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Why is Southeast Asia and Thailand in particular so popular? It is SOOOO cheap it is riduculous. Now cheap prices usually means poor taste and bad quality. Not the case in Thailand. Remember the cooking class I took while I was there? I still have the recipe book.
A Guide to the Caribbean on a Budget
From loyal reader Karen
The Caribbean is not the cheapest place in the world, but there are ways to get around. Especially when the cold whether hits, the Caribbean is an easy, quick escape.
And whatever you do, do NOT take LIAT Airlines to get around the Caribbean. They have a horrible on-time record and you’ll be in trouble if you’re using them to connect to another flight. Stay with seaplanes or the large airlines in the region.
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Mobile Phone Keys
The wave of the future. Not check-in in the traditional way but using your cell phone to walk right in the lobby and straight to the room. Your cell phone unlocks your door. Europe and Asia always seem to get the cool tech first. Americans won’t see it until 5 years after everyone else has it.
Depending on who you talk to, the pat downs you receive after refusing the full-body scanner is the equivalent of a sexual assault or a harmless necessity in the post 9/11 world. I think a lot has to do with the attitude you bring to the security line. If you understand the TSA is just doing their job, you might be OK. If you think the TSA is inept and that the physical search is a personal affront to you, the pat down suddenly becomes a bad experience. I’m not saying that the TSA is right all the time, but I do think everyone needs to realize it is an necessary evil at this point.
Wow! How badly do you want to leave somewhere to use a Mission:Impossible type mask to get on a flight? But come on. His ID said he was 55. That mask makes him look like he’s 90.
I don’t know about Boston as a winter destination. It is cold in the Northeast, and the fact that you don’t have lines and crowds to deal with might be negated by the fact that you are frozen straight to the marrow of your bones. Costa Rica is always a great place to get away. Loved my time there.
I think we all would like to believe that our pilots are sitting in the cockpit, ramrod straight, eyes straight ahead, hands firmly on the steering yoke, for the entire length of your flight. Sorry to burst your bubble but it really isn’t like that.
I’m glad someone wrote the book I kept thinking about when I was in Marrakesh. Where is the guide to show me where all the souks are? There are so many, so many twists and turns in the alleys that is is easy to get lost in what you think is a small area. I’m not a big shopper, but I love walking through, seeing the vibrant colors of the fabrics, the smells of spices and incense, the give and take of bartering.
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Since the pilots got their chance to spill the beans, the flight attendants now can have their say. Not as informative as the pilots’, but maybe will give you some empathy for your FA the next time you board a plane.
Did you know that per capita there are more sexual assaults on cruise shops than there are in major American cities? Then you hear the stories of people disappearing off of ships, never be found again. Again, very small chance any of this could happen, but it is a possibilty you’ll want to protect yourself against.
It’s food. Think about it. That $3.00 can of soda that should cost no more that $1.50. The bottles of water in the minibar that comes to $6-7 a piece. The restaurant that charges inflated prices because of the ‘tourist tax’. That’s why whenever I check into a hotel, I find the nearest drugstore/supermarket and stock up on snacks and water. When I eat out I find out where the locals eat. Never eat in a toursty area or in the shadow of a major landmark. Eat AWAY from Times Square, or the Eiffel Tower, etc.
Content. Enter. Win.
This brought me back to my own Thailand experience in Bangkok and Ao Nang. My whole reason for going to Thailand was to see the fights up close and person.
First it’s expensive. Second, you have to pay more just to get it on the plane with you. It may be better to ship. Or ask youself, “Do I really need this?”
Watch you back in bush! In the battle of man vs. beast, unless you have a rifle and lots of ammo, the beast is going to win.
Another reminder about a fun experience in Marrakesh.
Every traveler thinks about this as they get older. When are you too old for hostels? You’re too old when the hostel has an age requirement that you surpass. Otherwise, why feel self conscious? You’re there to enjoy yourself like everyone else? And remember at hostels you can get a private room with an ensuite bathroom, if you want some privacy or just don’t want to be bothered with bunk mates. A little more expensive, but still much cheaper than any hotel room.
I love this list because it shows that where there is a will there is a way. Just have to do a little research on the requirements.
I don’t have a pet but I see the pet carriers in the airports and I always wonder about the dogs, cats and other critters in the luggage hold. Isn’t it cold down there? Is it really worth the hassle to take your pet on a trip?