Matt of Canada

Around the World on Points!


December 2015

Japan Part 2: Tokyo

Akihabara “Electric Town”

Day 4: From Tokyo Station we took a short cab ride to our hotel, the Daichi Hotel Annex. For the afternoon we decided to take the metro to Akihabara, which was a lot of fun. All the signs and sounds are a bit of an overload to the senses!  Continue reading “Japan Part 2: Tokyo”

Japan Part 1: Kyoto


After Hawaii and Guam, our final destination was Japan, where we had 7 nights. We flew into Osaka and spent 3 nights in Kyoto, then took the bullet train  to Tokyo, where we stayed 4 nights before flying out of Tokyo/Narita Airport.   Continue reading “Japan Part 1: Kyoto”

23 Hours in Guam

No editing – the water really looks like this

We had a 23 hour layover in Guam, landing at 6:00 pm and departing at 5:00 pm. We rented a car from Budget and stayed in Tumon Bay.  Continue reading “23 Hours in Guam”

Hawaii Part 3: Oahu


Day 12: We spent most of our day walking around Waikiki and on the beach, which is always enjoyable. Waikiki is essentially a mix of Beach, Fifth Avenue, and Tokyo.  Continue reading “Hawaii Part 3: Oahu”

Hawaii Part 2: Maui



Day 5: Our short inter-island flight had some good views of Maui and the three small islands, Molokai, Lanai, and Kaho’olawe. At OGG (Maui airport) we picked up the rental car and drove to the Aston Kaanapali Shores. Easy drive with  Continue reading “Hawaii Part 2: Maui”

Trip Report Hawaii, Part 1: Kauai

View from the Kalalau Trail

Day 1: After a very long 24 hours of travelling (getting here from Montreal involved an overnight connection in LAS and 2 hours in HNL), we (the family!) landed at LIH at 3:15 pm. We picked up our rental car and went straight to Walmart Continue reading “Trip Report Hawaii, Part 1: Kauai”

Trip Report: 4 Days in Newfoundland



This past June I had to go to a conference in Halifax. But instead of booking a simple return ticket, I used Aeroplan points, which let you make one free stopover on domestic trips. Even better, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are considered “short-hauls” from Quebec – so it only cost us 15k Aeroplan Points each (+$150 taxes) to fly to both Newfoundland and Halifax. Continue reading “Trip Report: 4 Days in Newfoundland”

Acadia National Park – A Photo Trip Report


Most Montrealers don’t realize that one of the most beautiful National Parks in the USA (and the only one in the Northeast) is only a (7 hour) drive away! It’s an amazing place with many hikes (long and short), a long, rugged coastline, scenic drives, wildlife, and the perfect sunsets and sunrises.

Bar Harbor, the town just outside the National Park, is also great. Continue reading “Acadia National Park – A Photo Trip Report”

Europe Part 5: Amsterdam


We went back to the guesthouse, loaded our car, and sadly said goodbye to Cochem. It took us about 2.5 hours to get to Eindhoven (the Germans drive fast enough to make it in minutes), where a friend of my girlfriend lives. He gave us a tour of the city and we got good Arab food at the Saturday market. Afterwards we drove to Amsterdam, Continue reading “Europe Part 5: Amsterdam”

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