Friday, October 30, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
When in Paris, use the Metro. It's an easy and safe way to travel throughout Paris. Remember to pay attention to your purse or backpack.
If you know you will be using the Metro several times, buy a set of 10 Metro tickets. It's a better value and comes in handy. You can also get a free app with a Paris Metro map. Probably easier than looking at a large map...
Monday, October 26, 2015
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
If you have Global Entry and you renew your passport...you'll need to update the passport number associated with your Global Entry memberships before you travel with your new passport.
It's an easy process. Log into GOES, go to update the document's number, and add your new passport number.
Also, if you have a name change or a status change, you'll need to go in person to get that changed on your Global Entry. Go to the same place where you obtained your original one.
Friday, October 16, 2015
You probably already know your passport lasts 10 years before you need to renew. But, did you know there has been a recent change on adding pages?
It used to be, if your passport was full...no problem. Additional pages were inserted by the State Department. Not any more.
Now, if your passport is full, the State Department requires you get a new passport.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Harvest in Napa Valley was early this year. With only about 75% of the normal rainfall this year, winemakers tell me that created smaller clusters of grapes with highly concentrated flavors.
Those fires that could have been close didn't have an impact. In fact, the winds that could have brought smoke to the vineyards blew away. So, no noticeable smoke for the wines.
Quantities will be down due to the smaller clusters. Taste remains to be seen...but winemakers are optimistic. We'll have to wait and see...or taste.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Many sites review and give info on the latest and greatest travel apps. Fathom listed their favorites a few weeks ago. Hopper was one.
Hopper is a travel planning app that gives price predictions for airline tickets. Nice, huh? How does it work?
Tell Hopper your destination and approximate dates. It will then tell you when you should book for the best rates within a few months of that. But, it also tells predicts when rates will fall or rise. How does this help you?
You could arrange your flight dates to coincide with the lower prices...if you are flexible on traveling. You might also get some peace of mind knowing you did a decent job of scoring a good fare.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
When taking travel photos, chances are you're looking for the right shot all the time. Right?
Many great photos are the result of patience...lots and lots of patience. The supersized, lumbering bumblebee that landed on the flowers will come back. Keep watching.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
This post is reprinted from www.smartertravel.com.
When it comes to saving money, budget travelers are known to go to extremes. Maybe that's why Orion Travel Technology has devised a pretty extreme way to save money on bag fees.
Orion's new idea may be a game changer. The company is offering to pay your bag fees for you. The catch? Your luggage will become a rolling advertisement for one of their partners.
In exchange for toting company logos around the world with you, Orion will send you two customizable suitcases (one 21" carry-on and one 29" bag) and a gift card for $50 that can only be used at the airport ticket counter. The annual membership, which costs $19.99 after the first six months, covers your bag fees for up to six trips a year. To prevent anyone from using the gift card without using the luggage, the card will only work after scanning the UPC code on the branded suitcase.
When you order your suitcases, you'll have the choice of personalizing the back of the luggage with your favorite movie character or sports team. But this is not the advertisement. The front of the suitcase is left blank for you to stick the easy-to-remove logo skins Orion sends you each time you travel.
Though the program is not scheduled to be implemented until February 2016 and the companies Orion will be working with are not yet clear, this could be an indispensable new service to travelers with very tight budgets. Not only can you save on bag fees, but the bags are also included in the membership, which could be helpful if you're looking to replace your luggage.
Though it's impossible to tell how smoothly the system will work once it gets going, it shouldn't be hard for Orion to find people willing to test it out. There are people out there willing to sell the advertising space on their foreheads, so what's a few ads on your suitcase compared to saving hundreds on bag fees?
I love the idea. What are your thoughts about doing this? Would you?
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
When you travel, do you take photos? Do they all look the same?
If so...try telling a story with your photos. If you want to showcase your trip to a new restaurant, you might just focus on the food. But, add in some photos of the neighborhood or the landscape. You might add a photo of the flower arrangement sitting by the door.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
You've checked your bag. It has everything in it you need for your two week stay in France. You land in Paris. And...your bag does not show up.
It turns out the agent accidentally tagged the wrong destination on your bag. It happens.
Next time check to see what the destination is for your bag. The claim check will tell you. It's just one way to make sure you and your bag arrive in Paris at the same time.
And, don't pack everything in one bag.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
It seems like everything has an app and you could download a gazillion of them. One you might want to consider is the app of the airline you use most frequently or the airline you flying to Europe. They keep you up to date with real time gate changes, delays, and so much more.