Maldives Travel Guide – How to Travel to the Maldives

Maldives Travel Guide – How to Travel to the Maldives

One of the most confusing things about a Maldives resort holiday is figuring out how to travel to the Maldives, and then how to get around to your chosen Maldives island when you get there. Our Maldives travel guide offers some advice to make your trip to the Maldives smooth. We were a little, well, lazy, when it came to figuring out how to travel to the Maldives. We obviously were able to figure out how to travel from Bangkok to the Maldives. But, we didn’t really look much beyond that. We trusted the Maldives hotels we booked would take care of things. And, for the most part, they did. In the end, though, we needed a little more than that to handle Maldives travel. Wondering what are the best resorts in the Maldives? Check out our guide on Where to Stay in the Maldives. What Airlines Travel to the Maldives Airport There are plenty of full service and budget airlines that fly to the Maldives and offer Maldives holidays. We flew Air Asia through Kuala Lumpur, which was the cheapest option with the fewest layovers. It did mean, however, an overnight flight back to Kuala Lumpur. The best way, however, to fly to the Maldives is to fly on one of the Middle East airlines, like Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, or Etihad. From Europe this means it is possible to arrive in the Maldives after only one stop. That’s even possible from the US from some of the Middle Eastern gateways, like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other major cities. This actually means that if you are...
Top 10 Business Class Travel Tips – Business Class Fights

Top 10 Business Class Travel Tips – Business Class Fights

We seem to fly more international business class now, than before I quit my “real” job. In the last 6 years, we’ve flown some of the top business class products on the market. And, we’ve learned how to make the most of a business class flight. In this post, we share our top 10 business class travel tips, and offer a round up of some of our top business class flights. And, the best part, because I am not really a business traveller, I can spend my time enjoying the business class flights! Not working! Receive 10% off 1,000 business lounges with Priority Pass and check out our Priority Pass Lounge review How to Make the Most of the Best Business Class Perks There is so much more to flying international business class than the flight itself. Sure, for business flyers, the main perks are being more comfortable and the ability to work. But, for leisure travelers the best business class airlines provide services and experiences in the air that might rival those in your destination. Another reason why we like to make the most of our business class tickets is because we are so different from the business travelers we used to be. Typical business man knows their next business or first class flight is just around the corner. For us, we never know when we will be flying business class again. Learn how to earn loads of miles with Cracking the Code to Travel Hacking Cracking the Code to Travel Hacking List Price: $6.99 Price: $6.99 Price Disclaimer Here are our top business travel tips: Tip 1: Book...
The Fast Boat to Gili – How to Travel to the Gili Islands

The Fast Boat to Gili – How to Travel to the Gili Islands

The three Gili Islands of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno, are located close to the island of Lombok, and a boat ride away from Bali.  Although a very common add-on to a trip to Bali, it is not entirely intuitive how to travel to the Gili Islands. This post walks through my tips on how to travel from Ubud to Gili Islands, including how to take the fast boat to Gili. Book a Fast Boat to Gili Before Heading Out to Bali There is a traditional, more public style ferry from Bali to Gili, which are slow, make tons of stops, and can take up to five hours or more. The fast boat to Gili is a better option. Fast boats to Gili are advertised at every tourist town in Bali, with tour operators selling tickets for different companies, each of which promises the “fastest boat” from “Bali to Gili.” It is hard to weigh your options on how to get from Ubud to Gili unless you know someone who recently traveled there and can share either a great or a bad story.   Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner.   What is the first step in how to get to the Gili Islands from Ubud? We booked our ticket in Ubud, through our friend Komang. She showed us a brochure from her friend’s tourist office, advertising a round trip ferry, including air conditioned transit from any hotel in Ubud, or the south Bali beach areas, for about $120 a person. Komang informed us they would sell us the early boat from Bali to Gili for $50 roundtrip. My...
How to Live Like a Local in Paris

How to Live Like a Local in Paris

This was a unique city break to Paris. We did absolutely none of the things that normally top a tourist’s must-do list in Paris. Instead, we spent a handful of days learning how to live like a local in Paris. And, this worked fine for us. This is my fourth trip to Paris, and Eric’s second. We’ve seen the Eiffel Tower, and the Musee d’Orsay. I’ve seen a lot more than Eric, but he’s okay with that. Instead, for both of us, this trip was more about living the Parisian life. We hoped a quick flight on Air France to Paris, and started to live the Paris life. Rent a Luxury Airbnb Apartment This was the first time we rented an apartment in Paris. And, when searching for flats on Airbnb, we choose the most Parisian one we could find. It was a little far to the north, in the 10th Arrondissement, or neighborhood, of Paris. But, it was Parisian, to the extreme. The apartment was in an old building, with wrought iron balconies, crown moulding, ancient hard wood floors, and a claw foot bath tub. The owners kitted the flat out with artwork from famous artists I had never heard of. And, like I imagine most Parisian apartments to be, it was filled with stacks of books, on politics, and travel, and famous art exhibits. It’s exactly how I imagine the French to live. Surrounded by art and intellect. If you’ve never stayed at an Airbnb before, try it out, and get a discount on your first stay here. Eat Like a Local in Paris And, because we...
How To Fly Nok Air Thailand

How To Fly Nok Air Thailand

We’ve flown a lot of the low cost carriers, or budget airlines, while living in Southeast Asia. For us, it doesn’t make sense to splurge on a more traditional airline, or use our miles, for a quick one or two hour flight within the region. One of the benefits of spending time living and traveling in this region, is that there are so many great budget airlines in Southeast Asia. During a beach break from Bangkok we finally had a chance to experience flying Nok Air Thailand. How to Fly Nok Air From “DMK” On the surface, Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport, or DMK, isn’t much to look at. Built in the 1930s, the terminals are concrete and drab,. They are far from the modern glass and steel aviation palaces found around the world. Look outside the dirty and streaked windows and you’ll see something worth looking at. And, Nok Air Thailand has a lot to do with this. Nok Air operates a fleet of Boeing 737-800s, Bombardier Q400s, and ATR-72 500s, for the #AvGeeks out there. Nok means bird in Thai and the airline carries the bird theme through just about everything. Nok Air Thailand is known for its bold, and certainly eye-catching livery. A signature bird beak nose is painted onto the nose of every plane. And, the main scheme of each plane is interesting and unique, some painted purple, and others looking like Nemo. Because DMK airport is such an unpleasant airport, the best way to fly any airline from DMK is to keep your focus on the fun Nok Air planes outside, rather than the drab...
Flying Tigerair to Singapore

Flying Tigerair to Singapore

We can’t always fly business class around the world. We would love to, but it is not always feasible. And for short haul trips around Southeast Asia, we are more likely to fly one of the well known low cost carriers. After all, I would rather save my money and miles to make a 12 hour flight to Europe in business class. That means more budget flights around Southeast Asia. This is how we ended up testing out Tigerair to to Singapore. Flying From Bangkok on Tigerair to Singapore There are several low cost carriers, or budget airlines, that fly throughout Southeast Asia. We’ve flown AirAsia, a lot. And, we’ve tested out Thai Smile on a domestic flight within Thailand. But, recently we had the opportunity to fly Tigerair to Singapore for the first time. We flew Tigerair within Australia a few times back in 2009. This was our first time flying Tigerair within Asia. We flew from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Tigerair’s hub at Singapore Changi Airport. Our two hour flight was everything you’d want from a flight: quick, comfortable, and with friendly service. And, because we are luxury travelers, we opted for an “upgrade” to the first row on our flight on Tigerair to Singapore and to exit row on the way back. There is always a way to fly with a little bit of luxury, even on a budget airline. Upgrading on a Budget Airline Most of the low cost carriers who fly within Southeast offer customers this kind of “upgrade.” This can include purchasing meals on board or roomier seats in exit row or at the front of...