Where Will You Go In 2014? - Yes 2014!

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.  ...

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, ...

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, ...

$390 JFK-Berlin One Day SALE!

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 ...

When Spending $1200 Seems To Save You $700

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 ...

Best AAgent Ever!

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 ...

Park Plaza Hotel Soi 18 - Bangkok, Thailand

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!
As part of the best promotion in the ...

Flying Kenya Airways Bangkok to Hong Kong

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 ...

Hello UPGRD readers - Intro to the Trip Sherpa

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Would you spend $69 to save yourself $338? - Mattress Running

I mentioned before in this post that my stay at Radisson Sukhumvit was to take advantage of what I deem to be the best hotel promotion of the year.  It's already paid off in spades.
I have widely published my itinerary repatriating to the United States in the coming months.  It drops us at LAX ...

Sometimes it's NOT too good to be true

There have been quite a few mistake fares the past few months.  Some have gotten more press than others and I think it's important for my readers to have an idea of what has happened.
A few Sherpa readers who have taken action on these great deals have been disappointed with those that ...

Top Tier Hotel Status Offer - Intro to Status Matching

The offer is gone, and it was gone fast.  Congrats to those who got in on it! The offer is back, but it will likely go away again soon, see it here.  Part Two (Intro to Status Matching) is maybe one of the most useful things a new frequent flyer can master.  If you haven't ...

Dear Sherpa: What's the deal with credit card churning?

A great question came in via TheTripSherpa's facbook page, which you should both "like" (as in hit the button and let's be friends) and "like" (as in enjoy and find a way to directly connect with the Sherpa at all times if you wish).
Cue Casey Kasem voice:
JQ writes -
Dear ...

I just booked Denver flights, with three nights hotel for $43!

Uh oh.  At the time of posting I was not aware (though I should have been) that the offer code was provided for the National Foundation for Blindness - that has the Sherpa feeling a little guilty.  Then Travelocity decided to cancel the reservations because the Sherpa (and others ...