Category Archives: Trip Reports

The Most Interesting Priority Pass Lounge I’ve Visited

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The Michael W Travels family recently got back from an awesome little trip to Ireland.

While Dublin is usually a quick flight from NYC, we flew on connecting flights each way. A small inconvenience is worth it to save on the cost of a flight, if you ask me…

During our travels we got to visit a Priority Pass lounge in three airports. Two of the lounges were solid offering food, snacks, drinks and a place to relax.

The other Priority Pass lounge was quite different and possibly the most interesting one that I’ve ever visited. Continue reading The Most Interesting Priority Pass Lounge I’ve Visited

The Oddest Airline Passenger I’ve Ever Seen

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The other day the Michael W Travels Family flew on Iberia Airlines to Madrid on the way to our final destination, Dublin, Ireland.

I have to say that Iberia did not impress me at all. I felt claustrophobic in the seat and customer service wasn’t great either. The movie options during the flight were crappy too, but at least the meal was tasty although a bit salty!

Soon after taking our seats, I turned around and noticed what might just be the oddest airline passenger that I’ve ever seen on a flight. Continue reading The Oddest Airline Passenger I’ve Ever Seen

Visiting Mill Ends Park, the Smallest Park in the World

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The Michael W Travels family went on a trip to Portland Oregon a few months back.

This was our first time flying as a family of four. (Great job so far Theo!)

During our visit we had to check out the famous Portland food carts, Voodoo Doughnuts and find some fun things for Lucas to do (figure a kid-friendly museum and a park). Continue reading Visiting Mill Ends Park, the Smallest Park in the World

Our Favorite Amex Centurion Lounge Meal Was At…

Amex Centurion LoungeOn the way to Costa Rica, we had to spend a night in Dallas since we couldn’t get a direct flight for a fair price using our miles or points.

While this was kind of annoying for a few reasons, the one positive was that we had time to visit the Amex Centurion Lounge at DFW Airport!  Continue reading Our Favorite Amex Centurion Lounge Meal Was At…

Why Does American Airlines Serve A Meal On Some Flights?

american airlinesThe Michael W Travels family recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica.

Some background about our flights:

We flew roundtrip on American Airlines. Our flights were a bit inconvenient. We had to make a stop and spend a night in Dallas before getting to Costa Rica and in Philadelphia before returning home.

During our journey, I noticed something that didn’t really make much sense. Maybe one of you have an idea… Continue reading Why Does American Airlines Serve A Meal On Some Flights?

33 Countries Visited, 220,000+ Miles Flown, Happy 5th Birthday Lucas!

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Rainmaker, Costa Rica

It’s amazing how fast time flies.

Today is a very special day over here at Michael W Travels. My not-so-little man, Lucas turns 5 years old! We started off the festivities with a party in Lucas’s school and we’ll follow up with a dinner or two out before we have his real party over the weekend!

Lucas changed our world in so many amazing ways. He is a proud big brother, fun, loving, friendly & happy kid and a true world traveler. He’s also one of the most calm and smooth flyers I know. He definitely has me beat. I hated flying when I was a kid. Continue reading 33 Countries Visited, 220,000+ Miles Flown, Happy 5th Birthday Lucas!

The Best $16 I Spent in Costa Rica

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The Michael W Travels family recently got back from a trip to Costa Rica.

During our visit, a few things not so surprisingly stood out- nature, wildlife and hiking.

We combined all of those things during our first full day of the trip which we spent at Manuel Antonio National Park which is located close to Quepos, Costa Rica. Continue reading The Best $16 I Spent in Costa Rica

The Animals of Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica

During our visit to Costa Rica, Kim and I had a huge decision to make.

Since we had a limited amount of time in the country, we agreed it would be best to base ourselves in one area during our visit. We’d also spend a day seeing the capital, San Jose.

We narrowed our choices down to two options- Manuel Antonio National Park or Arenal Volcano. Both areas had their benefits but in the end we made a great decision. Continue reading The Animals of Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica