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Hawaiian Airlines 787

How Does Hawaiian Airlines Measure Up?

If you ask me whether I like something, I can give you a definite answer. Do I like black licorice? Oh, hell, no. Do I like a nice big bowl of tonkatsu ramen? You betcha. Do I like Hawaiian Airlines? Hmmm. OK. I’ve just flown four long legs on Hawaiian Airlines, and I honestly don’t…

Could the Boeing 757 Mean Fewer Delayed Flights?

I expected to get on my American Airlines flight at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and land in Phoenix. That happened eventually, but nowhere near as planned. We arrived about two hours late because we had to stop for fuel in Kansas City, Mo. Let me get something out of the way: Don’t roll your…

Los Angeles

What Visitors From Abroad Need to Know About Los Angeles

Whenever I connect with travelers visiting the U.S. from abroad, there’s one destination that’s invariably on their itineraries: Los Angeles. I like Los Angeles – probably more than most Americans. But it has some highly visible warts. And my foreign friends are so eager to see it that I cringe at the disappointment that can…

aviation photography

The Great List of Non-Obvious Travel Tips

Every time I see a list of travel tips, I brace myself to expect the obvious – from the practical “remember your ID” to the goofily gooey “be open to new experiences,” I’ve seen every element of a travel tip listicle before. I’ve set out to create the ultimate list of non-obvious travel tips that…

Twelve Hours in New York City

New York City has never been high on my list of travel destinations. But I finally got out of the airport for a look around after years of putting it off and just using it for connecting flights. The family flew into Newark on a cloudy Saturday, landing at about 2 p.m. We managed to…

Cancelled United Airlines Flight

How Airfares Can Drive You Crazy

Straight answers are pretty rare when it comes to airfares. Just look at my recent search for flights to Auckland Airport. I priced out airfares for two adults and an infant just to get the conversation of our next trip started. As usual, I started searching for airfares with a pretty broad Google Flights search…

transit

Getting Around in Europe

One of my favorite parts of travel is not driving. We usually go places that are walkable and have good public transit. Since Germany was our first destination for this trip, I hit my dad up for information. We were flying into Frankfurt and had to get to Schwabisch Hall. He’d recently made the same…

A Recent Visitor’s Thoughts on the Brussels Lockdown

View image | gettyimages.com I’m looking at a photo of soldiers on patrol during the Brussels lockdown, and I keep thinking “This is not the Brussels I saw.” In mid-October, I spent five days staying in the now-infamous Sint-Jans-Molenbeek neighborhood with my wife and 10-month-old daughter. It was part of a trip that, over two…

IcelandAir review

Icelandair Review – JFK to Reykjavik

I originally wrote this IcelandAir review for Yahoo.com and its Voices platform. I’ve updated some info to give you an idea of what to expect today if you fly IcelandAir to Keflavík International Airport. If you’re headed to Iceland from the United States, you don’t have many options. It comes down to Delta Airlines, WOW…

747-8i

Review: Lufthansa 747-8i

Right now, the Boeing 747-8i is one of the coolest, newest airliners flying. People who are into air travel should put this on their “must fly” list. This October, I got to fly in a 747-8i to Frankfurt Airport from O’Hare Airport and back. Lufthansa was my airline of choice. And I know that air…

My TSA Encounter at Chicago O’Hare Checkpoint

NOTE: I wrote this post Sunday while sitting in a hotel after a canceled flight. I’m in Chicago, fresh off a Lufthansa 747 from Frankfurt. I’m happy that I spent two weeks with my wife and little person – and reconnected with family I hadn’t seen since the 80s, plus one of my best friends…

48 Hours in Utah

Believe it or not, I did not cause a single person to spontaneously combust during my visit to Utah. I understand why this might be a concern – after all, I am a long-haired, heavy metal, craft beer character. And Utah. Well, take those three things, and spin them 180 degrees. Still, I enjoyed my…

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