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Review: The Hyatt Regency Incheon Airport (now Grand Hyatt)

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The main reason for flying to Seoul was to sample Asiana First Class service on a long haul flight.  I've been to Seoul before (and since) this trip, so despite it being a great destination, I didn't explore at all, and opted for the convenience of an airport hotel.  Once all of my ...

Touring Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounges in Hong Kong

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I could have flown home directly from Bangkok, but what fun would that be?  I had planned my flights around unique (read geeky) travel experiences; in this segment, I'll discuss my time in Hong Kong.  I never left the airport, since I only had a few hours, but I always enjoy layovers at ...

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Thai Airways A346 Royal First Class from Bangkok to Hong Kong

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I saw 4 engines, but this airplane was made in France, not Seattle.  Yep, I got TG'd.  In plain English, the original aircraft scheduled to make this trip has changed to something else.  It could be worse, at least this flight still had a first class cabin (unlike the experience ...

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EBOLA - Mexico D.F. Warning

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If you follow me on Twitter or read my blog, you are probably already aware that I am on my nearly 30,000 mile trip around the world which includes stops in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. In the last 4 days I have visited major airports in the USA, Mexico,South America, and Europe ...

Best Western Amaranth for a short layover near Bangkok Airport

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Now that i've experienced the temples of Angkor and my first trip to Cambodia, the long round-about journey towards home would begin.  I was aiming for some new experiences as well as some fun ones that I've done before.  First I had a short overnight layover in Bangkok.  In the ...

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Carolinas Aviation Museum - Limited Time Discount

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Last weekend I flew out to Charlotte, North Carolina from the West Coast to watch my hometown NFL team, Seattle Seahawks, beat the Carolina Kittens Panthers. Yet before game day, I had a day to waste in North Carolina.

View from my seat - 50 yard line row 11 ...

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A Picture Tour of the Angkor Wat Temples Around Siem Reap

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For touring the temples of Angkor, I wanted to experience it first hand, and at my own pace, so I decided to rent a bike from the hotel and visit them that way.  The roads are flat, there isn't too much traffic, so I thought this would be fun.  It was hot, and I was sweaty, but it was ...

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The Le Meridien Angkor, my home base in Siem Reap

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Cambodia has been a place I've long wanted to visit, so it was exciting to finally be here!  Since my plans had changed somewhat, and was traveling alone, I opted to be a little more frugal and stay at the Le Meridien.  Its a plenty nice hotel, but I couldn't really justify the splurge ...

Malaysia Airlines economy between Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap

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Malaysia Airlines has had a horrible year.  I was somewhat hesitant to book travel with them, but the flights were convenient to my needs.  My flights occurred before the tragedy of MH17 over Ukraine.  

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American Airlines Stops Selling Tickets On Orbitz

American Airlines just announced that starting immediately Orbitz will no longer display and sell American Airlines tickets on their website and US Airways tickets will no longer be for sell via the online distributor after September 1, 2014.

“American Airlines fares are no longer ...

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One Million Miles on United

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I ended 2013 with about 910,000 lifetime miles on United.  Despite countless issues with United, one of my goals for this year was to get over the million mile mark since I was so close.  I've done more flying this year than I originally expected, so I hit 1MM on August ...

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United Airlines: "Operational Difficulties"

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Yep, another post about United's poor operational record.  This isn't the first time I've written about issues like this.  Nor is it the second, or the third, fourth, fifth or sixth instance.  

I believe it is better to laugh than to cry, and I was entertained by this, so ...

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Arik Air from Accra and lounge hopping during a long layover in Lagos

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A short flight on a tired 737 built for AirTran then a nearly 12 hour layover in Lagos.  Not my best travel day, but I tried to make the most of it.  Due to limited flight options between Accra and Lagos, I ended up with along layover before my flights home. Like my outbound trip, I ...

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Travel to Kakum National Park and being the only obruni on the bus to Accra

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From walking among the treetops, to an hour long sermon on a bus ride.  My last few days in Ghana had some unique experiences, and only some of them were intended.   Since my time in country was pretty brief, I didn't get to explore too far, but I tried to make the most of the time I ...

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Exploring history of the slave trade in Cape Coast, Ghana

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Besides being in Ghana for the wedding, we wanted to do some local exploration.  Ghana does not have much of a developed tourism industry.  There are several worthy sites, one of them was rather close to where we were staying, so we hired a tro tro (minibus that functions similar to a ...

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A stay at the Ko-Sa Beach Resort, Cape Coast, Ghana

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We had a long, but fun road trip from Accra, and we finally made it to our destination and the site of the wedding, the Ko-Sa Beach resort.  This is unlike any other beach resort I've been to, much more simple but perfectly nice, and rooms are less than $70 per night even for their best ...

Cash only in Accra, Ghana and Africa in General

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Now that I was finally in Africa, I had one short night to relax in Accra, meet up with friends, and then head up the coast to the site of the wedding.  After my extended layover in Lagos, I was one of the last to arrive at the hotel in Accra, but it was good to see some familiar faces ...

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Extended layover in Lagos Nigeria and flying Africa World Airways

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Many travelers have heard horror stories about the experience of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos Nigeria.  Here is my story, I don't think it was necessarily a horror, but I'll let you decide.  Others have alleged some major issues when flying through Lagos, including ...

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United Airlines 787 Dreamliner BusinessFirst from Houston to Lagos

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Although I was flying to a new and exciting destination, the initial part of this trip was pretty typical for me, with domestic flights on United. Thankfully, they were uneventful, and actually arrived ahead of schedule.   I got to Houston with plenty of time to relax before the ...

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