Archives for April 2013

Destin Florida in the Winter

You missed out on a perfect February day in Destin, Florida. It was a day with temps around 62 degrees, a light breeze and the bluest skies I seen in a long time. So I headed out to Gary’s house to take a bike ride. The traffic was light, the Gulf was light emerald green and clear as I rode over the Destin bridge. I saw a lot of motor cycles, … [Read more...]

Smartwool Socks

There was once a time when I thought socks were just socks.  For most of my life I would simply buy a value pack of socks from Wal-Mart.  Then one day this simple Alabama boy met a girl from Chicago (now my wife).  One of the presents she got me for my birthday that year was a pair of Smartwool socks.  I was hesitant at first because my only … [Read more...]

Panama Mesh Backpack by Stahlsac

When my wife and I travel, we like to take day trips to other locations for sightseeing, snorkeling, and trying the local cuisine, so we usually take a "day bag" with us. We typically pack: swimsuits snorkel gear towels sunscreen camera hair brush (for the wife) other toiletries Over the years, we've usually just tried to cram all … [Read more...]

Passengers with Disabilities – Air Carrier Access Act

About the Air Carrier Access Act The Air Carrier Access Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in air travel. The Department of Transportation has a rule defining the rights of passengers and the obligations of airlines under this law. This rule applies to all flights of U.S. airlines, and to flights to or from the United States … [Read more...]

MERRELL Women’s Lithe Glove Shoes

I first bought the Merrell Lithe Glove shoes at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) about 6 months ago for around $65. They were having their annual Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF) at the end of the season, and the shoes were about 50% off. They were originally $125. I just found them on for around $87 in my size. I bought the shoes … [Read more...]

Pros and Cons of Charter Flights

Charter flights can provide excellent value, and they often operate nonstop in markets where scheduled flights would be less direct. In addition, many charters don't have all of the restrictions of scheduled-service discount fares, e.g. advance-purchase, stay over a Saturday night, stay no more than 30 days, etc. Finally, most charter fares aren't … [Read more...]

Getting the Best Air Fares

Choosing the Best for You There is a wide variety of air fares available to travelers. This fact sheet will help you choose the one that's best for you. Be flexible in your travel plans in order to get the lowest fare. The best deals may be limited to travel on certain days of the week (often Tuesday through Thursday, or Friday night through … [Read more...]

Flying Tips – How to Reduce Chances of Problems

Most airline trips are uneventful. However, you can take steps to reduce even further your chances of encountering problems. Here is some advice for "defensive flying." When selecting a flight, remember that a departure early in the day is less likely to be delayed than a later flight, due to “ripple” effects throughout the day. If you book … [Read more...]

Tips on Avoiding Baggage Problems

Relatively few bags are damaged or lost. However, your chances of encountering this experience can be reduced even further if you follow the advice set out below. Packing Avoid putting the following in checked baggage: Valuables (cash, jewelry). Don't rely on suitcase locks; they are easily defeated. Critical items (medicine, keys, … [Read more...]

Cruise FAQs

Is cruising affordable and a good vacation value? Yes! There are cruise vacations to suit every budget, from the cost-conscious to the most luxurious. Even more important, a cruise offers the best travel value for your money. Your fare includes all meals, your cabin, on board daytime activities, nighttime parties and entertainment. So for once, … [Read more...]