World’s Largest Hotel Will Have 10,000 Rooms

worlds largest hotel

image: CNN

In 2017 there will be a new worlds largest hotel, located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

According to CNN the Abraj Kudai will be the world’s largest by room count. It will have close to 40% more rooms than the current top dog, the MGM Grand located in Las Vegas.

I found it kind of funny to see that the current hotel with the most hotel rooms is located in Sin City while the place that will take the crown will in Islam’s holiest city… Continue reading

Best FREE Museums in the World

free museums

image from Thrillist

At times, when things are free they end up being more enjoyable. In my opinion, when something is free the expectations are lowered. Less expectations can make for a more enjoyable time since you might not have to make sure to get full value, so to speak.

My guess is that the majority of you reading BoardingArea enjoy finding  ways to save money while traveling. Maybe you’re looking for ways to maximize the value of your airline miles or hotel points and/ or find out the best way to manufacture spend to build up lots of  miles economically. These are ways we can save on our travels in the long run.

How do you save money while away on your trips? Continue reading

Police Taser Man at LAX, Mini-Me Verne Troyer Films Incident

Mini-Me Verne Troyer

image: IMDb

A man got past security at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and wouldn’t comply with officers to stop so they eventually had to use a taser on him.

This must’ve been a scary incident for passengers, especially those with young kids to see.

It seems like everything gets caught on film these days so it’s no surprise that the incident was too… Continue reading

World’s Highest, Longest Glass Bottom Bridge Opening In China

China Tourist Attractions

image: Haim Dotan LTD from CNN article

I just came across a great reason to visit the Hunan province of China.

The world’s highest and longest glass bottom bridge is set to open in Zhangjiajie National Park this July!

Back in 2010 I had a chance to visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk during a trip to Vegas. The Skywalk was an awesome experience, offering amazing views. China’s bridge sounds quite similar just a whole lot longer and higher up from the ground. Continue reading

Newark Airport Food Review: Custom Burgers

Newark Airport Food

Back in November 2014 I had a chance to get a taste of  what was coming Newark Airport’s Terminal C at an event called The United Experience by OTG.

There was a long list of impressive names attached to new dining experiences coming to the terminal. Besides the new food options, the terminal would also be going high-tech with orders being done from iPads as a good example.

A couple of weeks back I caught a flight from Newark’s Terminal C on my way to the Freddies in Atlanta and didn’t realize that some of the new dining options had already opened up for business with iPad ordering and all… Continue reading

A Visit to the CDC Museum- Atlanta, GA

CDC Museum 

Last month I headed to Atlanta with the main purpose being to attend the Freddie Awards.

However, I couldn’t just fly there for an awards ceremony. I had to find some things to do in the area. While I’d also have a chance to drag a Delta jet for a good cause, I wanted to explore more of what Atlanta had to offer.

Prior to attending the Freddies, I arranged for a tour of the Waffle House Museum and I have to say that it was pretty awesome!

I then headed out to tour another odd museum, the CDC Museum. Continue reading

Target REDcard Visa Gift Card Load Success!

Target REDcard 

For quite some time the Target REDcard prepaid was the easiest and cheapest (free) way to manufacture spend $5,000 per month.

Then things started to change. In February I wondered if Target was limiting credit card loads to REDcard to $1,000 per day? This wasn’t exactly the case but was the rule for many locations…

I had not so great results loading my card at the beginning of March followed by a great experience in Charleston, SC. Continue reading

Biggest Threat To World Heritage: ISIS

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Whenever I visit a new place I make sure to check out the UNESCO World Heritage list to see if any places nearby are on the list.

For those of you unsure of what the UNESCO World Heritage List is, here’s a description.

According to UNESCO:

World Heritage is the designation for places on Earth that are of outstanding universal value to humanity and as such, have been inscribed on the World Heritage List to be protected for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. Places as diverse and unique as the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Galápagos Islands in Ecuador, the Taj Mahal in India, the Grand Canyon in the USA, or the Acropolis in Greece are examples of the 1007 natural and cultural places inscribed on the World Heritage List to date“. Continue reading