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.

China Southern Airlines Economy Class Vancouver to Guangzhou

I recently flew China Southern Airlines economy class from Vancouver to Guangzhou when I booked an award ticket. I could have easily flown out of Los Angeles (LAX) which China Southern operates an A380 but I didn’t have enough Delta SkyMiles in my account to make that purchase.  This was my first time flying with China Southern and I came in with no expectations as I heard their product is a hit or miss at times from other travel bloggers.                  Watch my full trip report below   China Southern Airlines Economy...

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Delta Airlines A350 Suites Shanghai to LAX

Last year, I flew Delta’s new flagship A350 plane from LAX to Shanghai. This time around, I flew the opposite route to see if my flight experience would be different from my previous one. Consider subscribing for future flight reviews Delta Airlines A350 Suites Meal Service Sadly, I was too optimistic about Delta’s catering this time around. Let’s start off with the beverage service. It caught me off guard when the flight attendant had to take my menu from me because she forgot how to make their signature drink (captured in my youtube video).  When evaluating business products from...

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Deal Alert: Hainan Airlines LAX to Beijing or Shanghai for $376

Hainan Airlines is having cheap flights to China departing from Los Angeles.  In fact, I took advantage of a similar sale last year and it cost me under $400 when I used Rakuten Rewards cashback. Travel Tip: You need a valid Chinese visa to travel to China from the United States. A 72-hour visa for Beijing or a 144-hour visa for Shanghai doesn’t qualify on round-trip flights from the United States. You will be denied boarding. Flight Availability If you want to take advantage of a 3-day weekend like I did last year. The best time to fly is...

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Eva Air Business Class Taipei to Los Angeles

I flew from Taipei Taoyuan International Airport back home to Los Angeles on EVA Air in Business Class. Long before I started doing flight reviews and blogging, my first ever business class experience was with Eva Air. This was about 4 years ago and I don’t remember too much but I’m was eager to try them again on this flight. Consider subscribing to my YouTube Channel The Boeing 777 is configured in a 1-2-1 seat configuration which is great because it gives you direct aisle access and you’re able to move freely without disturbing other your next door neighbor....

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Grand Hyatt Beijing Hotel Review

I was visiting Beijing for my very first time and I was only staying for the weekend. I was looking to stay at a hotel ideally in the center of the city to maximize my time in Beijing. Since I have the American Express Platinum Business Credit Card, I went ahead and booked it the hotel to take advantage of its member perks. The Grand Hyatt Beijing Hotel is part of the American Express Hotel Collection which cardholders are able to get $100 credit in food and beverage and a room upgrade if available upon check-in when booked through...

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Cathay Pacific Business Class Los Angeles to Hong Kong

I recently had the chance to fly Cathay Pacific Business Class from Los Angeles to Hong Kong.  I’ve heard nothing but great things about Cathay Pacific’s business product and I was eager to see for myself how it stacked against other airlines I’ve flown to Asia on. Consider subscribing for more flight reviews Cathay Pacific Business Class Business Class was in 1-2-1 seat configuration on the Boeing 777. This is my favorite seat configuration as it provides direct aisle access and privacy from your neighbor. Upon finding my seat, I started to explore the seat controls and the side compartments. The...

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Eva Air A330 Business Seoul to Taipei (Hello Kitty Plane)

It’s been a few years since I last flown with Eva Air and it was on their 777 from LAX to Tapei. I recently booked a short 3-hour flight on Eva Air A330 Business Class from Seoul, South Korea to Taipei, Taiwan. For my full flight review, watch below. Seats and Controls Eva Air A330 Business Class is configured in a 2-2-2 seating. It is very similar to the Korean Air A330 configuration I flew last year. I typically don’t like a 2-2-2 configuration because it lacks privacy. The seats do provide a middle divider to block your neighbours head but it...

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How Fake Food is Made in Japan

In Japan, sampuru (fake food) is widely seen outside restaurants. Sampuru started in the 1950s as a visual representation of a restaurant’s menu for foreigners who couldn’t read Japanese. Several decades later, the popularity of having fake foods displayed in front of restaurants picked up across all of Japan. Now, it’s hard not to see fake food in front of almost every restaurant in Japan. Curious about how fake food is made in Japan, I traveled to Osaka, Japan to take a private tour of one of the few Sampuru factories in Japan. Watch my video for the full tour.   Morino Sample The Morino Sample factory...

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5 reasons to visit Bali this year

People who know me, know I love traveling to Asia. I recently went to Bali, Indonesia and fell in love with the country. I understand now why many digital nomads move to Bali. This my 5 reasons to visit Bali and make it part of your travel destination in 2019.   5. Temples You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the temples found in Bali. My favorite and most Instagram worthy site to visit is Lempuyang Temple. The temple is located 2-hour drive from Ubud. I would recommend leaving early in the morning to avoid the long lines and...

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5 CES products that travelers should know about

This past week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) happened in Las Vegas. The show sets the tempo for what we (consumers) can look forward to this year. These are 5 CES products that travelers should know about 1. Uber Air Taxi In the near future (2023), you will be able to call an uber through your smartphone and look up to the sky for your ride instead of down the street. This new innovative way of transportation will help travelers navigate through congested U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco. 2. New Travel Features Added...

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