With a departure to the United States departing at seven in the morning, we were keen to make life easy for our travel day by staying at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport prior to our flight. It had been several years since we had last stayed at this property, so we were up for trying it again. The hotel has experienced a full renovation since the last time we visited. How would the… Read More

International Travel around the world these days is a much more complicated experience. As a result of testing requirements, the lack of any one international standard and vaccine cards of varying levels and integrity, it’s a confusing time for travellers. On my first experience through the testing environment, I thought I would share my thoughts on navigating through the testing process to prepare for travel. Activity: Coronavirus Testing Before Travel, Getting Tested… Read More

Travelling during a pandemic has never been fun. Planning a trip has been fraught with challenges along with flight cancellations, possible trip interruptions and Coronavirus health concerns. After almost fourteen months of isolation, in the middle of the Omicron variant, it was time for us to get back out travelling again. We tested the waters with a local trip to the Islands of Hawaii, United States of America. Trip Introduction: Honolulu, Hawaii,… Read More

Our flight from Lihue, Hawaii had us connecting through Seattle and onwards to Vancouver, Canada. While there are many carriers that typically fly this short international route, our travels on Alaska Airlines would have us on their newest Embraer 175 aircraft in First Class. How would this segment compare to its prior Alaska Airlines Bombardier Q400 aircraft? Review: Alaska Airlines First Class E175, Seattle Tacoma International Airport – Vancouver International Airport As… Read More

Alaska Airlines offers among the most frequencies of service from Hawaii to the mainland United States. This includes service from Lihue to Seattle which can save some time connecting within Hawaii and also within the Pacific Northwest. We would get the opportunity to test out their First Class on their Boeing 737 narrow body aircraft on our trip home to Vancouver, Canada. Review: Alaska Airlines First Class B737-8, Kauai Lihue Airport –… Read More

The Napali Coastline is one of Kauai’s most difficult to get to destinations and arguably one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Thanks to it’s remote location on the North West corner of the island of Kauai, it has a challenging and rough sea approach, along with weather systems that don’t always co-operate. Fortunately, we were able to have mother nature on our side which allowed us to take in… Read More

One of Kauai Island’s most appealing scenic attractions is the Hawaiian Grand Canyon located inland in the Waimea Canyon State Park. The Waimea Canyon State Park offers a drive up the spine of Waimea Canyon, allowing for scenic and picturesque views across the canyon on a clear day. Join us while we check out the best view points on the Waimea Canyon drive. Activity: The Views from Waimea State Canyon Park, Kauai,… Read More

The Hawaiian Island of Kauai has a reputation for being the wettest island in the Hawaiian Island group. We experienced some of natures fury in some light rain which put us onto some non beach activities in order to navigate through our days. Today’s visit to Kauai Coffee Estate and to Brennecke’s Beach Broiler allowed us to experience some of the local attractions in Kauai while managing our weather challenges. Activity: Sipping… Read More

Our travels to Hawaii hadn’t yet taken us to groovy and soul filled Kauai which is the quietest of the Hawaiian Islands. As an island that has a reputation for wet weather and being off the beaten path, it takes less of the shine than Oahu or Maui which have much larger resorts and hotels. Our visit would have us based in Poi’pu at the sunny south end of the Island of… Read More

Our travels would take us on Hawaiian Airlines service between the Hawaiian Islands as we travelled from Honolulu on Oahu over to Poipu on Kauai. As one of the sole major carriers operating the route between the two islands, you’re likely to fly Hawaiian Airlines if you travel by air between the islands. Our flight today would take us on their unusual Boeing 717 – 200 series jet in first class for… Read More

Hawaiian Airlines operates a substantial international route network from it’s home base at Honolulu Daniel K Inouye International Airport. As it’s not affiliated with any international airline alliance, it has to operate its own lounge network in order to stay competitive against the other international carriers. As part of our Hawaiian inter island flights, we would get the opportunity to visit their Hawaiian Airlines flagship lounge offering in the lounge network: the… Read More

As part of my journey, I visited Bills Sydney in Waikiki Beach for a celebratory dinner after completing the United Island Hopper. This review is especially poignant as Bills Restaurant did not survive the pandemic health restrictions and closed permanently in September 2020. If there is any silver lining to this story, is that Bills operates restaurants in Sydney, Australia, throughout Japan and in Seoul Korea. Perhaps this report will inspire you… Read More