I can still remember the first time I ever heard of the Czech Budweiser. It was 2011 and I was in Vienna, drinking at the hostel with my buddy Dominic. I asked the bartender what he had for good beers and he replied “Budweiser”. I gave him some wise crack somewhere along the lines of “listen buddy I didn’t travel halfway around the world to drink a Budweiser”. At this point he must have thought I was some ignorant American (and rightfully so), and proceeded to explain where the name Budweiser comes from and how the original Budweiser is really a Czech beer.
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.
The title is a little clickbaity I admit, but this really is the first thing I do. What is it, you’re wondering? It’s one simple Google search, and one that has benefited us immensely in cities all across the world.
Before we arrived at the airport for our flight to Istanbul, I was unsure which lounge we would end up in. Turkish doesn’t have a lounge of its own in Hanoi, so they use one of the two contract lounges at the airport. Continue reading “Lounge Review : NIA Lounge Noi Bai International Airport Hanoi Vietnam”
I had been looking forward to this flight since I booked in back in September. Turkish Airlines is highly regarded as one of the best airlines in Europe, if not one of the best in the world. They’re particularly known for their food, and believe it or not I actually enjoy airline food. To be fair though, there’s not a whole lot of food I don’t like. Did the flight meet my expectations? We’ll see!