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Around the World on Points!

Cape Town, a New Favourite City!


What do you want in a city? For me, it should:  Continue reading “Cape Town, a New Favourite City!”

A Day on South Africa’s Panorama Route


The “Panorama Route” – an hour-long scenic drive featuring seemingly endless scenic lookouts – is an ideal place to spend a night to break up the 5-hour drive between Johannesburg and Kruger National Park. Continue reading “A Day on South Africa’s Panorama Route”

Trip Report: Kruger Self-Guided Safari

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Below is a day-by-day overview of our time in Kruger, describing the routes we took and everything else we saw and did (restaurants, activities, accommodation). Continue reading “Trip Report: Kruger Self-Guided Safari”

Kruger National Park Guide – Safari for $75/Day!

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We’re back home from South Africa, and wow, it exceeded our expectations in every way. Continue reading “Kruger National Park Guide – Safari for $75/Day!”

5 Day Stopover in Hong Kong

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Continue reading “5 Day Stopover in Hong Kong”

Cathay Pacific First Class


For this trip we’re starting with the best part – flying Cathay Pacific first class! Continue reading “Cathay Pacific First Class”

We’re off to South Africa, in Style for $330!

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I’ve been planning on going to South Africa for a while; unfortunately, it’s not so easy to get to. Flights are very long (15 hour flight from JFK) and expensive ($1500+). Continue reading “We’re off to South Africa, in Style for $330!”

A Week in Charleston, Savannah, and the Coastal South


From DC, the original plan was to drive through Delaware and coastal Maryland, but it was raining all day so we decided to go to Wilmington, NC instead Continue reading “A Week in Charleston, Savannah, and the Coastal South”

We’re on a USA Road Trip! First Up: Philly & DC


Michelle and I are on a 26-day road trip around the eastern United States, driving our own car, starting in Montreal. Continue reading “We’re on a USA Road Trip! First Up: Philly & DC”

A GoPro Video of our RTW Trip!

All thanks to Michelle, of course!


RTW Part X: Narita & Beijing


A few days in Palau was enough for us – we were more than ready to get back to civilization. We had a three day (exactly 71 hours) stopover in Beijing Continue reading “RTW Part X: Narita & Beijing”

RTW Part IX: Jellyfish Lake & The Rock Islands of Palau


Although getting to Palau was very time consuming, and staying there was expensive, it was all worth it for the chance to see the incredible Rock Islands and the famous (by Palauan standards) Jellyfish Lake. Continue reading “RTW Part IX: Jellyfish Lake & The Rock Islands of Palau”

RTW Part VIII: Getting to and Staying in Palau

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Our crazy route from Krabi to Palau

It’s time to say goodbye to Thailand and head to our next destination, the remote South Pacific island-nation of Palau (population 21,000, the fourth-least populated country in the world). Continue reading “RTW Part VIII: Getting to and Staying in Palau”

RTW Part VII: Relaxing and Eating in Ko Lanta


After five days in super-touristy (but well worth a visit) Ao Nang, and two weeks of flying around Thailand and Cambodia at a fast pace, it was time to slow down and Ko Lanta is the perfect place to do exactly that.  Continue reading “RTW Part VII: Relaxing and Eating in Ko Lanta”

RTW Part VI: Island-Hopping in Krabi


A week inland had us itching to check out the beach. To get our beach fill, we spent 6 nights (5 full days) in Ao Nang, Krabi – one of the most beautiful places in the world, if a bit (ie: very) touristy. We stayed at Anawin Bungalows (1500 baht/night), which were nice bungalows in a garden-like setting. Continue reading “RTW Part VI: Island-Hopping in Krabi”

RTW Part V: Chiang Mai

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We arrived in Chiang Mai in the early evening and immediately checked into our hotel, The Britannia. The location was ideal, centrally situated on one of the cuter and livelier alleyways in Chiang Mai. 

Continue reading “RTW Part V: Chiang Mai”

RTW Part IV: Angkor


We arrived in Siem Reap ready to tour the temples of Angkor! Since we were too lazy to apply for an e-visa for Cambodia, we had to wait in line for a visa on arrival after landing in Siem Reap airport. Continue reading “RTW Part IV: Angkor”

RTW Part III: Bangkok


Following our quick stopover in Egypt, we safely arrived in Thailand, the main destination of our trip! Bangkok, the capital and by far the biggest city in Thailand, was not really a must-see for me. But since we were jet-lagged (12 hours ahead of Montreal time) Continue reading “RTW Part III: Bangkok”

RTW Part II: One Day in Cairo


After 21 hours of travelling with Turkish Airlines, we arrived in Cairo! We stayed at Le Meridien Cairo Airport, which is very conveniently connected to Terminal 3, so that we were able to go straight to bed after landing very late at night. Also, I was able to use my SPG points (only 4000 points!) to pay for the hotel, as opposed to paying their normal rate of $170 USD. Continue reading “RTW Part II: One Day in Cairo”

Part I of our Round-the-World Trip: The Turkish Airlines Business Class Experience


As some of you may know, Michelle and I have just started our Round-the-World (RTW) trip! We will be travelling to Cairo, Thailand, Cambodia, Palau, Tokyo, and Beijing. Of course, our flights were booked through Aeroplan, so we’re only out of pocket $200 each (for taxes and surcharges). Continue reading “Part I of our Round-the-World Trip: The Turkish Airlines Business Class Experience”

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