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Lufthansa First Class with a seat and a bed Frankfurt to Toronto

Lufthansa First Class is a relatively attainable luxury for those who play in the miles/points world.  Its not easy to get, but its doable. For this flight, I was excited to finally be able to enjoy the 'seat and a bed' cabin upstairs on the 747-400.  I've flown Lufthansa First several ...

Flight Review - Virgin America Main Cabin, DAL-SFO-DAL


The A319 "Virgin & Tonic" at DAL getting ready to depart to New York's LaGuardia Airport
My wife and I typically haven't done much of anything for Valentine's Day, but a few weeks prior to the big day, Prita started hinting that she'd like to do something this year.  It just so ...
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A Saturday Drive In Search Of America's Original Hamburger

Frequent readers of the Road More Traveled know that I'm a conossieur of some truly crazy driving trips.  There was the time I drove to Boston to catch a cruise ship, and a journey of 102 miles one way to buy a box of kolaches.  Cheap gas (currently $1.99 a gallon here in the Dallas ...

I Witnessed a Deadly Car Accident in Bahrain

I spent 3.5 years in the US Air Force Reserves and never saw a day of combat. I’ve never actually witnessed a friend or family member or even a pet die either, knock on wood. Outside of movies, I’ve never seen anyone actually die. Until I was in Bahrain.
It was a crisp, clear ...

The Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt

I've stayed in Frankfurt many times on layovers.  This time, thanks at least in part due to having more time with a late afternoon arrival, I decided to leave the airport area to stay in the city.  I decided on the Le Meridien Parkhotel.  It would be the 3rd Le Meridien hotel of this ...
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Propositioned by a Taxi Driver or Genuine Bahraini Hospitality?

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 attempt ...
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Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker Charms A350 Inaugural Audience

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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The only passenger in Asiana Airlines First Class Seoul to Frankfurt

For the second time on my trip, I would be the only passenger in the First Class Cabin on a long haul flight.  Not too shabby!

the Asiana Airlines Boeing 747-400 Combi that would take me to Frankfurt
 
Then again, shabby could be a word used to describe the First Class ...
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Qatar Airways A350 Inaugural DOH-FRA: First Economy Class Trip Report


I was one of the privileged 320 passengers onboard the first A350 commercial flight, flying on Qatar Airways from Doha to Frankfurt on Thursday, January 15, 2015.
The decision to take part in this historic event was made less than a week before the flight and by that time business class ...
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Trip Report: Air China Business Class Shanghai to Taipei, Airbus A330

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 that far away but I wanted to ...
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TAM “Business” Class B777 São Paulo (GRU) to Paris (CDG) Trip Report

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

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

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 my ...
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Trip Report: Thai Airways Business Class, Boeing 777 Bangkok to Auckland

Welcome to my first post of 2015! I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year's Eve and I hope 2015 brings you lots of love, happiness and globe-trotting travels. - James.
I have such a love/hate relationship with Thai Airways. On one hand, they have a great hard product on their A380s and ...
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Flight Review - Virgin America Main Cabin Select, LAX-DAL


Boy, I sure am glad the guy with the orange batons pointed me to the right spot...
Over the past several months, I have reviewed and evaluated the value propositions of the domestic extra legroom products of both American (Main Cabin Extra) and Delta (Economy Comfort).  On a recent ...
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One Final Trip with a Loyal Travel Companion

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 most ...
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Lounge Review: Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge at Bangkok

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 lounge and hour long spa services at ...

LATAM VIP Lounge Sao Paulo T3 (GRU)

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 morning ...