Trip Reports Posts

Propositioned by a Taxi Driver or Genuine Bahraini Hospitality?

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I am still replaying this occurrence in my mind and wondering exactly what happened, so perhaps it is best to get some feedback from you.

I arrived in Bahrain around 10pm and after a lengthy wait to obtain a visa (a total ripoff at $45 for an overnight transit visa) followed by a failed ...

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Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker Charms A350 Inaugural Audience

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I had this image of Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker in my mind as a feisty yet unapproachable man who would not "lower" himself to interact with passengers, instead choosing to sit alone in his suite the entire flight as his entourage of personal FAs and staff fawned over him. The FAs still fawned over ...

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Trip Report: Air China Business Class Shanghai to Taipei, Airbus A330

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This flight review of Air China's business class is a continuation of my trip from Auckland to Los Angeles. About 15 minutes prior to boarding time, I left the newly renovated Air China Business Class Lounge and made my way over to the boarding gate. The gate was not ...

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TAM “Business” Class B777 São Paulo (GRU) to Paris (CDG) Trip Report

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As my around the world tour continued, my next stop was Paris, and after just a day layover I had to leave the fantastic city of São Paulo to continue my trip. Although my trip was booked in First Class, I was booked in TAM’s Business Class for this leg of the trip because as of ...

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15 Hours In Sao Paulo - Graffiti, History, Laughter, and Caipirinhas

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Graffiti, history, laughter, and Caipirinhas –the only way I can sum up my amazing layover in Sao Paulo in November. With only a short time in Sao Paulo, I made it my mission to see the most of the city as possible, and in doing so I took a free city walking tour, met up with locals, drank ...

My 2014 in travel - 1 Million Miles and Beyond

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2014 was a year where the only constant was change, thankfully for me, most of them have been positive.  Most importantly, I became a father in August.  I'm the proud father of a beautiful healthy daughter.  It is amazing how it changes your life.  Of course this blog is about ...

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One Final Trip with a Loyal Travel Companion

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I had a great year in 2014 for various reasons related to travel and even more in my personal life.  I plan to write a more complete summary of my year in travel in another post.  

One somewhat melancholy note has to due with the fact that I recently took one final trip with my ...

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Lounge Review: Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge at Bangkok

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As much as I'm not a fan of Thai's in-flight experience (on their older aircraft), I am a huge fan of their ground services. First class passengers are treated like royalty with private rides to/from the gates, buggy transports, personal escorts to/from the ...

LATAM VIP Lounge Sao Paulo T3 (GRU)

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LATAM opened their first co-branded LAN-TAM VIP Lounge at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International airport in Terminal 3 on October 27, 2014. My recent trip around the world coincided with the opening, just four days prior to my arrival. I had the opportunity to visit the lounge both in the ...

American Domestic First - DFW to LAX on a 767

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I traveled with my family the day after Thanksgiving to Los Angeles as we had plans to visit SoCal and attend the Notre Dame - USC game massacre. I booked a multi-segment itinerary originating in Minneapolis on Tuesday, ...

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Evaluating Delta's Economy Class Offerings - DFW to Ft. Myers Flight Review

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Last month, I needed to book a one-way flight from Dallas to Ft. Myers to pick up my mom and drive her back home.  Yes, this is the return portion of my 1,200 mile road trip with my mom's cat, which I reported on back in early September.  I would have greatly preferred a nonstop flight ...

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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 ...

One Beautiful (But Too Short) Day in Nassau

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The latest addition to the welcome sign gallery

One reason I like cruises is the opportunity to sample a variety of different ports during a single itinerary.  Sure, you don't usually have enough time to explore a port ...

Saloon VIP Terminal J Miami - AKA Club America

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Club America in Terminal J at Miami international Airport is a crowded place in the late afternoon as the lounge is shared by all international airlines operating out of Terminal J. This includes not only Tam, who I was flying, but Lufthansa, Avianca, LAN, Aerolineas Argentinas, Swiss, and more. ...

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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