Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hop Around The World With Hopper

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The Hopper™ is a Whole-Home HD DVR Functionality system, available from DISH, that covers your entire home. It lets you watch both live and recorded television anywhere. And that anywhere includes while you are traveling. You can even watch recorded TV without having an Internet connection.

Sign up for a DISH package staring at $24.99 per month (12 months with commitment for 24 months) and Hopper™ is free. With Hopper™ you can use your smartphone or tablet to watch your favorite TV programs while waiting for your flight. Help your in-air time go by as you use Hopper™ to watch your recorded programs while in the air. You’ll never miss your favorites because you can either watch them while traveling (using DISH Anywhere) or you can set it to be recorded to watch later. And if you forget to set up the recording, Hopper™ lets you set up the recording with DISH Anywhere.  Plus, with PrimeTime Anytime™ you can record 6 different shows at the same time during primetime giving you three hours of on demand primetime ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC programming available to you for up to 8 days from initial air date.

The DISH Anywhere app (for Android and Apple devices) or use the online portal, to watch both live and recorded programs – anywhere, anytime. With any DISH subscription you get DISH Anywhere at no additional charge. With Hopper Transfers™  you can move your recorded programs to your iPad before leaving home and enjoy watching them wherever you are, whenever you want – in the airport, on a plane, on a train, in a car or on the beach. Additionally, with AutoHop™ you can instantly skip commercials in recorded primetime TV on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.
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Monday, February 11, 2013

View The Naxca Lines From The Ground

Visitors can now view a few of Peru's Nazca Lines from an observation tower, the Mirador, located along the Pam American Highway 20 kilometers north of the city of Nazca. The steel tower is 13 meters (39 feet) tall, and from the viewing platform at the top of the steps: the hands, the tree and a bit of the reptile.

The tower was used by Maria Reicher during archaeological work in 1976 and donated to the state for tourism use. Access is free.

Tour Stieg Larsson Sites

If you will be visiting Stockholm, and are a fan of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series, you might be interested in taking a guided tour of the real-life locations in the novels. The 2-hour tour starts from the home of the fictional character Mikael Blomkvist, at Bellmansgatan 1, and ends at the Stockholm City Museum.

The tour is offered 11:30 a.m. Saturday from October to May, with an additional tour offered at 6 p.m. on Wednesday from June to September. Tickets can be purchased at the Stockholm City Museum ( and are 120 kronor (about $18).

Friday, February 1, 2013

Can You Insure Vacation Rentals?

I recently received the following advertisement.

Get a Free 10-Day Look with Allianz Travel Insurance, the world leader in travel insurance. Get a free quote now.

My husband and I always take travel insurance when we travel and Allianz is the company that we use. We have been fortunate to not have to make any claims but we've seen enough travelers get hurt or sick while away to know that we want to be insured.

One of the items covered is trip cancellation costs. If one of us becomes ill or there is a death in the family, for example, we are covered for any non-refundable expenses.

But what about a vacation rental? Friends of ours travel to the Outer Banks of North Carolina every summer. They have a big family and rent a big house. I'm pretty confident that their rental fee is due well in advance and is probably not refundable unless the home owner can re-rent it for the same time slot.

Could they buy insurance from Allianz to cover that expense? I'll have to do some research.