Trip Reports

Israel
In 2012 I was able to take advantage of an El Al mistake airfare and took a quick trip to Israel from DFW for $430.

Introduction
Rockets, Jerusalem, and the Kelev
The Incomparable Boaz Shalgi
Masada, Qumran, and the Dead Sea
Between Two Ceasareas

30th Birthday Round The World Trip
To celebrate my 30th birthday I flew around the world and used a bunch of miles to make it really nice.

Planning
Re-planning
Lufthansa A330 Old First Class DFW-FRA
Driving the Nurburgring Nordschleife
Lufthansa First Class Terminal
Oslo to celebrate Chris Guillebeau
Singapore A380 Suites Class FRA-SIN
Singapore Airlines Private Room and Singapore 777-300ER First Class SIN-HKG
Hong Kong and the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
Cathay Pacific’s The Wing Lounge and 747 First Class HKG-SFO

To Middle Earth
In 2013 I spent 8 days in and around New Zealand, with a layover near an opera house on my way home.

Air New Zealand 777-300ER Coach LAX-AKL
Driving to Taupo via the Coromandel
Orakei Korako, Taupo, and driving to Wellington
Queenstown and Surrounding Area
Milford Sound
To Christchurch
Qantas 737-800 First Class, Shangri-La Sydney, Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney, Qantas A380 First Class SYD-LAX

Weekend Jaunt to Europe
I went on…well…a weekend jaunt to Europe in October 2013

Planning
Lufthansa 747-400 New First Class ORD-FRA
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt
Barthelona
Vueling A319 BCN-MUC and St. Gilgen, Austria
Audi A3 St. Gilgen-TXL, CrossFit Invitational

Great Mileage Run of China
I found a great cheap airfare to China and went over a long weekend in January 2014

Planning
Getting There (American 777-200 Business ORD-PEK)
The Great Wall of China
Beijing’s Summer Palace and Peking Duck
The Forbidden City

Easter Island
Found another great fare, connecting in Mexico City, to Easter Island

Coach, Coach, Coach, Coach, Coach, Coach, Coach
The Statues, The Moai
Mainly More Pictures of Easter Island

Throwback Trip Report
A visit to the past, and my first First Class trip in August 2012

Cathay Pacific First Class LAX-HKG
Hong Kong
Hanoi
Halong Bay
Tokyo

Eurabia
In May 2014 I went to Europe and took a detour to the Middle East on my way home

Planning
DFW-Venice on US Airways
Venice
Paris: A Stroll
Park Hyatt Paris Vendome
Going to the French Open
Where to go in Dubai if it’s too hot outside
Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab: A Guide for Posers
The Park Hyatt Dubai
Etihad Diamond First Class AUH-IAD

Machu Picchu, Peru
My friend Bethany and I went down to see the Incan citadel at Machu Picchu in August 2014

Getting There
From Cuzco to Machu Picchu
Approaching Machu Picchu via Train
How to Buy Machu Picchu Tickets and How I Almost Ruined Our Entire Trip
Machu Picchu in Pictures
Wrapping up the trip in Cuzco

Europe 2014 (again)
I made my way back to Europe late in 2014 to see my favorite Austrian village and visit Lake Bled.  Also, to get back at the guy who stole a bunch of my Singapore Airlines content by flying in Singapore Suites again.

Planning
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Hallstatt, Austria
Lake District, Austria
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Singapore Airlines Suites Class Mega-Review

Round the World 2015
How I booked everything
American Airlines Flagship Dining Room DFW
Etihad First & Business Class Lounge LHR
Etihad A380 First Class Apartments LHR-AUH (Video)
St. Regis Abu Dhabi
Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge DOH (Video)
Qatar A380 First Class DOH-BKK
Cathay Pacific’s The Pier First Class Lounge (Video)
Cathay Pacific 777-300ER First Class HKG-LAX

 

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