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Professional Traveler Mike Thiel Really Needs a Vacation!

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Portsmouth, NH—(August 2004)—For more than 25 years, luxe travel guru Mike Thiel has been traveling the world and dishing out vacation tips. Yet he’s never been known to heed one important piece of his own advice—to take it easy and avoid over-scheduling. “I just got back from a weeklong European cruise where I spent nearly every waking minute on the move and doing research,” says Thiel. “What I need more than anything right now is a real vacation.”

Helmsman of the acclaimed Hideaways Aficionado travel club, Thiel logs mega-miles searching the world for secluded, seductive hideaways. He then shares his adventures with the club’s 20,000 travel-passionate members in the semi-annual Hideaways Guide, quarterly Hideaways newsletters, weekly Hideaways Insider e-newsletters, as well as its newest offering, The Hideaways Collection annual directory, featuring best-of-kind, international escapes.

In his candid, detailed appraisals of luxe and intimate resorts and hotels, vacation villas, and yacht-like cruise ships, Thiel almost always admonishes Hideaways Aficionado members to strike a balance between exploring and relaxing—whether they’re vacationing on St. Barth or Fiji. “Slow down and get to know the area like a local,” he urges members.

If they only knew.

This is a man who rarely stays more than two nights in any one place . . . who “did” the Vatican in a blistering 45 minutes . . . who walked 10 miles in Vienna during his “relaxing” river cruise’s day-long stop-over to check out the city’s best hideaways . . . who checks into a hotel, then checks out five or six others in the area—video camera and tape recorder running—just to compare . . . who bounds out of bed before dawn (he’s on vacation, remember) to record the sunrise over the Piazza San Marco for the cover of his magazine . . . and whose passport actually wears out from use.

Knowing the reality of life as a professional traveler, the energetic Thiel is amused at the naiveté of friends, colleagues, and Hideaways Aficionado members who have offered—in earnest—to trade jobs with him. “Sure, I get to visit some exotic lands and to stay at some pretty nice places,” Thiel says, “but it’s a real stretch to think of these trips as leisurely, restful breaks from the work-a-day world.”

“I’m not complaining,” Thiel continues. “I just need a vacation!”

Since 1979, Hideaways has explored the vacation road less traveled, searching for the world’s most exceptional escapes, including exclusive resorts, cozy country inns, boutique hotels, specialty cruise ships, private yacht charters, secluded villas, city-center apartments, guest ranches, charming condos, unique castles, and even entire Caribbean islands. Hideaways’ recommendations are profiled in The Hideaways Collection directory, Hideaways Guide, Hideaways newsletter, and Hideaways Insider e-newsletter. For more information, visit, or call 603-430-4433.

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