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Round the World Trip 2014: Part 2

Part 2: North America Flights SFO-JFK Virgin America VX24 Main Cabin Express: I started the trip from Palo Alto by taking Uber to Caltrain then BART to SFO. I had already checked in on my iPhone 6 and had my boarding pass in Passbook. Whizzing through the PreCheck security line I was at...

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Round the World Trip 2014: Part 1

How it Started?: When I was surfing around FlyerTalk one night, I came across a “mistake fare” post. Etihad was offering one-way flights for $995 from CMB (Colombo, Sri Lanka) to DFW (Dallas Fort Worth, TX) flying First Class/Suite Class. I booked the flight not knowing what to do for the...

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National Car Rental: Emerald Club Executive Status

When renting a car, most companies are always trying to upsell you on all their add-ons (fuel, insurance, etc.). Over the years and with my Dad’s recommendation, I’ve found it very easy to use National’s Emerald Aisle service. You book an intermediate car and you have a choice of any...

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How to Prepare for an International Trip

Over the past 2 years, I’ve compiled a list of items I always take care of prior to departure and what to pack for an international trip. What am I missing? Comment below… Prior to Departure: -Set cell phone voicemail passcode/pin to retrieve messages remotely (Using Skype, call your # and during...

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International MiFi Rental Deal (Groupon)

XCom Global just announced a 3 day sale for 3 or 7 day rentals through Groupon: http://www.groupon.com/deals/xcom-global-4 Only $19.99 for 3 day or $49.99 for 7 day rental (plus $29.99 for shipping). Additional days are $14.95 per day. I highly recommend it in a previous post and wanted to make sure...

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Geotagging (GPS) your Smartphone Photos

When looking back at pictures from a trip sometimes you wish you could of known where the photo was taken. With the help of smartphones, we now have the option to include GPS coordinates to map out the location. Traveling abroad most people don’t want to incur roaming charges so...

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Voice & Text: Traditional vs. High Tech Options

While traveling the world you become more aware of how traditional options to stay in contact aren’t as feasible to use in all places. A couple of factors are coverage, cost and ease of use. During my normal day, I place calls on my cell phone to talk with friends &...

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Hertz Supercars: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

While in San Diego for a weekend this past July, I decided to rent the Corvette Stingray that Hertz just added to their fleet. Upon arrival, it was waiting for me just outside the Gold Booth. I grabbed the keys from the booth and off I went. It was delivered to...

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Asia Sampler 2014: Part 3

Part 3: Our adventure home from BKK-LAX with stops in Hong Kong and Seoul BKK-HKG THAI Air TG600 Royal Silk Class: When we woke up at 5AM in Bangkok it was the final sprint of the trip with 35 hours to go until LAX. We had to get to Seoul for our flight back to...

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Asia Sampler 2014: Part 2

Part 2: Intra-Asia Flights TPE-KUL EVA Air BR227 Premium Laurel Class: After an overnight stay at the Novotel TPE hotel we were off to Kuala Lumpur. We went to the EVA Air Lounge to grab a small bite to eat prior to the flight but after a large breakfast at the hotel...