Saudi King Leaves French Riviera Early, Beach Reopens

French Riviera

image: BBC News from AP

Last week I wrote about the outraged caused by a beach closing on the French Riviera for a visit by the Saudi King.

The king brought along an entourage of around 1,000 people and even had some work done at his property.

These situation led to a petition being signed by over 100,000 people who were against the beach closure. And, who could blame them!

Well here is some great news. Continue reading

Public Beach Closed for King, Japan’s Free Wi-Fi, Family Booted Off JetBlue, United CEO: Extra Fees Staying, McD’s Nicaragua & More- The Rehash!

Rehash

Another week of the summer has quickly passed and there isn’t much new to report for myself in terms of miles, points and travel. The fun begins for us when we go away two weeks from today!

I haven’t been loading my REDcard much recently. Extra long lines at customer service have been a deterrant. I also had a negative experience over the weekend. More on that another time. Continue reading

United Airlines CEO: Extra Fees Here To Stay

United Airlines CEONobody likes paying extra fees. Travel can be pricey enough unless you know the tricks to save on flights, hotels and other things…

When paying for that flight, there can now be many other extra fees involved. Don’t have status or the right credit card, you’ll pay a fee for checked bags. Want to pick your seat, that will cost you. Maybe you need to change your flight, yes chances are- it will cost you…

It would be nice to see these extra fees go away but one major US airline says the fees are here to stay. Continue reading

Top 10 Pizza Restaurants in US?

TripAdvisor

Julianna’s Pizza- Brooklyn, NY

When I saw that TripAdvisor came up with a list of Top 10 Pizza Restaurants in the U.S., I was definitely curious to find out which places made the cut (as well as also find out just how many I’ve visited).

Living in New York City, specifically Brooklyn, we can probably go to a different pizzeria each week without repeating any places that we’ve been to previously.

With that said, on many best pizza lists, one particular place in Brooklyn usually comes in at the top spot- DiFara, located on Avenue J in the Midwood section. Continue reading

Family Booted Off JetBlue Flight

JetBlue Flight

image: Yahoo Parenting from Mona Doshi

A family claims to have been unfairly kicked off of a JetBlue flight earlier this week according to an article from Yahoo Parenting (which Kim sent my way).

According to what was written, it appears that the reason the family got the boot was due to questioning the flight attendants and also responding in an irritated manner.

Overall, based on what I read in the article, these things wouldn’t seem to be an appropriate reason to turn a plane back to the gate and kick a family off of a flight. Continue reading

McDonald’s Nicaragua Impresses

McDonald's Nicaragua

One of the things that I have to do when visiting a new country is stop by McDonald’s. You’re probably wondering why. Well, I love checking to see if there are any locally-inspired menu items available.

While I rarely ever visit McD’s at home, I look forward to this visit during our trips! Yeah I know, you need to try the local food to really get a feel for a country. Well yes we do that too…

During our recent trip to Nicaragua, we didn’t come across a McDonald’s until close to the end of our visit. And it happened to be directly across the street from our hotel in Managua! Continue reading

You Can Now Do THIS in North Korea

North Korea Travel

image: surfnorthkorea.com

It’s no secret that I’d love to visit North Korea in the near future.

There’s something about this isolated coutry that has me wondering what a trip there is like. Based on what I’ve read and heard, the trips are quite- shall I say unique since more or less, every move you make is watched since you have to travel with a chaperone.

Some popular trips to North Korea are to visit during holidays & events like the Mass Games and others visit to run the North Korea Marathon.

Here is a totally new way to visit North Korea. Continue reading