Should You Book a Hotel Near the Eiffel Tower?

When you are visiting Paris for the first time, it may be tempting to book a hotel close to one of the major sights such as the Eiffel Tower. Is this a good idea? Is it going to be expensive? Our answer here at the Persistent Traveler is “it depends”.

There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration when booking your hotel in Paris. Let’s go over those so you can make an informed decision.


Sundance Ski Resort Utah Review – Know Before You Go

We had the opportunity to go skiing at Sundance Ski Resort and we wanted to share our experience there and share some advice to those of you who are thinking about visiting this place. This will be especially helpful for anyone bringing their family or children to Sundance.

Although Sundance is very well-known for the Sundance Film Festival, we are going to be focusing on Sundance Mountain Resort and skiing!


Midway Ice Castles in Utah – A Magical Experience

Winter time in Utah is amazing, even if you hate skiing. First, there is the Christmas season where you can see the Christmas lights at Temple Square in Downtown Salt Lake City. There are also various things to do and see during the Holiday Season, and many believe that once the holidays are over, that the rest of winter is just something to endure until spring. Once the Christmas lights come down, the magic begins up in Midway Utah with their majestic Ice Castles.


Mexico: Pork Carnitas

If you were to ask me my favorite food, depending on my mood, I might answer sushi, but I would most likely answer Mexican Food! I love Mexican food, and I especially love any Mexican Dish with Carnitas. Carnitas are good in tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and even with Mexican rice and refried beans. It’s basically Mexican flavored pulled pork. I used to head over to my local family owned Mexican Food stand to buy a Carnitas burrito, but now I make my own carnitas. If you think Carnitas are difficult to make, you are in for a surprise.

Carnitas are actually pretty easy to make, you just have to start early them early in the day and allow them to cook slowly for 5 hours. Set them and forget them, that is until 4 1/2 hours later.


Salt Lake City UT USA: Restaurants: The Pie Pizzeria

If you are like most people, you probably either like or love pizza. For many people it’s their favorite food. For most kids, it is their favorite dish. I know it was my favorite from my childhood probably up to my late teenage years. Pizza for dinner was always more than welcome to me. I can remember going through some pretty tough days during high school and then having pizza for dinner and it redeemed the whole day for me.


American Express Delta Skymiles Gold Card Review

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My Rating: 9.2/10

Traveling is expensive, and that’s no secret. It’s especially expensive for a family. When you add in the cost of airlines tickets, hotel stays, transportation, food, fun activities, and souvenirs, the costs can add up very quickly to where a vacation within the USA can add up to almost $10,000 or a vacation to Europe can easily add up to almost $15,000 for a family of four.

What if you could have one of the major expenses removed such as the airlines tickets? Well, there is a way to do that. In many cases, the airline ticket can be almost half of the cost of the vacation, so if you can get your airline tickets for free, you are basically getting a 50% discount on your trip. (more…)