Trip Reports Posts

The Le Meridien Angkor, my home base in Siem Reap


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 ...

Trip Report: Thai Airways Boeing 747 Business Class Tokyo to Bangkok


If you haven't flown on Thai Airways before, here's one thing you should know about them. They switch out more airplanes on more routes than any other airline that I know. When I originally booked this trip, I specifically booked this leg to be on the Airbus ...


Short Tour of the Mississippi and Ohio River Confluence, Cairo, Illinois


Ever since I've been a little kid, I've had a fascination with rivers.  It's a fascination that's always struck me as a little bit odd, considering I don't even know how to swim.  Maybe it's because rivers and river valleys usually provide some terrific opportunities for vacation ...

Malaysia Airlines economy between Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap


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.  

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 ...

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Moving to South Africa

...for the next month anyway. Perhaps longer.

I'm already here, actually. You can blame my wife. Or the American government. Or striking South African postal workers.

You see, not that our U.S. government wins any blue ribbons for its efficiency, but things are a little rogue ...


Alaska Airlines Seattle to Honolulu First Class


Being born and raised in Seattle, Alaska Airlines will always hold a special place in my heart. I don’t know what it is about the little airline that can, but their amazing customer service, great frequent flyer program, dedicated HAPPY employees, and simple all Boeing 737 fleet just warms ...


The Cornerstone Pub, Stilesville, Indiana - Restaurant Review


This is Part 14 of my Bermuda road trip/cruise series.  If you've made it with me this far - you'll be relieved to know that there are only two more to go after this one, and it's only taken 4 months to get this far.  My last installment covered our trip down the Historic National Road, ...

Frankfurt to San Francisco in United Airlines First Class


United Airlines CFO John Rainey made an unforced error when he told Bloomberg News that there was virtually no difference between United Airlines First Class (Global First) and Business Class (BusinessFirst). While true that the differences between first and business are muted compared to the ...


My time in Kuala Lumpur and at the Le Meridien


I really enjoy Southeast Asia, and Kuala Lumpur is a favorite destination there.  I was excited to have a little more time to explore and eat in this fun city.  And gawk at the Petronas Towers...

Moon over the Petronas Towers

My time ...


First Class On the Cheap - American Airlines DFW to Orlando (Flight Review)


I survived driving my mom and her cat 1,200 miles across the country, but I wouldn't have much time to rest, as I'd already booked a trip to visit mom at her temporary home at my sister's place in Florida over Labor Day weekend.  AA does offer nonstop flights from Dallas to Ft. Myers, but ...


The Lobster Shanty, Salem, Mass. - Restaurant Review


This is Part 10 of my Bermuda trip report series.  Two weeks ago, I covered our roughly half day exploring historic Salem.  With our visit stretching from about 10:30 in the morning until around 3 in the afternoon, we needed to find a place for lunch, and while my wife was enjoying a ...

Using United Miles to Visit Japan and New Zealand


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 ...