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Tips & Tech travel gear

Useful Apps For International Travel

Ten Great Travel Apps You Should Consider Where would we be without our phones? Every day we use them to navigate, take photos, send and receive email, play music, surf the web and who knows what else. They’re cluttered with dozens and dozens of apps and often we cringe when some store, restaurant or bank […]

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Odds n' Ends Tips & Tech travel gear

What’s In Your Wallet? Emergency ID?

A Small Price To Pay For Peace Of Mind If you travel, especially internationally, you really need to carry an Emergency Information ID Card. This handy series of ID cards provides space for emergency contact information, details on medications, allergies, medical conditions and doctors contact number. Oddly, none of that information is found on your […]

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Europe Tips & Tech

Getting Around Rome – Trains, Planes &…

A Guide To Rome’s Regional Transportation Options Getting Into Rome From The Airport Having often traveled between Rome, its airport, the cruise port of Civitavecchia and a number of cities in Italy we’ve made a few mistakes but have also had some fun traveling by train. Here is some basic information on travel centered on […]

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An Urgent Concern In International Travel

Traveling around the world there is one challenge that seems to regularly show up and that’s where to go? I don’t mean as in travel but really go. When at home it’s something we take for granted. Americans believe it is a public right and resent any effort to place a charge on access. Elsewhere […]

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Tips & Tech travel gear

International Cell Phone Service 2022

Keeping up with options for cellular international calling requires constant attention to services and available plan options. U.S. based cell service is usually a costly option when traveling outside of America and, from experience, we’ve found it is often not the most reliable option*. Before you leave on a trip, contact your carrier to find […]

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Cruise Tips Cruising Tips & Tech

Cruising And Cellular Telephone Service

While on a cruise most people would like to be able to stay in touch with family and friends back home by telephone or texting. But before you take that cruise it is really important to check with you cellular phone service concerning cruise ship roaming costs. Being forewarned can save you a small fortune. […]

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Pacific & Down Under Tips & Tech

Getting Around Sydney With The Opal Card

Public Transportation In Sydney Australia! If you are planning a trip Down Under with some time in Sydney, you need to build your plans around this cities great public transportation. Like most large cities, buses are plentiful but Sydney also boasts a metro rail system and an express system called “Light Rail” that connects most […]

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Cruise Tips Cruising Tips & Tech

Tips To Save When Booking a Cruise

Getting the best deal on booking a cruise is a process very much like getting the best airfare. Like all businesses, cruise lines want to get the most for every cabin and, like the airlines at the moment of departure, anything unsold has no future value. Economists call these items non-fungible, meaning they cannot be […]

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Odds n' Ends Tips & Tech

Ideas To Beat Jet Lag

Dealing With Jet Lag In the last dozen or two years we have made a number of international trips. There have been times when we hardly experienced jet lag at all, but a few trips took days to recover. Our experience has taught us a few things including what causes the worst jet lag. It […]

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Odds n' Ends Tips & Tech

Travel Shopping For Gifts And Souvenirs

International Travel And Bargain Opportunities Vanilla in Mexico, jade in Central America, salmon in Alaska, macadamia nuts in Hawaii, paprika in Hungary, these are just a few of the items that we look for when traveling. Taking advantage of these bargains while traveling provides an opportunity to bring home not just memories but really good […]