Michael Stebbins

About Michael Stebbins

Michael is an entrepreneur, world traveler, and tech geek.

Oswald Restaurant in Santa Cruz

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When we have guests in town who appreciate upscale food, we usually default to Ristorante Avanti.    But Oswald Restaurant could be argued to take that place, so we booked a table for our 30th anniversary dinner in October 2016. Reservations …

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San Francisco Hotel is Economical and Clean in Financial District

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Many San Francisco hotels near the financial district are hit or miss, unless you spring for a top chain like the Hilton or the Hyatt. A few weeks ago I took a chance on CQ Club Quarters Hotel hoping for …

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Bass Lake Chalet in the Winter

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When the weather turns cold, nothing beats a cozy cabin surrounded by evergreen forest and a scenic lake. If you’re looking for a rustic setting in California that hasn’t been overrun by the Tahoe sprawl, check out Bass Lake about …

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Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel Paradise Towers

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If you’ve attended more than one rock concert, you’ll feel right at home in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas . Besides a full casino, you’ll find plenty of restaurants (6), shops and pubs both indoor and …

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Hotel in Rome? Triplomat stays at Hotel Quirinale

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Deciding on a central location for touring Rome can be confusing. Vatican? Spanish Steps? Colloseum? Roman Forum? St. Peter’s Basilica? All are within walking distance from a comfortable room at Rome’s Hotel Quirinale We used booking.com to choose Quiranale at …

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Hotels in Sorrento? Try near Sorrento in Vico Equense – Cubo Apartment Hotels

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Any tour of Italy must include the Amalfi coast, a day trip to Capri, and a room with a view of the amazing coastline.  We used bookings.com to find our hotel just North of Sorrento.  Cubo Apartment Resort keeps beautiful …

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Oslo City Centre Hotel

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We booked the Oslo City Centre Hotel to be near the major sights in Oslo.  Located on Stortingsgata across the park from Karl Johans Gate, the Oslo hotel is close to everything. After a 50 minute train ride from Gardermoen …

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Best Credit Card for Travel – How to Avoid Foreign Transaction Fees

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It’s no fun finding foreign transaction fees on your credit card statement. Use your card for any transaction other than your native currency — even online — and the card will likely charge between 1 and 3% in currency conversion …

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Passport Expires in Six Months? You May Be Blocked or Denied Entry

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It turns out that passport expiration dates aren’t what they seem. Certain countries will deny access if your passport expires within three — or even six months. The short story is: Don’t risk traveling with a passport that will expire …

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Couch Surfing vs. Hostels vs. AirBnB vs. Hotels

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When it comes to where we stay when traveling, we must choose which is more important: Budget or luxury? Authentic adventure or assured comfort? Here is the spectrum available to the traveler: Couch Surfing: Budget = Great. Authentic Adventure (and …

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