Say hello to your new featured Insider: yogib!
I’m honoured to ascend into the select club of Featured Insiders as one of the younger members. Hardly three years ago I was clicking around the Marriott website to find smarter ways to get ahead in the Marriott Rewards program and stumbled upon this marvelous community that has played a vital role in getting me where I am now in the loyalty program.
Insider since: 5 July 2016
Marriott Rewards Status: Titanium Elite
About Me: Born and raised in the Netherlands, I made the jump to Canada in 2010 and I’m based in Montreal now where I live my lovely life (and travel) partner. I’m a self-employed worker offering technical services to the performing arts and event industries, which go from lighting design to technical direction / technical project management. Since I’ve been born, my parents took me travelling, mostly camping across Europe. Later on, I became a well-known animator in the local Montreal Couchsurfing community, up until the point where I found a new swing to hotel travel that rhymes with my travelling habits, which got to whole new extremes once I got to the bottom of Marriott Rewards.
My Interests: When I’m not working like a workaholic, I still play around with technology at home. I geek out on a variety of subjects, such as technology, history, transport, and urbanism. I’m a big fan of trying out microbrews as well as a good single-malt scotch. We’re constantly trying to have our trips incarnate these themes, including the choice for hotels whenever possible. I participate in a few internet communities on a variety of subjects (latest addition is Air Passenger Rights) and even occasionally contribute to Wikipedia.
Favorite Marriott Properties: Being a younger member of this community, I have considerable less Marriott travel under my belt. Our most amazing experiences were the London County Hall and - most recently - Lille’s Hermitage Gantois (first-time Autograph Collection left us longing for more!) These hotels both were able to offer the big “wow” all across the board during our stays. In recent years I’ve grown very fond of the Marriott Ottawa Hotel as well, as the staff is so great to us and notably the lounge staff is like extended family to us, which is essential at a “home away from home.”
Favorite Destinations: After a long day of work: my bed. ;-)
As a traveller, my favourite city is Barcelona, for the amazing architecture and art pieces that can be found everywhere (got to love Gaudí.) My favourite ‘active’ destination is Le Massif near Quebec City: skiing or snowboarding with a breath-taking view on the St-Laurence River.
Dream Destinations: We’re overdue for a tropical vacation, sipping fancy cocktails with those little umbrellas next to a pool or beach. Hawaii is on our radar and my family is talking about meeting up in the (Dutch?) Caribbean for the next Holidays. We’re also looking at going to Disney World Orlando this year. The new elite benefits at resorts will definitely become useful for those destinations. For the longer-term destinations: everything is on the table! The other Insiders definitely offer plenty of inspiration for future plans.