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#RTW2017: As Of Now

View From Delta Airplane Landing in Seattle, Mt Rainier in Background
Chuck Sat, 2017-01-14 00:59
If recent blogging behavior is any indication, you'll get infrequent and irregular communications from us as we work our way around the globe in 2017. Our “Round The World 2017” trip is, in fact, already underway: I pen this on my iPhone sitting by the pool of our highrise AirBnB place in Manila, the Philippines. Lest you think we live a glamorous life of jet setting leisure, it is somewhat humid here. And there is nobody around to bring us drinks. See what sacrifices we make for your travel blog reading enjoyment? We set out just over a week ago. As Weather Channel people issued dire...

TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and Foot Massages

Global Entry program logo
Chuck Sat, 2016-11-26 07:00
On our recent flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Atlanta, we were automatically given TSA Pre-Check status when we checked in with Delta. Of course we didn’t notice the little checkmark that graced our boarding passes until we approached the regular security line. Fortunately for us, an attendant checked our boarding passes and directed us to the Pre-Check line. So we walked an additional 50 yards or so and stood in the Pre-Check line. We very likely spent just as much time following this serendipitous process as we would have just getting in the plebe’s security line. But at least we didn’...
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What a Trump Presidency Means for American Travelers

Donald J. Trump, America's first Orange President
Chuck Sat, 2016-11-12 07:00
If, by midnight on January 20 th , Inauguration Day, all Americans abroad are not home, they will come home to find the front doors locked, will have to sleep over at a friend’s, and will have a lot of explaining to do the next morning to avoid having their keys taken away and allowances cut off for a month. If you think the Trump election surprised a lot of Americans, then the rest of the world is in something of toupee shock (half comical finger pointing and half genuine astonishment). Our HomeAway.com host in Guadeloupe said it simply and best when he asked us, “Mr. Trump has a very bad...

Why You Should Book All Your Hotels at Hotels.com

Hotels.com App Logo
Chuck Sat, 2016-11-05 07:00
This will be one of those blogs that you might read and assume we are getting some sort of commission or spiff or freebie from Hotels.com in exchange for writing it. That is, according to the average dime-a-dozen travel blogger, one of the perks of being a glamorous, jet-setting travel blogger. Well, I guess I’m not one of those travel bloggers because we don’t exactly have big travel corporations knocking on our doors offering to give us free stuff in exchange for writing about their services. But let me make this very clear: if you are a big travel corporation and want to give us free stuff...
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Our 4-Point Lodging Strategy

A room at our hotel in Ljubljana, Slovenia, January 2016
Chuck Sat, 2016-10-29 08:30
Above: a room at our hotel in Ljubljana, Slovenia back in January, 2016 Way back in primary school social sciences, I remember once having to memorize a list of humankind's basic necessities to sustain life. Shelter, food, and water were on the list. I don't remember the rest of this list, but nowadays I imagine it includes good bandwidth and Netflix. The one topic we invested the most research and thought into in regards to this nomadic lifestyle was lodging, a more comfortable euphemism for the first of that list, shelter. After all, we didn't imagine living under a lean-to of palm fronds...

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