TravelCharlie

Over the years, I have slowly learned the in’s and out’s of the travel industry from my day job as a marketing manager which requires me to travel frequently. With all of my day job travel, I’ve reached Delta Diamond Medallion, United Gold and Marriott Platinum Elite status. After several inquiries from my friends and family asking me for travel help. I decided I wanted to share my knowledge and techniques to more people. My intent is to share my knowledge and experiences to empower readers to explore the world as cheaply as possible. You don’t have to be wealthy to enjoy a lavish travel experience. With a strong passion of East and South East Asia culture and history, my voice will be in deals and unique experiences in that region.

Finnair Business Class Helsinki to Seoul

Over the past weekend, I was doing some spring cleaning and magically found my long-lost SD card. I was sure that I had lost it in transit during one of my trips because I looked everywhere for it when I came back home. Although this trip report is nearly 2 years old, I still wanted to share my experience with you. Watch my flight review Business Class Seat and Controls Finnair’s Business Class is in a 1-2-1 seat configuration. Luckily for me, business class was nearly empty on my flight to Seoul and made it easier to vlog without...

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United Airlines Economy Washington Dulles to Frankfurt

I flew to Cairo, Egypt the day after Christmas for some needed R&R. I chose Egypt because of its low COVID cases and its low tourism as a result of much of Europe being in lockdown at the time. Watch my flight review Economy Class The flight from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) was a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The flight took off at 5:25 pm and it arrived in Germany the following day at 6:10 a.m. One thing I noticed as I sat in my seat was my headphone adapter blocks the USB port to charge my...

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Lufthansa Business Class Frankfurt to Los Angeles

It felt like ages since I last flew in business class, much alone wrote a review about it. Last month, I flew from Frankfurt, Germany back home to Los Angeles on Lufthansa A350 Business Class. Watch My Flight Review Lounge Originally, I flew from Cairo, Egypt going to Frankfurt,  Germany for a layover at around 5 am. Upon deplaning, the terminals were like a ghost town. Due to German laws and COVID-19 protocols, the majority of lounges and shops were closed. The only business class lounge I was able to enter was about a 25 min walk in the...

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Pocketalk – My new favorite translator for travel

One of the most common challenges in traveling is the language barrier. When I found myself in East Asia pre-COVID, I used google translate on my phone for simple translations and help with directions. Last year, I attended the Travel and Goods Show in New Orleans and came across a booth called Pocketalk. Pocketalk is a two-way voice translator that utilizes the best translation engines around the world to provide a consistently accurate experience across 82 languages, including localized dialects and slang. My review of Pocketalk I recently traveled to Egypt for the New Years’ and I thought this...

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First Class Sleeper Train Experience – Cairo to Luxor

While most people were celebrating New Year at home, I was traveling throughout Egypt. I decided to take advantage of a super low fare from Los Angeles to Cairo on United Airlines for only $634 USD. With Europe being on lockdown and with heavy travel restrictions, I figured Egypt would be a great place to visit with the low tourism rate. After seeing all there was to see in Cairo, I decided to book my overnight sleeper train ticket at the Cairo Train Station to explore further down south, Luxor.  Watch my experience   How to Buy Tickets You...

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3 products that stood out at the LA Travel Show

The Los Angeles Travel and Adventure show was this past weekend and I had a lot of fun exploring the various booths. Watch my coverage of the LA Travel Show   1. Loungaroo I’m always looking for new products that make traveling easier. Throughout the years, I’ve realized less is better and I try to find products that have multipurpose and can save me space. Recently, my good friend Lee at Baldthoughts picked up a Loungaroo hoodie and posted on his Instagram. While I was walking down one of the aisles I saw the Loungaroo booth and I had...

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American Airlines Economy Class Los Angeles to Tokyo

I’ve flown on several airlines going to Asia in Business Class but I wanted to experience Economy Class this time around with American Airlines. The Tokyo Olympics are only a few months away and I wanted to see which U.S. airline would be the best to make the journey to Tokyo in the summer. Check out my Trip Report Vlog   American Airlines Economy Class Seat Economy Class is in a 3-3-3 seat configuration on the 787-9 Dreamliner. A USB port and audio jack sit below the monitor.  In the middle of the seat is the remote control to...

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$100 Day Challenge in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I set out a goal to spend less than $100 USD in Ho Chi Minh City during my recent Vietnam trip. All my friends kept asking why I travel to South East Asia so much? I decided to vlog and make it entertaining for them but also educational. I was only there for 2 and a half days and I wanted to make the most of it with the limited time I had. Watch if I was able to spend less than $100 a day on lodging, food, activities, and transportation.   Final Thoughts Ho Chi Minh City is...

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Flight Deal: Los Angeles to Taipei for $363

Amazing flight deal to Taipei, Taiwan next month in December on Xiamen Airlines. Flight prices usually increase after December 15, 2019, due to the holiday season. This is a good opportunity to visit Taiwan before prices go up. Availability December 3 – 10th December 5 – 12th How To Book Skycanner is showing different other travel agencies (OTA’s) where you can book such as Expedia. Where to Stay Taipei is a bustling city from night markets to shopping districts. Depending on what kind of traveler you are, you might want to stay in certain districts to maximize your time....

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New EVA Air Salvatore Ferragamo Amenity Kit

Goodbye Rimowa, and Hello Salvatore Ferragamo! Eva Air has announced starting November 15, business class passengers will receive the new Salvatore Ferragamo amenity kit on all long haul flights from Taipei. Overall Thoughts Although I am sad I won’t be able to collect another Rimowa amenity kit, EVA Air continues to maintain its consistency. They provide superior service in both hard and soft products. The new EVA Air amenity kits from Salvatore Ferragamo will complement their soft product very nicely. Rimowa Amenity...

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