On the morning of our trip, we wheeled seven pieces of luggage out to the taxi, bound for the airport. For a travelling party of three, I thought seven bags was a bit ridiculous, but oh well. The check-in counters opened at 10am for our 1pm flight, so I had booked a taxi for 9:30am. I had hoped to maximize the amount of time we could spend at Cathay Pacific’s new lounge in Vancouver.
Ever since I started my hobby of collecting miles and using it to redeem premium travel, I’ve always wanted to book a trip with my parents to show them what it’s like, since they have only traveled in economy. I knew they would love the pampering, but I also wanted to show them that travelling in business class isn’t as unattainable as most people think it is.
Introduction: Cinque Terre Nestled along the north western coast of Italy is a group of five fishing villages known collectively as Cinque Terre, or “Five Lands”. Their relative remoteness from other major cities in Italy has allowed the area to preserve its culture and authentic Italian feel. The dramatic scenery of the Italian coastline, along with the towns built up densely upon the steep cliffs makes it one of the most photographed locations in Italy, and is attracting more and more tourists every year.
Florence is an extremely photogenic and beautiful place to visit, no matter where you go. The narrow streets and the sea of red roof houses give it so much personality, and it is hard to mistaken it for any other place. With that said, there are still some prime locations that allow you to capture the best of Florence. Follow this guide to discover the top 5 best views that Florence has to offer.
Travelling between cities in Italy is most easily done by train, and is often the fastest, as there is an extensive rail network and plenty of high speed train service. This is true for travel between Rome and Venice, which is the option we went with. We had reserved two seats on Italo, one of the high speed rail services in Italy.
Our first stop in Italy was Rome, a city with no shortage of awesome landmarks and ancient architecture. If you wanted to see everything, you could easily spend a week or more here, depending on how much you want to take in at each site. We only had a couple days, so we were only able to see the main landmarks.
We landed at Dubai International around 11am, so we had a good amount of the day left to do some exploring and settling in. After picking up a pair of data sim cards at the airport (we purchased two Tourist Plans from Du), we proceeded to the taxi stands to get a ride to our hotel. As we approached, the attendant immediately guided us towards a black cab. Little did we know that the black cabs are actually VIP taxis, and charge about double the rate of a regular taxi, which are cream-colored with red accents.
For the first segment of the trip, we had a 12:30pm departure out of Vancouver, and a layover of five hours in Edmonton before catching the flight to London. As this was a domestic flight, we arrived at the airport roughly two hours before departure for check-in. The check-in process with Westjet was smooth with plenty of self-check kiosks available. We immediately dropped off our bags after printing our boarding passes.