Travel Tips & Advice on “airlines”

Transportation Choices To and From Dublin Airport and Around Ireland

As we disembarked, United personnel announced, “US Citizens must allow three hours for check in and security when flying back to the United States from Dublin”; we’d worry about that in 12 days. Cutting edge, filled with light, and easy to navigate Dublin Airport was a cinch. A fast walk through Immigration and by the time […]

To Dublin’s Fair City from Chicago: United Airlines 757-200 Economy Class

It’s always something but we expected problems at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport since this trip to Ireland took place during the Air Traffic Controller and FAA budget cuts which caused massive air traffic delays across the United States. A particularly annoying part of the slowdown was that United boarded passengers on time and then made an […]

What to Know About Planning a Trip in Ireland

Hiking the Kerry Way was the focus of this trip to Ireland but our window of opportunity only allowed 14 days. The Kerry Way would take eight days. And after adding two days flying  Chicago to Dublin, a day to recuperate from jet lag, two days in Dublin, and a day flying home, other important […]

Easy to Get Around Dalaman Airport, Turkey

I’ve already uploaded several videos of Turkish Airlines Lounges but it still floors me how even the smallest airport manages to have a nice Turkish Airlines, or CIP Lounge for travelers. Dalaman Airport certainly didn’t disappoint when we checked in for an early morning flight. Yummy pastries, coffee machines that took either a mechanical engineer […]

United and Lufthansa Airlines to Istanbul, Turkey

The long trip to Istanbul had a stressful beginning at O’Hare International Airport check-in when United said we owed $250 for a change fee. Huh? That was sorted out relatively easy since these reservations were booked in October and hadn’t been touched by us since. The United agent then said the Lufthansa flight from Munich […]

Transportation into Istanbul from Ataturk Airport, Turkey

Istanbul’s Ataturk-Havalimani Airport is modern, gigantic and has many options into town including: Havas Bus to Taksim Square every hour, 10 Turkish Lira. These buses depart from a bus stop located outside at ground level, International Arrivals. It stops at the Sea Bus station Bakırkoy (for transfers to Bostancı and Kadıkoy on the Asian side), Aksaray […]

How To Plan A Trip to Turkey

Planning the Lycian Way was complicated because of the extra add-ins my fertile brain came up with. Otherwise, joining this tour is a snap. Air? It’s easy to search, plan and book on-line. We needed tickets from Chicago to Istanbul and an additional set of roundtrip tickets from Istanbul to Dalaman, where the Explore Worldwide […]

A Two-Day Journey Home from Finnish Lapland to Chicago

Even I wonder after a grueling 44 hours to get back home whether travel is worth it! And after reading the timeline below, you will understand. The almost two days of travel began in Finland on Friday at 7:00a (EET – Eastern European Time), with breakfast, hauling suitcases to luggage room, and a reindeer sleigh […]

Finnair Airbus 320 from Helsinki to Ivalo – Lapland

Do I really have to mention how gorgeous Helsinki Vantaa Airport is? What do you expect from a country that is always on the cutting edge of design? Helsinki Vantaa Airport is certainly one of the most user-friendly airports I’ve ever been through with even a 24-hour book swap above Gate 27 on the second […]

A Wild and Crazy Trip into Finland’s Arctic Circle

The first leg of what I consider a short journey (anything less than 16 hours is “easy”) on United Airlines left Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Munich on time…gasp! And yes, we sat in Economy. If lucky enough to get exit row seats, there is plenty of leg room and with Video on Demand, time […]