Category Archives: Trip Reports

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

Anthony Bourdain Recommended: Pinotxo Bar- Barcelona, Spain

Anthony BourdainWhile doing some research related to places to dine in Barcelona, I came across Pinotxo bar (Pinocchio) thanks to Travel Channel.

Travel Channel listed Pinotxo Bar as a favorite of Anthony Bourdain so I immediately added it to my list. (We attempted to go to one other restaurant which made the list but failed…)

Pinotxo Bar is located in the famous Boqueria Market, the most famous market in Barcelona. Continue reading Anthony Bourdain Recommended: Pinotxo Bar- Barcelona, Spain

25 Hours In Andorra!

andorraOver President’s Week break the Michael W Travels family headed to Barcelona.

Barcelona was the first European city I visited (around 20 years back) but it was the first visit  for the rest of my family. It’s fun to revisit places I’ve been but I still like to squeeze in a new destination, too.

While planning the trip back to Spain, I knew this was the perfect opportunity to finally make it to Andorra, a tiny UN member state up in the Pyrenees mountains, between Spain and France. Continue reading 25 Hours In Andorra!

Ridiculous Street Signs #25: Hot Dogs- Linden, New Jersey

Hot DogWhile on the way to a friend’s house in New Jersey, the Michael W Travels family decided to stop for lunch along the way.

Our food stop would be just past Staten Island, in Linden, NJ. The White Rose Diner is the kind of place where you feel like you’re stepping back in time. The most famous items on the menu are sliders and sandwiches made with Taylor Ham (a salty, porky NJ specialty). Continue reading Ridiculous Street Signs #25: Hot Dogs- Linden, New Jersey

Save Money When You Visit Andorra With This Pass

andorraDuring President’s Week Break, the Michael W Travels family visited Spain (Barcelona) and Andorra.

This was a relatively short trip and we found out that this was possibly the worst time to fly to Europe. It also didn’t help that Hotels.com screwed up our reservation in Barcelona.

After spending a couple of days in Barcelona, we drove around 2.5 hours to the small country of Andorra which is located in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France. Continue reading Save Money When You Visit Andorra With This Pass

Hotels.com Reaches Out About Screwed Up Reservation In Barcelona

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Recently, I shared the details about how Hotels.com totally screwed up our reservation in Barcelona.

A quick summary of what took place

After an overnight flight, the Michael W Travels family showed up early in the morning at our hotel in Barcelona. When we tried to check- in, we were told that we didn’t have a reservation. Continue reading Hotels.com Reaches Out About Screwed Up Reservation In Barcelona

Generator Hostel Barcelona, A Solid Family-Friendly Option!

Generator HostelAfter flying to Barcelona at one of the worst times, we ran into a problem when Hotels.com screwed up our hotel reservation.

When we got to our hotel, they claimed to not have any booking from Hotels.com for us. Due to this they only had a room available for the first night. We had a reservation at Generator Hostel for the last two days of our trip so I figured that we’d just try to book a room there for our first two.

We ended up booking a private room with two bunk beds and an ensuite bathroom. Continue reading Generator Hostel Barcelona, A Solid Family-Friendly Option!

I Got The Dreaded SSSS On My Boarding Pass & It Wasn’t So Bad

SSSSLast week, the Michael W Travels family flew home from Barcelona to NYC with a stop in London.

During our journey, we encountered a flight delay which caused some issues. (Possibly more on that another time…)

When looking over our boarding passes, four letters stood out for my flight from London (LHR) to New York (JFK), SSSS. Continue reading I Got The Dreaded SSSS On My Boarding Pass & It Wasn’t So Bad