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What’s Next – 48 Hours, 7 Cities, 3 Weeks, 1 Continent

18 Comments 23 September 2013

Disclosure: Club Carlson compensated me and provided for my travel and accommodations in exchange for writing about my travels with them. Regardless, everything I have said in the post reflects my honest observations and opinions.

Club Carlson Global Travelers

Announcing my new travel project!

Forty-Eight it’s an important number for me for the next 3 weeks. I have some exciting news and it all has to do with the number 48. Actually it has to do with a lot of numbers.

Three Weeks, Seven Cities

For the next 3 weeks I’ll be a part of the Club Carlson Global Travelers Program. Carlson has been in the travel industry for years  – I’m sure you know them from their hotel chains among other things (Radisson Blu, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn by Radisson, and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson℠ ). They also run a really cool points program,
Club Carlson℠, for frequent travelers to earn points for staying at the hotels and redeem them a zillion different ways including hotel stays, airline miles, paypal deposits, and charitable donations. That’s where I come in – I’m going to introduce you to some really cool places you can travel to on Club Carlson Points in North America.  Plus, you’ll be hearing more about Club Carlson points in the near future as I have some exciting news regarding Club Carlson℠ that actually effect my readers.

club carlson global travelers

Club Carlson℠ is sending 3 bloggers across 3 continents to see just how far they can travel on Gold Points. I’m the blogger for the Americas traveling to 7 cities in North /Central America in 3 weeks experiencing a variety of the hotels.  You’ll also meet and can follow the other two bloggers – Nora from Professional Hobo is covering Europe, and James from Nomadic Notes is covering Asia. I love the fact that we have all been nomadic writers for many years – and I’ve recently met them both in person – you’ll love them!

Numerous New Challenges To Take On

Talk about fast travel – this is quite different than my normal mode of travel – but I love to mix things up else life gets pretty boring – even if you travel for a living like I do. Previously, I never really traveled much for work, which is one of the reasons why I actually left my job. I wanted to travel more (duh) and was willing to do business travel since I had no family to anchor me.  But somehow I always ended up in jobs that that required little or no travel while my peers (who hated traveling) were flying to Asia and other parts of the world. So this is my chance to see what rapid business travel is like! I’m really wishing now that I would have gotten TSA Pre-check – as security lines and airports are going to be a frequent part of this trip!

dual backpack

My typical luggage amount – I”ll need to downsize this!

And my biggest challenge is learning how to be a carry-on traveler. As a slow nomadic traveler I check my luggage, but as a rapid Club Carlson Global Traveler I will need to travel lighter and quicker which means carry-on. Not an easy thing to do for 3 weeks with climates ranging from Vancouver to Aruba and of course all of my electronics needed for blogging – but I’m up for the challenge!

The Seven Cities

I have a really cool cross section of cities I’m headed to – some new to me and some I’m quite familiar with. In fact I even lived in one of them before! Here’s where I’ll be headed – and if you live in the area be sure to give me a shout – I could use some good local advice and friends! In addition, I’m really excited to check out the hotels as many of the brands I’ve never even stayed in before.

Vancouver Canada – Park Inn by Radisson Hotel and Suites on Broadway

Vancouver city view

Can’t wait to get this beautiful view of Vancouver from the Park Inn Hotel & Suites

Twin Cities Minnesota  – Radisson Blu Mall of America

mod design Mall of America

Mod design at the Radisson Blue MOA – yes – I will be sitting in one of these chairs…

Chicago – Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

Chicago architecture

Chicago architecture is so beautiful – and I get to stay in one of the coolest buildings at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel!

New Orleans – Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, French Quarter

French Quarter New Orleans

The Atrium where I’ll be staying in New Orleans French Quarter

Savannah Georgia – Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Savannah Historical District

Savannah Historical District

My Savannah Diggs in the Historical District. This will be my 1st trip to Savannah!

Orlando – Radisson Hotel Orlando – Lake Buena Vista

Orlando pool Radisson

I’ll need some pool time once I reach Radisson Hotel Orlando!

Aruba – Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa

Aruba Resort

Not a bad place to end my travels at the Radisson Aruba Resort!

Just What Can You Do In 48 Hours?

Back to the number 48. I’ll basically have 48 hours in each city plus some travel days.  In Ottsworld Unique Travel Experience form, my goal is to see what interesting, unique things I can find to do in each city in 48 hours. This will be tips for people on weekend vacations, and business travelers who want to get more out of their business travel. Even if you are in a city for a short time – that doesn’t mean you can’t explore and find local and unique experiences.

I have done a little research on each city and planned one or two things that I will do and some restaurant choices, however I plan on putting the hotels to the test for this challenge too. I will utilize the hotel staff to provide me with unique tips on what to do or where to eat in their city and I will do one of them while I’m there. I absolutely love it when people are passionate and excited about sharing their city, and the hotel staff presumably live there – so I might as well see what they recommend.  And as usual, I’m not going to be looking for the typical tourist things – I want something different!

And you won’t have to wait long to get the tips – within 48 hours of leaving a city – I will be posting an article about what I did and photos. This is as close as I get to real time blogging – something I haven’t done in a while but am excited about! Of course in addition I’ll be doing live updates on Twitter and Facebook too under #GlobalTravlerSherry.

Stay tuned – the adventure starts on Wednesday as I fly off to Vancouver! I will be sharing more updates on how you can participate and follow along…AND how you can potentially win Club Carlson points for yourself!

Your Comments

18 Comments so far

  1. I had a drink during happy hour at the bar in the Chicago Blu – it’s insane! Enjoy, this sounds like a cool trip!

  2. Jan Ross says:

    We stayed at the Radisson Blu Aqua in Chicago recently and it’s a beautiful hotel. Very modern, with incredible turquoise carpet in the rooms. If you have time, have lunch or dinner at Filini, the restaurant in the hotel, and order the ravioli – to die for! I actually wrote about our dinner here if you are interested: http://www.wanderlustwonder.com/2013/05/20/cant-miss-dining-at-filini-bar-and-restaurant-in-chicago/

    • Sherry says:

      Looks delicious! Yes – I was planning on eating there as it seems like a great place. The mixology class you reference also sounds cool…I wonder what the odds are that they are having it one of the 2 days I’m there?!

  3. Maria says:

    Wow Sherry! This is such a cool project.
    I can hardly wait to see what you find in each place. Sounds like a new twist on the old scavenger hunt. 😀

    • Sherry says:

      So true – it is going to be like a scavenger hunt for me in a way…luckily I don’t have to find a clue to go to the next city though! Thanks for following along!

  4. Wynne says:

    What a cool project indeed! Have a blast and I can’t wait to hear about some of these cities!

  5. This definitely sounds fast paced but also exciting! Good luck! I can’t wait to read your reviews of these hotels – especially Chicago!

    • Sherry says:

      Yes Mary- everyone seems to love the Chicago hotel – I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. I’m also really excited about New Orleans and Savannah! Thanks for following along!

  6. Nora says:

    Wow Sherry – those hotels look awesome! I’m equally thrilled with my upcoming lineup – there’s a giant aquarium (that people scuba dive in) in the middle of the place I’ll stay in Berlin! Open your window, and behold: fish.

  7. This sounds so exciting. You’re right that a change of pace is a great idea. I am kinda feeling like I’d enjoy some fast travel for a few weeks right about now. I quite enjoy airports and definitely enjoy trying out lots of different hotels! It’s great that Club Carlson have decided to work with bloggers. Kudos to them.

  8. Looks like you will be staying in some amazing hotels. This should be fun. Hope we can connect when you are in Vancouver.

  9. James Clark says:

    Hi Sherry, what a great list of cites you are visiting! I’m happy to be on this project with you and I look forward to your reports :)

  10. A very cool and fun project! It will no doubt be a very hectic time but also a greatly rewarding one as you dash about the cities, good luck and have a great time I look forward to reading the inside scoop of some of North America’s finest cities.

  11. I’ll be following along! Wish we were there in Minneapolis (Carlson Companies’ home town!) to meet up in some uber local haunt (though I haven’t seen their MOA Blu hotel yet). And Chicago building looks gorgeous, with a touch of Gaudi.

  12. Vikas Nehra says:

    Hello, Sherry you looks like will be staying in some very good hotels and you great list of traveling.

  13. Hi Sherry , You have awesome talent , u are inspiring many peoples towards the profession of photography , and also letting them now how to photograph a beautiful picture from our surrounding, You are awesome ,
    my best wishes always with you ,
    Regards : Hassan Zubair

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I'm Sherry, a corporate cube dweller turned nomadic traveler. I travel to off-the-beaten-path destinations to bring you unique travel experiences and photography. But it's not just about travel, it's also about life experiences of a middle age wanderer.
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