Say hello to your new Featured Insider: psudad!
Insider since: May 20, 2010
Marriott Rewards status: Lifetime Gold
About Me: 2017 was a good year for me in the Marriott family! I marked my 30 years in the Marriott Rewards Program (originally Marriott Marquis). I achieved Gold Elite for Life. And I even reached Trailblazer status on Insiders. And now, I get to kick off the 2018 travel season as your Featured Insider!
My Interests: I love to travel and a career in technology sales allowed me to see the majority of the US and some travel abroad. My travel – or keep moving – bug was probably born of the many moves I made throughout my childhood and then through my career. My Dad spent his career with IBM (I’ve Been Moved) and we moved quite a few times – first around the Northeast and then the Southeast. My career also had me on the move, relocating often. But, eventually I (now we), have settled down. Though I have been in my home for 30 years, it is the 26th place I have lived. Married an incredible woman, raised two great kids, who are now grown and gone. Ironically, their careers have taken them both to other parts of the country, and here we are in Pennsylvania. So now, instead of selling a house, buying a new one and making all new friends, we just travel as often as we can, meet wonderfully interesting people, see great sights and dig in to all that makes places great. My travel stretch goal is to visit all seven continents and all 50 states. Have 10 states to go and all the ‘A’ continents. Need to get busy.
Favorite Destinations: We tend to prefer the bigger cities when traveling. Some of our favorites are Paris and Rome, to where we keep returning. Just visited Prague and fell in love with that city - the same trip took us to Nuremberg, Regensburg, Vienna and Budapest. Heading back to London soon. Our affection for large cities aside, our trips driving through Tuscany, England and Scotland, Ireland (Republic) and, most recently Southern France were life changing. I could move to Provence tomorrow – money, family and responsibilities notwithstanding!
Favorite Marriott Properties: A few of my favorite Marriott properties, so far, are – Marriott Grand Hotel Flora in Rome (breakfast on the rooftop cannot be beat), Ghent Marriott (fantastic location), Brussels Marriott (Great location and Herve, concierge extraordinaire), Renaissance Aix-en-Provence (great staff, outrageous breakfast buffet, and short walking access to a lovely town with a wonderful restaurant and market scene), and last but certainly not least, the Boscolo Budapest (stunning property, exceeded only by a 5-star staff). It has been a pleasure partnering with Marriott for the last 30 years of travels and I look forward to many more years of adventures and rewards.
Congratulations on reaching Lifetime Gold status and on thirty years with Marriott Rewards! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with fellow members. We love reading your travel adventures, psudad!
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