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Celebrating New Years in Tokyo

New Years seems to be a big holiday in Japan, at least in the sense that many places are closed on the holiday itself.

 
We were staying at the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, and while the immediate area was pretty slow, we found plenty to do (and mostly eat) a little further ...

Next Adventure: Round the World in Premium Cabins

I've had this trip in the works for a while, and now it is finally here.  I booked a few final pieces just recently as availability opened up.  

Map courtesy of the excellent gcmap.com
 
This trip was built around availability for Etihad First Class Apartments on ...
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The New Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport - Close to Reality

LAX  is one of my most frequently visited airports, and I usually try to avoid mid-con red eyes to get home to Milwaukee.  This means I'm often staying near the airport prior to early morning flights.  There are countless options near the airport, but one I've been following closely ...
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Traveling around Japan on Shinkansen high speed trains

I've long been intrigued by the Japanese high-speed rail network.  If nothing else, the trains themselves look really futuristic.  This journey was somewhat unplanned, but in the end it worked out much better than the flights we were originally planning on.  I have also written out ...
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A Few Days Exploring Kyoto

We had finally made it to Kyoto, and as much as I remain fascinated by Tokyo, I was excited to visit another place in Japan that is somewhat less hectic than what is the world's most populous city. (At least according to some measures).

a finely manicured zen garden in ...
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The Hyatt Regency in Kyoto, Japan

After our delayed flight into Tokyo, we missed the flight we had originally scheduled to take us from Narita to Osaka, so we took a high speed train directly to Kyoto.  In retrospect, this was probably easier than our original plan which would have required a terminal change, another flight, ...
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Exotic airlines I've flown

Arik Air, Maldivian, Spanair, Virgin Blue, Jetstar, and many more.  Some of these are still flying, and some are long gone, but none of them fly anywhere close to the US, so they seem at least somewhat exotic.  While talking travel with fellow Upgrd blogger, Sriram, we were discussing a ...
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Getaway to Japan for a week

I traveled a lot in 2015; most of it was work travel, but I had some fun personal travel as well.  One of the best trips was to Japan with my wife.  We have wanted to go there for some time, and we finally were able to make it work.  We had some good experiences both while getting to ...
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My 50th State, and other travel milestones

Maybe you have seen various surveys on Facebook tracking now many states people have visited.  At some point, I did some accounting, and realized that I was close to reaching all of the states.  I had been to 48 states, all but New Mexico and Idaho.  I had been meaning to make a trip ...
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Grand Suite at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

7 nights in an amazing suite on a business trip is a pretty excellent way to spend a trip far from home, especially considering I booked a standard room.  I haven't always had great luck using my Hyatt Diamond suite upgrades, but I was pretty pleased in this case with being able to use it for a ...

Having some fun with CBP: the Global Entry Selfie

I'm not one to take a lot of selfies.  That's not to say never, but it seems I have more cranky old man traits than that of a millennial.  There may exist some photos of me in First Class pajamas or in a airplane lavatory, but good luck finding those...One exception to my no selfie 'rule' ...
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Review: The Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Center

Among many luxurious hotels in Dubai, for my first extended visit to Dubai, I stayed at the Le Meridien Dubai and enjoyed my experience a lot.  This hotel has been under the Le Meridien flag for some time, but only in the last 18 months or so have they been a participant in the SPG ...
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A Road Warrior's Tour of Inepitude, and Why I am Still Mostly Happy

Everyone hates flight delays.  How about a delay that was about 4 times the planned flight length?  To make it worse, the flight ultimately got cancelled.  
 
Sorry for the poor photo editing skills...but it fit my mood, and it's better to laugh than cry
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Postcards from Daddy: Souvenirs from the road

I'm not much of a souvenir collector in my travels.  I've always wanted to find something to collect, but I also usually try to to avoid clutter at home.  Having said that, apparently I do keep a collection of airline amenity kits...(sigh).  
I've flown close to 2 million miles ...
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Here's How to Get Your Tourist Visa for Brazil


Brazil requires U.S. citizens carry a valid U.S. passport and visa when traveling to Brazil. You must obtain your travel visa in advance as they do not issue "visas on arrival." It's best to plan this as soon as possible as Brazil does NOT offer any expedited visa services. It takes at least ...
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August 2015 New York City Travel Meetup

The New York city miles and points community is huge. We've had over a dozen great meetups over the past couple of years. We generally get between 40 and 60 people to each event and it's great time for you to meet and learn from other travelers. Come talk about manufactured spend, award redemptions, ...

Good Eats in Duluth

Astonishingly our 5:59pm LGA departure pushed back early and took off quickly after a short taxi and even shorter wait. I felt like we set a new world record for Friday afternoon departures out of the crowded New York airspace. I had booked this flight using my companion pass from the former ...
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Swiss Business Class to Zurich and Dusseldorf

One nice thing about our European trip was that we happened to be traveling between hubs of Star Alliance airlines, so we had the convenience of nonstop flights.  With a baby and all of the accessories we were carrying, that was much appreciated.  

We had a great stay in ...
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Trip Report: A few days in Copenhagen Denmark and Malmö Sweden

After a mostly uneventful trip, with in Lufthansa Business Class from Chicago to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to Copenhagen, we had arrived in our first destination.  Being our first trip with a baby, as we would find out, perhaps unsurprisingly, our travels would be very different than in the ...