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The Atlas 400
Wow, this sounds amazing. You can read about it in this Stansberry letter:
to-do-before-you-die  travel 
5 weeks ago by daguti
International calls when on Wi-Fi, why am I charged 20 cents a minute? What happened to free Wi-Fi calls? (which was how it was on google voice) : ProjectFi
Read all the comments, OP said that the problem is related to Thailand and others said that other countries have similar laws. VPN might work, or it might not.

Best to test before you have a long phone call.
google-project-fi  travel 
june 2018 by daguti
Best Credit Cards with No Foreign Transaction Fees: 2018 - The Points Guy
One thing to note: Most of These cards charge an annual fee - most are $95, but some are $450 or $550/year.

The Uber Visa is the only card on this list that has $0 fee and no foreign transaction fee, although the description seems to state that there might be a few others like this.

The rewards are kind of bunk, though:
- 4% back on restaurants takeout and bars, including UberEats (I don't eat out much)

- 3% back on airfare, hotel and vacation home rentals (I don't travel much)

- 2% back on online purchases including Uber, online shopping, video and music streaming services (certain online purchases are excluded, including third-party payment services) --- (I don't want to figure out what online thing is not going to count)

- 1% back on all other purchases (this is half what other cards offer for "general purchases"

This card might be worth it to keep around for once-a-month use (to keep it active) and then exclusively for foreign transactions.

In short:
It's only worth it if the annual fee is outweighed by the benefits you get, (i.e. more than $95/year in savings on foreign transaction fees, rewards or other benefits like concierge, travel reimbursement, etc)

travel credit-cards frugality
travel  credit-cards  frugality 
march 2018 by daguti
Rental Car Insurance: How Your Credit Card Covers You - NerdWallet
Near the bottom, it covers the Amex Premium Car Rental Protection product that I have on my Amex card. The salient points are:

- it is primary coverage
- you are auto-charged ~$25 when you rent a car using your Amex card
- $25 covers the entire rental period up to 42 days
- coverage is completely excluded in: Australia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica & New Zealand
cars  money-insurance-car  travel  tips-n-tricks  Reference 
february 2018 by daguti
The trick to cutting your airfare prices in half - Business Insider
Book exactly 54 days in advance for the best price.= suggested by the CEO of CheapAir. Maybe check them out, too.
travel  airlines  frugality  tips-n-tricks  airfare 
january 2018 by daguti
We’re the researchers who conducted a study analyzing 839 Airbnb guest horror stories to see what’s most likely to go wrong with your next stay. In the process, we also uncovered multiple dangerous loopholes & scams that are going unchecked. Ask us an
We've gotten lucky with AirBNB's, but there are some that seem to be outright scams. Take the case of the place in Barcelona where their room got burglarized on the last day, last few hours of their trip. No one is going to cancel their trip home just to file a police report. Hence, the crooked landlords do this to every tenant. In some cases, it's worth paying the extra cost of a real hotel to ensure your safety.
airbnb  warnings  travel 
december 2017 by daguti
Should straight women go to gay bars? A drag queen reports on the lady invasion.
survival-urban = This might not seem like it has anything to do with urban survival, but replace "gay bar" with "Muslim country" or "potentially hostile territory" and you see how it behooves you to fit in, go with the flow and behave yourself. When in Rome, do as the Romans.
survival-urban  culture  travel  sexuality-homo 
november 2017 by daguti
Travel Guides & Local Maps | Discovery Map®
These are the cartoon maps you see at tourist destinations.
maps  travel 
november 2017 by daguti
The digital nomad's guide to flying cheap every single time
Not a lot of meat, but it does mention some tools to use:

- Hipmunk, which I've used before
- Google Flights to compare prices
- Skyscanner
- watch fare tracking websites like Skiplagged, The Flight Deal, TravelZoo and Travel Pirates.
airfare  travel  frugality 
august 2016 by daguti
How to board a plane after being pickpocketed | WCNC.com
ID is not required to travel within the US or NAFTA. Read the article for specifics.

1) Keep ID in safe place.
2) Keep important documents separate, i.e. passport in hotel safe and license in wallet (in case you're mugged, you still have one)
3) upload copies online so you can show to the embassy if needed
keywords: board , plane , without, id , mugged , identification , tsa
travel  tips-n-tricks  crime-theft 
july 2016 by daguti
Uses for UV flashlight? - The Garage Journal Board
UV Flashlight has many uses in many different situations: making sure your hotel room/bed is free of urine or sperm [TRAVEL], finding rodent pee [FOOD INDUSTRY], counterfeit bill detection [RETAIL] ..............
travel  tools  projects-w-ted-rocknjoe 
december 2015 by daguti
Russian aviation official says Metrojet plane was 'destroyed in the air'
Another article (saw it in passing last night) said that Russia's small airlines have a dismal safety record.
news  2015  airplanes  disaster-man-made  disaster  travel  warnings  countries-russia 
november 2015 by daguti
How to - Imgur
Tips tips and more tips on how to do everything from getting and wearing a proper suit to avoiding common travel scams to reading faster, learning Russian, survival tips, tying knots. ........... cooking = see "Manly tips" for some interesting steak reference and info I didn't know (prime vs choice, different cuts, etc)
howto  tips-n-tricks  travel  warnings  knots  survival  cooking 
december 2014 by daguti
rose island lighthouse / weeklong keepers
A light house keeper for a week. (in Newport, RI)

Book far in advance! Usually booked 2 years ahead of time!
to-do-before-you-die  to-do-ri  travel  travel-couchsurfing 
december 2014 by daguti
Airport workers of reddit, what are some travel secrets travelers aren't aware of ? : AskReddit
Travel w a starter pistol inn your checked bag and it gets special escort to and from the plane. That bag will never be lost. Be sure to declare it and have it in a hard sided case. Also, this may only work in the US. Lots of other good tips, read the whole thread...
travel  tips-n-tricks  airport  hotels 
may 2014 by daguti
Stop Accumulating Stuff And Start Accumulating Experiences | Co.Exist | ideas impact
Reminds me of that quote or idea from "Vagabonding" --> see slide 11 of this Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/RolfPotts/vagabonding-rolf-potts-31-favorite-travel-quotes/11 ============================== "Step three is the best bit. It's a game I think of as the Brewster's Millions game. It's inspired by the 1902 novel and the 1985 movie, where Brewster has to spend $30 million in a month, and have nothing material to show for it at the end. To play properly, you don't have to spend the full $30 million, but you do have to spend the same amount you would normally spend in a month, and still have nothing physical at the end."
minimalism  travel 
april 2014 by daguti
30 Pilots And Flight Attendants Confess The Best Kept Secrets You Don’t Know About Flying | Viral Quake
4?-Don't fly your pets: The noise on the ramp is unbearable. =============== 27-Take batteries out of your devices (and toys!) or you'll be pulled off the plane when it vibrates or makes noise.
airplanes  travel  secrets 
march 2014 by daguti
Amtrak Writer's Residency is a Dream Made True by Social Media
going-above-and-beyond = You wouldn't think something like Amtrak needs exposure, but they do. ------------------------------ Also, this is a good example of a marketing tactic that doesn't directly promote your business, but promotes the things "around" your business.
writing  travel  to-do-before-you-die  transportation-train  startups-going-above-and-beyond  marketing-social-media-campaigns 
march 2014 by daguti
Secrecy at the Border - On The Media
1) Ship laptops and other devices separately from your person. 1.1) Full, encrypted laptop backup in the cloud 1.2) Full laptop encryption 1.optional) Do the TrueCrypt thing: encrypt only part of the hard drive on a hidden partition. This will make the hard drive appear smaller than what the physical label on the outside of the hard drive says, so get a label made to match the new size (or the "public", unencrypted portion of the hard drive.) ================= 2) Full cell backup & encryption 2.1) Remove anything "private" - Gmail, Goog Docs, private pics 2.2) Have a plan to get a temporary/disposable phone at your new destination 2.3) Forward Google Voice to the new ph# 2.optional) Use a decoy cell phone. Hide or ship your main phone. ================= 3) Tell multiple (non-traveling) family and friends when and where you are traveling, things to do if you disappear, in waves (for example: day 1: notify employer, family, feed petse, etc) after 1 week: these bills are due, day 10:
privacy  freedom  terrorism-dont-erode-freedoms  fight-the-g  travel  warnings  police-abuses  howto 
march 2014 by daguti
Why Buy A House When You Can Buy A Mountain? : NPR
"It started as a way for young tech founders to get together and share ideas, but it's grown to include leaders in business, entertainment and philanthropy. By buying a mountain, Summit's going beyond building conferences. It's now trying to build a permanent place. The team wants Powder Mountain to be a new creative center to incubate ideas, host events and let smart people come together in a place where they can let their guards down. Spending time with Summit can feel like being at summer camp for grown-ups — the highly produced convenings mix serious talks with ideas and adventure. It's like Davos for millennials."
travel  real-estate  to-do-before-you-die 
november 2013 by daguti
Valendr0s comments on What are some useful secrets from your job that will benefit customers?
Use incognito mode when you shop for things online, especially airline tickets. Also, check from different computers in different areas (i.e. east vs west coast), at different times of the day.
travel  frugality 
april 2013 by daguti
The Booster Bag Scam
When carrying a travel bag, purse, briefcase, etc: If you're not walking, the item goes between your legs. If you're sitting, the strap goes around your ankle. (or less preferably, the chair's leg)
crime-scams-or-ripoffs  travel  warnings  video 
february 2013 by daguti
How to Sharply Reduce Your Restaurant Bill at Airports - LockerGnome
- Bring an empty water bottle, fill it at a fountain after you pass through security.
- bring snacks and treats that are non-liquid and don’t require refrigeration. Better yet, bring a bagged lunch that does not contain liquids so you can make it through security.
- Shop around. The Sam Adams restaurant served a plain hot dog and coke for $17, while the vendor down the hall served a hot dog with everything and the same drink for $12
- Well known chains usually have the best deals: McDonald's or Burger King
- Lines at a vendor are usually there because the seasons travelers know it's worth the wait for the quality+cost savings.
frugality  airport  travel 
november 2012 by daguti
This is what I do…in Thailand | Waterlily
This is the girl that Catherine and I met in Portland, ME. I knocked over her scarf stand by accident.
travel-couchsurfing  travel-backpacking-asia  to-do-before-you-die  travel 
october 2012 by daguti
Pitcairn Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
With only about 48 inhabitants[3] (currently from four main families: Christian, Warren, Young, and Brown), Pitcairn is the least populous jurisdiction in the world.
world-records  travel 
july 2012 by daguti
The Gear of Life Nomadic - TYNAN
Travel the world with just a single backpack (smaller than a middle school kid's backpack) and the clothes on your back.

two updates to this list are here:
survival-urban  travel-couchsurfing  travel-backpacking-asia  travel 
june 2012 by daguti
Travel Vest from SCOTTEVEST/SeV - Men's Travel Vest with Hidden Pockets- Our Best Travel Vest - Clothes for Travel much better than a Money Belt or Fanny Pack
- With 22 pockets, it's like a bonus carry-on!
- Breeze through security - just slip off the vest
- Much better than a money belt or fanny pack
travel  clothing  tips-n-tricks 
september 2011 by daguti
Tours, small ship cruises, river cruises and family travel adventures at Tauck.com
Read about this company in the book "Rich Like Them" - this is an "off the beaten path" travel company - they do helicopter trips to glaciers and scenic backroad tours of Europe.
travel  to-do-before-you-die 
september 2011 by daguti
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