Trip Reports

Live from a Lounge
Watch: Hilton Shillim Staycation Experience during CoVid-19

Here is a video report of the Hilton Shillim, which is one of the best getaway spots we could think of from Mumbai and Pune. Check out how things work during the... Read More

Michael W Travels
Our First Movie Out Since COVID-19, Overlook Drive-In!

Prior to businesses shutting down due to COVID-19, my family enjoyed going to movies at theaters like Alamo Drafthouse and Nitehawk Cinema. It’s been quite a long... Read More

The Gate
Scenic Bear Mountain Bridge in New York

The first thought which may come to your mind with the name Hudson River might be Manhattan. Perhaps New Jersey or the Lincoln Tunnel or Holland Tunnel or George... Read More

Travel With Grant
Anatomy & Timeline of a Cancelled Delta Airlines Award Ticket (FCO-JFK)

Good morning everyone, I hope your week is going well.  Back on February 9, I booked a Delta Airlines award ticket for my friend to travel from Rome (FCO) to New... Read More

Michael W Travels
Food Quest: We Tried 15 Lobster Rolls In Maine During Our 10 Day Trip!

At the end of the summer, the Michael W Travels family took a 10-day road trip around Maine. During the trip, Kim and I knew that we’d definitely do four things;... Read More

The Gate
Video: I Climbed Up the Steepest Street in the Continental United States

Where is the steepest street located in the continental United States? Could it be Lombard Street in San Francisco? Perhaps Eldred Street in Los Angeles takes the crown?... Read More

Ultima Llamada
Reporte: Polémica Estadía en el Hotel Hilton del Aeropuerto de Newark, USA

Reseña de mi particular y polémica estadía en el hotel Hilton del aeropuerto de Newark durante una escala en mi regreso a Barcelona desde... Read More

Michael W Travels
Searching For Gnome Mountain In High Falls, NY

Over the holiday weekend, Kim and I decided to take a short trip to upstate NY. We figured it would be nice to get away one last time before the school year begins. Our... Read More

Michael W Travels
A Visit To The Maine State Prison Showroom

Over the summer, the Michael W Travels wasn’t traveling internationally due to COVID-19. Instead, we took a handful of road trips not too far from home. Our most... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Review: Air Canada Transborder Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto (YYZ)

While not my favorite Maple Leaf lounge, the Air Canada Transborder Lounge in Toronto Pearson offers food, drink, and a place to spread out ahead of your flight to the... Read More

Michael W Travels
Do You Know About The McDonald’s McMansion In Freeport, Maine?

A couple of years back I wrote about a very unique McDonald’s location in Long Island, NY, the McMansion. Check out my review of the McDonald’s McMansion... Read More

Point Me to the Plane
My #1 Choice for a Hotel Workcation Stay

My #1 choice in Hyatt's Extended-Stay special deals package is a Park Hyatt. Here's why! Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Extreme Productivity: 10 Hours Of Solace In United Business Class

I recently traveled from Los Angeles to New York. For an hour. It’s not like I could leave the airport anyway unless I was willing to quarantine. And you know... Read More

Live from a Lounge
CoVid Getaway Experience: A trip to the Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat post Lockdown opening

We spent a few nights at the Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa early August. Here is our experience of our first vacation in the CoVid-19 pandemic world. The post... Read More

The Gate
Remembering Hurricane Katrina 15 Years Ago Today in Photographs and Video — August 29 2020

Fifteen years ago today — on Monday, August 29, 2005 — the landfall of one of the most powerful hurricanes in recorded history and one of the five deadliest... Read More

Michael W Travels
Review: Avid Hotels (IHG Property)- Lancaster, Pennsylvania

A few weeks back, the Michael W Travels family took a visit to Pennsylvania Dutch Country. During our visit, we spent a night on a train at the Red Caboose Motel in... Read More

Grab a Mile
My Favorite Air Show in the World

After freezing out in the snow for the greater part of the morning to capture the image of the year (in my mind), I began to wish for some hot chocolate and the warmth... Read More

Portland State University Farmers Market

On day two of our long weekend in Portland, our only full, free day during this trip, we decided to check out the Portland State University Farmers Market. After all,... Read More

Michael W Travels
An Incomplete Visit To See The World’s Largest Rotating Globe

We’ve been traveling around Maine for about a week now. This is Kim and my second visit, the first time for our kids. So far we’ve had a really nice time,... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Review: Air France A350 Business Class

Not only is the Airbus A350 one of my favorite aircraft, but the food and service on my Air France flight was so excellent that this will go down as one of my... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Review: Finnair A321 Business Class

Finnair offers a lovely service onboard its European flights in business class with a hot meal, attentive service, and high-speed internet. This review covers my A321... Read More

The Gate
Skógafoss: One of the Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Iceland

Skógafoss is one of the more popular sites to see in Iceland because it is considered to be one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls in the country —... Read More

Michael W Travels
Spend A Night On A Train At The Red Caboose Motel In Ronks, PA

Trains are very popular and of great interest to younger kids. When I first heard about a hotel made of old train cars in Pennsylvania, I wanted to stay there when Lucas... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Review: Finnair Schengen Lounge Helsinki (HEL)

Far better than the nearby Aspire Lounge, the Finnair Lounge in Helsinki’s Terminal 2 is spacious and comfortable with a decent food and drink selection and other... Read More

Michael W Travels
Visiting The Incredible Kerid Crater In South Iceland

Iceland has some of the most amazing and diverse natural sites in the world. During our visit to the country, we spent time at sites like the Justin Bieber Canyon and... Read More

The Gate
Pu O Hiro Blows. Well — Not Anymore, Anyway. Another Easter Island Artifact.

Pu o Hiro — which translates into the Trumpet of Hiro, who is considered to be the ancient god of rain — is an engraved stone which is thought to have had a... Read More

The Gate
Fun With Enclaves and Exclaves: Baarle Hertog and Baarle Nassau

As I was going to stop off in Breukelen on my way driving back to Amsterdam after visiting Drielandenpunt — literally translated from Dutch for three land point... Read More

Restaurant Review – Le Pigeon PDX

There’s no doubt that Portland is a foodie town. And while much of that focus is on more casual fare, Portland is home to standout higher-end restaurants too. One... Read More

The Gate
The Grave Site of Mary Phagan, Who Was Murdered at 13 Years of Age

Tucked away in a plot of the Marietta City Cemetery in a quiet part of Marietta near the railroad tracks is the grave site of Mary Phagan, who was murdered on Saturday,... Read More

Michael W Travels
This Is The Most Genius Do Not Disturb Sign I’ve Seen At A Hotel

A couple of weeks back we took a short road trip to Pennsylvania. During our visit, we stayed at two different properties; one was a very unique motel and the other was... Read More

The Gate
Where Leo Frank Was Lynched 105 Years Ago: Justice — or Anti-Semitism?

Motorists have been using the new Roswell Road exit of Interstate 75 in Marietta ever since the Northwest Corridor Express toll lanes opened to traffic on Saturday,... Read More