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My WestJet Flight Review

I flew aboard a WestJet flight to Toronto seated behind a Pomeranian whose balls are different sizes. OK, before we go further – yes, this is an airline review. But it’s not one of those airline reviews were someone tells you the plane’s registration number, lists which taxiways the pilot used and snivels that the…

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First Impressions of Toronto

On paper, I’m nothing you’d expect from an Arizonan. I have an instinctive grasp of hockey. I’m a member of the local curling club. Really, I should be from Canada. But I haven’t even been to Canada in more than five years. That changed with my first trip away from the Southwest since this spring….

Are These 5 Things Ruining Travel?

Awhile back, “Ask The Pilot” writer Patrick Smith labeled the selfie stick the scourge of global travel. I get his point: hordes of people waving metal poles, so intent on showing people that they were There that they forget to enjoy Being There. I like a few self-produced travel memories, but I don’t want to…

True or False: Europhobia in America

There’s an interesting thread on Quora right now. Someone asked “Is it true that Americans don’t travel to Europe because there is Europhobia in America?” The answers add up to a definite “no.” There’s a great synopsis that brings up the main points of why it might seem that way: *Europe is far away, and…

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Random Cool Stuff – May Edition

I can’t believe May is almost over already. But the good part of a month flying by is getting to share a some random cool stuff I gleaned this month – from the Internet, from books, wherever. Up first, let’s talk about some interesting things I’ve started to do with stuff out of my foods…

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Destinations for Adventurous Eaters

One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to eat something completely off-the-wall. Some foreign destinations make that easy thanks to immigrant populations that influence local cuisine, unusual flora and fauna and historical necessity. Here are some great places in Australia, New Zealand and Iceland where I’ve used my tastebuds as crash-test…

tourism niches

Four Unusual Tourism Niches

There are all sorts of tourism niches out there. You’ve heard of people traveling for food, shopping, golf, medical treatments, maybe even to visit war zones, disaster sites or the graves of dead celebrities. There’s also a lot of unsavory stuff out there that sways me from my usual stance that anything that motivates a…

cenote dive sites

Find Adventure at a Cenote Dive Site

The SCUBA diving experts at the Professional Association of Diving Instructors have opened me up to the many adventures in their sport. Encountering underwater wildlife and examining shipwrecks could definitely lure someone into SCUBA diving. But I started thinking about some of the reasons I like hiking; one of the main reasons I hike is…

Finding Fun in the Maryland Suburbs

During a recent post, I dropped a reference to visiting the Maryland suburbs. I’ve counted up all the time I’ve spent in that area for work and family visits — the total stands right around seven months. That’s a good chunk, and I still find little to love about it. I can never find a…

callsigns

Cool Airline Callsigns – And One That Just Retired.

One of my favorite blogs, Flying With Fish, just published a post about the final US Airways flight using the “Cactus” callsign. US Airways inherited this cool callsign when it merged with America West Airlines. Now that the merger with American Airlines is progressing, “Cactus” will make way for “American.” (Just in case this isn’t…

business class flights

How I Make My Airline Choices

I’m not one to tell an airline “I’ll never fly you again.” But I definitely have a pecking order for my airline choices. And I will absolutely pay more for an airline I prefer. I wonder how many other people are in the same – ahem – plane of existence (I thought “same boat” would…

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Nobody Needs Reviews of Business Class Flights

I read reviews of business class flights for one reason – to shake my head at the complaints the reviewers dredge up. Even as a guy who loves air travel, I’d never miss reviews of business class flight if they fell into oblivion, never to return to earth. Here’s why. The Writing is Awful Here’s…