We’re going to head off on our two week trip to China and Taiwan shortly so we’ve started the planning phases of our trip. Number one on that list, as you’d expect for a travel blogger, is how we’ll keep all of our various gadgets and gizmos charged and ready. We all know that the […]
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July 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Challenges of Electricity Abroad & International Travel Chargers
February 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment
Getting a passport for a baby isn’t that much different than getting one for an adult and we recently did this for our son for a trip this summer. The only “tricky” part was the photo! The first step is to get the photo. Here are the rules for the passport photo, in case you […]
April 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on What to Consider for Self-Storage Rentals
I’m always jealous of people who go on super-extended vacations, like for a month or more, where they go as far as to rent out storage spaces to put their stuff in while they’re traveling the world. If you intend to travel for at least a month, it starts making sense to ditch that rent […]
February 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off on Review State Department Travel Advisories
The political and social unrest in Egypt has a lot of US tourists scrambling to get out of the country on one of the several US chartered planes. If you ever travel outside of the country, whether it’s to Germany, where you wouldn’t expect demonstrations of this magnitude, or areas with greater levels of unrest, […]
February 2nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Luggage Zippers Are Not Secure
Anyone who has ever snagged their zipper knows this – zippers aren’t secure. They’re not designed to be secure, they’re simply designed to close/seal your bag quickly and cleanly. That’s why I’ve always found it silly when someone put a lock on their luggage because the lock doesn’t do anything except make you feel better […]
January 10th, 2011 · Comments Off on New Southwest Rapid Rewards Program
The most appealing thing about Southwest’s old Rapid Rewards program was how easy it was to understand. You flew eight round-trips and you earned a Rapid Rewards voucher good for a seat on any flight, subject to seat limitations and blackout dates. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Now, Southwest is migrating towards a […]
August 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off on What is a Redress Number?
Ever book an airline ticket and wonder what you should put into the optional “Redress #” field? I did and that’s when I learned that it’s related to the Department of Homeland Security’s Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP). I have a fairly common name and I’ve been fortunate enough not to share it with someone […]
May 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on Are Airplane Luggage Compartments Pressurized?
In generally, airplane luggage compartments are pressurized but not at sea level. It’s generally assumed that the under-floor luggage compartment area is pressured to 8,000 feet above sea level, which is enough to push corks out of wine bottles bottled at sea level. So while it’s better than being unpressurized, especially when cruising at 30,000 […]
May 9th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Lido Deck
Go on enough cruises and you’ll notice they give the decks on the ship cute names. For example, the Carnival Imagination has ten named decks – Riviera, Main, Upper, Empress, Atlantic, Promenade, Lido, Verandah, Sports and Sun. The Norwegian Sky also has a lot of fun deck names like Biscayne and Fjord. One deck name […]
April 29th, 2010 · Comments Off on Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights
Last month, the Airline Passenger Bill of Rights was included in and approved with the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. It’s a bill that’s been in the works for what seems like years and finally gives passengers some reasonable rights when it comes to air travel. The rules took effect yesterday. What are they?