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Using Credit Cards Made Easy

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 [...]

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

Managing Documents and Emergency Information

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 [...]

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

Where Most Germs Target Air Travelers

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 [...]

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

First-time Passports Will Soon Cost More

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” [...]

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

What? Is That a Penguin Sitting Next to You?

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 [...]

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

The New Travel Advisory System

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 [...]

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

Tired of Winter Weather? Head for Warmer Climes

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 [...]

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

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

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. [...]

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

Flying with Gifts: TSA Rules You Need to Know

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 [...]

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

Review: American Airlines Flight 601 Kansas City to Phoenix

Make no mistake. I’m partial to Delta Air Lines. For years I was an upper level elite flier on Delta. Retirement changed that. No longer am I racking up miles on business trips. Now I fly less but it’s almost always for pleasure. When planning our Thanksgiving trip to be with grandchildren (and their parents) [...]

By | December 4th, 2017|Travel Tips|0 Comments