Travel Tips

Tax Free Shopping Abroad

2017-04-23T23:46:54+00:00 April 23, 2017|Travel Tips|

Many countries impose a Value Added Tax (VAT) of up to 25% on goods and services purchased for consumption within the country. Unlike sales tax in the U.S., the VAT tax is built into the price, so you won’t see a separate line item on your receipt. If you are a big shopper, the VAT [...]

Travel Gear

2017-02-05T22:56:16+00:00 February 5, 2017|Travel Tips|

We've tried a lot of travel gear and gadgets over the years. Some were great, and others - not so much. Here are our favorite travel companions.   Carry-on Bag This carry-on bag rocks! It has wheels and also converts into a backpack. The backpack feature came in handy when we had to carry all [...]

Travel Mishaps from our Trip Around the World

2017-02-05T23:20:28+00:00 March 11, 2015|Travel Tips, World Trip|

An incredible adventure with a few mishaps along the way Travel always brings some degree of risk – especially an extended trip around the world. Most of our mishaps were minor and we learned some good tips. I started writing this post when we returned from the world trip. Although it has taken way too [...]

How to Use Your iPhone Abroad

2017-01-17T04:25:28+00:00 November 20, 2013|Travel Tips|

Can't leave home without your iPhone? It is possible to use your iPhone in some countries without incurring high roaming fees by purchasing a sim card with a local phone number. See how... We frequently used our iPhones on the world trip for research, communication, and navigation. To avoid high roaming charges and service issues, [...]

Stomach Gone Amok

2017-02-05T23:20:17+00:00 March 18, 2013|Asia, Travel Tips|

Take-away lunch causes dysentery We thought it would be cool to try a traditional Cambodian dish from a local restaurant. But it caused a severe case of dysentery which put Michael in the hospital overnight and reinforced the value of travel health insurance. Getting ill while traveling is always a possibility, so it is good [...]

Travel Tech

2017-01-17T04:25:45+00:00 December 23, 2012|Travel Tips|

World Trip Technology Like many people, we are attached to our technology. And although we intend to relax and disconnect, we will bring some tech gear for communication, recreation, and safety. We wrote the original post as we planned the trip. Now that we have returned, we added updates on which travel tech was the [...]

Travel Health

2017-01-17T04:26:03+00:00 December 23, 2012|Travel Tips|

A shot in the arm (well - multiple shots) . . . As we planned our world trip, one of the many things on the to-do list was to protect our health. Since the adventure included so many places, there was a lot to research. Travel Vaccines The first step was to determine which countries [...]

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