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24 Hours in Vancouver

24 Hours in Vancouver

One of the more enjoyable things I’ve gotten to do with my travel benefits has been to travel for sporting events. I’m a huge Boston Bruins fan, and I try and see them play on the road at least once per season. Over the past 5 years I’ve been to nearly half of the NHL’s arenas.

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24 Hours in Honolulu

24 Hours in Honolulu

I frequently get asked the toughest destination to non-rev to. While any destination can be difficult depending on the time of year, Hawaii’s the one destination that’s consistently challenging to fly to and from. It’s popular year round, with limited flights, and you can’t exactly drive to a nearby airport if flights are full.  

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3 Countries in 4 Nights – Part 5: Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong

3 Countries in 4 Nights – Part 5: Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong

While I could have flown back to the US directly from Paris, I still had almost a full week before I needed to return to work. I also wanted to make a return trip to visit some friends in the Philippines, and in all my years of travel, I had never circumnavigated the earth. This was the perfect opportunity to do both.

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3 Countries in 4 Nights – Part 4: Paris and Normandy

3 Countries in 4 Nights – Part 4: Paris and Normandy

The following day we headed to the Basel-Mulhouse-Frieburg Airport. The airport is actually across the border in France, but serves three countries. The airport’s fairly small, and signage while driving in was VERY poor, particularly for rental car return. Eventually we found the turnoff to return the car, and checked in.

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3 Countries in 4 Nights – Part 2: Liechtenstein

3 Countries in 4 Nights – Part 2: Liechtenstein

I admit I’m a bit of a travel snob. While I’ll fly anywhere, I take particular interest in destinations off the beaten path. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy cities like Rome and Paris. But I enjoy exploring lesser known destinations more. It’s why places like East Timor, the Marshall Islands, and Palau are so high on my list. It’s also why we had to include a side trip to Liechtenstein when planning this Switzerland and France trip.

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3 Countries in 4 Nights – Part 1: Flying to Switzerland

3 Countries in 4 Nights – Part 1: Flying to Switzerland

Fall is the best time to travel if you’re flying standby. The weather is cooler, the large tourists crowds have dispersed, and most importantly, flights are typically open. It’s why I will typically schedule one of my vacation weeks in October. While my friend and I had discussed trips as far flung as South Africa, Sri Lanka, or New Zealand, we decided on a slightly easier trip, planning a visit to Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and France.

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24 Hours in Rome – Part 3

24 Hours in Rome – Part 3

While I typically can arrive 90 minutes or so before departure at most airports and make my flight in plenty of time, I wouldn’t even think about it in Rome, as the check-in process takes ages. Delta has since moved to Terminal 1, making things easier, but at the time they used Terminal 5, a satellite terminal inaccessible by foot from Terminal 1 and 2.

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24 Hours in Rome – Part 2

24 Hours in Rome – Part 2

While my hotel wasn’t nearby any major tourist attractions, it was very close to Termini Station. In addition to trains arriving from all over Italy, it also has a stop on both the A and B subway lines, which gives it easy access to any destination within Rome. Rome is a very walkable city, but if staying near Termini, you may be better off taking a subway closer to the city center first.

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