Category Archives: Trip Reports

Off Limits: Visiting An Abandoned Bull Ring In Colonia, Uruguay

UruguayOver Spring Break, the Michael W Travels family visited Argentina and Uruguay.

During our visit, we spent time in Colonia Del Sacramento, Uruguay. The historic quarter of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pretty much everything that you’d want to see is walkable in Colonia.

There was one site around 6 kilometers from the historic quarter which was on my list and technically off- limits. Continue reading Off Limits: Visiting An Abandoned Bull Ring In Colonia, Uruguay

What Did We Try At McDonald’s Andorra

McDonalds AndorraDuring a trip to Barcelona, Spain the Michael W Travels also visited the small landlocked country of Andorra. (Andorra is located between Spain and France in the Pyrenees Mountains.)

Find out what we did with 25 Hours In Andorra.

Soon after crossing the border, we were all hungry and a McDonald’s location just so happened to be on the road we were on. Since I love to check out McD’s when visiting a new country, this was the perfect opportunity. (The following morning we also stopped into a different location for breakfast.) Continue reading What Did We Try At McDonald’s Andorra

One Minor Benefit From AA Flight Cancellation- United Airlines Miles!

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The Michael W Travels family recently returned home from our Spring Break trip to Argentina and Uruguay a couple of days late.

I wrote about what happened in the post, AA Flight Cancelled, No Flight For 2 Days- Who Pays For Hotel? Continue reading One Minor Benefit From AA Flight Cancellation- United Airlines Miles!

Much Better 2nd Visit At Priority Pass Lounge, Bobby Van’s Grill- JFK Airport

Priority Pass LoungeA couple of months back, I wrote about a disappointing Priority Pass Lounge, Bobby Van’s Grill at JFK Airport.

BVG isn’t a typical Priority Pass Lounge, it’s a restaurant where members get a $28 credit. If you bring a guest, multiply it times 2 and you have $56 to spend during your visit.

While we weren’t happy with our selections, Kim and I figured another visit would be in order in the near future. Continue reading Much Better 2nd Visit At Priority Pass Lounge, Bobby Van’s Grill- JFK Airport

AA Flight Cancelled, No Flight For 2 Days- Who Pays For Hotel?

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Here we are stuck in St Louis when we should already be home from our spring break trip to Argentina and Uruguay thanks to AA.

We booked our roundtrip flights using AA miles. The flights seemed like a good deal with the trip home being a bit of a pain. And then it got worse… Continue reading AA Flight Cancelled, No Flight For 2 Days- Who Pays For Hotel?

Kimpton Eventi NYC’s Very Confusing Welcome Gift

Kimpton EventiI recently had a tough decision to make, what to do with my last uncapped IHG Anniversary Free Night.

After deciding that the free night wouldn’t be of much use on our upcoming trips, I decided to use it for a stay at the Kimpton Eventi NYC. Check out my review of the property here.

After a speedy check-in, we went to up to our room before heading out for dinner. Continue reading Kimpton Eventi NYC’s Very Confusing Welcome Gift

240,000 AA miles + $193.68 in Hotels.com Credits + $734.14= Trip for 4 to Argentina & Uruguay

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The Michael W Travels family is currently in South America over Spring Break. This is the first time to the region for Lucas and Theo, Kim and I have been here a bunch of times before.

We’ve been wanting to visit Argentina for years and we could never find the right deal for a flight so I was pretty psyched when I found award availability. Regardless, we still had some tough decisions to make when it came to planning. Continue reading 240,000 AA miles + $193.68 in Hotels.com Credits + $734.14= Trip for 4 to Argentina & Uruguay

Hotel Review: Kimpton Eventi New York City

kimpton eventiI recently shared details about what I booked with my last uncapped IHG anniversary free night.

Last year, I used my free night for a stay at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia. After the stay, I felt the property was worth writing a review about. Check out my review of the Kimpton Monaco here.

This year, I was hoping to use my anniversary free night for a trip being planned. However, nothing really made sense for us so I decided to use my free night for another Kimpton stay.

We booked the Kimpton Eventi NYC for a little staycation. Continue reading Hotel Review: Kimpton Eventi New York City

Contributor Ridiculous Street Signs #14: Kung Fu Deer- Thailand

ThailandI love coming across funny signs both at home and while traveling around the world. Most of the time these signs aren’t meant to be funny, regardless, humor can be found in them.

From time to time, I post about funny signs which I call, Ridiculous Street Signs.

A few months back, I posted about an interesting traditional hat that I came across over the summer. While in Azerbaijan and Georgia, I searched for a traditional papakha hat!

This post led to an e-mail from a reader who wanted to contribute a sign he came across in a national park in Thailand. Continue reading Contributor Ridiculous Street Signs #14: Kung Fu Deer- Thailand

Find Out What We Tried At McDonald’s Spain

McDonaldsOver February break, the Michael W Travels family visited Barcelona, Spain.

Spain was the first country I visited in Europe years back. This would be the first visit to the country for the rest of my family.

During our visit, we had to make a visit to McDonalds. We ended up stopping by during our first day… Continue reading Find Out What We Tried At McDonald’s Spain