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

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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’...

Why You Should Book All Your Hotels at Hotels.com

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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...

A Place for our Stuff

Lori Sat, 2016-04-02 07:00
How Do You Pack for Seven Months? One of the first questions we’re asked when people find out that we’re traveling for seven months (or all the time, as Chuck likes to put it) is, “How do you pack for that?” Well, it is an ongoing and evolving process. We travel with a medium sized suitcase for each of us plus our backpacks with our electronic work gadgetry. We also have a smaller duffle bag for toiletries and such. We’ve learned that the four-wheel hard-sided suitcases work best for us, we just have to be careful not to overload them. We used to travel with smaller cases, but we just needed...

Our Rules for AirBnB Lodging

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Lori Sat, 2016-01-30 07:00
Lodging is obviously a big component of travel. The idea is to go somewhere interesting and stay there, isn’t it? We don't like to move around every few days. We try to find a destination that we can settle in for a while, maybe even a couple of weeks. Lots of people ask us about AirBnB. Are the places nice? Is the site trustworthy? The AirBnB people have definitely done a great job making their name a household word in the travel community, and they’ve definitely become a key part of our full time travel strategy. Yes, we do like using the site, and we’ve been fortunate to have had no real...

Full Time Travel vs. The Gap Year, Part 1 of 3

Full Time vs Sabbatical and Gap Year Travel
Chuck Mon, 2016-01-11 07:00
Wanderlust is a serious affliction. It can incite otherwise sane, mature people to sell everything they own and hit the road or to tell their employers they’re taking a year off so they can travel the world. If you have an acute case of wanderlust, you might be asking yourself some life-changing questions. Can I just run away and travel the world for rest of my life? What if I just take a year or so off and do a round-the-world trip? We suspect there are quite a few of you out there grappling with questions like these. Some amount of very exciting long-term travel is in your future, but will...

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