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Off on my Singapore Airlines First Class trip!

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After nearly a year since this trip was booked; my wife and I are off on our anniversary trip to Southeast Asia and the Maldives on Singapore Airlines.

View of a Singapore Airlines A380 from a previous trip

I'm not one to have a 'bucket list' per se, but Singapore Airlines has always had an intrigue.  It is often listed as the 'World's Best Airline', and the fact that is somewhat difficult to obtain seats in their premium cabins really builds ...

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A great day on United, but some concerns: Channel 9, etc.

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I've had some struggles with recent travels on United, but (knock on wood) I'm pleased to report my last few trips have been smooth.  My trip back home this week from Philadelphia was about as good as can be for a domestic short haul trip.

Dusk behind the Philly skyline

I had to extend my trip a few days, and I was somewhat hoping to use same day change to change my return, but I waited too long, and at least partially due to a very low fare ...

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Floating Garden - Photo Flashback

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

This location is closer to home then many photos in this series and was a brief break on a business trip.  This is located within a quiet respite in the midst of a very busy area.  The views can be incredible.  This garden is one small part of a much larger facility containing a collection from one of the world's first billionaires. ...

Lifetime Gold Status at Starwood

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Lifetime status sounds really impressive, especially since I hope to have many decades of travel in my future.  I have just attained a lifetime status for the first time:  

This took a few days after my last stay posted putting me over the 250 night threshold.

Lifetime Gold status is not most exciting set of benefits, but its nice to know that I will keep these benefits moving forward with all Starwood stays.  As referenced ...

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Southern coastal view - Photo Flashback

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

This one is probably difficult to guess, but here are some clues:  This photo was taken near the second largest city on the southern coast of this divided country. It is a major port, and for a time served as a temporary national capital.  It is sometimes called the summer capital due to its many beaches.  

  

Where was this photo ...

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Wrap up of my recent streak of delayed flights on United.

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Unfortunately, I've been on quite a run of delayed flights lately.  I've had business trips several weeks in a row, and each trip had some significant delays. I summarized them in these posts: Delayed from Philadelphia, delayed into Las Vegas, and Los Angeles delays.

Flight status of my outbound flight.  Another mechanical...

The good news is that I don't have any delayed flights this week, but that's because I'm not flying at all. ...

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Some new friends? - Photo flashback

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

I guess in some places a tall white guy is a novelty, so I occasionally get asked to be in photos.  This rather funny photo shows one of those moments.  The woman on my right grabbed my arm right as the photo was taken, much to the amusement of her friends.  The location is a very unique place that I have discussed briefly before.  Even without meeting new ...

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United adds PreCheck info to boarding passes

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Beep Beep Beep!  YES!

PreCheck is probably the best innovation brought forth by the much maligned TSA.  And now, its even easier to know if you qualify before you head to the airport.  Airlines have now added information on boarding passes that show if that particular flyer has qualified for PreCheck access for that flight.  

here is a (slightly redacted) boarding pass from a recent ...

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Another messed up trip on United, but maybe my luck is changing?

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Another day, another delay.  Sadly, that been the streak I've had recently on United

 

I don't normally talk too much about my typical domestic travel.  That is mostly because, thankfully, it's often uneventful, so I don't bother sharing too much here.  My commentary on my typical travel is usually just of the 140 character variety on Twitter.  Unfortunately, I've had a really bad run lately.  Even with the recent FAA furloughs of the ...

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Half a Face - Photo Flashback

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

This is one of many sculptures and other pieces of art in a large garden near a famous city.  This area is slightly removed from more noted areas, but its an easy walk. 

 

 

Where was this photo taken, what is this place called, and what is the story behind this unique location?

Have you visited ...

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Update on my bad travel experiences last week

Last week, I shared a travel experience that ended up becoming one of the worst series of delays I have had in over one million miles of flying.  At the time of my last post, I was stuck in Cleveland, and trying to figure out how to get to Las Vegas for a conference, having missed a connection there due to a delayed departure from Milwaukee.  Thanks to a very helpful agent at the United Club who kept monitoring space, I was eventually able to get on a one stop itinerary to Las Vegas ...

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Sleep deprived in travel hell, and I'm still smiling

Most people that know me know I'm a usually upbeat person, and am often smiling. We'll see how long that lasts. There have been storms messing up travel in the midwest, and Chicago in particular. I was in Philadelphia earlier this week, and was supposed to fly home last evening, to sleep and repack. Then this morning I was scheduled to head to Las Vegas for a conference.


Yesterday, my original Philadelphia to Chicago United Express flight was delayed. I got rebooked on an ...

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The Hyatt Regency San Francisco - my home on the west coast

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Do you have a hotel you are so familiar with it feels like a second home?  With my many stays in the last few years at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, it has become my west coast home.

 

My company has an office on the San Francisco peninsula relatively close to the airport, and we get a decent corporate rate at the Hyatt, along with a few other places.  Based on my preferences I opt for the Hyatt vs Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn or other ...

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Come together - Photo Flashback

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

This photo is unique to most in this series, in that is is located in a remote location rather than a city.  It is also somewhat closer to home than most others.  This spot is one of many landmarks in the park where it is located.

 

 

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Addicted to travel? Why deny it?

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Hello, I'm Brad, and I'm a travel-holic.  

Road warrior might be a better term, but when I have slow stretches with little or no travel, I definitely feel an urge to be out on the road again as soon as possible.

 

I am fortunate to have a job that requires frequent travel.  This definitely plays into my nearly lifelong love of traveling.  

As a child, I remember not being able to sleep due to my excitement before leaving on a trip.  My ...

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Down the alley - Photo Flashback

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

This particular photo isn't of a particular building, but rather a unique part of a classic city.  It is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Can you name this historic city or better yet, the area where this photo was taken?  

 

 

Where was this photo taken, what is this place called, and what is the story behind this unique ...

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Updates on my Singapore Airlines award trip

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Thanks to some suggestions provided by readers, I've made a few more plans for a stopover on my upcoming trip to southeast Asia.  I'm excited for the opportunity to explore a new country, and still open to other ideas.

 

Photo of Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur by Trey Ratciff from Flickr

 

Time flies.  Hard to believe its already been more than 2 months since my original post seeking advice for ...

The Cathedral - Photo Flashback

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

This is currently the tallest building in the city where it is located.  It has a prominent place in the spiritual life of this city, but it also has its place as the starting point of some major changes that took place for this city and country.

 

 

Where was this photo taken, what is this place called, and what is the story behind this ...

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The Longest Way Home - Travel book review

A travel journal intermixed with the story of how travel affects relationships written by a member of the 80's brat pack. That's an odd combination, but it made Andrew McCarthy's The Longest Way Home an entertaining read.

This is a video put together by the publisher that gives a humorous introduction to the book and follows some of the themes of the narrative. The author has a strong ongoing urge to travel, but he also feels pulled to settle down and end his long engagement ...

Stones, snow, and a cross - Photo Flashback

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This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back a flood of memories of my experiences.  This is a most somber place, but I'm glad to have had the opportunity to visit.  What happened here should never be forgotten, and beyond the history,  I have a personal connection here as well.

 

 

Where was this photo taken, what is this place called, and what is the story behind this unique location?

Have you visited ...

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