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UPDATE - Gone in most markets, still available in Orlando, Dallas, others - Unreal Fare Sale to Rio!

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Fares to Brazil usually go for $600-1200 from the US depending on your departure city.  It is unheard of at these rates that tend to be about 40% off! 

Some samples that are being tossed around are:

Orland-Rio $388

New York-Rio $500

Miami-Rio $410

 

So I thought I would try my hand at it.  It seems to be lately that WAS (all Washington DC airports - DCA, IAD, BWI) have had crazy fares.  I have seen $380 to Moscow, $400 ...

The Dramatic Conclusion to... Ticketless in Malaysia

Concluding my previous posts about being suddenly ticketless and stranded in Malaysia, here is the dramatic close.  If you want to catch up you can read the posts here part 1, part 2, part 3, or you can read the entire post in one sitting (aren't you brave) right... here.

For the quick catch-up, we had just gotten our tickets, went through security, it was not yet 7AM on Sunday morning.

We cleared exit immigration, made our way over to the separate building for departures ...

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Ticketless in Malaysia Continued

Continuing on from my UN-trip Report started here, then here picks up below. For clarity, these were the choices once Air Asia denied our boarding for not having cleared tourist visas in advance of our trip to Myanmar, though according to the government we should have been allowed entry for transit purposes.  None of this was due to our mistake fare pricing or ticket.  Here again are the choices before us:

•  If we find a way to Yangon (there are three flights that ...

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Ticketless in Malaysia

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Picking up on my UN-Trip report from last week, here is some more of the story.
It is important to understand the layout here at Kuala Lumpur International Airport(s).  Elsewhere in the world it makes more sense to have separate discount (LCCT - Low Cost Carrier Terminal) and conventional terminals (MTB - Main Terminal Building).  What many airports do when they expand, is instead of building the new airport across town from the convenient old airport, they build on the same ...

You Are Stuck in Malaysia

Me:  "So you are telling me we are stuck in Asia with no way home back to the US?"

Agent: "I'm sorry sir, there is nothing I can do."

... And it's not even 6AM, Sunday morning.

Welcome to the UN-Trip Report

The way this usually goes, I outline all of the reviews that comprised a recent trip.  Each individual report is filled with photos and commentary regarding, food, amenities, annoyances, and clever quips; then each review I put in order ...

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A Trip Report Not to Be Missed

As many of you know, a couple of weeks ago the Sherpstress and myself engaged in a trip around the world, that was full of interesting turns.  Stops in NYC, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Yangon, Frankfurt, and Montreal made it an incredible journey.

More incredible in fact, than we had planned or hoped for.  So incredible, that I am throwing out the rules about a trip report.  Here is what the typical trip report looks like:

Introduction - Clever title ...

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Hong Kong - I want to rent this apartment!

We are heading to Hong Kong as part of our trip east, and looking at options for hotels including AirBnB for which the Sherpa and Sherpstress are huge proponents.  Though we would love to stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, we are instead staying in a flat across the street.

In all of my searching on AirBnB, I have never found a flat like this...

Check it out!

-Sherpa

Where Will You Go In 2014? - Yes 2014!

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A reader recently engaged me in a conversation about taking large expanses of time to live abroad for leisure. It seemed that the reader (I'm speculating) was expressing concern or anxiety about what to do when the trip is over, returning back to the States without a place to live, or a job.  This is a very real fear, and something we had to deal with when the Sherpa and Sherpstress returned recently. 

But, despite what you have seen on TV, there are jobs in this ...

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Kuala Lumpur Here We Come!

The Sherpa and Sherpstress are down to single digit days before we depart for New York City, Tokyo, Hong Kong, a week in Bali and a night in Kuala Lumpur before routing back around the world home. 

I found this video awhile ago, but thought it would be more appropriate to post it now, before we go.  You can look forward to posts about spending Club Carlson points and a paid upgrade on 6th and Broadway.  We also have an AirBnB stay in Shibuya (central Tokyo), a revisit ...

Reader Question: How Do I Travel the World As a Lifestyle Choice?

From time to time readers of the blog will communicate questions through comments, twitter, or in this case, facebook.  Reader Michaela writes:

I've been intrigued by your story ever since I heard you moved away so bravely to travel the world! I've been itching for an adventure myself, and so is my boyfriend. 
How do you manage this lifestyle? Do you work as you travel? I've heard about teaching English as a means to survive overseas but was wondering what your ...

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$390 JFK-Berlin One Day SALE!

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There is a great one day fare sale offered by oneworld carrier Air Berlin for today (Dec 19th) only.  Rates are sub $390 and slightly more all over January and February, but that's where the party ends.

Using matrix.itasoftware.com I was able to load the calendar with JFK-TXL (Berlin Tegel - BER has been delayed in opening).  January as you can see has several dates showing $401, though upon closer examination, I am only able to replicate at $390.  I am always ...

When Spending $1200 Seems To Save You $700

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Speaking to the Sherpstress, and justifying a future trip, I made a statement that only a travel nut could make with a straight face, but before I get to that statement, here is how the conversation came up.

Our next trip is to Bali, and coming back we are using some RGN one-ways that deposit us into Montreal (YUL) which is close to PIT, but not nearly close enough.  Here are our options:

1) YUL-YYZ $135 (x2 pax) + 4 hour drive from Toronto to PIT - Estimated total costs ...

Best AAgent Ever!

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Finally I got an AAgent that understood exactly what I wanted to accomplish and helped me get it done.  

A few notes to help you understand where I am coming from and why I needed an AAgent in the first place.

The Sherpa and Sherpstress are headed to Southeast Asia to take part in our one-way mistake fare, Yangon, Myanmar (RGN) to Montreal, Canada (YUL).  The mistake has been extensively covered, but for those that want just a quick synopsis, here is what ...

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Park Plaza Hotel Soi 18 - Bangkok, Thailand

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UPDATE:

Fellow UPGRD Blogger Brad from RegionalFirst, also posted on this hotel as part of the same promotion, his review differs, as does his room choice.  Make sure you check out his review of the Park Plaza Bangkok as well!

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As part of the best promotion in the hotel industry this summer, the Sherpa and Sherpstress made a mattress run to Bangkok (already living in coastal Thailand).  With two separate accounts, we wanted to try both of the Park ...

Flying Kenya Airways Bangkok to Hong Kong

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For new readers I should fill in some quick details.  My wife and I recently took a sabbattical and put our careers on hold to spend six months in Thailand on holiday.  Thus we were departing from BKK-HKG and thought we would try a Skyteam airline on the route which was only slightly more expensive than Air Asia.  


Prior to our flight, I contacted the country manager ahead of my visit to request the ability to take some pictures on the aircraft, at ...

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Hello UPGRD readers - Intro to the Trip Sherpa

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I am really, REALLY happy to be here. 

I have been reading UPGRD over the last couple of years, listening to the podcasts, and I am really excited to now be a contributor.  My blog will be somewhat unique to the other bloggers here, and really to anything else I have found readily available on the internet. 

I have a passion for helping the uninitiated but interested casual travelers to travel like a pro.  Unlike many of the bloggers in the community and ...

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Guest Post - TravellingMcDs visits Turkey

Friends, Family, Fans of The Trip Sherpa, today we have a guest post. A fellow blogger in Singapore travels like we do and has been writing about it. For those of you who have traveled abroad, you will have noticed the crazy menu items on the virtual US embassy which is... McDonald's. Sir J Man has offered the following prose, but be sure to check out his blog: www.travellingmcds.com

I was introduced to The Trip Sherpa through a mutual friend. Though I am only 24, and only ...

A Great Price on Myanmar-Canada Fares and Why You Should Consider It

Here's the deal for those who want to race over and book right away.  Hat tip to Hack My Trip.

$369-410USD one-way (some roundtrips have been reported successfully) from RGN (Yangon, Myanmar) to YVR (Vancouver) in business class!

Here is a screen shot showing you the disparity in pricing to show you how good this deal really is.

 

 

That's usually $6500USD worth of airfare that you could slide away with for only $815 (depending on who's ...

Free Top Tier Status is back!

Get this while it's still available!  I covered this a couple of weeks ago and it went away so fast that even the Sherpstress didn't get in on it (she did wait almost 18 hours!).  She didn't make that mistake again and her Platinum status posted within moments.  Once you have signed up make sure you add it to Award Wallet - you can sign up for that free here.

Here is my original post that states what benefits you will receive from Platinum Status with ...

Dear Mr. Smisek... an open letter

 

 

 

 

 

Sherpa Note:  I wrote this post almost a week ago but wanted to give United a chance to respond first.  Their auto-responder email I received back said they would come back within a shocking... SEVEN days!  I'm going to say that again, they pledged to respond within 7 days.  As of this post they have not responded at all.  To be fair to United, it's only been six days and I will be happy to include their ...