Tuesday, March 31, 2020

SQ Givenchy Pajamas: By Air, By Land

A niche topic of no interest to anyone except for particular travelers is when to change into the airline issued pajamas while in flight. Googling "When to change into pajamas on an airplane" yields...

Get Swoll: A Repat’s Guide to Returning Healthy

As an expat living abroad presented many challenges: Where to live How to watch them Detroit Pistons How to stay in touch Where to exercise  What to eat  Returning to the United States, the biggest challenge is how to not...

TSA PreCheck Free Course

TSA PreCheck for all its greatness still has one great drawback, the passengers. It's 540am in Detroit and I'm in no mood to stand behind passengers who go through the PreCheck line and do the...

Tinder And Travel

A friend of mine is a points enthusiast, a world traveler, and Tinder subscriber. No, that friend of mine is not me. For those that who aren't familiar with Tinder, it is an app...

Bargaining Abroad, I Lost the Battle

Ask anyone about my bargaining skills and you they will say that I am the best. Don't believe me, then stack up your "best quality" purchases with the following (which should also be used a basis for all negotiations going forward):

What to Pack: “Take 1/2 the Clothes, Twice the Money”

A wise man once said, "Take 1/2 the Clothes and Twice the Money." I wonder if that wise man is now regretting his own advice as he makes his way down to the South...

It Almost Happened to Me: A $1200 Wi-Fi Bill on Singapore Airlines

Southwest Airlines gives you free Dish television on your own device. Internet is only $8 all day so if you have to make a connection you don't have to pay again. Lufthansa which had the...

China’s 72-hour Visa-Free Transit Rule: Flyer Beware

This is part of the Trip Report The Visa Run Keeps Running (October 2014) which started and ended in Mongolia with these stops along the way: Shanghai, China Hong Kong Shanghai, China Osaka, Japan Kyoto, Japan Beijing, China Here is the overview for...

Why Am I in Hong Kong?

The reason the a-live section is a category on my blog is to provide quick updates of any adventures or debacles I encounter. Well chalk this one up as the latter. I arrived in Beijing...

Global Entry: The Worst Time to Sign Up

Before moving to Mongolia, I signed up for Global Entry which comes with TSA PreCheck meaning you don't have to take off your shoes and belt, remove your laptop, and if you're one of...
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