, we spent a few days on American Samoa. our 5 week trip to the Pacific
While on this far away US territory it rained quite a bit but we still wanted to check out a beach with an interesting name.
We set out for Two Dollar Beach during our last day.
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While planning our
, one country that we’d be visiting seemed far different than the others. 5 Week Trip to the Pacific
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.
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, our first stop was the Kingdom of Tonga. Sundays are a very quiet day on Tonga. Most things are closed so we spent 5 week summer trip around the Pacific . 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.
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image: Virgin America
I needed to find a way to and from California. our 5 week summer trip to the Pacific
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.
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Over the summer the Michael W Travels family spent
. During our trip I visited six new countries while Kim, Lucas and Theo visited five. 5 weeks in the Pacific
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
. 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. McDonald’s Fiji Continue reading What Did We Try At McDonald’s Samoa?
Over the summer the Michael W Travels family went on a
. five week trip to the Pacific
During our trip we celebrated a bunch of different things. There were country visit milestones- I surpassed visiting 80 countries, Lucas went over 40 and little Theo got into double digits.
There were also a couple of birthdays to celebrate.
a couple of days before the end of our trip and Kim celebrated her birthday a couple of weeks in. Theo turned one Continue reading Find Out How Kim Had Two Birthdays This Summer Thanks To Travel
, Fiji has been a very important country for the Michael W Travels family. Flights to most of the countries that we’re visiting tend to go through the country. trip to the Pacific
On our way from the airport to our first hotel, we drove past a Burger King so I figured that there had to be a McDonald’s close by.
Since I had to see what special items might be on the McDonalds Fiji menu, we took a 5 minute taxi ride there for dinner.
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The Michael W Travels family is currently on a
. 5 Week Trip Around the Pacific
The first stop of on our journey was to the Kingdom on Tonga. Our first full day on the island was a Sunday when there isn’t much to do since just about everything is closed!
Rather than waste the day, we headed on a short day-trip.
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Polynesian Air DHC-6 300 Twin Otter
The Michael W Travels family is currently on a
5 week trip around the Pacific.
I usually like to write up a detailed trip report to show all of the costs involved but for this trip it’s just too much info. To simplify things, I’ll just share all of the miles and points used to help book our epic trip as well as an approximate amount of cash spent.
Continue reading 733,844 Miles & Points + $4,000= 5 Weeks in the Pacific for Family of 4
For our Summer 2017 trip, the Michael W Travels family will be spending 5 weeks traveling around the Pacific. (Find out
.) How A Call to Fiji Air Saved Me $645.94
We used American Airlines miles to book the international flights to and from the U.S. but they were in/ out of California.
Our first international flight was at 11:30 PM from LAX so Kim and I figured we could catch an early flight and spend part of a day wandering around Los Angeles.
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