The Mitchell Gallery of Flight, a museum inside Milwaukee Airport


Delays in airports are bound to happen, fortunately, there are options that can hopefully make these pass faster.  The Mitchell Gallery of Flight is a nice little aviation museum in the main terminal of the Milwaukee airport.  


Milwaukee's Mitchell airport is my home airport, so often I'm just passing through, and rarely spend much time there. ...

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Low tide - Photo Flashback


This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back a flood of memories of my experiences.  This photo looks towards the town center from along the water.  It is by no means a major city, but it is a prominent town in the region where it is located.  I'd be impressed if anyone named the town unless they had visited here themselves.  Its in a beautiful area, with ...

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The St. Regis Princeville - Escape to Hawaii


I knew Princeville was beautiful, but as we enjoyed a drink at dusk soon after our arrival, we were treated to views like this. It was remarkable.


No filter or anything like that.  It was just the perfect conditions.  Subsequent nights were not nearly this colorful.   

After our time at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, we made ...

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Edge of Metropolis - Photo Flashback


This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back a flood of memories of my experiences.  This was taken in a major city, although I don't think any of the skyscrapers in the frame are particularly notable, at least not to me.  Fans of sport may find items in the foreground that quickly answer where this photo was taken



Collections from the road - What do you bring home from your travels?

Starbucks mugs

Souvenirs are one way to remember a place you have visited.  Most tourist sites have countless items for sale, but of course you aren't limited to what is in the various shops at your destination.


Starbucks mug collection belonging to Magic Ketchup.  Image from Flickr.

I have friends and family who collect things ...

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Giant Metal Fish - Photo Flashback





This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back a flood of memories of my experiences.  This fish sculpture is one of many in this area, which is a popular lounging spot for locals and tourists alike.


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Air New Zealand's newest safety video featuring Bear Grylls and beautiful NZ views

Air New Zealand is at it again with their safety videos.  This time they maintain the expected humor, but also feature something New Zealand is famous for, the great outdoors.  I'm sort of indifferent to Bear Grylls, but still enjoyed the video.  Guess I'm a sucker for a Kiwi accent, although only the flight attendant with minimal lines sounds like a native New ...

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A stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai - Escape to Hawaii


After our stay at the Sheraton Maui, we made our way to the airport for the quick flight to Kauai.  We had 5 nights on the island, and ultimately decided to split our time between the Grand Hyatt on the south side and the St. Regis in Princeville. 

Our one previous stay on Kauai was at the Marriott near the Lihue airport.  We knew we wanted to spend some time on ...

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 my blog ethics in detail on my profile page.  I refuse to post credit card affiliate ...

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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 honeymoon.

On this trip, we split our time on Maui and Kauai. Maui is probably our favorite ...

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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 upgraded to a Parlor Suite, which is located in the Executive building.  The hotel is ...

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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.  


photo from KLM Pinterest page

The content of ...

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, what is this place called, and what is the story behind this unique ...

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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 the Portico may still be offered until stock is depleted.  Here is the new offering at ...

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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 visited 3 countries in a single day, in the Golden Triangle.  Thanks for following along as I ...

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

GC Map

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 Maldives for my wife and I, so I added the flights in regional Business Class from Singapore later. ...

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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 forget.



I always try to use a points earning credit card for as much spend as possible ...

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