Category: Luxury travel

Qatar Airways business class [review]

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Qatar Airways business class seat [1]

Have you heard about the rise of the Big Three Middle Eastern carriers? They are setting records for growth, aircraft orders and product quality – and with good reason. Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are three of the best airlines in the world, and have created one of the world’s most important transit hubs from scratch in a little more than a decade. (more…)

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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San Juan del Sur beach

Put Nicaragua on your travel to-do list for 2015. Sometimes unfairly known as the “poor man’s Costa Rica”, the country has a lot to offer every type of tourist, with the added benefit that it’s less expensive and less crowded than much of Costa Rica. The beaches are stunning, the surf is outstanding, and the infrastructure is better than you’re expecting. (more…)

The Cathay Pacific First Class experience

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Lounge Signage

You know me – I’m all about getting the most value possible when redeeming frequent flyer miles. And when I say “value” I mean both the key metric, cents per mile, but also having an amazing travel experience. One of the most important aspects of frequent flyer miles is that they enable average travelers to have extraordinary experiences, ones they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. How many of us can pay $10,000 or more for an international first class ticket? (more…)

6 reasons to avoid Cairo

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6 reasons to avoid Cairo - Featured Image

A friend once asked me what my least favorite city was. The answer was easy: chaotic Cairo. But I wanted to give it another chance, as I first visited when I was a very young, naive traveler. Now, with nearly 70 countries under my belt, I wanted to go back and give it another chance. The verdict: first impressions are often spot on. (more…)