my 2015 in travel

December 31st, 2015 / by / in: food / 2 Responses

I know I’m super behind in updating this blog but I figured I’d post some travel highlights from the past year. I travelled to Europe and Asia, flew on some of my favourite airlines, and got in on some excellent mistake fares. Here’s hoping that 2016 is just as fun! […]

for the love of miles

September 25th, 2014 / by / in: frequent flyer stuff / 2 Responses

I’ve been reading some criticism of those who obsess over frequent flyer miles and those who mileage run and I figured I’d write an entry in my defense. I’m aware that to most people, spending extra time sitting on a plane is basically torture. I get it. You’d rather die than spend […]

las vegas and airplanes

February 26th, 2014 / by / in: travel / No responses

At the end of last year, I went to Las Vegas with my family. I didn’t take very many photos, except of the flights. Las Vegas is one of my least favourite places in the world, yet somehow I have been there many times. I ate a lot of overpriced […]


December 14th, 2012 / by / in: travel / 1 Response

Once again, here I am on Air Canada 001, headed to Tokyo from Toronto. (I wrote about my last time on this flight here.) The weird part of this flight was that moving map wasn’t working so it seemed much shorter than 13.5 hours. I usually watch the map (obsessively) […]

new blog stuff

December 11th, 2012 / by / in: travel / No responses

In preparation for my upcoming six month trip to Japan, I’ve changed my blog around a little bit. First of all, I’ve changed the title — it’s now called MELISSA DREAMS OF SUSHI*. Because you know, I do. Delicious fluffy tamago and pieces of silky buttery toro haunt my dreams. […]

flight to honolulu

May 24th, 2011 / by / in: travel / 2 Responses

My flights to Hawaii were surprisingly fun. I mean, it helped that I was upgraded, but do most people call spending 12 hours sitting on an airplane fun? I’m a weirdo, I know. I always fill out my US customs card in the cab on the way to the airport. […]

free upgrades are the best kind

May 19th, 2011 / by / in: travel / No responses

I don’t know what universe United lives in where people actually pay $1,350 for an upgrade to domestic first class. A couple hours after this popped up for me, 2/3 of my flights had cleared with United’s unlimited domestic upgrades anyway. If my ORD-SFO leg ends up clearing, I “saved” myself […]

do you remember the first time?

May 12th, 2011 / by / in: travel / No responses

I was going through some old photos and found these — the first time (that I can remember*) I ever flew in first class! Okay, so domestic first class isn’t really anything to write home about, but still. I was flying alone from LAX to PDX on Alaska Airlines several […]

executive first

April 24th, 2011 / by / in: travel / 5 Responses

I still have a bunch of Paris photos to post, but I thought I’d take a break and post about one of my favourite things — airplanes upgrades! I’m happy to be in any class on an airplane (it means that I am on an airplane), but Executive First pods […]