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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The NYC Traveler: Staycation Projects

 Staycation Projects 




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The COVID-19 2019-2020 pandemic crisis required folks worldwide to quarantine at home for weeks, sometimes months. All of a sudden, despite businesses and academic institutions requiring us to work from home, we actually had some time on our hands. We can now do all of those projects "we always wanted to do, if we had the time."


1. Learn a new language. Whether travel resumes full time in the near future or just for personal achievement, it's always cool to be able to say a few words in another tongue. Our personal favorite is Pimsleur. Although they now offer subscriptions like other companies, such as Babbel and Rosetta Stone, they still offer MP3 downloads so that you can own the course permanently.

Indira Ghandi Airport, India


2. Get in shape. While we were reacquainting ourselves with our kitchens and gyms were closed, we realized that we had to figure out exercising on our own. You'll want to look good when you get back to the beach. Apps such as Nike, Adidas, Strava, My Fitness Pal and about a thousand others have lessons, coaches and even virtual competitions. Lace up and go.


Jamaica, West Indies


3. Become a gourmet. Look like an expert when you resume fine dining. Practice at home. Cooking shows abound but you can start with the Cooking Channel or the Food Network. Of course, there are many apps, check out with Yum,  Epicurious and Allrecipes. You might need some equipment. Shop our favorites here.


Creme Brulee in Paris, France


4. Become an artist. Travel art is more than sunset photos. Post and/or sell your artwork on Shutterstock (photography), Soundcloud (music), Etsy (artistic creations), Wattpad (writing),  Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. Want to learn something? Try TakeLessons. For kids, try DIY.org

Greece


5. Discover your home again. If you really miss traveling and staying at resorts and hotels, bring a little bit of it home with you. When hotels upgrade, they sell their stuff to liquidators: Hotel Liquidators and Resort Furniture Liquidators are just two.


Grace Bay Resort, Turks and Caicos


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Monday, April 30, 2018

The NYC Traveler: Get TSA-Prechecked

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Get TSA-Prechecked

Security checks, part of our lives even before 9/11/2001, is now considered an expected precursor to entering almost public location. Getting through airport security is especially frustrating because of all of the steps involved: have your boarding pass and ID in hand and at the same time take off your shoes, take out your laptop, no items in your pockets, no more than 3 ounces of liquids, creams or oils in bottles that fit into a 1 quart bag while perhaps juggling kids in tow. Whew!







TSA-Prechecked means you can keep your shoes and a light jacket on, your electronics and your clear bag of liquids can stay in your bag and you walk through...all for a fee of course.

The best way to be pre-checked for USA domestic flights is to pay the current fee of $85 for five years. If you fly often or if you don't like the long lines or inconvenience, this may be worth it. 




1. Pre-register online: https://www.tsa.gov/precheck or
https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/programs/precheck
2. Make an appointment at a center: https://www.tsa.gov/precheck/map
3. Bring the necessary documents.
4. Be ready to scan your fingerprint.
5. Pay the fee, currently $85 for five years.
6. After a background check based on your application, you will receive an email and/or a letter with your Known Traveler Number (KTN). Unfortunately, you don’t get any type of card, so hold onto that email/letter. You can also look up your number.




There are new places to go outside of airports now, to make the process easier. These are sponsored by IDEMIA at their IdentoGO centers, which may includes some Staples stores. Check on the Identogo webssite. Also, some corporations are providing the service to apply through them.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Intro to...Paris: Giverny - Monet's House

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5 TIPS TO KNOW WHEN VISITING GIVERNY, FRANCE: 

The Gardens and House of artist Claude Monet






View of the house from the Gardens (editorial use)

1. Visiting the Gardens is usually tourists' main objective. But try to visit the house. It helps to make the visit to Giverny complete. Buy a combo ticket and plan to stay in Giverny for the day. Finish up with the Musee des Impressionmisme down the street.



2. Visiting the house also makes you feel like you are getting to know Monet personally. Studying the art is one thing (always an insight to an artist's soul). See where he lived makes it intimate.



3. Even if you're not into art, you'll love the architecture and the era of the house. Monet loved Giverny and lived there from 1883 until he died in 1926. It seems as if the past and present are in the house at the same time, even almost 100 years later.



4. You may feel inspired to create. Monet helped to inspire the Giverny Colony of impressionist artists who started living there circa 1887. If you're a beginner, the gift shop will help you get started. You can also take home a little bit of Monet with you in many forms from socks to umbrellas.



5. The house and gardens were declared public in 1980 after extensive renovations and the creation of The Foundation Claude Monet. You can walk around on your own or take a guided tour.


The Gardens from the House: a view to be envied


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Saturday, April 5, 2014

How to Travel: Part 3 -Electronics 5 Tips +1

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HOW TO TRAVEL: PART 3 -
Travel with Your Electronic Devices
5 Tips +1

Always check with your airline before you travel for the latest regulations about traveling with electronics. Here are some that I find helpful to travel with. 



1. Smartphone: today's mobile phones are nothing short of modern technology gone wild. All you have to do is make a wish and an app will grant it. Smartphones can: record/edit a photo, video, voice memo; take notes; receive emails (with your confirmations for hotel reservations, flights or tickets); be used to take a picture of your parking space (!); contain books, play television shows, music or movies, catch up on the news; be a GPS device, entertain your toddler and more. Invest in a shockproof/waterproof case and you are good to go.




2. Tablets: So, if smartphones can do all that, why carry a tablet? I can't answer for everyone, but for me, it's for a few reasons: books, movies and games on a larger screen. A PDF app will hold my travel confirmations.


3. Cameras: I still see many people carrying cameras on vacation. If you are into better quality photos and videos, invest in a lightweight but high quality camera. As a photographer, I own a few cameras but if you only carry one, I recommend a waterproof photo camera, great for all scenarios.




External Hard Drive: My Passport by Western Digital

4. For road trips, laptop: For heavy duty operations, the laptop beats all. Of course, this is not what you take on day trips. But, when you return to the hotel room, hook up the gadgets and download your data. Invest in an external hard drive and you won't run out of space and you'll back up that precious information.


Multi port chargers/adaptors

5. Multiple charger: To minimize space and weight, use a multiple charger with many ports. At least one port should have enough amps for the full size tablet (very important!!). Check to see that your device's charging system is not proprietary (meaning that you have to carry its specific cord and charger).



Mesh Bag
Cord Wrap by Bobino

6. Mesh storage bags and cord keepers: To get on the plane and to make life organized, carry mesh bags: for the cords and for the charger(s).  



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