Strange but true. (Photo: Dam) In the world of orange alerts and terrorism, how do you fly without ID? Is it even possible? I learned last week that–not only is it possible–it’s faster. My wallet was stolen at ETech in San Diego 3 hours before my flight was scheduled to leave for Austin, TX. Here’s what I did, first from the hotel: 1. 2. 3. At the airport: 1. 2. 3. Dubious tips & essential ephemera for today's curious traveler. Backpacking and travel info for budget travelers. Top US travel scams – Lonely Planet blog. Considering the vast numbers of travellers each year, it’s encouraging that so little bad happens to people on the road. But there are things to be wary of.
In the USA too, where American families travel nearly five times a year, mostly in-country, and an additional 156 million foreign visitors come to visit. Hack My Trip - Sharing the tricks and tools of travel hacking. Google’s smart glasses: ‘Project Glass’ for travellers – Lonely Planet blog. For a few months the tech world has been buzzing about Google’s work on Terminator-style smart glasses.
Today, Google released a video (see below) showing their vision of the potential of such a product, which they’re currently calling ‘Project Glass’: taking photos, getting directions, checking the weather and making a phone call all while having your hands free to eat a bagelwich, high five your bro and awkwardly serenade your girlfriend with a ukelele. According to Google, Project Glass ‘helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment’. Creative new ways to board an airplane – Lonely Planet blog. Airlines never stand still.
Following recent months when airlines introduced fees for printing boarding passes and higher prices for sitting in window or aisle seats, airlines are getting creative with the way they board passengers. Thankfully, some recent experiments aren’t direct attempts to extract more money from passengers: while some airlines are simply trying to be more fair and efficient, KLM is toying with the idea of allowing passengers to use social media to select seatmates, and Air Baltic is experimenting with seating passengers based on mood. Top 10 Strategies for Surviving Airports and Airplanes. Excellent tips, I have a couple others to add to it though.
Dress Well: Seriously, this is a huge one. Want to avoid crap in the security checkpoints? Want to get treated a little better? Ever heard the saying "Dress for Success" well, it's true of airline travel too. Always wear a button down and have a jacket on. Two reasons for that - one, suits aren't cheap, if my luggage gets lost at least I'm not out my most expensive outfit. I have personally done experiments on this and regardless, you always get treated better through the whole process if you dress professional. Get Elite: This isn't as hard as it sounds, actually. What happens with Elite? Oh, and having Elite on your boarding pass helps with security hassles, too. Upgrade or Pay Full Fare: Most companies have a policy stating they prefer full-fare coach due to refund-ability.
I always upgrade if it's reasonable, and often if you check in online 24 hours before the flight.. it is. Those are my tips, at least. The Best Travel Apps for Android. Google's Free Airport Wi-Fi: Five Ways to Protect Yourself. Free Wi-Fi while you're waiting for your flight?
How to Get Free Wi-Fi at Airports That Charge for Internet Connections. The Definitive Guide to Finding Free Wi-Fi. Great article.
A few caveats, though, that I've found in my personal experiences (of course, these ARE just my personal experiences, your mileage may vary). I've done a lot of air travel this summer, and I have been in a total of ONE airport that had free wi-fi. Everything else was pay-for-access. And the free one was slow as all hell. I couldn't even browse the internet comfortably. Seat Map Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300 (733) How to choose a travel backpack. Choosing the right backpack for your trip is probably the single most important travel purchase that you will make before leaving home.
Your backpack will be your companion, your house, and the most important piece of gear accompanying you around the world. There are many brands and styles out there, so apart from a few important considerations, the rest is up to your style of travel and preference. Style First, you will most definitely want an internal frame travel backpack. How to Travel Around the World for $418. “I have to tell you sir, this is easily the most ridiculous itinerary I’ve ever put together,” said the American Airlines operator the other night as I finalized plans for a worldwide adventure that would make Marco Polo blush.
“Welp, that makes two of us!” Make the Best of Your Travel Plans This Weekend. Some other details that make travel better: Dress comfortably and in layers.
Give yourself plenty of extra time if you're flying or taking a train. If you don't have a smart phone or might not have access to the internet, jot down the key information/times and phone numbers. Top 10 Strategies for Surviving Airports and Airplanes. Survive Airport Hell, Find Cheaper Tickets, and Stream Video from Your Home to Your Smartphone. How to Make the Most of Airplane Wi-Fi and Never Pay Full Price Again. The Ultimate Travel Hacking Guide. Travel hackers are the people constantly chasing miles, rewards points, and elite status.
ITA's Advanced Routing Language. How to Attain Hotel Elite Status. The Ultimate Travel Hacking Guide. Referring to this quote: "On our example, this doesn't work because we are going from the United States to England and the English Pound is worth more than the US dollar. Additionally, the Iceland Krona is not worth less than a dollar.