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This week: Flying back from Europe on American's 777-300, our BIG secret, the credit cards I carry, why people eat McDonald's overseas, and more.
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Greetings! I hope you had a happy Easter and smooth and safe travels if you took to the skies (or road). Last Wednesday, Natalie and I were making our way back to California from Europe after our Vantage river cruise. We flew British Airways from Amsterdam to London (45-minute flight) before hopping on one of American’s 777-300 for the 10.5-hour trek across the pond.
American's 777-300
This beautiful plane is usually reserved for long-haul international flights but it does fly once a day between LA and Miami. The best coach seat in my opinion is either of the aisle seats in row 16. If you're lucky enough to fly business class like we did (we used system-wide upgrades that you get as an AAdvantage Executive Platinum member), you'll find AA's lie-flat seat one of the best, if not the best, on this route. Their food and service need some serious help but that’s a whole other story.
Our BIG secret
Natalie’s mom came out from Toronto for Easter and so we delivered a BIG secret that we’ve been keeping for the last few months. Both of our parents are over the moon like we are. More details to come in the next several months.
5 reasons people eat at McDonald’s when they travel
Eating at McDonald’s when you’re traveling: It’s a topic that can really get people fired up. Is it a do or a don’t? While most travelers are traveling for the express purpose of experiencing new things, there are certain times when finding something familiar, like a McDonald’s restaurant, is just right—and that doesn’t make you a bad traveler, does it?! We checked in with frequent travelers who each have their own reasons for eating at McDonald’s when they’re traveling. Here’s what they had to say.
The credit cards I carry
The Starwood Amex 35K bonus has ended, but that's not the only travel credit card I carry on me. If you fly American Airlines, you'll want to look into this card. If you're just looking for a credit card that has a solid sign-up bonus, no foreign transaction fees and a chip (so it will work internationally), check out the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®.

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Travel Deals

This week's deals include: 
-Roundtrip flights to Fiji on sale from $699
-Spring fares on Virgin America, one way from $59
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Travel News

This week’s news includes: 
-Flight Attendant Cocaine Case Raises Security Issues
-This Startup Is Developing Supersonic Planes for Virgin Group
-Woman rescued from Atlantic after trying to swim to departed cruise ship
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Website of the Week

Dohop—a search engine for flights, hotels and rental cars—was crowned "The World's Leading Flight Comparison Website" in 2014. It's still getting better.
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Travel Style

Peter Steyn of Globerovers has been a traveler since birth (111 countries including Iraq and Iran) and dreams of traveling to far-off destinations.
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Tip of the Week

>From reader Marcia B.: "I always travel with a 10-foot lightning cable..." do the same!
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Video of the Week

Like many cities, London—one of my favorite cities—is completely different during the day and night, and this unique video by 37-year-old Franck Matellini shows just that.
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Product of the Week

GoPros have changed travel, but their accessories aren't cheap. XShot’s are cheaper, inventive and well-made—like this tiny, rotating clip.
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Instagram of the Week

Gray Malin is a US photographer who shoots bird’s-eye views of beaches and landscapes around the world. He has more than 150K followers on Instagram.
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App of the Week

The free, Italy-born app Prepare for Impact simulates a variety of airborne emergencies in the hope that it will help users survive a catastrophe.
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Travel Contests

-Win a $25,000 trip for four to a private island
-Win a six-night trip for two to Ireland
-Win a five-night trip for two to London
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Webcam of the Week

If you’ve never been to Amsterdam, this live, interactive webcam of its famous Dam Square will surely give you a good feel for this unique and beautiful city.
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Contributor stories

Travel Book of the Week

My buddy Jim Byers (@JimByersTravel) just tweeted his strong recommendation of John Steinbeck's Travels With Charley in Search of America and now it's on my "to-read list."

3 Days at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

If you like friendly people and incredible wine and food, Nicole Gasperov suggests marking your calendars for the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, held every year over Labor Day.
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In Pursuit of the Edge in Papua New Guinea, Part 3: 5 Photos

>From a perspective-altering trip like our editor has never known, here are 5 photos from Papua New Guinea and the thoughts they inspired.
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Nassau Paradise Island, Bahamas: Beaches, Culture & Food

Nassau is the largest city and the capital of the Bahamas. Caitlin Martin visited as a kid, and in the time since much has changed—for the better. Here, she details how.
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Natalie's Corner

Packing a carry-on comes with a bit of forethought and a dash of sacrifice. If packing isn’t your strength, here’s what Natalie's learned about streamlining the process.
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10 Highlights of Historic Münster, Germany

On a whirlwind, five-city tour of Germany, the university and beer town of Münster proved to be a highlight in itself. Here's why, according to Georgie Jet.
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