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Robin Bennefield

How an Eye for Hotel Carpet Made a Loyal Traveler Insta-Famous

It was a simple holiday wish made on a whim. All Jill Young wanted for Christmas was for her dad’s Instagram account, @myhotelcarpet, to go viral. And so, the Internet …

Sal Lavallo

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Michael Hess

Meet Sal Lavallo, One of the Youngest People to Visit Every Country in the World

Sal Lavallo has seen it all through travel. Literally. From bats in his soup to the borders of more than 100 countries, he’s experienced more in 27 years than most …

Kristen and Cory Williams enjoying Courtyard suite at Super Bowl 50. (Photo: Courtyard)

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Chris Morris

Suite Life: How Two NFL Fans Won at the Super Bowl with Courtyard

Every NFL fan who makes it to the Super Bowl is going to walk away with memories, but it’s a pretty safe bet no one has topped those of Kristen …

Dipha Barus

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Marc Graser

Exploring Bali with Indonesian DJ Dipha Barus

Dipha Barus has two personalities. There’s the affable but quiet guy with the friendly smile who almost disappears into his surroundings. Then there’s the the superstar DJ who owns the …

cassie de pecol

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Nicole Schnitzler

Cassie De Pecol’s Mission to Become the Fastest Person in the World to See the World

Cassie De Pecol has always wanted to see every country in the world. She’s on course to visit all 196, and in record time. (Photos: Courtesy Cassie De Pecol)
To …

marriott rewards members south african safari

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Robin Bennefield

Why a South African Safari Is the Best Way to Find What You Least Expect

There was a giraffe standing feet away from Toli and Nicole Kanaris, just as the African sun was setting on their perfect picnic scene. They couldn’t believe it. They could …

Ryan Breitenbach

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Tricia Mirchandani

Cinematographer Ryan Breitenbach on Storytelling on the Road and Being Best Dressed at the Airport

Kansas City–based cinematographer Ryan Breitenbach captures stories while living on the road for months at a time. He’s worked on more than a dozen films and television shows, training his …

Sawyer Hartman in China.

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Marc Graser

How Sawyer Hartman is Living One Unscripted Day at a Time

Sawyer Hartman is always in search of a good story. That’s because he’s put pressure on himself to find — and tell the 1.7 million subscribers of his YouTube channel  …

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Marc Graser

How Venice Enabled Two Friends to Explore Their Passion for Art

Morenike Graham-Douglas exploring the JW Marriott in Venice with her best friend Pearl Renua.
It’s always a special moment for someone to experience Venice, Italy, for the first time. Morenike …

Brothers Eric and Ryan flank Dale Tietz in Patagonia, a place he was able to visit with his sons for his 66th birthday. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Tietz)

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Steve Chagollan

How Two Sons Fulfilled Their Father’s Dream of Hiking Patagonia

Brothers Eric and Ryan flank Dale Tietz in Patagonia, a place he was able to visit with his sons for his 66th birthday. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Tietz)
Ryan Tietz …