Destinations

Yakushima: The Island of Princess Mononoke and 1000-Year-Old Cedars

Yakushima: The Island of Princess Mononoke and 1000-Year-Old Cedars

While I don’t write about destinations on this blog too often, every now and then, I visit a place that I absolutely think deserves an article. Yakushima, an island off the coast of mainland Kyushu in Japan, is certainly one of those places. The island’s ancient forest with thousand-plus-year-old Yakusugi cedars has been an inspiration …

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New York, New York: Enjoying the Non-Aviation Side of the City for a Couple of Days

New York, New York: Enjoying the Non-Aviation Side of the City for a Couple of Days

With the aviation highlight of the trip – the QSuites flight from Doha to New York – behind me, I caught the train from JFK airport to Fulton Street Station in the Financial District. Day 1: Courtyard New York Downtown Manhattan/WTC From there, it was just a short walk to my hotel for the next …

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Getting from Hanoi Noi Bai Airport to the City and Enjoying a Morning Around Hoam Kiem Lake

Getting from Hanoi Noi Bai Airport to the City and Enjoying a Morning Around Hoam Kiem Lake

When booking positioning flights for the Qatar Airways sub-$700 business class fare out of Hanoi, it worked out in a way that I would be arriving in Vietnam the night before the Qatar Airways flight – and, only departing in late afternoon of the following day. As such, instead of looking for a hotel near …

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City Tour Review: Yogyakarta Day Tour by Java Bali Trips

City Tour Review: Yogyakarta Day Tour by Java Bali Trips

When planning my day in Yogyakarta during my “Golden Week 2017” trip, I considered a number of options for hiring a guide and arranging transportation. In the end, I decided to go with Java Bali Trips which seemed like a reputable provider. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Booking the Tour with Java Bali Trips I …

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City Tour Review: TourISTanbul by Turkish Airlines

City Tour Review: TourISTanbul by Turkish Airlines

Quite a while ago, in December 2015, I had a long layover in Istanbul and I had a chance to take the TourISTanbul city tour offered by Turkish Airlines to its transit passengers. I finally decided to finish up the review, and post it as Turkish Airlines still offers this great service. What Is TourISTanbul? …

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Iranian Skies & Cities II: Exploring Iranian History

Tour Report: Iranian Skies & Cities II – “Exploring Iranian History”

(Traveled on November 12, 2016 – November 14, 2016) The second Iran tour I organized together with Yukihiro was split into three thematic parts – Exploring Iranian History, Flying the Classics, and Kish Airshow 2016. The first part of the report takes a look at the “Exploring Iranian History” part in which, over three days, …

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