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What Did We Try At McDonald’s American Samoa?

While I rarely dine at McDonald’s, I always try to do so when visiting a new country. The main reason is to see what unique, local menu items might be available.

In the summer of 2017, the Michael W Travels family spent 5 weeks in the Pacific. We visited a bunch of island nations in the region and had a really great time. McDonald’s didn’t have locations in all of the places we visited but we did have a meal at McD’s in Fiji and Samoa. Continue reading What Did We Try At McDonald’s American Samoa?

9.5 Hours on Christmas Island, Kiribati

Christmas IslandWhile working on the itinerary for our 5 week trip around the Pacific, I wanted to try to get a taste of a bunch of the island nations in the region.

The Pacific has around a dozen UN recognized countries, each made up of many islands.

One place that I hoped to visit was Kiribati. I was able to place an award flight on hold for Kim, Lucas and I (Theo flies as a lap baby) to the capital, Tarawa. The problem was that if we booked the flight, we’d be stuck on Tarawa for 4 days. This would’ve definitely been too much time to commit to an island with not a lot of things to do.

Then I got another idea from a friend. Continue reading 9.5 Hours on Christmas Island, Kiribati

Our Visit To The Solomon Islands with Kids

While planning our 5 Week Trip to the Pacific, one country that we’d be visiting seemed far different than the others.

The Solomon Islands is most famous for and mainly visited due to its wealth of World War II sites. While I’m no WWII history buff, I do enjoy the topic. It also just so happened that our visit coincided with a big event, the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal. Continue reading Our Visit To The Solomon Islands with Kids

Looking Back: Should You Take Your Toddler To Oktoberfest?

With Oktoberfest 2017 underway (and ending on October 3), I felt it would be a great idea to re-share a post which I wrote about the festival a few years back.

The majority of people might think of Oktoberfest as a beer-filled festival full of drunks and they would be correct to an extent. However, the festival is also family-friendly with yummy food, fun rides and appealing music playing in the tents.

Take a look at my post, “Should You Take Your Toddler to Oktoberfest“.  Feel free to share your thoughts. Would you bring your toddler to Oktoberfest or would you rather experience an adult only version? Continue reading Looking Back: Should You Take Your Toddler To Oktoberfest?

Tracking Down The Famed Fishing Pigs of Tonga

fishing pigs

During our 5 week summer trip around the Pacific, our first stop was the Kingdom of Tonga. Sundays are a very quiet day on Tonga. Most things are closed so we spent a day on Pangaimotu Island.

There aren’t a lot of must- do activities on Tonga’s main island, Tongatapu. Regardless, we had a really fun time, renting a car and driving all over the island to various sites.

We love animal- related experiences, so when we read about Tonga’s “famed fishing pigs” in Lonely Planet, we wanted to see these porkers in action. Continue reading Tracking Down The Famed Fishing Pigs of Tonga

Virgin America Has A Heart, American Airlines & Fiji Air, Not So Much

Virgin America
image: Virgin America

While planning our 5 week summer trip to the Pacific I needed to find a way to and from California.

I used American Airlines miles to fly to Tonga and home from Vanuatu. Those flights started and ended in California. Since we live in NYC and AA didn’t have saver awards from NY-LA and SF-NY, I had to look at other options or I would’ve had to pay around 30,000 miles per person each way.

Considering our international flight cost 80,000 round trip, how could I pay 60,000 to go from NYC – Cali?

In the end, I found flights with Virgin America totaling a little over 63,000 to get us to and from California. Continue reading Virgin America Has A Heart, American Airlines & Fiji Air, Not So Much

What Did We Try At McDonald’s Samoa?

mcdonalds samoa

Over the summer the Michael W Travels family spent 5 weeks in the Pacific. During our trip I visited six new countries while Kim, Lucas and Theo visited  five.

When visiting a new country we always try to visit McDonald’s to see what interesting local menu items might be available. Lucas also loves getting a toy and having some time to play in the playground.

Earlier in the trip we made a stop at McDonald’s Fiji. There weren’t many other countries which had McD’s in the region so we knew that we had to try out McDonalds Samoa during our time on the island. Continue reading What Did We Try At McDonald’s Samoa?