Snippets from the Road

Snippets from the Road

WHAT AIRLINES FREEBIES DO YOU TAKE?

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A recent Wall Street Journal column identified how airlines continue to up their game in order to entice premium passengers, many of whom still pay full fare, with freebies (i.e., swag).   Items might include duvet covers, branded shot glasses, playing cards and pajamas.  Suffice to say, they dislike the increased cost to do so.

 

 

While amenity kits continue to be provided — with things like socks, eyeshades and toothpaste — and are easy for passengers to take, apparently some fliers are walking off with bedrolls as well.

On a recent flight from London-LAX, I had the pleasure of flying First Class and cannot personally imagine walking off with something akin to a sleeping bag (shown below).  Wowza.  A small throw blanket possibly.

 

Pillows & Blankets from AA First Class

 

Maybe the pajamas (typically not in “my” color).

 

I would keep these!

 

The question is:  What would you take with you??

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GREAT INFO FROM AFRICAN SAFARI EXPERTS

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If you’ve been you know this stuff.  If you’re planning on going, you need to know this stuff.  I’m sharing a link to some great advice from experts on the stuff.  This info is primarily about packing but provides a lot of insight into a safari.  May I add, safaris are the one type of travel that need long-range planning.  I’m doing just that for a family safari in … 2020.

Here you go — click HERE for the link.  My photos from Kruger National Park, 2016.

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HOW THE FRENCH DO IT … TASTE FIRST

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Did you know that the French, when they happen by a restaurant — whether in Paris or elsewhere — will ask for a piece of bread before committing?  If the bread is good, they believe, then the restaurant is and the whole meal will be good.  Makes sense to me.

Communicated to me by a reader/friend — formerly from Los Angeles (and hubby’s client) who spent three years in Paris and now resides in Ecuador.  Yes, we’ve visited him.

I wonder if I can try this with jewelers??

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TO VISA OR NOT TO VISA??

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When checking Visa requirements for your destination, be sure to read the fine print!  Recently found out the hard way that, in some cases, the destination of your onward travel might impact whether or not a Visa is granted for your destination.  Granted this is a remote case, but who knew?  Not available in this instance was an “on-the-spot” Visa (online or at an airport desk) which many travelers revert to if they neglect obtaining Visas prior to airport arrival.  Governments have “interesting” ways of garnering fees.  We nearly didn’t make it out of New Zealand when the hubby objected to being charged $25 per person to leave the country.   Can’t say I blame him …

 

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GLOBAL ENTRY

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Remember to update your Global Entry if you get a new Passport.  The new passport does not automatically connect to your GE information.  I found this out recently upon attempting to re-enter at LAX.  The reason was due to my new passport which had not been updated to GE.  Save yourself time and effort PRIOR to customs arrival.