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Entries from December 2009

Kipu Ranch ATV Tour – Kauai

December 31st, 2009 · Comments Off on Kipu Ranch ATV Tour – Kauai

Martha and I went to Hawaii for two weeks for our honeymoon back in early 2008. We spent a week on Kauai, then five days on the Big Island, followed by three or four days on Oahu. Kauai was absolutely beautiful and one thing we absolutely had to try was an ATV tour. For that, […]

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Best Hawaii Guidebooks

December 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

After Jim’s post about Three Best Hawaii Travel Secrets, I realized that we haven’t written much about our fantastic trip to Hawaii! We traveled to Hawaii in 2007 but looking back seems like it was just this year. 🙂 One of the best things that we had on our trip was the Ultimate Kauai Guidebook. […]

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New Fines for Extended Tarmac Delays

December 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on New Fines for Extended Tarmac Delays

Between October 2008 and October 2009, there were 1,100 tarmac delays of three hours or more. That’s a very small percentage of all commercial flights but when you consider all the news stories of six hour tarmac delays, it’s ridiculous why this type of behavior is acceptable, let alone legal. Fortunately, as of yesterday, the […]

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Tags: Travel News

Master List of Airline Fees

December 21st, 2009 · Comments Off on Master List of Airline Fees

Kayak produced a fantastic master list of airline fees to help you understand where airlines may catch you with your pants down. The table lists every major airline with their fees for checked baggage, meals, pets, unaccompanied minor service, and seat assignment fees. You can filter the table by airline, using check boxes on the […]

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Tags: Reference

My 3 Best Hawaii Travel Secrets

December 17th, 2009 · 3 Comments

We were recently tagged by Sheila at Go Visit Hawaii in a Hawaii travel secrets meme. While we’ve only been to Hawaii once, for our honeymoon in early 2008, we did spend two weeks there and absolutely loved every single day of it. I don’t know if these three ideas are hidden secrets or not […]

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Tags: Travel Tips

Print Your Boarding Pass At Home!

December 15th, 2009 · Comments Off on Print Your Boarding Pass At Home!

Back when Southwest offered $29 fares from Baltimore Washington International (BWI) to Long Island – Islip (ISP), I used to fly home all the time. These days, with fares double that, I fly less often but one tip that I’ve always used is to print my boarding pass at home. The airport is about lines. […]

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Skip Currency Exchange, Use Bank ATMs

December 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on Skip Currency Exchange, Use Bank ATMs

On many of our trips abroad, we’ve quickly learned that the key to not get ripped off in the currency exchange process is to go to a bank ATM. The kiosks at airports and train stations will always charge you through the nose to exchange money. It’s almost universal. The insidious part about the whole […]

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Tags: Travel Tips

Amtrak Plans Wi-Fi on Acela Trains

December 7th, 2009 · Comments Off on Amtrak Plans Wi-Fi on Acela Trains

Bloomberg reported in late October that Amtrak plans to offer free Wi-Fi internet access on their high-speed Acela trains starting in 2010. The Wi-Fi may not stay free though, they’ll decide whether or not to charge after the initial deployment. I fly fairly frequently and having wi-fi available on a trip would be awesome. I […]

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Tags: General

Traveling Abroad Phone Options: Skype

December 7th, 2009 · Comments Off on Traveling Abroad Phone Options: Skype

While Martha and I were on our trip around Europe last summer, one of our concerns was how to call home to our parents during the month. We considered using phone cards or buying a cell phone, but our decision was made easier when I learned that I could use just use Skype abroad! Skype […]

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The Iron Bridge Wine Company in Columbia, MD

December 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off on The Iron Bridge Wine Company in Columbia, MD

Last night, Martha and I visited the Iron Bridge Wine Company in Columbia, Maryland (it’s located on Route 108 just west of Centennial Lane). We haven’t had a dining-out type of “date night” since Martha started her doctorate, instead opting more for the “let’s cook something fun together” variety, so we were looking for a […]

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