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Takeaways from the 2018 New York Times Travel Show

new york times travel showThe New York Times Travel Show took place at the Javits Center from January 26-28, 2018.

This was the 15th anniversary of the show of which I’ve attended probably 9-10 of them.

I debated whether or not to attend this year but in 2017, Lucas had a fun time visiting booths, collecting pens and wandering around. Continue reading Takeaways from the 2018 New York Times Travel Show

Happy 6th Birthday to World Traveler Lucas Miles! 42 Countries Visited

world travelerYesterday was a very special day for the Michael W Travels family.

Our little man Lucas Miles turned 6 years old! It’s been an amazing six years and I can’t believe that Lucas is in kindergarten and has already been to 42 countries! No, that’s not a typo- he’s a true world traveler!  Continue reading Happy 6th Birthday to World Traveler Lucas Miles! 42 Countries Visited

No Running Water On Delta Airlines Flight, Pax Had To Wash With…

delta airlinesOur final flight of 2017 turned into a small windfall which is sure to fund one very nice trip in 2018. Find out how I turned 63,000 SkyMiles into $2,700 in Delta Airlines vouchers.

The Michael W Travels family’s last flight of the year was a short one. We flew from Detroit to New York’s JFK Airport. Continue reading No Running Water On Delta Airlines Flight, Pax Had To Wash With…

A Family Day Trip To South Sea Island, Fiji

In the summer of 2017 the Michael W Travels family spent 5 Weeks In The Pacific.

During our trip, we had many flights in and out of Fiji. We wanted to check out some of the outer islands of the country. (Find out about how we saved around $300 for 1.5 hours of our time.)

A short time-share pitch got us a free trip to South Sea Island, Fiji! Continue reading A Family Day Trip To South Sea Island, Fiji

How We Saved Around $300 In Fiji For 1.5 Hours Of Our Time

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Wyndham Resort Denarau Island

Over the summer the Michael W Travels family spent 5 weeks in the Pacific.

During our trip we visited Tonga, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Samoa, American Samoa and Vanuatu. I took a solo trip for less than a day to Christmas Island, Kiribati.

While we used lots of airline miles and some hotel points to greatly bring down the cost of this adventure, when you’re away for over a month, things still add up. Continue reading How We Saved Around $300 In Fiji For 1.5 Hours Of Our Time

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