Categories
General Tips & Tech

A FastPass Thru U.S. Immigration

Did you know there’s an App for that? I don’t even want to get into telling stories about coming home and getting delayed in Customs and Immigration. I’m sure we all have our stories. We were excited some time ago with the self-service kiosks that were being installed at a number of locations. After a […]

Categories
Cruise Tips Cruising Tips & Tech

Beating The Jones Act

Our One-Time Getting Around The Jones Act For a refresher on the Jones Act see Cruising and the Jones Act Here. Back in 2016 we booked a back-to-back set of cruises with Celebrity. The first cruise was an Alaska cruise starting in Seattle and finishing in Vancouver. The second cruise continued on from Vancouver and […]

Categories
Tips & Tech

U.S. Duty Free Policy (Update)

How much can I bring back to the U.S. duty-free? There is a lot of confusion about bringing back purchases from foreign countries duty free, especially liquor and tobacco, how much and from where. The following is from the web site of U.S. Customs: Duty-Free Exemption The duty-free exemption, also called the personal exemption, is […]

Categories
Tips & Tech

Be Cautious While traveling

About a month ago some young people we know were traveling with an aunt in Italy and suffered a serious pickpocket event. The aunt was carrying a handbag while they were out sightseeing and later discovered that her wallet was stolen. Inside was cash, credit cards and train tickets. Fortunately she had left her passport […]

Categories
Tips & Tech

Frequent Flyer Programs

It’s been forty years since I earned my first airline “mile”. These industry programs became almost universal over a few years and were pretty simple to understand. Fly a mile and earn a mile and after accumulating a specific number of miles get a free ticket. There were a number of subtle variations like if […]

Categories
Cruise Tips Cruising Tips & Tech

Cruise Line Loyalty Programs

Five cruise ships docked in Nassau If your future plans include more then an occasional cruise, you might want to consider focusing your bookings on a particular cruise line because of the loyalty programs they offer. Benefits can include discounts on or even free internet, laundry, photos, cocktail parties and fancy coffees. Some lines also […]

Categories
Tips & Tech

Houseplant Care While Traveling

If you have indoor houseplants, they require care when you are away and extended trips can take a toll on houseplants. Unlike cats and dogs, there is no kennel where you can take your houseplants and pay for someone to make sure they get the light and water they need. If you have good neighbors, […]

Categories
Tips & Tech

Laundry: A Problem With a Solution

Traveling Tips A Travelon Inflatable Hanger and Woolite Travel Packets Having enough clean clothes while traveling can be a problem. If you’re on a ship, laundry services can be pretty costly although “frequent cruisers” on some lines get free or reduced pricing on a limited amount of laundry. If you’re traveling on your own, you […]

Categories
Tips & Tech

Duty Free Exemptions

How much can I bring back to the U.S. duty-free?  There is a lot of confusion about bringing back purchases from foreign countries duty free, especially liquor and tobacco, how much and from where. The following is from the web site of U.S. Customs: Duty-Free Exemption The duty-free exemption, also called the personal exemption, is […]