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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

A Visit to the Costa Rica Crocodile Bridge!

costa ricaAfter arriving in San Jose, Costa Rica late at night, we set out early for the main destination we’d be visiting during our trip- Manuel Antonio.

We had a couple of hiccups before we even left San Jose:

  1. How Alamo Almost Ruined Our Trip to Costa Rica
  2. How HomeAway Almost Ruined Our Trip to Costa Rica

After those two issues, the trip went really well! Continue reading A Visit to the Costa Rica Crocodile Bridge!

Love Airplanes? Check Out El Avion Restaurant in Costa Rica

el avionOver the winter break, Kim, Lucas, Theo and I headed to Costa Rica. This would be Theo’s first international trip at just under four months old (and third time flying).

Kim and I expected to do some outdoorsy activities like hiking, spotting wildlife, spending a little time on the beach and other things along those lines. However, we never expected to come across such an interesting place as El Avion. Continue reading Love Airplanes? Check Out El Avion Restaurant in Costa Rica

153,128 points + 1 IHG Free Night + $1027.80= Trip for 4 to Costa Rica

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image: Google Maps

On Christmas Eve the Michael W Travels family left on our final trip of 2016.

This would actually be Kim’s first international trip since we visited Cuba at end of 2015 (the trip ended in early 2016). It would also be the first international trip for Theo.

Picking our destination was based on a couple of things: Continue reading 153,128 points + 1 IHG Free Night + $1027.80= Trip for 4 to Costa Rica

How HomeAway Almost Ruined Our Trip to Costa Rica

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A few days back, the Michael W Travels family headed out on our final trip of 2016 to Costa Rica. We flew on Christmas Eve to Dallas and had to spend the night before heading to San Jose the following day.

Soon after arriving in San Jose we encountered a major issue in our plans. Find out how Alamo almost ruined our trip to Costa Rica.

After working out our car rental issues we headed to the hotel to rest before getting up early and heading off for our destination close to Manuel Antonio National Park. Continue reading How HomeAway Almost Ruined Our Trip to Costa Rica

How Alamo Almost Ruined Our Trip to Costa Rica

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On Christmas Eve the Michael W Travels family took off on our winter trip to Costa Rica.

With a limited amount of time during our visit, Kim and I decided that we’d limit our visit to one other area outside the capital, San Jose.  After some long debates we settled on the area around Manuel Antonio National Park.

We originally considered flying to maximize the things we could do but this would not work due to the cost of flights but more so due to luggage weight restrictions on the two local airlines. Continue reading How Alamo Almost Ruined Our Trip to Costa Rica