Holiday Travel Gift Guide  


Latest Travel Stories:

The Pioneer Corps of WW II

My Panama Hat

Turn East at Barstow

Shreveport - A Good Bet

Viejas - A Good Bet

La Casa Del Zorro Returns!

RIU Roundup: Cabo San Lucas and Playa Del Carmen

Hacienda Tres Rios - It's Not Easy Being Green


Coming Attractions:

The Beaches of Normandy

AmaWaterways: Paris Down the Seine

Casino Envy

Hall of Fame Photos


Travels with Hian Library:


Can We Go to the Rim? Second Place/Silver Winner Annual NATJAWriters Competition, 2012

On and Off the Grid in San Francisco

Houseboating with My Pirate Pals First Place/Gold Winner Annual NATJA Writers Competition, 2010

2011 San Diego Restaurant Week

2010 San Diego Restaurant Week

2009 San Diego Restaurant Week

Coronado Caper

Santa Barbara Car Free

Destination Temecula

San Diego Getaways:

The Historic Mission Inn and a Palm Springs Retreat


Hawaii by Sea

*Turtle Bay & O'ahu's North


* NCL's Pride of America:

   Cruising the Isands

11 Days with HAL

*A Duck Landed on My Lap

* The Mexican Riviera

* Zaandam A to Z

A Winning Travel Combination: Barbados and Royal Clipper

Gunkholing with CruiseWest

Terrific Tampa and Carnival's Carribean

The Spirit of Discovery: In the Wake of Lewis and Clark

Sailing Summit

The South:

Sexy South Beach and the

Doral Resort and Country Club

Rosemary Beach and Highway 30A



My Hall of Fame For Travel Photos Is Under Construction.





Thinking Out Loud: Now that another major airline is charging for luggage, Southwest is the "last man standing."  That means travelers must pack wisely (think light) and be smart about their luggage unless you want to pay fees. Reminder: there are two kinds of luggage; carry-on and lost. You might find answers to those issues in my Holiday Travel Guide. Here's a hint:



Eagle Creek's Load Warrior 22" Wheeled Duffel

Poker Update: My 5-star rated app, Poker Tutorial: Omaha 101 - Improve Your Game and/or Learn the Basics, can be found in the iTunes store or just Google - Poker Tutorial: Omaha 101.

I'm in the process on adding a "Travel and Poker" chapter to the app.  Stay tuned.

The Omaha app has now been downloaded in over 50 countries around the globe!  Think of the $2.99 as the price of a small blind.


Note: search "Omaha Poker Sutro" at Google Play for Android users.


Howard Hian

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Travels with Hian Library:


Triple Treat: All Inclusive in Cancun, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen

The Aztec Eagles of WW II Featured in the August 2012 Issue of TravelWorld International Magazine and finalist in the 2012 North American Travel Journalists Association's writers competition.

Two Sides of Cabo San Lucas

Why Riviera Maya?

Quintessential Quintana Roo Cancun International Writers 2nd. Place Award, 2010

The Jews of Cancun North American Travel Journalist Finalist (4th. Place) Award Winner in 2013 Annual Writing Contest.

Las Vegas and Reno

A Good Bet in Reno

Four Winners in Las Vegas

Draw Three in Las Vegas

World Poker Tour Boot Camp &

Bobby's Room

Playing Hooky, Discovering Atlantis  

Las Vegas Civilized

Travel Goodies:

2013 Travel Gifts for the Holidays

2012 Travel Gifts for the Holidays

Travel Goodies and Gizmos

My Favorite Hotels, Resorts and   

Travel Tips

A Second Carry On Plus      

Nine Other Nifty Travel Gifts

Travel Smart: Head to Toe

Travel Gifts for the Holidays

A Cocoon of Comfort

 The Midwest:


The A-B-Cs of Columbia, Missouri


Columbia: More Than a College


River Time on the Mighty Mississippi


Amsterdam and Budapest: A Quick Guide

Portugal Series:

The Alentejo and Porto
Lisbon and Sintra
Busaco and Luso

Sandals Resort in the Bahamas

The West & the Southwest:

The Seattle Seven - Reasons to Visit the Emerald City

Alaska at a Glance

Play Ball, Play in Phoenix and Scottsdale

Metronatural and the Seattle Seven

Portland: A - Z

The High Road to Taos

Santa Fe: A Ten Minute Walk Can Take Two Weeks

A Slice of Maui

A Horse Walked Into the Saloon: Only in Telluride

Historic Telluride, Colorado