Category Archives: Trip Reports

Do You Know About The McDonald’s McMansion In Freeport, Maine?

McMansionA couple of years back I wrote about a very unique McDonald’s location in Long Island, NY, the McMansion. Check out my review of the McDonald’s McMansion here.

Due to COVID-19, what would usually be a month-long summer trip for my family amounted to a few road trips.

We actually just back from from an awesome 11-Day visit to Maine! While there, we visited lots of interesting (primarily outdoor) sites and ate so much great food. Continue reading Do You Know About The McDonald’s McMansion In Freeport, Maine?

Review: Avid Hotels (IHG Property)- Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Avid HotelsA few weeks back, the Michael W Travels family took a visit to Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

During our visit, we spent a night on a train at the Red Caboose Motel in Ronks, PA. We almost spent both nights there but we were glad that we didn’t.

For the second night, we decided to try a relatively new IHG brand called Avid Hotels. The property, located in Lancaster, PA was in a good location and available at a pretty reasonable price. Continue reading Review: Avid Hotels (IHG Property)- Lancaster, Pennsylvania

An Incomplete Visit To See The World’s Largest Rotating Globe

GlobeWe’ve been traveling around Maine for about a week now. This is Kim and my second visit, the first time for our kids. So far we’ve had a really nice time, seeing lots of natural sites and eating lots of great food.

While staying in Yarmouth, ME, I wanted to visit Eartha, the world’s largest rotating globe. Continue reading An Incomplete Visit To See The World’s Largest Rotating Globe

Spend A Night On A Train At The Red Caboose Motel In Ronks, PA

Red Caboose MotelTrains are very popular and of great interest to younger kids. When I first heard about a hotel made of old train cars in Pennsylvania, I wanted to stay there when Lucas was a bit older but it never happened. (Room availability and cost were some factors.)

Kim and I have considered staying at The Red Caboose Motel, located in Pennsylvania Dutch Country many times. Continue reading Spend A Night On A Train At The Red Caboose Motel In Ronks, PA

Visiting The Incredible Kerid Crater In South Iceland

Kerid CraterIceland has some of the most amazing and diverse natural sites in the world.

During our visit to the country, we spent time at sites like the Justin Bieber Canyon and the Church Floor among many others.

While doing research for our trip, I hoped to see a crater lake in person. Kim and I decided to make it a point to visit Kerid Crater in South Iceland. Continue reading Visiting The Incredible Kerid Crater In South Iceland

This Is The Most Genius Do Not Disturb Sign I’ve Seen At A Hotel

Do Not DisturbA couple of weeks back we took a short road trip to Pennsylvania.

During our visit, we stayed at two different properties; one was a very unique motel and the other was a newer IHG brand called Avid.

When we got to our room, I noticed an extremely genius Do Not Disturb sign. Continue reading This Is The Most Genius Do Not Disturb Sign I’ve Seen At A Hotel

A Stop On The Anthony Bourdain Food Trail: James Salt Water Taffy

Since the Anthony Bourdain Food Trail officially debuted in New Jersey, I’ve slowly tried to visit the places which made the cut.

To date, we’ve been to:

Earlier in the summer, we took a short trip to the Jersey Shore. While there, we stopped into James’ Salt Water Taffy. Continue reading A Stop On The Anthony Bourdain Food Trail: James Salt Water Taffy

Searching For Bobby Fischer in Iceland

Bobby FischerWhen traveling to new places, I research the areas we’ll be visiting on a variety of sites to find things to see and do.

One of my favorite sites is Atlas Obscura. Atlas Obscura claims to be, “the definitive guide to the world’s hidden wonders.” I’d agree with their claim as on the site we’ve found lots of interesting and off the beaten path things to visit over the years.

During our visit to Iceland, we came across a somewhat bizarre attraction that I wanted to check out as long as it wasn’t really out of the way.

As some of you may know, Bobby Fischer is probably one of the most famous chess players in the world. Continue reading Searching For Bobby Fischer in Iceland

Find Out How Hyatt Made Theo’s Birthday Extra Special Last Year!

HyattIn the summer of 2019, the Michael W Travels family went on a four week trip around South Asia. During our trip we visited 5 countries, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and India.

During our visit to Nepal, Hyatt helped me celebrate visiting my 100th country with an awesome surprise. Due to this and another Hyatt stay during our trip, we were beyond impressed with the company’s customer service.

At the end of our trip, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Mumbai. Continue reading Find Out How Hyatt Made Theo’s Birthday Extra Special Last Year!

Contributor Ridiculous Street Signs #17: No Shoulder… To Cry On- Hawaii

HawaiiI 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 like to call, Ridiculous Street Signs.

Recently, Benjamin Sands shared a sign with us, Contributor Ridiculous Street Signs #16: Cebu City- Jesus Is My All Continue reading Contributor Ridiculous Street Signs #17: No Shoulder… To Cry On- Hawaii