Lounge Review: Turkish Airlines International CIP Lounge

The first time I entered an airport lounge was over ten years ago.  I was flying to Peru with my god family and my godfather traveled frequently for work so he had status, thus getting us all access to a lounge in Dallas during our layover.  I can’t remember exactly what the lounge was like, but I remember him telling me that if I ever had a job that required me to travel often he would pay for my lounge membership because lounge access made frequent travel infinitely better.  From the moment Anthony and I set foot in our first lounge back in August, I’ve known his words could not be more true.  Lounge access is easily one of the best parts of travel hacking, and a few weeks ago we were lucky enough to have access to one of the best lounges in the world: Turkish Airlines International CIP Lounge at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport.

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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort

When I decided that I wanted to spend my birthday in Hoi An, Vietnam, Anthony told me to pick out a few hotels that I liked, and he would surprise me with one for a few nights of relaxation.  The very first hotel that popped up when I searched “fancy hotels Hoi An” was the stunning Intercontinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula.  Each picture was more beautiful than the last, and I had my heart set on staying there. 

The Intercontinental Da Nang

That is, until I saw the price tag: $400 a night MINIMUM.  I shed a little tear, and then put my dreams of being extra swanky on the back burner.  There was no way we could afford that on this trip.  Fortunately for me, Anthony lives and breathes travel hacking, and just a few months later, we were pulling up to the gates of the Intercontinental Da Nang.  All for the low low price of $0 a night. Continue reading “Hotel Review: Intercontinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort”

Traveling For One Year: Easier or Harder Than Expected?

The first two things Anthony and I ever bonded over was our love of fried cherry peppers in calamari, and our passion for travel.  Over the course of our relationship we’ve been lucky enough to have many experiences with both travel and calamari, but I’d say this trip easily wins out as the best experience we’ve ever had.  I still can’t believe an entire year has passed, and that we actually made this huge dream a reality.  It’s something we’ve been talking about for YEARS, and seeing something we worked so hard to achieve actually come true has been pretty spectacular.  The good food and beautiful scenery hasn’t hurt either.  Continue reading “Traveling For One Year: Easier or Harder Than Expected?”

Food Poisoning 101

One of the negative things about traveling in underdeveloped countries is the looming possibility of food poisoning.  Before Anthony and I left on this trip we both knew it wouldn’t be a matter of “if” but rather a matter of “when”, and so far I’ve been lucky enough to get hit with it twice.  The irony is that both times Anthony and I have eaten basically the same meals for the few days prior, AND in general I have a stronger stomach than him.  My only guess is that he adds so much spice to everything he eats it ends up killing the wretched bacteria that causes me so much distress.  Continue reading “Food Poisoning 101”

Din Tai Fung : A Culinary Delight That’s Easy on the Budget

Ever since I was little, I’ve been completely obsessed with dumplings.  When my sister and I were kids our parents always ordered dumplings from the local Chinese place for dinner since we were still fairly picky eaters.  As I grew up, my taste buds matured, but I never lost my love for those little pockets of deliciousness. One of my favorite things about traveling is the food (as I’ve mentioned many times), and Taiwan was basically dumpling heaven.  I had so many different kinds while we were there that I’m honestly surprised I didn’t turn into one.  Most of the time I would just get a box from a food stall at a night market, but even when we’re backpacking we still try to treat ourselves every now and then.  Enter: Din Tai Fung. 
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