Friday, November 27, 2015

Don't Toss Your Boarding Pass

You've arrived at your destination. What do you do with the boarding pass? After all, you don't need it any more...right?

Don't toss it in the hotel or any other wastebasket. Why?

As with most documents, your boarding pass has information about you on it. And, that information can be accessed by a site reading the barcode on your boarding pass. You don't want your phone number, frequent flyer number, your account PIN, or any other personal information to be accessed by someone who shouldn't have that info.

Save it and shred it when you get home...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Globes and Atlases

Looking for a unique gift for some kids this year? How about a globe or an atlas?

Our world seems to be getting smaller all the time. Let the kids see the world from the perspective of a globe. You can also check out National Geographic's Kids World Atlas to have them start learning where other countries are in comparison to the US.

Monday, November 23, 2015

What is STEP?

Do you know what STEP is and why you should know about it? The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow US citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

Why do this? You will receive emails about your destination, including issues, danger zones, or safety conditions. This will also help the US Embassy contact you in an emergency, natural disaster, or family emergency. If you are at home and a family member is traveling abroad, the US Embassy will assist you in contacting them in case of an emergency here at home.

It's a great program and one I use all the time. The link:

Saturday, November 21, 2015

How Much Do You Weigh?

When you purchase a new piece of luggage, there are so many things to think about. How much does it weigh? How are you going to use it? Will it be for checked luggage only or do you want it to do double duty?

Let's think about how much it weighs. First, do you know the weight limit for checked luggage? Airlines will tell you what their weight limit is, so check their website if you don't already know. For domestic, it's often 50 pounds. But, check to make sure. Does the weight of your bag make a huge difference to you? Shop around to get the right weight, if it does.

But, you may find discrepancies in weight when shopping online for luggage. The manufacturer's site will give you a weight of the bag. So will any other sites selling that same bag. The problem is, sometimes those sites differ from each other in what the bag weighs. That could be a problem if weight of your bag is the only concern you have.

What do you do? Check more than one site. If the difference is great enough to matter to might want to check it out in person. Weigh it for yourself.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Jessup Cellars Event

 Jessup Cellars’ Third Annual "Art House Short Film Series" Opens
Saturday, December 12 at its Napa Valley Yountville Tasting Gallery

New for 2015/16: Jessup Cellars Offers $75 Local’s Season Pass

(Yountville, CA, November 12th 2015) Jessup Cellars 3rd Annual Art House Short Film Series opens Saturday, December 12th at Jessup Cellars Tasting Gallery in Yountville, California. The winery and art gallery pairs award-winning short films from the San Jose and Walnut Creek Short Film Festivals and the Napa Valley Film Festival. Each screening night features a guest filmmaker and Q&A, with all films paired with a Jessup Cellars wine and a Chef MikeC wok-popped, flavored-infused popcorn, e.g., Fried Chicken & Mash Potatoes Popcorn paired with Chardonnay.

Over the past two years, the series has become a sell-out hit with both locals and visitors to the Napa Valley. New for the 2015/16 series, Jessup Cellars is offering a $75 Local's Season Pass for all four screenings, which will take place on the second Saturdays of December 12, January 9, February 13 and March 12 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. Tickets are $35 each and available online at series ticketing partner

"As a film buff, I look forward to our winter short films series with great anticipation and expectation. The format is so dynamic and immediately rewarding," explains Tracy McArdle, General Manager for the Good Life Wine Collective, which includes Jessup Cellars, Handwritten Wines and Humanitas Wines. "Within a short series of frames, these award-winning stories unfold and close…and then it's on to the next film, wine and popcorn pairing. It makes for a perfect date night!”

From animation to comedy to drama, Jessup Cellars Art House Short Film Series has built a loyal following by taking its guests on an emotional and inspirational ride through the cinematic and culinary arts. The screenings are be followed by meet-and-greets with filmmakers and the opportunity to purchase Jessup Cellars wines in support of indie short film projects. To learn more visit

About Jessup Cellars
Jessup Cellars Tasting Gallery is located at 6740 Washington St., Yountville, California and open 10am to 6pm daily. Celebrating the art of the blend, its wines are sourced from the finest vineyards throughout Napa Valley. Guests at Jessup Cellars may choose to taste at its wine bar or relax with sit-down, hosted wine and artisan cheese tastings in it’s spacious gallery amongst curated art by regional and national artists. The winery also specializes in hosting interactive cultural experiences with a focus on supporting the arts. To learn more about Jessup Cellars, visit or call 888.537.7879.

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Passport Pages

More passport facts you may not know...

Many countries will not allow you to enter if your passport is set to expire within the next six months. Always check the expiration date before you book your next trip.

Traveling to South Africa? You need at least two blank pages in your passport or you won't be admitted to the country.

New Posts...Old Posts

Recently I discovered my Travels and Escapes blogs were not being forwarded to Facebook and Twitter. Apparently something happened. So, unless you subscribed to this missed all my great travel tips, my exciting travel recommendations, and my travel photos.

Since I couldn't have that...I enlisted the help of my web guy. I'm now back on track.

Why do I tell you this?

I'm going to re-post some of the posts from the last couple of months. If you've already seen them, lucky you. You get to read them again. If you missed them, here's your chance to read them for the first time.

Enjoy and Have Fun Traveling...wherever you escape.