What worked and didn’t work? #TBEX

It’s official … TBEX ’13 is finally at a close. I’m glad that I was in Toronto for the last couple days and not at a client’s site in some other city, since I would have missed out on an incredible learning and networking opportunity. After getting home last night and thinking through all my notes and looking at feedback received on my previous post : 7 lessons learned from tbex 13 – I thought I would close the loop and list out what I thought worked and didn’t work at TBEX ’13 in Toronto. By figuring out what worked, ... Read More »

7 lessons learned from TBEX 13 … so far

7 lessons learned from TBEX 13 … so far

It’s been 4 days of activities, food, drinking and networking at TBEX ’13. It’s been inspiring to say the least – even though there has been a lot of hot air spewed by many a travel blogger this weekend (You can’t help but overhear a lot of side conversations and just roll your eyes). A couple bloggers even took over a Q&A session to basically promote themselves … #dotheythinkpeoplearestupid … they know who they are … I’ll mention no names though. All that being said, it’s still inspiring to go. You don’t feel like a freak, when everyone else around ... Read More »

9 thoughts from my first TBEX ’13 social event …

9 thoughts from my first TBEX ’13 social event …

Last night was a quick and dirty drop in at the TBEX Preparty at Tryst NightClub. I was quickly reminded of why these types of social situations make me awkward – it’s not liming, it’s not true networking and everyone seems to know someone else. Walking up to people who’s blogs you’ve read but never commented on, is difficult. Not having a travel website business card can make you feel lame. Those business cards are like a blogger’s resume. Weird! Eating your tacos and avoiding a conversation about your tacos can make people think you’re rude. The stories you will ... Read More »

Why should a Trini go to TBEX ’13?

Why should a Trini go to TBEX ’13?

This weekend is the TBEX conference in Toronto. Of course, you’re wondering what the hell is TBEX and why does it matter to a traveller? From a Trini perspective, it’s like Carnival for travel bloggers. It’s the the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, and new media content creators – so this is a pretty big deal for anyone who is in travel/social media game. Nothing about physically travelling bugs me anymore. I can take last minute trips to the far ends of the planet like Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, yet as a newbie TBEX attendee about to attend my ... Read More »

Monday Morning Consultant – Tambo del Inka review

Monday Morning Consultant – Tambo del Inka review

After waking up at 5am to catch my 6:50am flight into Cusco, one can imagine a bit of disorientation but once I figured out how to get into Cusco downtown, change my train ticket in the PeruRail office, buy tickets for Machu Picchu at the Ministerio de Cultura and get a taxi to take me to Urubamba, checking into Tambo del Inka was a breeze. The check-in process was exactly what I expected from a Luxury Collection hotel, my bags were taken and I headed straight to the Gold/Platinum check in desk. I was greeted by the day manager and ... Read More »

A Trini’s ABCs of Travel

A Trini’s ABCs of Travel

On all the travel blogs, The Travel ABCs is a sort of game going round the blogosphere, one of those “credential” post that travel bloggers make (like an accent tag on YouTube). I see it as a combined self-examination exercise and travellers’ curriculum vitae. A bit like my credentials for presuming to blog about travel to an unsuspecting public. I’ve very much enjoyed reading other bloggers answers and found the exercise very revealing. Without further ado, here are my Travel ABCs: A. Age you went on your first international trip: 18 …  My first international trip was when I left ... Read More »

If you’re looking for a good hotel steak, then Carvers it is! [Carver's Steakhouse review]

If you’re looking for a good hotel steak, then Carvers it is! [Carver's Steakhouse review]

At my latest and greatest client, I’ve had work and meetings in Calgary. I do look forward to the beef when I get here, but sometimes you’re so tired after work, that you’re really not up for heading outside the hotel for dinner. (Disclaimer : I’m not a fan of hotel restaurants by nature – they’re typically overpriced and underwhelming). I’m not the biggest fan of the Sheraton Cavalier, so I was not expecting a great experience at the steakhouse. From a location perspective, it’s nice to be able to find a decent dining establishment that doesn’t require a $25 ... Read More »