But I’d rather starve than sit in prison, so I declared the food and held my breath. [AJK: If I’m being completely honest, if not humble, it was only after I presented Dan with the possibility of him sitting in an unconditioned cell for the next number of months that he saw reason and decided to just play it safe and declare.] Several agents gathered around and they were perplexed as to why we were traveling with a bag of frozen food. However upon explaining Orthodox Judaism, they were just amazed as to how we had heard of Palau and what brought us there. Explaining Orthodox Judaism was easier than explaining how I discovered Palau thanks to several decades worth of United vouchers that were obtained due to Wendy’s cups that gave Airtran credits, so I went with their main attraction, Jellyfish Lake. And they smiled and said to tell our friends and enjoy our meals! … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 3: Koror, Palau And Jellyfish Lake
Cancun airport actually has parking spots right in front of the terminal and we were able to check everything in while parked there. I dropped everyone off that way and returned the car myself. Alamo did a thorough walk-around and once again took their time, but the document clearly showed that the entire van was scratched up, so there wasn’t much else they could claim was damaged 😉 … [Read more...] about Winter Break 2015 Trip Notes Part 2: Cancun And The Riviera Maya
The real payoff is taking a 4WD vehicle along unpaved Milolii Ridge Road. The driving will be bumpy and difficult at times and you will lose cell phone coverage but the views at the end are unreal. You can walk along the edge for as long as your nerves will carry you: … [Read more...] about Trip Notes Kauai: Heaven On Earth
I waited a bit and then called AJK in his room and asked if he was still interested in trying to salvage Palau. [AJK: Actually, Dan waited precisely 37 minutes after we finished eating dinner, and me telling him not to bother me until the morning so I could get a decent night of sleep and get over this fever, but you see how well Dan follows directions when he gets an idea in his head…] And he said in no uncertain terms that his boss was counting on him being back Friday morning. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 2: It’s Time To Hop!
-We thought the hotel was stunning, but the hotel actually closed shortly after our stay and just had a soft reopening last week after a year of renovations. When we return to Sydney we would definitely stay at this hotel again. Rates can go for $1,000 a night, which makes it a great value when using free nights you can get from the Hyatt card or you can transfer 22,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points from cards like Sapphire Preferred to get free nights as well. … [Read more...] about Round-The-World Trip Notes, Part 4: Sydney, Australia.
I’m going to make a number of comparisons between Singapore and Cathay Pacific first class. On Cathay you don’t have a suite per se but you do get a very comfortable wide seat that is semi-private. Besides for in the very first row in the nose of the Cathay 747 there are no good seats for couples on Cathay that want to see each other during the flight. Contrast that to Singapore suites where the double suites are just perfect for 2 people traveling together. Cathay First has awesome availability and can be booked with partner miles like AA and BA. Singapore Suites can only be booked with Singapore miles with fuel surcharges and it can be very tough to find 2 seats at saver rates. While Cathay First from the US means flying just to Hong Kong on Singapore there are flights to Moscow, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: Singapore A380 Suites And 46 Hours In Paris