Trip Reports

The Gate
The Only Statues on Easter Island Which Face the Sea: Ahu Akivi

Of the hundreds of statues throughout Easter Island, the seven moai of the explorers at Ahu Akivi are the only ones which face the Pacific Ocean in order to watch over... Read More

Michael W Travels
A Stop On The Anthony Bourdain Food Trail: Hiram’s Roadstand

The late Anthony Bourdain has inspired many around the world to make food a big part of their travels. While planning to visit new places, I look for ideas where to eat... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Review: Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles

121pilot, our resident pilot on Live and Let’s Fly, recently stayed at the Westin Bonaventure during a crew layover in Los Angeles. He graciously composed the... Read More

Ultima Llamada
Reporte: Ferry Grimaldi Lines Barcelona-Civitavecchia

Reseña de mi viaje desde Barcelona (ES) a Civitavecchia (IT) a bordo del Ferry Grimaldi Lines en plena pandemia de Covid-19. Cómo es viajar en la nueva... Read More

Michael W Travels
This Travel Souvenir Has Been Getting A Lot Of Use Thanks To COVID-19

As the years go by, we tend to buy fewer and fewer souvenirs during our travels. It seems like we usually see similar junk for sale in many countries. We typically buy... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Coming Up: New Trip Reports

For the last few months I have held off on publishing new trip reports. But it’s time to start clearing the backlog. In what seems like ages ago but was only late... Read More

Live from a Lounge
Air India Repatriation Flights from Canada to Delhi and onwards to Mumbai: Flying experience & Quarantine stay

Here is a real-life experience flying back from India to the USA during the CoronaVirus caused lockdown which has stopped all flights inside India and from India to... Read More

Mazda CX-5 Rental at Alamo PDX

Unfortunately, Portland doesn’t have a Silvercar branch, so I decided to rent with Alamo. And, despite the plethora of negative reviews, I really enjoyed my Mazda... Read More

Miles To Memories
Flying Internationally During Pandemic: How Different Was It?

I share a friend's experience flying internationally during Covid-19 pandemic. What extra hoops are there to jump through? The post Flying Internationally During... Read More

Travel Codex
Review: Qatar Airways 787 Economy Class, Da Nang to Doha

Due to the current situation, I stopped posting trip reports a few months ago as to not distract you from all the relevant news and information that you needed to hear.... Read More

Michael W Travels
A Kid-Friendly Visit To The Sea Turtle Research Project In Sri Lanka

Over the summer of 2019, the Michael W Travels family spent four weeks traveling around South Asia. In total, we visited five countries, spending the most time doing a... Read More

The Gate
Visiting The Largest Volcano Crater on Easter Island: Rano Kau

Set on the idyllic southwestern part of Easter Island adjacent to the cerulean waters of the Pacific Ocean lies Rano Kau, which generally means “a large or wide... Read More

Traveling For Miles
Review: American Airlines Premium Economy Boeing 777-200

American Airlines offers a Premium Economy cabin on most of its long-haul fleet and this is a review of the airline's product on its Boeing 777-200 aircraft flying... Read More

Travel With Grant
Anatomy and Timeline of 2 Cancelled Air Canada Aeroplan Award Tickets

Good morning everyone, happy Friday!  Long story short, I planned an awesome award trip to Africa (Victoria Falls, South Africa, and Madagascar) for August 2020,... Read More

The Gate
Wadi Shab in Oman: A Photographic Essay of the Trek Inland

After being the lone passenger on a short boat ride across the water, I ventured inland in the area of the Al Sharqiyah Region of Oman which is known as Wadi Shab... Read More

One Mile at a Time
The Marrakech Medina

While we were in Marrakech, I had a work call, and when I disclosed my location one of the other meeting participants blurted out "Man. I effing hated that... Read More

The Gate
The Largest Statue Ever Moved and Successfully Erected on Easter Island: Ahu Te Pito Kura

One would never know that the Paro Moai was the largest statue ever moved and successfully erected on an ahu on Easter Island simply by viewing its remains after it... Read More

Michael W Travels
48 Hours In Bangladesh With Kids!

Over the summer of 2019, the Michael W Travels family went on a four week trip around South Asia. During this time, we visited five countries. While doing research for... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Review: Signature Flight Support (Private Jet Terminal) LAX

Los Angeles International is home not just to one private jet terminal, but many. My Delta Private Jet flight departed out of the Signature Flight Support terminal.... Read More

My Best Flight Ever – AS 798 HNL to PDX

No, my best flight ever wasn’t some aspirational flight in a first class suite. It was actually a last-minute, red-eye flight in the very back of a Boeing 737... Read More

One Mile at a Time
Review: Riad Joya, Marrakech

We wanted to stay in the thick of the medina on this trip, but that does come with some safety considerations. We also liked the idea of staying in a small... Read More

One Mile at a Time
Review: Royal Air Maroc Domestic Lounge Casablanca Airport

This lounge review will be short and sweet, and not to put too fine a point on it, but hopefully your stay here will be as well. Bottom line up front: this lounge has... Read More

One Mile at a Time
American Airlines First Class Service In The Coronavirus Era

On Wednesday I flew American Airlines first class from Miami to Las Vegas, which was a roughly five hour flight. I've been curious to see firsthand how onboard service... Read More

A Long Weekend in Portland – Introduction

The last trip I went on out of state before COVID-19 hit was a quick one for a friend’s wedding last July. So, let’s kick-off my last pre-pandemic trip... Read More

One Mile at a Time
Introduction: The Last Trip (For Now)

I've been sitting on this trip report for three months now (where have three months gone?) because it just hasn't felt like the right time to talk about travel details,... Read More

One Mile at a Time
I Just Took A Flight, And Airplane Face Mask Enforcement Is A Mess

Yesterday I took a five hour American Airlines flight from Miami to Las Vegas, which was my first flight in 99 days. I have so many thoughts about the current state of... Read More

One Mile at a Time
I’m Traveling For The First Time In 99 Days, And I’m Kind Of Anxious

Well, the day has finally arrived. I was last on a plane on March 10 (which was 99 days ago), and today I'm getting on a plane again for the first time since then. It's... Read More

Points With a Crew
How a Scorpion in Indonesia Convinced Me My Wife Was “The One”

I realzied my wife was "The One" in Lombok at a home-stay that was $1.50 per night during a face off with a giant scorpion. Here’s how it happened... Read More

The Wandering Aramean
How to sneak on to a plane: A traveler’s guide

Wondering just how some people manage to sneak past the many layers of security and human interaction to board a plane without buying a ticket? Thanks to a recently... Read More

Miles To Memories
My Experience Staying On The Las Vegas Strip Days After Reopening

With the Las Vegas strip reopening, I decided to check it out during a three-day getaway. Here's my experience during the early days back in action: The post My... Read More

Andy's Travel Blog
My Weekend Watching SpaceX Launch NASA Astronauts into Space

A rocket launch. With live humans on it. Into space. From America. Click through because you love either rockets, humans, space, or America. The post My Weekend... Read More

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