Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i Business Class O'Hare to Frankfurt

I've flown the Boeing 747-8i before, but this was my first time in the newest Lufthansa Business Class product.  It isn't all that cutting edge, but it is a big improvement on their previous product.   Even despite the price premium, this was a much better experience than what United ...
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Trip Report: Introduction to my Family Trip to Europe with a Baby

We're back from our first long haul international trip with our daughter.  There were certainly countless changes from our former travel patterns, but other than keeping a more open and flexible schedule, we weren't really too constrained by our new travel companion.

The Lufthansa ...
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Trip Report: Exploring Lisbon, Portugal

I have heard many good things about Portugal, so I was fortunate to have a business trip there earlier this year.  I didn't have much time to explore, and I never left Lisbon, but I'm glad I finally got to knock this city off my list of places to visit.  I flew US Airways Business Class to ...

Review: US Airways Airbus 330 Business Class

As I've made the transition from primarily a United flyer to an American flyer, I've had some (to me) new experiences.  One more notable new experience was my first flight in reverse herringbone business class.  I had a business trip to Lisbon, and I flew US Airways via Philadelphia and ...
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Review: A Duplex Suite at the Sheraton Prague Charles Square

I had a great day touring Prague, and I also wanted to share a review of my home base while there, the Sheraton Prague Charles Square.  Rates were cheap, and I was fortunate to have my Suite Night Award clear 5 days out, so I had a nice multi-level suite for my stay.  Granted, I wasn't in ...

A Day in Photos from Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a city that has been high on my list of places to visit.  I finally had the chance after a business trip to Frankfurt.  Only visiting for a day is hardly doing it justice, but one day is better than zero.  I've done several trips like this as a tag on business trips to get a ...
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Our First International Trip as a Family of Three

Can a trip with an infant be a vacation?  I'm about to find out.  We are about to head to Europe for a quick family trip.  As usual, I'm excited for some new destinations and experiences, and want to share it here.

Yep, another excuse to show off this ...
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Don't you get sick of traveling so much? Some Favorite Travel Quotes

I'm often asked if I tire of traveling so much.  At times, especially when dealing with stupid delays I may feel that way.  Being away from home and especially my wife and daughter is tough given that most of my travel is for work.  But every time I find my self not traveling for a ...
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Exploring and eating my way around Istanbul

I have written about experiences on a past business trip to India.  That trip was supposed to be approximately a week in India, and then to return back home.  Due to some last minute changes, I ended up needing to work in Istanbul before I went home.  While I love the city, I wasn't ...
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Am I the only one who cries on airplanes? Wait, don't answer that...

I'm generally not much of a crier in most situations.  That said there are a few things that do break that rule.  I've found myself getting a little bit misty on occasion on airplanes.  At least it seems that I'm not alone in that regard.
I recently read an article in ...
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Delayed Checked Baggage Upon Arrival with Swiss Airlines in Zurich

While I avoid checking bags as much as I can, due to length of trip or various other requirements, sometimes I do have to check baggage.  My typical trips are short domestic trips, and I never check a bag.  I occasionally carry on on international trips too, but on the rare occasion that I ...
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Southwest Airlines Customized Birthday Messages

I had a birthday recently, and as usual received a bunch of nice greetings from friends online.  I also was acknowledged by various travel programs, although interestingly the programs I consider myself loyal to didn't send me anything.  One of the most memorable birthday messages I ...

My Experiences with Travel and Dining in India

I had a business trip to India in late 2014.  While visiting Gurgaon, Chennai, Vellore and  Ahmedabad I was able to explore various cuisines as well as a few of the domestic airlines.  I have already reviewed some of the excellent hotels I visited (The Westin Gurgaon and the ITC Grand ...
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Review: Suite at The ITC Grand Chola, Chennai India


On my business trip to India, we spent a few days in the south of the country, in Chennai.  There are some excellent hotels here, and while there we stayed at the ITC Grand Chola, which is affiliated with Starwood Preferred Guest.  Like my stay at the Westin Gurgaon, I successfully ...
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Review: Executive Suite at the Westin Gurgaon, India

The Westin in Gurgaon, India is a fresh, modern hotel relatively close to Indira Gandhi Airport in Delhi, and to the office where I would be working for a few days.  It also came highly recommended from a colleague, and it is pretty well reviewed online.  It was a very nice hotel, and ...
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Utilizing New Balance Workout Gear Rental at Westin Hotels

Working out, and for me especially running is a necessary part of my travel experience for both the physical and mental benefits.  Despite being a regular gym-goer, and a frequent traveler, I sometimes realize I didn't pack properly.  On a recent trip, I discovered I forgot my workout ...
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Switching from National Rental Car to Hertz, not by choice.

I rent cars quite a bit in my business travels, and for several years I have my preferred vendor has been National.  For the most part, I've been happy with National, and had earned Executive status for several years.  Starting in 2015, my company preferred vendors no longer included ...
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