Mike

VIP Airport Lounge Access

Just a quick tip I’d thought I’d share with you. We regularly use airport lounges around the world, but that’s not because we travel business or first class – I wish we could afford to! It’s because we have something called Priority Pass. We have a simple rule – if the airport departure area is really busy and / or we have more than two hours to departure, we use a lounge. They are always an oasis peace, good Wifi…

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Hurtigruten – Mike’s Thoughts

You can read the full story of our trip here, but these are my own observations and highlights from it. I really didn’t know what to expect of this trip. We’re not experienced cruisers, and anyway, Hurtigruten were at pains to point out their ships are not cruise ships! MS Finnmarken is about the size of the largest car ferries you see around the world. Indeed, she carries cars, and plenty of cargo as well. But the passenger decks are…

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Car Hire Around The World

When we started travelling, we decided we wanted to build a relationship with one supplier, and stick with them. Looking around at the various offers, we liked the look of Avis – they have coverage all over the world, and their loyalty scheme looked good, so we joined the Avis Preferred scheme. Avis Preferred gives us a number of benefits: They keep the information on credit cards and driving licences on file, so no need to go through paperwork when…

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New Rock Show At The Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas

We loved our stay at The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, you read read about it here. So we were delighted to hear that the hotel has a brand new rock show starting in March – a perfect excuse to visit again! Raiding the Rock Vault will join the lineup of first-class entertainment on the property starting on Saturday, March 11 with headline shows inside Vinyl. “We couldn’t have picked a more fitting show to bring to Vinyl at…

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Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas

We booked into the Hard Rock Hotel because it seemed to offer the best value for a 4 star hotel and casino for our trip to Las Vegas. It turned out to be a cracking decision. The hotel is situated a little way off The Strip, but an easy 10 minute walk takes you to one end of it, and you can access the monorail from there. The hotel also offers an hourly courtesy bus service, which drops you right…

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The Hoover Dam

We visited The Hoover Dam as part of our trip to Las Vegas. We hired a car and drove to the dam, which is about a 40 minute drive. The dam spans the states of Nevada and Arizona, and crosses two time zones, which confused us as we headed afterwards into Arizona! It was built in the 1930’s during the great depression and had three key objectives: 1/ To provide water for irrigation to the states down river. 2/ To…

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Airport Lounges – Are They Worth It?

We have a simple rule for airport lounges – If we have two or more hours to kill, particularly with a flight delay, we go straight to the nearest lounge! The benefits of getting onto decent Wifi, having some peace and quiet away from the crowds, and being able to eat and drink what we want, far outweigh the cost of using a lounge for that kind of time period. In fact, we’ve often saved money – have you seen…

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Decent Internet While Travelling

For us, maintaining a decent internet connection while travelling, is business critical. Not only do we have to continue to answer emails and run our business, but we also need to be uploading images and video of our travels all the time. Most hotels these days offer Wifi, but it’s not reliable, and the upload speed is usually appalling. Using hotel Wifi also means we’re out of touch when travelling between them or just out and about. Data roaming and…

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Premier Inn Gatwick Review

We route into and out of Gatwick several times a year, and the flights often involve an overnight stay. We started using the Premier Inn there a few years ago, and the hotel has delivered a consistent service for us during at least 25 visits over the last few years. One of my pre-requisites for an airport hotel is that it must be directly accessible from the airport, rather than requiring a bus trip – I don’t like being at…

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Our Travels

Last trip: Tenerife

Next Trip: USA New York to San Francisco & driving Route 66

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Julie: Cape Town

Mike: Hong Kong

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