Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Some Updates on Travel Warnings

Still some places you may want to think about avoiding. The Syrian civil war has spilled over with other countries involved such as Turkey and Iran. Boko Haram is still active in northeastern Nigeria.

There have been earthquakes in Papua New Guinea, Oaxaca Mexico, Taiwan and off the coast of Peru.

The Indonesian volcano of Mt. Sinabung has erupted again. The previous eruption was in 2010.

The Maldives are in a state of emergency due to political upheaval. 

Violence has affected the Carnival celebration in Rio and the army was called in to help the police.

And there has been a measles outbreak in Europe. In 2017, more than 20,000 cases were reported as compared to 5,273 in 2016. More than 5,000 each was reported in Romania and Italy.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Way Behind

Yes, I know it's been a while since I've posted. Been busy traveling for one.  :)  Spent 4 days in Puerto Rico with my 16-year-old granddaughter. I rented a car and we had a great time, traveling the northern part of the island from east to west.

Just finished doing a Shutterfly album for the trip. This is probably my 12th album ... one of these days I'll count how many I've done. I love the job they do.

After I place the order, I got a promo for new Shutterfly customers. You can order an 8 x 8 album for FREE. I think shipping might be extra but still a great deal.

If you want to take advantage of this you have to go to the Shutterfly website using this link. I'm sure you'll be as pleased with your album as I have been with mine.

Monday, July 18, 2016

21st Century Guide to Walking Wales

Looking for castles, beach and wild ponies? The Gower Peninsula, near Swansea, Wales, is a designed "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty." You can now visit this area with the help of the free "This is Gower" app, available for Android and iOS.

The app contains directions and maps for 14 walking trails. It includes visual and audio guides (with pictures and videos) on 80 locations, using GPS to tell walkers when they have reached an area of interest.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Japan Now Has Rail and Bus Passes

Japan now offers two 5-day tourist passes which are good for unlimited train rides and bus rides, which are within train stop cities. The Japan Rail Central, 13,500 yen (approximately $112), covers rail between Kansai Airport near Osaka and the city of Nagoya, including Takayama, Fukui, and Kanazawa. The Japan Rail West pass, at 10,500 yen, covers travel between Nagoya and Hii-Katsuura, including Toba and Owase. Route maps and passes are both available online.

Passes are also available to visit the Mt. Fuji area and the Alpine area with a route going from Tateyama to Kurobe.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Changes in TSA Body Scanning and Pat-Downs

On December 18, 2015, the rules changed on the US Transportation Security Administration scanner versus pat-down option. Up until that date, passengers had the option of going through the full body scanner or choosing a pat-down. That option can still be requested but the passenger should be prepared for the request to be denied.

The full-body scanners were installed in 2007. When someone is in the scanner, the image of their body underneath their clothes, along with any objects being carried, appears on a monitor. Many people felt the images were very intrusive, despite the TSA assuring people that the images were not saved and that the person viewing them was in a different area from the person being scanned. Still, some people were not comfortable with this and could opt for a pat down instead.

This changed with the installation of new body scanners that no longer show a graphic image of the person being scanned. Instead, the image shows a generic body, with the general location of items being carried highlighted, alerting the TSA agent as to whether or not further investigation is needed.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Artic Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba

A couple of years ago we went to see the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba (link to my blog posts).  As part of the trip, we had a day to spend in Winnipeg, Manitoba. So for anyone considering a similar trip, here's an idea for your day in Winnipeg and a preview of what you might see in Churchill.

The Assiniboine Park Zoo has a "Journey to Churchill" permanent exhibit. In it you can see Artic foxes, musk oxen, caribou and watch seals and polar bears through an underwater viewing area. There is even a domed theater that projects images of the northern lights.

The zoo is open daily and admittance is $19.75 CAD for adults and $17.50 CAD for under 18 or senior.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Stay Cool in the Tropics

A cool mist of water is a nice way to stay cool when traveling in hot climates. Now you can carry your own mister around and it is no more than carrying a water bottle.

LUNATEC's Aquabot is a high pressure multi-functional drinking water bottle with a personal mister, stream and shower.  It is BPA free and requires no batteries. There are two attachments for lanyards making it easy to carry hands free. You simply pump it to build up the pressure and the variable flow trigger allows you to adjust it for just the right amount of water.