More Packing Tips and Packing Gear

We spend a quarter to a third of our time traveling and we have become very skilled at picking what makes sense to carry and deciding what should be left behind. Size and weight matter a lot and multi-purpose items are golden. We’ve carefully selected these products for utility and value and those marked withContinue reading “More Packing Tips and Packing Gear”

Thoughts On Travel and Technology

Technology changes rapidly and equipment and services that worked well or were inexpensive yesterday may not be available or work the same way today. We consider our electronic devices essential travel gear but are always looking to find things that fit multiple needs or save space and weight. Following is a discussion of the currentContinue reading “Thoughts On Travel and Technology”

A FastPass Thru U.S. Immigration

A bit of an introduction to our adventures with Customs and Immigration. Before a few years ago, when returning to the United States, there weren’t a lot of choices, so we would fill out our custom form, pick a line (always the slowest moving) and wait for our turn with an agent. Rarely did thingsContinue reading “A FastPass Thru U.S. Immigration”

Sydney Australia and the Opal Card

Getting Around Sydney If you are planning a trip Down Under with some time in Sydney, you need to build your plans around their 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 major parts ofContinue reading “Sydney Australia and the Opal Card”

Insurance & International Travel

A recent incident and a conversation with a travel friend highlighted the importance of international travel insurance. Please note that this is written for American travelers but we are also aware of similar plans offered in Canada and other countries, but you will need to explore options based on your home country. There are aContinue reading “Insurance & International Travel”

International Cell Phone Service 2020

Current cell phones are one of modern life’s miracles, but they also present multiple issues in international travel especially for Americans. 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, contactContinue reading “International Cell Phone Service 2020”

Safe Travel Isn’t An Accident • An Update

Safe Travel Tips There are some real horror stories out there and we’ve heard a few. The ones you really don’t want to hear are the ones told by family and friends and they’re usually about travel adventures gone wrong. After a couple of decades traveling around the world like us, you’re bound to learnContinue reading “Safe Travel Isn’t An Accident • An Update”

Google Versus TripIt – Continues

July 16th Update: Today I received another email from TripIt informing me that there is a problem with Gmail and I need to reset the connection. Odd how these things work? July 1st Update: A couple of hours after this posted I got a reply from TripIt saying they had been in touch with GoogleContinue reading “Google Versus TripIt – Continues”

BREAKING NEWS: JetBlue and American Airlines

Neither Jet Blue or American have been our first choice in booking flights. Years ago with the demise of Eastern, American took over service to the Caribbean from the United States. They eliminated a lot of programs and held small Caribbean nations for ransom threatening to cancel the service that was their lifeblood. Now forContinue reading “BREAKING NEWS: JetBlue and American Airlines”