Heading South to… America? South America that is – Part 2

August 2017

Continuing on my journey to South America… I had just left the lounge I believe. The reason I was sitting in the international terminal was that the inbound flight was actually from Australia.  This meant the flight would have an international configuration! woohoo!  Business class with lie flat seats FTW!  I made my way to the gate and as it turns out boarding has already commenced.  I made my way on to the plane, settling in to my pod for the next few hours.  Although LAX-MIA is considered one of the “transcontinental” routes, not many of the flights have the international business class product.  I was lucky that this itinerary happened to be on one of the few flights that had the lie flat seats so I could get a nap. Continue reading

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Heading South to… America? South America that is – Part 1

August 2017

A lot of people are surprised when they find out the long list of countries I have visited doesn’t include South America. I just had never really had the opportunity or chance to visit… until recently, that is.

Periodically, American Airlines has really good sale fares to places like PTY (Panama) and SJO (San José, Puerto Rico.) I was debating how I was going to requalify for MVP Gold when I saw the sale pop up again, this time to Bogotá. I have always wanted to go to South America and this would allow me to see what AA transcontinental service from LAX to MIA was like (since it’s designated as a premium service for North America). I managed to find an itinerary I liked and booked my round trip ticket from LAX. Now I just needed to get to LA… Continue reading

Happy 2018! Back to the blog…

So I’ve been absent for the last little while, mostly because I’ve been having way too many adventures!  I’ve been posting on my Instagram account but in case you don’t follow along, I have lots of adventures to share over the next few weeks!  

Some of these include: Buenos Aires, Bogota, Cape Town, Patagonia, Paris (again 😉), Copenhagen, Iceland, and Antarctica!  I’ll be sharing some of the adventures, good and bad, I’ve had along the way, and how I got there.  

I’ll leave you with my “best nine” from 2017 as just a taste of what is to come 🙂

From top left: Whistler, Key West, Perito Moreno Glacier, Antarctica, Reykjavik, Dubai, Torres del Paine, Torres de Paine, Antarctica

Back to North America: NYC edition

Maybe Liechtenstein – Part 6 (March 2017)

Before leaving Switzerland, we spent a night out by the airport as we both had morning flights the next day.  We arrived at the Radisson Blu hotel and checked in for our last night in Switzerland.  I was looking forward to the stay as they have a huge vertical wine library in the center of the hotel.  After finding our room, which faced the inner courtyard (and the wine), we made our way down to watch the acrobats fetch requested bottles from the tower.  It’s actually a neat thing to watch and would suggest having a glass or two if you ever find yourself at this hotel or have some extended time at the airport (since it’s outside security.)

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Wine bar at Radisson Blu (Zurich Airport)

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Maybe Liechtenstein

Maybe Liechtenstein – Part 5 (February 2017)

If you’ve noticed, this trip was dubbed “Maybe Liechtenstein” (you can search the #maybeliechtenstein hashtag on Instagram to see more fun photos) because we were never really quite sure if we’d make it to the small land locked country.  But we packed up and left our Airbnb in Zurich and once again hopped on the train.  We started with a train ride through Switzerland to Sargens, the main stop closest to the border.  Once you get to this station, you can either take a bus directly to Vaduz, the capital, or take a local train one stop north and then a short bus ride across to the city.  We opted for the bus since we had to transfer to a second bus in order to make it to our hotel, Hotel Kulm, located in the mountains just above the city.

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Views from the train on the way to Sargens

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Japan Preview (in photos)

If you’ve been following along on my Instagram or Facebook page, you know I’ve been running around Asia for the last two weeks.  I haven’t had much time to update my blog, but I’ll be getting back to that soon (once I recover from my jet-lag).  In the meantime, I though I’d share a few pictures from Japan, where we spent two weeks.

I loved it and I am definitely looking forward to heading back.  Until then, I’ll just leave these here… Continue reading

Lucerne Day Trip

Maybe Liechtenstein – Part 4 (February 2017)

I love taking trains!  Maybe not as much as Sheldon (BBT reference), but I still think it’s such a fun way to travel.  Luckily Switzerland seems to share my option.  The train system in the country is fantastic!  After deciding to take a last minute day trip to Lucerne,  we booked some super saver tickets.  You can only book these on the app or online so it’s a good idea to check there first.  Unlike normal tickets, you’re locked in to a specific train but get a really good deal.  You can find more information on the SBB website.

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Great views coming in to Lucerne on the train.
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Zurich

Maybe Liechtenstein – Part 3 (February 2017)

I left Paris and hopped on my Air France flight to Zurich (still a part of my points ticket) and I got a chance to visit the Air France lounge for Schengen flights.  Unfortunately it was far away from my gate since the one closest to my gate was under construction.  The lounge was still a nice place to relax before the relatively short flight.  There were lots of drink options, including bottles of Evian, wine, and liquor, and a decent selection of food and snacks.  My flight was nothing too special, due to the short duration and the fact that “European Business Class” is just regular seats with the middle blocked out.

After a short hop from Paris, I arrived in Zurich slightly before my friend, who was coming from a connecting flight in Amsterdam.  There was some crazy weather and most of the flights that day had been cancelled, except for hers luckily!  I tried to meet her at the gate, but the plane ended up being diverted to the auxilary gates with a bus ride to the terminal.  We ended up meeting at baggage claim to pick up her luggage.  Of course, she made the flight but sadly her bag did not, due to a super tight connection.  After filing the appropriate paperwork, we were off to Zurich. Continue reading

A Canadian in Paris

Maybe Liechenstein – Part 2 (February 2017)

As I mentioned previously, I’ve been to Paris many times, but it had been a while since I spent more than a day there.  I ended up having the equivalent of three full days there (midday Monday to midday on Thursday) and I tried to fit in as much as possible.  Much of my time was spent running around between monuments, and finding delicious vegan restaurants to try.

Although Paris has a pretty decent metro system, I decided to walk most places.  I always enjoy walking around a city if I can since it gives me a much better sense of the city, and sometimes you stumble upon fun surprises.  Luckily the weather cooperated and although it wasn’t sunny, the overcast sky gave the city a cozy mood.

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Homeless for 2 months…

As I sit here in the final stages of cleaning my apartment, I’m realizing it really hasn’t looked this good since I moved in.  But why am I cleaning it?  Because I’m subletting my apartment to help fund my travels for the next two months.

After looking at my Calendar for September and October, I realized I’d be lucky to hit double digits of days I’m actually in Vancouver.  Since it kinda bothered me that my place would just be sitting empty most of the time, I decided to embrace the nomad lifestyle and put everything in storage (aka other people’s houses) and see what I could accomplish in two months. Continue reading