Trip Reports Posts

Using United Miles to Visit Japan and New Zealand

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Back in January (and before the great devaluation), my friend and I decided to use the last of our remaining United Airlines Mileage Plus miles for a trip to Japan and New Zealand. The all business class award redemption cost my friend 135,000 miles and my ...

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On a Witch Hunt in Salem, Massachusetts

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American Colonial building on Salem Commons

This is Part 9 of my Bermuda trip report series.  Parts 8 featured our last day in Bermuda, touring the south shore beaches and the city of Hamilton, ...

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A Day at the Beaches on Bermuda's South Shore

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Footprints on a beach, east of Horeshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

This is Part 8 of my trip report series about our road trip and cruise to Bermuda.  Parts 6 ...

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The Lobster Pot Restaurant & Bar, Hamilton, Bermuda - Restaurant Review

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I haven't written my review of our day visiting Bermuda's south shore beaches and the city of Hamilton yet, but in keeping with this week's restaurant review theme, I'm skipping ahead to my review of our lunch stop in Hamilton.  We rode the bus from Warwick Long Bay Beach, intending to walk ...

White Horse Pub & Restaurant, St. George's, Bermuda - Restaurant Review

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In keeping with the upcoming DFW Restaurant Week(s), which officially begins Monday, I'm continuing my Bermuda trip report series with a pair of restaurant reviews.  As we were planning to spend all day off the ship during our three days in port, we'd need to find someplace to grab lunch ...

Dragon Air Business Class Review: Kota Kinabalu to Hong Kong

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After an amazing week of scuba diving, relaxing, people watching, and exploring the tiny island of Mabul, Malaysia I was on my way back to the states. I had originally booked an economy class award ticket from Malaysia back to San Diego flying TWU-KUL-NRT-SAN, however the night before business ...

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To Rome And Back: US Airways SAN-PHL Trip Report

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Since the AA/US merger, I had avoided US-Scareways like the plague (I've been flying them a lot recently though). Yet, with having an unexpected week off of work I decided instead of sitting around my house, I would jet off to a part of the world that I had never been to, as long as I could cash ...

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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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Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG - KUL Trip Report

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After an amazing stay at the Renaissance Harbour view Hong Kong Hotel and rendezvousing with friends, it was time to continue my trip on Cathay Pacific to Kuala Lumpur. I visited the Pier lounge shortly, as I didn’t have much time for a long stay at any lounges due to check in and baggage ...

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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Life Behind Walls - A Trip Inside Palestine

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Imagine life behind a wall, a modern day prison where you have freedom to roam, but your freedom is halted 50+ feet concrete walls. Visiting with friends and family are distant memories which are only revisited through modern technology thanks to the invention of facetime and Skype and jobs and ...

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The Pier - Cathay Pacific Business & First class lounge at HKG

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The Pier Business class lounge at Hong Kong International airport is just one of many OneWorld and Cathay Pacific lounges within the megaplex. The pier, is one of the furthest lounges from security and the rest of the airport located by gate 62 and 66, but I opted to visit this lounge only as I ...

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