Review: An Easy Transit Through Düsseldorf

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I had about two hours between my inbound flight from New York to Düsseldorf and my connecting flight to Barcelona.  This was my first time flying through Düsseldorf and I was somewhat confused at first.  Usually when arriving in Europe, I'm ushered through narrow hallways and sent to a long immigration line where I then have to reclear security.  Instead, I was deposited into the large gatehouse, … [Read more...]

Review: AirBerlin Business Class, New York to Düsseldorf

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I redeemed 50,000 American Airlines miles to fly one-way from the U.S. to Europe in business class.  The main flight of the itinerary was this one, New York to Düsseldorf on AirBerlin, which allowed me to use my American Airlines miles without any fuel surcharges and be guaranteed a flat-bed seat.  When I think of flying a German airline, I usually think about … [Read more...]

Planning A Last-Minute Jaunt to Europe

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I recently found myself with a couple weeks free to take a trip somewhere. I decided to go to Europe since it had been a while since I’d spent some time on the continent (not to mention the US Dollar is currently pretty strong compared to the Euro, so it seemed like a great time to go). That’s one thing I love about airline miles – even though I was planning a trip within a week of departure, I … [Read more...]

Review: Jetsuite Private Jets

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I recently had the opportunity to take a couple flights with Jetsuite Private Jets. As some of you may know, Jetsuite offers private jet travel with their core target audience being business travelers. They operate out of many airports that have the proper capabilities and bill themselves on their ease of use, service and being able to depart whenever you want to wherever you want. What Does it … [Read more...]

Touring Siem Reap: Night Markets and Bars

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As I mentioned in my review of the Park Hyatt Siem Reap, you should really set aside a night or two to go into town and enjoy the nightlife. Whatever the comforts of your accommodations, I thought the town was a great and relaxing place to spend the evening. There were dozens of shops, restaurants, and bars all eager to serve. Trip Report Index Trip Report Introduction: Taking My Sister to … [Read more...]

Touring Siem Reap: Angkor Archaeological Park

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Visiting Siem Reap was like nothing I'd encountered at other tourist hot spots, even smaller ones like Chiang Mai. It is literally a bunch of temples in the middle of a jungle with a small town nearby. Flying in on our tiny plane at night, I struggled to see any streetlights or other signs of life. Even the taxi drivers out front were using flashlights. I managed to lose the passport photo I … [Read more...]

Review: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

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When planning this trip with my sister I had two goals: to introduce her to some of my favorite destinations in Asia and to find some new ones for myself. Siem Reap easily satisfied both requirements. The famous Ankor temple complex was lost in the jungles until discovered by French explorers in the early 1900s, yet decades of war and civil strife, until recently, kept most tourists away. Trip … [Read more...]