Electronics ban: which airports are affected?

Electronics ban: which airports are affected?

Does this ban apply to me?    Yes, if you are flying to the US and your flight requires you to depart from or connect through one of the 10 airports on the ban list.   Which 10 airports are affected? Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan Cairo International Airport, Egypt Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi […]

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What do we pack, why and how?

What do we pack, why and how?

This covers tips on packing and what works for us. It is important to be organized in your packing. Don’t throw all your things into a bag without a system. If you have to root around, your clothes will look like you’ve slept in them and everything becomes harder to find. Some folks prefer to roll their clothes; we prefer packing folders and cubes, they work […]

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Theories on luggage and packing…….

Theories on luggage and packing…….

Where do we start? Well, it depends on where we are going, of course. Warm or cold weather clothing will influence the size (and weight) of your bags. We have learned over the years to pack less and less with each trip because bags are heavy and seem to get heavier as we go.   If you, like us, are traveling independently, there are no […]

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Stay at Mama’s House Homestay when in Hoi An

Stay at Mama’s House Homestay when in Hoi An

We booked Mama’s House Homestay on the recommendation of a friend who had stayed last November. Researching on Booking.com the homestay had great reviews and, at $16 a night for a double plus $2 per person for a cooked-to-order breakfast how could we go wrong? After booking online we quickly received an email from Thu welcoming us. Wow, that doesn’t happen often and made us feel […]

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Patience when combining international and domestic flights

Patience when combining international and domestic flights

It’s their country and you will play by their rules!     Connecting through Japan For some reason our flight routing from Denver to Cambodia had us landing in Tokyo, Japan with a transfer to a domestic flight to Nagoya, Japan, then on to Bangkok, Thailand and finally to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Sounds long and doable, and one would think, okay we are in the […]

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Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

  What is STEP? The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.   Benefits of Enrolling in STEP Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans. Help the U.S. Embassy […]

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