Using Your Credit Card in Europe

In many European countries as well as some others, you may find it difficult to use your credit cards in some places.  Especially kiosks you might find at train and subway stations.  Companies want credit cards with “chip and pins.”   Unfortunately those cards are not yet available here in the States.   Mastercard and Visa say … [Read more…]

Share Your Travel Blog

Get the word out about your blog.  You can now share your travel blog with others on the new forums page.  Tell people about your blog and post a link.

Let’s Go To London!

Everybody is talking about London now that the Olympics have taken place there.   London is one of my favorite places to visit but it is also one of the most expensive cities in Europe.  A trip to London is not going to be a cheap trip but there are things you can do to cut … [Read more…]

US Airways Now Offers New Meal Choice

US Airways is now offering a new upgraded meal option to economy passengers on international flights on routes to Europe, the Middle East and South America.  The optional DineFresh meal selections can be purchased for $19.99 and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advanced.  You have two options: Citrus-marinated chicken skewers This chilled meal includes … [Read more…]

Mile Wise

This is a really great airfare search site.  Its not as extensive as some of the other search engine but it does have a very unique feature that gives it a leg up and makes it worth checking out.With this website when you search for flights you will see results in both dollars and rewards … [Read more…]

Preferred Suppliers

The department of transportation is considering passing a law that would require travel agencies to reveal who their preferred suppliers are.  This would be a great law, here’s why.  Every travel agency has preferred suppliers with whom they have negotiated higher commissions or bonuses for promoting and pushing their products before others.   And when a … [Read more…]

Tricky Tipping

Most people know the basics of tipping and that they should tip their waiter, the cab driver and the porter but there are a few situations that are a little more tricky.  When you book a tour sometimes the tour company will send a greeter to meet you are the airport to escort you to … [Read more…]

There’s an App For That!

Here’s some cool airport apps to make your travel experience a little easier. Terminal MapsGateGuru: free, Android, iPhoneiFly Guide: free, Android, iPhone   These apps provide detailed maps with passenger submitted checkpoint wait times, user ratings and deals for hundreds of airports worldwide. Flight UpdatesFlightBoard: $3.99, Android, iPhone, iPadThis app lists all arrivals and departures for … [Read more…]

Did You Know: Foreign Currency

When traveling internationally I like to get some foreign currency before I lave home.  This way I will have some cash (in the local currency) on hand when I arrive.  I especially like to have small bills on hand for tips but when you exchange currency at the bank they usually want to give you … [Read more…]

Making Phone Calls While Abroad

When traveling internationally, calling home can be very expensive.  Forget making cell phone calls, it will cost you a fortune in roaming charges.  Back in the “old days” I use to buy an international calling card which usually worked pretty well.   However there were a few occasions when our hotel or bed & breakfast didn’t … [Read more…]