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Airline travel has become mass transit. You’ll hear many talk about the good ole days when air travel was a luxurious, elitist type experience. No more. Anyone who has a few hundred dollars can fly thousands of miles. The safety of flights is better than it has ever been. And yet there are things that the airlines can do to make the experience even better. HATE is a pretty strong word, but some of the items on the list would probably garner that reaction from you.
I’ve always wondered how it worked if you gave birth outside your home country. Is the child automatically a citizen of that country? Dual passports? What happens if the child is born in international airspace? Is the child a citizen of the first country the plane lands in? Wouldn’t it be nice if she/he was just a citizen of the world and could go anywhere unhindered? I know, I know, wishful thinking in the world we live in….
Travel Video of the Week
Deep Fried Snacks in Taiwan 鹽酥雞
Can you ever go wrong frying something? It’s really simple to stick a piece of food in scalding hot oil. Every society does it. But just like everything else, every culture does it differently. Taiwan has their own deletectable fried treats the next time you find yourself in Taipei. Remember, everything in moderation folks, especially fried foods.
Seems like the airlines do everything to NOT let you know when your miles may be expiring. Without being proactive and calling to find if and when your miles may expire, you could be at their mercy, begging and pleading to get those hard earned miles back. If you’re a frequent flier junkie and accumulate miles like other people collect comic books or stamps, call the airlines every 6 months just to check on your status. Whether by accident or intent, sometimes you don’t find out in time.
They mentioned Couchsurfing but not hostels. Many of you are still wary of hostels, especially the shared room aspect of it. Remember you can find a hostel and get a private room with an ensuite bathroom. You don’t need to share a bathroom and get a place where you can lock the door. You get the best of both worlds: privacy and cheap prices.
I could relate to this story. I’ll give you another sign of burnout.
Not knowing where you were the night before.
I decided to leave Rome and come home. I was passing through Heathrow after leaving Rome and first stopping in Amsterdam. The border agent at Heathrow asked me a simple question:
“What country where you in last night?”
I could not remember.
If someone put a gun to my head I could not remember. I stood there for 5 minutes while he named off countries and I said I wasn’t there.
I’m surprised he didn’t pull me aside for more questioning. I probably would have done that if I was in his shoes. A traveler who suddenly can’t remember where he’s been in the last 24 hours is a plot out of a movie…or something more ominous. He looked at me, took mercy and let me get on my flight to JFK.
It’s then I knew it was time to go home…or at least stay in one place for two weeks without passing through an airport terminal.
From the article:
While there is no perfect travel-rewards card for everyone, cards that offer points instead of miles might be a better option for people who aren’t particularly loyal to a single airline since points can usually be redeemed on many airlines.
The Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore combines the fears of many – a fear of heights AND a fear of water – with an infinity pool 55 stories up. How many pills do you have to pop before you consider stepping into this pool?
I love this trend. But the next question always is: How many power plugs do you have on these planes to support all the devices I could potentially use?
Oh yeah and I’m still waiting for the first case of air rage over a crazy conversation using Skype while flying…
Remember, hippos kill more people in Kenya than any other animal. Ummm, not sure how you’re going to use that info, but I thought you needed to know that.
Brought back memories of Marrakesh.
Bonus Travel Video
Jambo! Welcome to Magical Kenya
I always advocate people investigate the countries of Africa for their vacation plans. I liked the video posted and I thought you might like to see it too. Since the violence after the Kenyan elections in 2007, I haven’t heard much news about the country, good or bad.