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Reminder/New Location: Front Range Travel Hacker’s Meetup at Bruz Beers on February 28 @ 7pm (Denver, CO)

***The location has been changed due to a scheduling conflict with the prior restaurant. Sorry for any inconvenience***

Good morning everyone…just a reminder that we will be having a Meetup tonight at Bruz Beers in Denver, CO. We will be hosting Stefan Krasowski from Rapid Travel Chai! Stefan is a wealth of knowledge and has visited 189 of the world’s 193 UN recognized countries!

So, if you happen to be in the Denver/Front Range area of Colorado tonight, please join us for an informal Meetup at Bruz Beers in Denver, Colorado to share a brew, some food, and talk miles and points.

We are featuring a Q&A this month as mentioned before, where each member can pose one or two specific questions to the group as a whole and tap into everybody’s knowledge. We will also be discussing the possibility of hosting an International Meetup in the future.

  • Where: 1675 W 67th Ave #100, Denver, CO 80221 (Google Maps)
  • When: Thursday, February 28 from 7pm-9pm

You can RSVP on our Meetup page, Facebook page, or just feel free to show up.

Front Range Meetup

Hope to see you there…

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Front Range Travel Hacker’s Meetup at Bruz Beers on February 28 @ 7pm (Denver, CO)

***Urgent Update (02/27/17@5:00 PM) Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict with the prior restaurant, the Meetup location has been changed to Bruz Beers, located at 1675 W 67th Ave #100, Denver, CO 80221. Sorry for the inconvenience!***

Good morning everyone from Seattle FTU (Frequent Traveler University). If you haven’t been to an FTU before, check out Grant’s post from earlier today about the Seattle Advanced FTU.

If you happen to be in the Denver/Front Range area of Colorado next week, please join us for an informal Meetup at Bruz Beers  in Denver, Colorado to share a brew, some food, and talk miles and points.

We are featuring a Q&A session this month where each member can pose one or two specific questions to the group as a whole and tap into everybody’s knowledge. We will also be discussing the possibility of hosting an International Meetup in the future.

  • Where: 1675 W 67th Ave #100, Denver, CO 80221 (Google Maps)
  • When: Thursday, February 28 from 7pm-9pm

You can RSVP on our Meetup page, Facebook page, or just feel free to show up.

Front Range Meetup

Hope to see you there…

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Travel with Grant will be at FTU Advanced Seattle this Weekend – Say Hello!

Good morning everyone, happy Friday.  I will be flying up to Seattle this weekend to attend FTU (Frequent Traveler University) Advanced, a travel conference where some of your favorite travel bloggers will be presenting.  If you see me at the event (I’m not hard to spot, just look for the gray Travel with Grant shirt), feel free to stop and chat with me.  I am not presenting and I’ve heard most of the presenters many times, so I am mainly there to talk to fellow travel bloggers, readers, and catch up with old friends.

FTU Advanced Seattle

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My Favorite Hilton Lounge in the World is…

Do you have a favorite hotel lounge? I don’t mean one that’s good, but rather one that takes good and turns it into GREAT. Seems to me, many lounges are fine, or even good, but in each hotel chain there are usually a few standouts.  I previously mentioned my 13 criteria for the perfect hotel lounge.

I’ve already talked about my favorite Sheraton lounge and Hyatt lounge, so what’s my favorite Hilton lounge?  There are a few Hilton lounges that I like, but the Hilton in Budapest is great and my favorite pick from the Hilton’s I’ve stayed at.  In general, I had a fantastic experience at this hotel and highly recommend it. (Lounge images courtesy of the Hilton Budapest staff)

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ExpressVPN lets you Browse the Internet Securely & Anonymously + Free 30 Day Trial (Desktop/Laptop/Mobile App)

Good morning everyone, happy Presidents Day!  I am writing this post from beautiful, sunny Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and I hope you have the day off as well to explore the world.  When I travel, staying connected is always a huge priority to me, so finding free, reliable Wifi is important.  Unfortunately, public Wifi in hotels, restaurants, and public spaces is fraught with danger.  You never know who is connected to the Wifi network and if they are intercepting your data and personal information.

Several months ago, my friend Stefan at Rapid Travel Chai recommended ExpressVPN (referral link). VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and it is a service that encrypts all of your incoming and outgoing data.  I have used ExpressVPN at home, on the road, and on my iPhone for the last 3 months and have nothing but good things to say about the service.  Here are the highlights of the service that I cut and pasted from their website:

  • Videos from anywhere – Watch the content you want from anywhere on Earth at blazing fast speeds.
  • Online privacy – Encrypt your internet traffic and hide your IP address from hackers and spies.
  • Unblock websites – Access any website or app without censorship.
  • Easy-to-use VPN service for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Routers, and Linux – Setup is easy, whether you’re using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Our user-friendly apps let you secure your connection and unblock websites in one click. Just sign up, install, and connect.
  • Ultra secure and ultra fast – Our network is SSL secured with 256-bit encryption, and we’re constantly optimizing our network to provide unlimited bandwidth and speed, so you can stream your favorite movies and TV shows in high definition. ExpressVPN runs seamlessly in the background so you can use the internet without interruptions.
  • 5-star customer support – Our world-class support team is at your service. We offer round-the-clock customer support by live chat and email. Get instant help from a knowledgeable support agent when you use our live chat feature.
  • 145+ VPN locations… and counting! – You can choose from 145 cities in 94 countries. With unlimited speeds and unlimited server switches, you can connect from anywhere in the world.
  • 30-day money-back guarantee – We’re confident that you’ll be happy with our product and services. We also want you to be confident in your purchase, which is why we have a hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Here are screenshots of the ExpressVPN software running on my laptop (left side shows not connected and right side shows connected to VPN):

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