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Where to Go: This is highly personal. People want to travel for different reasons, perhaps to experience the great outdoors or maybe just relax and do nothing. For me, I’ve always wanted to see how the other side lives, so to speak. I have always been curious and find that travel widens my perspective and helps me understand the world. And as I am on an excursion of discovery, my trips involve a lot more moving about than staying put and relaxing. In essence, I am not a beach person and find it difficult to sit still while other people might refer to soaking in the sun as heavenly.
A boomer, a gypsy in spirit, I have always been bound by the constraints of reality but now I am unencumbered by a structured schedule and I’m free to be me.
I’ve traveled solo in the past but there is a large chunk of the world I haven’t been to. And I have quite a ways to go.
Finally! The decision is made. You are going on a trip. For some, it could be the trip of a lifetime. For others, it could be a chance to get away from it all. Nevertheless, the journey is on. For me, every trip is an adventure, a chance to get out of my comfort zone, a time for discovery. I will be sharing my experiences along the way, including the bad and the ugly, because on occasion not everything smells of roses. And sometimes, it is the unexpected twists and turns that make for memorable reflections.
When to Go: Climate plays an important factor in my planning. This is a balancing act because I try to avoid the high season as prices go up especially for accommodations but at the same time get to experience events without the hassle of crowds and increment weather.
Booking.com: very clear about the rooms offered, including size in sq. feet or meters and included amenities and other cost. I used this site a lot in my recent trip to Latin America.
Agoda: hotel discount booking especially good for hotels or guesthouses in Asia.
HostelWorld: largest booking site for hostels and B&Bs worldwide.
AirBNB: connects homeowners who rent out homes or apartments.
HostelBookers: booking website of 10,000 budget places to stay around the globe.
HomeStay: offers a worldwide list of accommodations with a local family.
GoWithOh: European site that has apartments in major cities across Europe.
All the Rooms: An aggregator that gives all the information in a single place, their goal is to have every single room available listed on their site.
Man in Seat 61: has the most comprehensive information on routes, times and prices for train travel worldwide.
Rail Europe: a single-
TrainTraveling.com: provides information, advice and tips on rail travel and rail deals world wide.
2Go.Asia: user friendly online booking site for buses trains and ferries in Southeast Asia
Rome2Rio shows you all the various modes (and combinations) of transportation (including flights) that will get you there, along with price and time estimates.
Busabout: Hop on/hop off bus in Europe and, added in 2015, in Asia.
Busbud: provides bus schedules in 89 countries and a good way to book bus tickets worldwide.
I am dependent on my laptop for finding accommodations and booking activities and travel to my next destination. However, information is usually displayed in the language of the country I am in. I also like to watch TV shows or movies/videos which can only be accessed from within the U.S. In addition, using public wi-
Astrill protects privacy and browsing activity. Switch freely to your choice of multiple global VPN server locations.
Private Internet Access (PIA) protects privacy with a VPN tunnel.
Hotspot Shield uses advanced encryption technology to secure browsing session, detect and block malware, and even bypass geo-
VyprVPN is best for speed and they have a Premium service which includes the proprietary “Chameleon” technology that helps work around attempted VPN blocking.
Countries Where VPNs are Illegal
United Arab Emirates, Turkey, China, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. Some countries like China will allow the use of approved VPN services.
Airport Guides by Region: Airport reviews -
Airport Lounges: more about airport lounge access for economy class travelers.
Airport Hotels: Guide to hotels closest to the airport.
Airport Layover Sightseeing: Ideas for long layovers.
General guidelines on How to Find Cheap Flights
The Flight Deal: Check for mistake fares: when there is a computer glitz.
Budget Airlines: Use Wikipedia -
Momondo: Great search engine that seems to find flights from thousands of airlines and travel sites that offer good deals
Matrix Airfare Search: Tickets cannot be purchased directly from the site but information can be used when booking through a travel agent or airline.
Google Flights Explore: Allows search from the U.S. for a whole region; i.e., instead of searching NY to London, do NY to Europe.
SecretFlying: Similar to The Flight Deal and is a good source of mistake fares.
FlyerTalk: world's largest community of Frequent Flyer enthusiasts. The website is a forum where people discuss all things related to flying, including mistake fares. There is a forum dedicated to flight deals called the mileage run forum.
Skyscanner: searches a lot of different air-
Wherefor: searches for where you can go based on your budget
Roundtheworldflights: great site for designing your own round the world flights
Round the World Flights
How Long to Stay: The duration of my past trips have more or less been predetermined but future forays will be go with the flow. I have a rough estimate how long to stay but flexible on the time I will actually stick around depending on how events unfold and my budget.
Don’t leave home without it
I never gave insurance a thought in my past travels but the times, they are a changing. Everyone should carry some kind of health or property insurance on the road because sometimes things don’t go as planned. Coverage may or may not include insurance against four major types of losses: medical, trip/flight cancellation, loss or damage to baggage, and evacuation. (See Travel Medical Insurance Guide by BootsnAll)
Travel Insurance Providers
World Nomads provides travel insurance and travel safety services worldwide and recommended by Lonely Planet.
Insuremytrip compares various travel insurance plans. Note: If you are over 65, definitely use this website as most travel insurance companies don’t serve senior travelers. I used one of the providers listed on the site in my trip to South America.
Amex Travel provides multi trip travel insurance that provides coverage for up to 60 days in each location.
Safety Wing is a new travel insurance company that is excellent for long-
When traveling to a popular tourist city like Paris, Rome, etc. run a quick Google search to find a discount card for the city.
In keeping with changing times, some pointers on Electronics:
We all have different needs and destinations. The rule of thumb, though, is pack light. Traveling with only a hand carried baggage is a recurring advice and for good reason -
There is no need to take too many clothes -
Packing Tip: 5 Compact Ways to Fold Clothes for Packing
City Maps 2Go -
TripJournal is perfect for those who want to capture every facet of their trip without carrying around cameras and journals. You can write down notes in a journal section, add video & photos, and can log your locations/tag photos using GPS. You can share your trip with the tap of a button to social media.
Hopper is an app that lets you know when to buy and fly.