Air Canada A320 Watermark

Caution: Amex To Aeroplan Transfers Limited To Once Daily

This won't apply to everyone, but just in case it's relevant to you I wanted to share a quick note of caution regarding making multiple transfers from American Express Membership Rewards (at least the US program) to Air Canada Aeroplan in a single day.…

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The Beekman Hotel Lobby 15

Review: The Beekman Hotel, New York City

I had to be in New York for meetings earlier this summer, and decided to take the opportunity to check out some of the new World of Hyatt properties in the city, starting with The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel. The Beekman is a Category 6 property for World…

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Corvin Castle (edit)

Planning A Romanian Road Trip

Once upon a time, before the days of revenue-based mileage earning and other lifestyle complications, Ben and I used to fly together a lot. Granted, these were almost always miserable-sounding mileage run itineraries where we'd spend two weeks going…

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Lufthansa A320 Business Class – 10

What’s Going On With Marriott To Lufthansa Transfers?

Well, this doesn't look good. For the past week or so we've been hearing about issues with Marriott Bonvoy points getting "stuck" when members have initiated transfers to Lufthansa Miles&More. This isn't entirely unusual, as post-merger many Marriott…

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Four Seasons Desroches Island – 58

What’s Involved In Writing A Trip Report?

We get a lot of questions about what blogging is like, and even more questions about writing trip reports. Having just wrapped up an extremely lengthy series on my trip to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, the process is pretty fresh in my mind, so I thought…

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Raffles Phnom Penh 1

Raffles Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh Review

This will be the final segment of my trip report on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, which feels bittersweet. This has been a very long series (and was a long trip to start with), so it's taken a ridiculous amount of time to put together, but I've so enjoyed…

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Phnom Penh Travel 2

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: I’m In Love

There are places you travel to with a certain vision of what the experience will be like -- sitting streetside in a Parisian cafe while an accordion plays; inhaling scents of saffron and sumac in a crowded Turkish spice market; being enveloped in the…

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Cambodia Angkor Air Review 12

Cambodia Angkor Air ATR 72 Siem Reap To Phnom Penh

There are a surprisingly large number of domestic carriers in Cambodia (though the majority are owned or at least subsidized by Chinese companies), and all have very tiny fleets. Most of these carriers operate a mix of aircraft, including some Airbus…

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Angkor 3

Angkor: Practical Tips For Visiting The Ancient City

While you can certainly spend as much time exploring the areas around Siem Reap as you'd like, it's certainly possible to experience at least a taste of the UNESCO site at Angkor on a shorter trip. We planned our itinerary such that we had an evening…

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Park Hyatt Siem Reap Rooftop Suite 42

Review: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

I've actually stayed at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap previously, when my husband and I visited in 2014, and it feels much the same now as it did then. Siem Reap, on the other hand, has since changed to the point of being nearly unrecognizable, as extremely…

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Cambodia Visa 13

Applying For A Cambodia E-Visa With A US Passport

While applying for Vietnam e-Visas for our group was fairly annoying (an unclear website, weird payment funnels, and having to do separate applications for each person), and Laos visas are arranged on arrival, getting Cambodia visas in advance was basically…

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Satri House Luang Prabang 12

Review: Satri House Hotel Luang Prabang

Sorry for the delay on this folks -- not to get too much into the sausage-making, but we had planned to pause this particular narrative while Ben finished sharing details on his trip to Sri Lanka, with the idea being that I'd publish the rest of this…

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Lax Terminal Connector – 6

How To Get Between Terminals At LAX

Airports can be confusing, particularly in the case of terminals designed for the jet era that haven't adapted as well to modern aviation. The terminal shift at Los Angeles International Airport earlier a few years ago has inspired improved wayfinding,…

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Lao Airlines Review 5

Lao Airlines ATR 72 Hanoi To Luang Prabang

Our boarding gate was close to the lounge, and as we had checked our bags we were in no particular rush. I also suspected we'd be at a remote stand, so we did a bit of shopping on our way in hopes of avoiding lengthy bus queues. We arrived at the gate…

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Business Lounge Hanoi Airport 1

Review: Song Hong Business Lounge Hanoi Airport (Priority Pass)

The next stop on our itinerary was to be Luang Prabang, in Laos. Vietnam Airlines operates a direct flight between Hanoi and Luang Prabang, but their mid-day flight only operates 5x per week. Laos Airlines, meanwhile, has a daily flight in the evening…

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Hanoi Awesome Travel Street Food Tour 7

Visiting Hanoi, Vietnam: 6 Things I Loved (And You Might Too)

We only had a quick 30ish hours in Hanoi. That was enough to get a taste of the city, begin to appreciate the culture and mix of architectural styles, and of course enjoy some great local cuisine. We loved strolling in the neighborhoods around Hoàn Kiếm…

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Review: Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel

After a quick breakfast at our Airbnb in Hoi An we left for the Da Nang airport, arriving about an hour before our 10:30AM flight. The airport was clean and efficient, our flight was on-time, and our pre-arranged driver met us at arrivals when we landed…

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Hoi An Vietnam 8

Visiting Hoi An, Vietnam: Delightfully Touristy (No, Really!)

Unlike Phu Quoc, Hoi An is a town that has figured out their tourism industry -- to the max. The golden-hued UNESCO city is atmospheric, and charming, and in ways reminded me of Italy; particularly the towns on the Amalfi Coast. There's a tacit understanding…

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