I won’t lie, I only booked Bangkok back in August 2017 due to the extremely cheap BA Club World ticket that I stumbled across on ITA Matrix. The lure of 440 Tier Points was my primary motivation to book Bangkok.
Stuck for holiday inspiration? STOP!
Look no further than Hong Kong. A former British Colony, Hong Kong has thrived under two different political regimes to become a must see destination.
1. Views From The Air
Flying into Hong Kong International Airport provides gorgeous views of the idyllic islands dotted around the peninsula. Get the camera ready to capture the views to brag home about
2. Food, Food and More Food
Food! Hong Kong is a foodie paradise. At every turn in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the districts are packed with foodie places. From Dim Sum, to Fusion to American Fast Food, Hong Kong is guaranteed to leave you satisfied. Oh and Michelin star grade Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan…worth it.
Hong Kong is perfect for those seeking a romantic getaway BUT away from the clichéd destinations of lurve. Stand on Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and take in the daily ‘Symphony of Lights’ show set against the stunning skyscrapers, it is romantic (or maybe I was the weirdo who found it romantic).
4. Experience The Good and The Seedy
Hong Kong has a good side and a very not so good side. Step into Wan Chai at night and discover a new world where seediness crosses paths with ex-pat workers. A trip would not be complete without a night out in Hennessey.
5. Christmas Without Snow
Christmas without the snow. Nothing will bamboozle your mind than taking a trip during December to see Hong Kong decked out in festive decorations, Christmas is taken very seriously so get ready to see glitzy Christmas Trees at every corner.
6.A Luxury Treat
Travelling to Hong Kong is not cheap so view it as a luxury treat from your daily life. Just dream of sipping champagne as you fly to Hong Kong and continue to sip in the glamorous bars dotted around the island.
Feeling inspired? Then visit google and book your trip now!
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Please leave your comments and share your favourite Hong Kong moments below.
A brief video of riding the MTR in Hong Kong:
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That annoying part of life when you catch a cold days from your next trip away 🙁
Well there’s ways of mitigating the cold and survive a flight without wanting to curl up and die!
Travel With H 5 tips for surviving:
- Drink lots of water and remain well hydrated. Alcohol doesn’t count.
- Eat a lot of vitamin C in fruits.
- Prior to a flight use a nasal spray to tame the sinus and protect your ears from the pressure.
- Once in the air maximise your sleep. Would you rather watch a film while coughing + spluttering or maximise sleep to feel better later on down the line?
- Avoid alcohol in the air. Sorry.
- Limit stressing to a minimum, too much cortisol isn’t beneficial.
- Eating foods with lots of chilli is my unofficial H tip (then again I’m of indian decent and we do love our spice).
For the last week I’ve been battling tonsillitis which unfortunately spread into my ear as a secondary infection as well. If your symptoms aren’t improving then go see a doctor!
I’ll be following my own tips tomorrow when I fly to Budapest, fingers crossed my ears and throat make it in one piece…
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It finally happened…
After months of anticipation and planning I finally completed my Tier Point run on Finnair to Helsinki and Tallinn.
This trip also marked my debut trip report over on my YouTube channel Helsinki Trip Report.
Anyway let’s rewind back to the first flight of the trip, flying on the Airbus A320 from Terminal 3 to Helsinki Vantaa.
Who am I?
Well blowing off the anonymity that was planned originally, I am Harjit!
Since a young age I’ve always been fascinated with Aviation, the happiest memories growing up were the trips to Heathrow Airport where the fascination with the Boeing 747 started a love affair that continues to this day.
To fund my travels I work as a Paralegal for an international legal and accountancy consultancy.
Originally I had planned to gain my licenses and qualify as a pilot but life doesn’t work as easy as that. I was lucky enough to survive a horrific assault which broke my skull and jaw so automatically barred me under CAA rules to work as a commercial pilot.
After a few glum years I had my lightbulb moment to fulfil my passion in other ways so here I am. I’ve spent the last 3 years awakening my passion.
As a few of my colleagues suggested I ought to write a blog and ‘bore’ someone else for a change.
I’m known as the ‘Travel Guy’ at work, the running joke is whether I’m flying out on the weekend or staying at home.
Before the world of luxury travel became a reality I was always the lucky recipient of being upgraded at the gate. I’ve experienced Club World on British Airways, Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic, Premium Economy on American Airlines before the streak ended in 2013 (my last trip to New York).
Since then I’ve learnt about the world of air miles, magical routings and ITA Matrix to make luxury travel a reality.
The focus of this blog is to share my travel experience from the airport to the destination in my own unique way. Countless blogs exist on the internet but many do not share the experience with the reader. Hopefully I can create that excitement as if you were joining me in person on my travels.
03 August 2017
It was a weird transition walking into the municipal boundary of Charlottenburg, the green of the Tiergartern gave way into the suburban life of Berlin. I even managed to walk past the Berlin office of my company along the way.
Luckily there was a river path that allowed for a slightly more scenic route towards Charlottenburg Schloss.
At this point my iPhone health tracker estimated that I had already walked 13 kilometres which explained why my knee’s and feet were starting to ache but I was determined to carry on through to the Schloss.
Eventually the river gave way to the road which led me straight to the RatHaus (or town hall before images of rats in a house start to appear in your mind).
What left me impressed with the building was the clock tower and the stone work had exquisite detailing.
So far this was by far the most German building that I had encountered, the architecture on show reflected historic Prussia which unlike the other building already encoutnered would not have felt out of place in any major European city.
And finally I arrived at the last tourist spot of the day!!!
When I booked this trip to Berlin I did not even consider visiting Charlottenburg, it was the hotel staff who drew a circle on the map for me and insisted that I visit.
To be brutally honest the Schloss was a let down. Why? Well the palace is currently going through renovation work which is not being done in a tourist friendly manner. I struggled to take pictures for this site without seeing dirt, construction materials on show to ruin a pic.
Only until I walked to the back of the Schloss did the palace redeem itself in my eyes. Like all grand Royal Palaces of Europe, the gardens were the main event with lawns, flowers, water features installed to heighten the importance of the home for the then rulers.
One positive of the gardens were the tranquility and peace afforfed even amongst the hordes of tourists. After being on the road for nearly 5 hours I finally relaxed on a bench and let my feet have a well earned break.
I left at 10 am from Alexanderplatz in my quest to wander Berlin in an attempt to see the major sights in one fell swoop.
Did I achieve my aim? I think so!
This was my second visit to Berlin (first time being on school trips) and covered far more of the city alone than previous.
For my first ever blog post it has been a challenge to write up in a manner that would be entertaining, informative but importantly captured my voice instead.
Thank you to those who have commented on my previous entries!
Now what’s this I hear about Istanbul…
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03 August 2017
Park Inn, Alexanderplatz
Berlin to me is one of the special places in this world. Growing up I learnt German which meant frequent school trips to Germany. Wandering around Berlin at the age of 13 was one hell of an cultural experience.
17 years later I decided to revisit Berlin.
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Charting H’s journey to British Airways Executive Club Gold Tier.
Having taken a huge bite of the proverbial bullet to set up the blog, now it’s time to jazz it up.