Safe Travels

“How do you know where it’s safe to go?” I get asked this question all the time. To be honest, I rarely think about it. The American news media, and even the American government, would have you believe that the whole world outside of US borders (except possibly for most...

Bogota Airport is Beautiful… and Misleading

Flying into Bogota Colombia for the first time I passed over beautiful farmland and dramatic mountains on the outskirts of the city. As we approached the edge of the city I saw clusters of buildings that I assume must have been greenhouses. At least that’s what they looked like from...

Broadening my horizons, while planning to ride off into the horizon

I still remember the day. I think I was 33 years old and was actually in the black marble executive bathroom at the huge worldwide mega-bank where I worked at the time. I don’t remember what spurred it but I just had this quiet epiphany and made a resolution to...

Keeping the vacation memories alive

Another way of keeping the memories alive after your vacation is to turn your computer’s desktop background into a running slide show of all your best vacation photos. That’s what I do, with the computer serving up a new photo every few minutes. This is easy to do. In Windows...

Travel Gadgets – Popping Bubbles, Popping Ears

Chewing gum is probably one of the best known, but least utilized, travel gadgets I can think of. Everyone who has ever been on an airplane knows that your ears pop when you go up in altitude and again when you come back down. Nearly everyone knows that chewing gum...

Travel Gadgets – Endless Drinks

Everyone knows you can’t take more than 3 ounces of liquids through airport security. At least I thought everyone knew. Before I get to explaining this travel gadget, a true story from one of my recent travels: After American Airlines broke a bottle of rum that was packed inside my...

Hiring a Driver vs. Renting a Car

I’ve touched on this idea once or twice before but let me expand a bit. I have a friend who is exceptional at finding certain types of travel bargains. I once found a rental car for $8/day. She found one in the same place for just over $1/day. That said,...