Category Archives: Trip Reports

Victoria Falls Part 2: Exploring and Activities

This is the fourth in a series of posts documenting my January 2019 trip around the world, which took me to Victoria Falls, Cape Town, Chiang Mai, and Hong Kong.  You can read my last post, which covered my hotel in Victoria Falls, the Victoria Falls Safari Club, here. Alright,… Read more »

Victoria Falls, Part 1: the Victoria Falls Safari Club

This is the third in a series of posts documenting my January 2019 trip around the world, which took me to Victoria Falls, Cape Town, Chiang Mai, and Hong Kong.  You can read my last post, covering my trip from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls here. I’ll be honest…. I’m not… Read more »

South African Business Class Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and Premium Lounge Johannesburg

This is the second in a series of posts documenting my January 2019 trip around the world, which took me to Victoria Falls, Cape Town, Chiang Mai, and Hong Kong.  You can read my last post, covering my trip from New York to Johannesburg here. South African Airways Flt. 40,… Read more »

Off I Go: Hilton Garden Inn JFK Airport, Swiss Lounge JFK, and South African Airways A340 Business Class New York to Johannesburg

This is the first in a series of posts documenting my January 2019 trip around the world, which took me to Victoria Falls, Cape Town, Chiang Mai, and Hong Kong.  You can read an overview of the trip here. South African Airways Flt. 204, New York-Kennedy to Johannesburg (JFK-JNB) Airbus… Read more »

Virgin Atlantic Economy London to Washington and No. 1 Lounge Heathrow

This is the third and final post in a series from my late December 2018 trip to London. You can read my last post, reviewing the hotels I stayed at, here. Virgin Atlantic Flt. 21 London-Heathrow to Washington-Dulles (LHR-IAD) A330, Economy, 8h 31m Sch. Dep. 11:35am          Sch. Arr. 3:20pm Act…. Read more »

Hotel Reviews: Intercontinental London Park Lane, Conrad London St. James, and Hotel Indigo-London Paddington

This is the second in a series of reviews from my late December 2018 trip to London. You can read my last post, on my Air France journey over, here. I ended up staying at three different hotels in my three nights in London, utilizing free nights/points for all three…. Read more »

Air France 787 Economy Detroit to Paris, Yotelair and Instant Paris Lounge, and Paris to London

This is the first in a series of reviews from my late December 2018 trip to London. Air France Flt. 377, Detroit to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (DTW-CDG) Boeing 787-9, Economy Sch. Dep. 9:05PM            Sch. Arr. 10:45AM +1 Act. Dep. 9:11PM            Act. Arr. 10:28AM +1 Air France Flt. 1780, Paris-Charles de… Read more »

2018 Year in Review and YWW Index

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Every year, I take a look back on my year of travel and take a look at the year ahead. You can check out prior years here: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011. It’s an interesting time to look at trends and also to compile all of the year’s posts in one place. 2018… Read more »

Hotel Review: Hilton Playa del Carmen

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Last year, I got the Hilton Aspire American Express card. Although it costs $450, I figured it was worth it based on four of the perks (most of the perks are valueless to me): (1) Hilton Diamond status, which is *marginally* more valuable than my otherwise Gold status (not a… Read more »

Hotel Review: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, the Caledonian – Is this really luxury?

This is the fourth in a delayed series about my August/September 2018 trip to Manchester, England and Scotland.  You can read a preview of the trip here. There are tons of hotels in Edinburgh, and I had initially booked myself into the Hampton Inn Edinburgh West End, before deciding to splurge… Read more »