From loyal reader Karen, American is starting to use cell phones and other mobile devices that display the bar code for your ticket. Paperless tickets. Soon I think they are going to have some way to slap the bar code to your forehead so you don’t even need the cell phone.
In fact at a party the other night, I saw someone with a new Google Android phone that allows you to scan in the bar code from the supermarket discount card and have it on the phone. The cashier will scan YOUR PHONE as opposed to the separate card. Nice! Maybe the iPhone and other phones have it, but that’s the first time I’ve seen it in person.
Couchsurfing is the hot way to see more of the world and this article talks about how to show yourself to potential hosts with the best foot forward. The point here is NOT to lie or deceive but to put a little polish on your profile to get the best match for you and your potential host.
I talked previously about how to avoid getting locked up when traveling. I remember being in Amnesty International in high school and writing letters on behalf of poliitcal prisoners and others unlawfully detained. Amnesty is here on this list, as well as other ways we can help others imprisoned.
As a prelude to the upcoming Black Friday Travel Gift post, here is a high tech charger that just has you to lay the device on a special pad to get charged. Very interesting.
The 2010 World Nomads Travel Writing Scholarship contest will have you travel to Japan, experience the country for a few weeks and then edit a guide from Rough Guides. For the aspiring travel writer, this is a plum opportunity. Applications accepted until December 21, 2009.
Don’t want to be on the trip from hell of your own doing? Ask some things, honestly, about yourself and the other person. Snorer? Loud? Introvert? Chronic bad breath? Cheapskate? Free spender? Can you deal with it for a weekend? A week? 6 months???
Just because you have a bun in the oven doesn’t mean you should curtail your travels needlessly. Always check your travel insurance and the policies of the airline if you fly. Solid list here to think about if you are with child.
After you’ve had your baby, and now want to get back to traveling, can you carry your child on your lap? There seems to be no consensus, as the money issue of paying for a second seat with a car seat seems to have taken precedence of the safety of the child.
There is something to be said for traveling slow. The amount this gentleman from the UK paid is what most people think a round the world trip will cost. Far from it. Most of the people on these RTW trips (myself included) do not have HUNDREDS of thousands of dollars to spend. Remember there are ways to do it.
Many in this list are straightforward, but always good to rememeber. Personally I’m usually conked out, trying to avoid hitting my head on the seat in front of me!