Why I Now Plan and Book Before I Travel

I used to not plan any of my trips at all. In fact, I would literally book a random, one-way flight for the next day with no hotel reservations and no further flights or anything planned… not even with the slightest idea of where I’d be going next. This worked for a good number of months until I found myself stranded in Bali last year… Read More

Most Relaxing Destination: Fiji

It is no secret that I love travel (obviously). I’ve been very lucky to be able to travel around the world and visit some incredible destinations. I’ve been on every continent already and have visited dozens of countries (I probably should count them). My most memorable trips are those that I’ve taken with family and friends – not the ones where I travelled alone. There… Read More

Flying Long-Haul Economy Because It Is Cheap?

Over the years, I’ve been very fortunate to fly Economy Class the least during all of my travels. This is mainly thanks to miles & points, but also due to how cheap Business (and Economy) Class has become over the past few years. You can generally now fly from North America to Europe round-trip for $300 in Economy Class… something that was unthinkable a few… Read More

Olympics are Messing up Asia Award Availability

I love Asia. Amazing places, delicious food, kind people, etc, etc, etc. Oh, and fantastic airlines and incredible airline lounges! Asia is generally the easiest region to travel to and within on miles and points because there is always award availability – on all major alliances. Well, I am sure some of you have noticed that February is the worst month to travel to and within… Read More

Too Much Travel Is Never Good

I’ve been doing some thinking the past few days and I was basically reflecting on my past trips around the world and how frequently I travelled last year – around 200k miles flown, which is a lot.. in fact, I think it’s too much. Too much travel is never good – no matter how luxurious the travel can be. Last year, I flew too much…. Read More

Montréal: North America’s Hidden Gem

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting one of my blogger friends in Montréal, Québec, Canada and I am simply amazed at the beauty and culture that Montréal holds – it is truly North America’s hidden gem; there’s no place like it. Having spent over a week in the city, I was able to visit the main sights, sample local and international food, and interact with many… Read More

Revenue Based Frequent Flyer Programmes in Europe Don’t Make Sense

Airline loyalty is dead.. or mostly dead. It has been a dark past couple of years with frequent flyer programmes significantly being devalued and changed to a revenue based model, meaning you earn miles based on how much you spend rather than the actual distance you fly. Revenue based only rewards high spenders, meaning unless you buy full-fare First/Business Class tickets, you will generally earn less… Read More

No Wonder “Normal” People Hate Frequent Flyer Miles…

A long time ago before I became involved in the miles & points hobby, I remember that my dad would always say about how miles are worthless because you need to spend 30k USD for a one-way flight to Europe, essentially earning 1 mile per $1 USD spent, without any signup bonus. This was a long time ago and I didn’t put much thinking into… Read More

First Impressions of Paris

Bonjour! I’ve spent this past weekend in Paris with gorgeous weather of 20-22 degrees C, which I find the most pleasing for walking around and exploring. The main reason why I decided to fly to Paris last weekend was because I found some great hotel deals right in the city centre and also because, well, I hadn’t been to Paris yet. So how was it?… Read More

How I’m Celebrating New Year’s Eve This Year

I’m not really the “grand party” type of guy – yeah I enjoy parties and meeting up with friends and whatnot, but I like it to be in a smaller environment instead of it being in a loud club or somewhere where it is impossible to talk. I’ve never really celebrated New Year’s Eve in terms of a big, proper party or whatever. This year… Read More