Once when riding the bateau-mouche sightseeing boat in Paris someone got my train pass right out of my pocket. Despite posted warnings about pick pockets and my trying to be careful, boarding the boat, looking at the sights, beyond. Little groggy from a long flight and enjoying the ride brought down my guard. This happens in a split second. Continue reading Keeping your money secure while traveling
So you never know if you’ll have good internet coverage (or if roaming charges will be high) and the car rental company still wants 15$ a day for their GPS, what do you do?
You can actually download maps while you are at home and then have them in Google Maps even when offline. These maps could be Continue reading Preloading maps to use Google Maps offline
We were recently in the Cayman Islands where we rented a car and the rental car counter asked us for 20$ extra for a local license. This had happened to us once before in Rarotonga also where they actually issued a plasticized picture ID driver license from New Zealand (ready in 10 minutes), which made for a great souvenir!
The recent experience had us thinking about some of our upcoming international trips, and I realized that we had taken for granted that we could rent a car with our US drivers license worry free. Is that really the case? Continue reading Should you get an International Drivers Permit?
I’ve had to run many times through airports to catch my connecting flights because of flight delays or cancellations. One time that comes to mind happened when we were on our way to Papeete, Tahiti for our cruise in the South Pacific. We were traveling from Montreal via Detroit, and then connecting in Los Angeles, but as luck would have it there was freezing rain in Detroit so our flight was delayed for over an hour. Winter connections are always risky. As a result, we ended up having only 20 minutes to make our flight to Tahiti. We had to hustle. I said to my husband: “Follow me!” and I ‘bullied’ my way off the plane. Well actually, Continue reading How to avoid disappointment and frustration when leaving on a cruise!
Unlike much of North America, Europe basically runs on trains. We’ve had a lot of positive experiences using trains in the U.K., France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Here trains are frequent and seats are roomy. You can often get a discount when buying tickets on line in advance; many lines offer Continue reading Getting around by train in Europe
Doing these 7 things before leaving on a trip will save you time and money… Continue reading 7 things to do before leaving on your trip
Well with so many New Yorkers in our Miami building we were chalk full of tips and suggestions for restaurants and food places around Manhattan. We were staying near Times Squares and sometimes avoiding tourist traps can be Continue reading Some interesting and affordable places to eat in Manhattan
We are just back from The New York Times Travel Show! This is one of the biggest travel shows and attracts over 30,000 visitors every year. While we wish it were held a few months later with warmer weather, we were happy to get to New York for an extended weekend. Continue reading Attending The New York Times Travel Show
Having flown over 2 million miles, I have had my share of travel experiences. I’ve also purchased and worked with a number of travel gadgets and gizmos, some good some bad. We’ve created this Travel Tech section to help our readers and we do not have any affiliation with these products nor do the manufacturers or distributors pay us. We simply write about what we believe in and what has helped us.
In thinking of travel tech, you would not ordinarily think about life saving devices. However Continue reading Charge on the go!
If you are lucky enough to be going on a long trip or extended vacation we are excited for you. For a variety of reasons we’ve always been somewhat restricted from taking long trips. Limited work vacation windows, pets to get back to, or simply limited time or money have held us back.
We’ve often thought, especially on those far away trips, that after traveling 20 or more hours to get to a destination, you really only start to Continue reading Going on a long trip: here are 12 tips on how to prepare