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A summary of our highs and lows with a variety of airlines, airports & transfers.

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Panama Travel Plan

Panama Travel Plan – Our 26-day Itinerary

Apparently, Panama is among the top 5 best-rated countries in the world in which to retire. Facts like this, together with the attractions of a tropical climate and the buzz of a Latin American country are hard to ignore. Throw into the mix really cheap flights with Lufthansa from Europe and we’re ready to start researching our


Istanbul Airport-City Transfer

Planning our visit to Istanbul from the comfort of our living room (using Google Earth as our map reference) seemed straightforward enough. But to avoid the expense of taxis, we decided to arrange our own Istanbul airport-city transfer. We would be arriving at Sabiha Gokcen – the furthest of the 2 airports which service the

In-transit through Rome Airports? Try Best Western Fiumicino

Our trip to the Philippines was planned with a return flight to Fiumicino, near Rome. The flights back to Italy from the Philippines hit us a lot harder than the flights going there. Even though we were flying with Emirates, we had a 5-hour stopover in Dubai which just extended the misery. So once we arrived

India Travel Plan

India Travel Plan – West Coast

Choosing the best dates and flights for a long-haul trip to the tropics involves more than making a quick selection shortly before you leave. When it comes to finding the best travel opportunities, whether the Seychelles, India or the Caribbean, it pays to start making yours plans well in advance. We started preparing our India

Dubai Layover – Marhaba Lounge

Taking into account the ever-increasing restrictions and delays involved in long-haul travel, there inevitably comes a time when you’re obliged to consider the pros and cons of an extended layover. Long-haul (10-hour flights or more) usually involve a minimum of one stop before reaching your destination, and often more. With the bigger airlines such as Qatar,

Borneo Wavehunters at WaveHunterAsia

White Water Rafting is a “must do” activity if you are staying a few days in Borneo in the vicinity of Kota Kinabalu. As a result, the Borneo Wavehunters had been on our agenda from the very beginning of our planned trip to Malaysia, and we were lucky enough to experience it. I say “lucky” because

Lion Rock, Sigiriya

Lion Rock Sigiriya

After spending our first wet night in Sigiriya, it was still raining the next morning. However, our plan was to climb to the top of Sri Lanka’s famous Lion Rock Buddhist monument, and a wet day wasn’t going to stop us doing that. Before that, we had a look around the grounds of our guesthouse

Jakarta Stopover - Central Java & Karimunjawa

Jakarta Stopover

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We’d just had a lengthy 10-hour Doha airport layover on our journey to Indonesia from Rome. Getting to our hotel as quickly as possible when we got to Indonesia was therefore a priority. On arrival at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, we’d decided to take a short Jakarta stopover in a nearby hotel, and then take a domestic

COVID-19 The New-Normal Flying Experience

COVID-19 😷 The New-Normal Flying Experience

Already, for several years before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’d become disenchanted with our long-haul flying experiences. As aircraft companies expanded their fleets with planes adapted to cram in more passengers, the cost of flight tickets came down and the surge of new travelers increased. This was predictably accompanied by a drop in standards

Girona transfers from airport

Girona transfers from airport and onward to Barcelona

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Located within sight of the Pyrenees in the northeast of Catalonia, Girona is a great place from which to start a journey to some really exotic locations. This is due to Girona’s proximity to Barcelona – a main Spanish hub from where many flights depart in the direction of South America, Latin America and beyond. Luckily, Girona transfers from airport