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Flight Chronicles-Cathay Pacific Lounge

Sometimes the best laid trips get sidelined by delayed, cancelled or other technical air travel difficulties. When you have a long journey with many legs to it, the chances of problematic issues increase exponentially. Connections have to go just right for you to keep the entire trip intact. As a rule, transferring on one...

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48 hours in Warsaw

Happily made it to Warsaw for 48 hours.
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Upon arrival to Modlin, met my ride and then got checked into my apartment.
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Warsaw is the capital of Poland. It’s has an Old...
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My arrival from Seoul airport to city center

Having landed at so many various airports worldwide, I have gotten used to searching the web figuring out how best to use ground transport to get to my hotel or city center. For whatever reason flying into Seoul gave me pause. With the Korean language barrier, I landed wondering how difficult finding my way to the city center would...
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15 Handy Travel Tips for Seoul Korea

  1. Buy a T-Money card at the airport on arrival which is used for public transport as well as at some convenience stores and businesses. The plastic card is reloadable and any remaining balance left on the card is refundable.
  2. Tipping is not a cultural thing in Korea and can even be offensive. Pay the amount owed only.
  3. Save money by refilling your water bottle with tap water. It’s safe in Seoul. Check out this perfect collapsible water bottle I have started carrying on travel for carrying water: https://amzn.to/2LIHzf6
  4. For such a clean city, there are simply not a lot of trash cans around. Keep a separate bag to carry your trash around if necessary and store it there until you can deposit it in a trash can… if you spot one.
  5. If you are taking a cab, use the orange ones as they are the least expensive.
  6. Have your hotel write down your address if using cabs as the cab drivers often do not speak English. This will ensure you will be okay to get home or to wherever you are going.
  7. Don’t be surprised by dining tables which are placed low to the ground so you can sit on the floor to eat.
  8. 98% of Koreans own a cell phone. Don’t take offense to being the subject of the Korean selfie culture if locals ask you to pose with them. Go along with it and merely take it as your 15 minutes of fame instead of being put off by the request.
  9. Street food is safe here. Don’t be afraid of street food. Always size up which booths are good based on their popularity and interest. Any stall with lines surrounding them, most especially if you can spot locals eating at a stand, that is a good indicator that their food is fresh and on point.
  10. Underground shopping is a thing! Use the subway-like entrances to cross busy streets and you will find a whole world of shopping exists down there often with competitive pricing to their street level countrerparts.
  11. Try the Kimchi. Kimchi is a popular vegetable dish made from fermented and/or pickled vegetables. It can be presented before the meal or most often as an accompanying side dish. There are hundreds of varieties of Kimchi so taste each one to try the varities.
  12. There are bathrooms in the metro if you find yourself in need. They are free and usually clean.
  13. You will usually not get the meal check placed on your table but will need to go to the counter to pay after eating. Don’t also be surprised if you are asked to pay before receiving your meal at some super casual spots.
  14. Do not take offense when you are pushed or shoved while walking the streets or while on public transportation.  It is a very common Asian way to get through a crowd and it should not be viewed as personal.
  15. South Korea is highly ranked for having fast wifi. Seoul has free wifi hot spots in many places including in their taxi’s. As you move around, keep checking your device for free logon spots.

48 Hours of Foodie Heaven in Kauai

For some reason I have never visited the island of Kauai. This August I needed to be in Mexico City and was finding myself low on my year end qualifying air miles with American Airlines, so I decided to do a brief mileage run from Mexico to Hawaii.

I had orginally planned to only...
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A great restaurant find on the enchanting island of Korcula, Croatia

We decided on an adventurous itinerary for our drive south to Dubrovnik starting from the island of Vis in order to see as much of the Croatian coastline as possible during our trip. I wouldn’t necessarily suggest this tight scheduled itinerary to anyone but due to our travel timeline, this crazy long day in the car...
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The Uniqueness that is Zadar

Skip the crowds of Dubrovnik and visit Zadar in Northern Croatia. While Dubrovnik has become overrun with cruise ships and tourists, Zadar retains Adriatic waterfront charm without the crazy crowds. [caption id="attachment_1378" align="alignnone" width="1536"] Zadar old town gate[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1384" align="alignnone" width="3024"] Zadar[/caption] Named the...
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Morning Farmers Market in Zadar Old Town

When on vacation, I always find myself in a personal debate about getting up early instead of sleeping in, however I do so love to visit the outdoor farmers market where the locals buy produce and to see what local produce is in season. [caption id="attachment_1359" align="alignnone" width="2744"] Zadar...
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One day in Madrid

It's been several months since I have used my passport for travel and I am feeling the pent up frustration an ACL infection delivered requiring a mandatory sit still for 3 months! No one puts baby in the corner..... All in all, it's great to be packing my bag to be airborne again, out of the United States. [caption id="attachment_1333"...
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