Delta Business Elite Review from Seattle to Paris

I recently had the pleasure of flying on one of Delta’s refurbished 767s in business elite from Seattle to Paris.  Delta is in the process of upgrading all 767-300s to the “new” Delta business elite product which includes all lie flat seats.  This is in addition to the already completed modifications on the 767-400s.  For those who don’t know, Delta recently announced major a series or expansions out of Seattle both domestic and international.  New routes include London, Seoul, Hong Kong, in addition to new domestic routes such as San Francisco and San Diego.  All international flights are expected to feature reconfigured aircraft.  Since Seattle is my home airport, I’m thrilled to have more nonstop options!  For those interested, more information on the Delta business elite product can be found on the Delta website.

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Maho Beach – The Aviation Lovers Paradise

Whenever I was asked as a kid where I wanted to go on vacation, it was always the same answer.

“That really cool airport where the planes fly right above the beach!”

It wasn’t until recently that I was finally able to fulfill my lifelong dream and visit Maho Beach on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.

 

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Princeville Ranch Adventures “Zip n Dip”

While on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai with my girlfriend, I randomly decided that this would be the perfect time for me to experience ziplining for the first time.  I knew the scenery would be fantastic, so I started googling for a tour company to lead me on my first zip lining expedition.  After some searching, I chose Princeville Ranch Adventures.  The reviews seemed outstanding, and I knew that the tour would be a phenomenal adventure.  This tour included nine lines (including the monstrosity zip line known as “King Kong” that spans 1,200 feet) as well as lunch at a swimming hole halfway through the adventure.  For more information on the zip in dip tour, see the Princeville Ranch Adventures website.

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Tecate – The Quiet Mexican Border Town

About 45 minutes east of Tijuana along Mexican highway 2 (or California highway 94) lies the quaint border town of Tecate, Mexico.  Tecate is nothing like Tijuana.   Tijuana is dirty, touristy, and just plain ugly.  Tecate, on the other hand, is a quiet town that sees virtually no tourism.  There isn’t much to see in Tecate…period.  For that reason, I prefer Tecate over just about any other border town.  It allows those visiting California to gain an insight into the Mexican lifestyle without having to deal with the stink hole that is Tijuana.

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The Matanuska Glacier

While in Alaska, I had the chance to hike the Matanuska Glacier, which lies about 2 hours northeast of Anchorage via the Glenn Highway.  As such, you’ll need a car in order to visit the glacier.  There are two options for visiting the glacier.  At milepost 101, you can take a walk on the trail and take in some great views of the glacier.  However, to experience the Matanuska Glacier up close, head another mile down the road to the access point.  You’ll take a dirt road through privately owned land and pay $20.  While it is a bit steep, I found it to be worth it.

 

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