Supporting my blog without credit card links

I didn't start this blog intending to leverage it into a source of income.  In almost 3 years, that is still true.  Would I like to just travel at my leisure and blog about it without having to work my 'day job'?  Sure, but I don't see that happening right now.  
I discuss ...

United to Maui and the Sheraton Maui - Escape to Hawaii

Late in 2012, work was keeping me very busy, but thankfully we had planned a trip to Hawaii to relax before the holidays.  Hawaii is probably not be best place to go for an affordable beach location, but it holds a special place for my wife and I since that is where we had our ...

Upgraded to a Parlor Suite at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare


Despite the fact that I live less than 100 miles from O'Hare, I do occasionally stay in hotels near there, in the case of a very early flight or irregular operations.
I've had a few stays at the rather unique looking Hyatt Regency O'Hare recently.  In both cases I was ...

KLM iFly magazine

I would guess that most people that are on this site are here to read about travel.  Normally I would prefer you stay here and read the excellent blogs, but here I'd like to share another excellent online travel magazine.  IFly Magazine is published bimonthly by KLM. ...

Take Care of Tourists - Photo Flashback

This is another photo from a past trip that has brought back memories of my experiences.  People with better foreign language skills than I posess might figure this one out quickly.

Where was this photo taken, ...

Trying Hyatt's new Shampoo - KenetMD

KenetMD products are finally available for sale online! Click here
I have discussed my aversion to Portico White Ginger bathroom amenities that used to be the standard at most Hyatt and Hyatt Place hotels.  As mentioned in my previous post, Hyatt has moved on to new brands, although ...

Trip conclusion and giveaway - The Journey the Destination

It has now been months since I returned most recent 'big' trip.  Looking back, it was a such a great experience.  I got to fly on several new aircraft types, with my first flights on a 747-8i, an A380 and a 787 Dreamliner.  I had a great stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, and I ...

Help me choose my stopover: Singapore, Malaysia or somewhere else?

I was fortunate to book a trip in Singapore First Class during the short window in July 2012 when it was available to United Mileage Plus members.  I didn't have any trips already planned, but I didn't want to pass up this rare opportunity.  I eventually decided to book a trip to the ...

Organizing foreign currency

I've recently reorganized my system for keeping track of various currencies from international travel.  My new system is not perfect, but its much better than my old way of putting remaining coins in an envelope, then stashing it in a drawer to likely ...

Lighthouse - Photo Flashback

This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back a flood of memories of my experiences.  This location is much closer to home than some of the others I have posted.  This photo was taken from a boat, but this site is easily visible from land. ...
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The big church - Photo Flashback

This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back a flood of memories of my experiences.

Where was this photo taken, what is this place called, and what is the story behind this unique location?
Have you visited there?
This is part of a "photo ...

A roundup of my 2012 travels

As the new year approaches, it is time again to reflect on the past year, and look ahead to plans for 2013.

Here is my route map for 2012.
2012 was a pretty busy year for travel for me, I had some great experiences with new aircraft and new destinations on my award trips.  My ...
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Virgin Atlantic - Flying in the Face of Ordinary

Born to be flight crew?  This new commercial from Virgin Atlantic follows an X-Men-like theme of how their crew are born with special talents that are utilized to be superhero flight crew.
I enjoy airline commercials, and occasionally post some of my favorites here.  This one has all ...

Shark!!! - Photo Flashback

This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back a flood of memories of my experiences.
This isn't as unique as some other photos I have posted, but its certainly not something one would expect to see when visiting this location.  The water surrounding this photo is ...

An embarrassingly nice stay at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort.

$135 for a $500 suite on a business trip?  Yeah, I'll take that deal.  
This is the first time I've ever stayed in a Park Hyatt for work, as well as the first time I've ever paid rather than used an award redemption.  These hotels are typically outside the my ...