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48 Hours in Europe – Part 1: Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

48 Hours in Europe – Part 1: Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

The Czech Republic (or Czechia) has been one of the most popular European destinations the past several years. Many airlines are adding flights to Prague at least seasonally to keep up with increased demand. While Prague’s been high on my list for quite some time, my first time in Czechia was in the much lesser known, but just as beautiful, Karlovy Vary.

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24 Hours in Sapporo

24 Hours in Sapporo

Though I’ve been to Japan several times, I’ve never ventured anywhere other than Tokyo. My friend and I have long talked about flying to see the cherry blossoms when they are in bloom, and as luck would have it, we both had some time off at the beginning of May. Normally this is too late for much of Japan, but it’s perfect timing for the northern island of Hokkaido.

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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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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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