23 04, 2018

What? I have to take food out of my carry on?

By | April 23rd, 2018|Travel Tips|0 Comments

Not yet, at least not everywhere. But soon digging out food in your carry on could be the norm. When, and if that happens, it will be another obstacle to endure when passing through TSA checkpoints. In fact, according to an article in the Washington Post some TSA officers are already asking passengers to take [...]

9 04, 2018

Using Credit Cards Made Easy

By | April 9th, 2018|Travel Tips|0 Comments

Your trip to the grocery store – in fact most any store – might be faster and a bit easier starting April 14th. That’s when paying for your purchases will likely take less time. That’s because starting on the 14th Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover will no longer require merchants get a customer's signature [...]

26 03, 2018

Managing Documents and Emergency Information

By | March 26th, 2018|Travel Tips|0 Comments

Hotel confirmations, flight or train confirmations, your passport or other accepted means of identification all play a role in successful travel. Forget one or many and you may have hoops to jump through during your travels. That’s why I consolidate all-important documents into my zip close travel wallet. As I make reservations I print copies [...]

12 03, 2018

Where Most Germs Target Air Travelers

By | March 12th, 2018|Travel Tips|0 Comments

What’s the dirtiest spot in the airport? If you guessed the restroom toilet, you’re wrong. In fact, you’re way off base. The dirtiest spot in an airport is a device you’ve probably used many times when checking in for a flight. It’s the kiosk used for self-check-in. And now several airlines are encouraging passengers to [...]

27 02, 2018

First-time Passports Will Soon Cost More

By | February 27th, 2018|Travel Tips|0 Comments

If you’re planning a beach getaway to Cancun, or still hoping to snag an invite to Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding I hope you have a passport. If not, you’d better act fast. The price is going up. First-time passports to cost more in April According to the U.S. Department of State, passport “execution fees” [...]

12 02, 2018

What? Is That a Penguin Sitting Next to You?

By | February 12th, 2018|Travel Tips|0 Comments

My wife and I escape to warmer climates every winter and this year we’re living on Ambergris Caye, a beautiful tropical island in Belize. While waiting for our flight last December we noticed a couple with a small, rather rambunctious puppy. It was not wearing a “service animal” vest but somehow I sensed we’d be [...]

29 01, 2018

The New Travel Advisory System

By | January 29th, 2018|Travel Tips|0 Comments

Love to travel internationally but sometimes worry about safety in some of the trips you’d like to take? Here’s some good news. Earlier this month the State Department unveiled its new travel advisory system. It’s designed to provide travelers with destination information that’s easier to understand. How it works The new system gives every nation [...]

15 01, 2018

Tired of Winter Weather? Head for Warmer Climes

By | January 15th, 2018|Travel Tips|0 Comments

It was eight years ago during another frigid, snowy winter that I decided I had had enough. That’s when I decided to head for warmer climes each winter. Since then my wife and I have wintered in Arizona, Costa Rica, and Belize. We’ve probably spent more winter time in Belize than any other place. And [...]

4 01, 2018

Getting Through Airport Security – What Those Dreaded 4 Letters Mean?

By | January 4th, 2018|Travel Tips|0 Comments

Unless you know to look for them you probably wouldn’t notice those four letters printed on your boarding pass. Once you’ve had the experience not only will you look for the letters - “SSSS” - you’ll dread seeing them. What Does It Mean? In plain English, SSSS is an acronym for Secondary Security Screening Selection. [...]

20 12, 2017

Flying with Gifts: TSA Rules You Need to Know

By | December 20th, 2017|Travel Tips|0 Comments

Here we are, in probably the busiest travel week of the year. U.S airlines are expected to carry 51 million passengers during the Christmas holiday period this year. That’s up 3% from last year. So, that all but guarantees a whole lot of frustrated travelers. There’s little you can do about airport delays, canceled flights, or bad weather, but there are [...]