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This travel information site is geared for travelers who wish to travel frequently; exploring, learning, and appreciating the geography, culture and history of the places being visited. We believe a balance of independent wandering and guided local wisdom ensures the richest experiences. We hope you will find this website useful in imagining and planning your travels.

 

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Scotland & Ireland

Mexico

Austro-Hungary

Mediterranean

Hawaii

Spain & Portugal

Baltic Cruise

Costa Rica & Panama

Caribbean Collection
 

Florida

 

 

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Gadgets and Apps

The advent of many new electronic devices, various travel gadgets and a range of mobile apps has made traveling more convenient, more organized, safer and more fun. The websites listed below offer some suggestions about travel accessories and gadgets. While some are just good geeky fun, others are quite essential; the accessories that add comfort while in flight or on the road, the packing tools that help keep clothing, toiletries and electronics organized; and, the electronics themselves. While many people do everything with their phones, we still travel with a digital camera, a tablet (with downloaded e-books and music), a laptop with photo-editing software and Skype installed, a noise-cancelling headset, a flash drive, and a variety of electronic chargers and adapters.  See:

 

The 19 Best Travel Accessories To Save Space, Time And Money In 2018

27 Travel Gadgets That Are Too Cool To Resist

The 15 Best Travel Gadgets You Can Buy in 2018

57 Brilliant Travel Accessories Every Traveller Must Have In 2019

 

In addition to these, there are some simple definitely low-tech items that we find essential for travelling: zip-lock bags in various sizes, reusable twist ties, hand sanitizer gel to be used copiously, a microfiber face cloth (not all accommodations supply these), a swiss army knife with multiple tools,  dryer sheets to keep luggage smelling fresh, a refillable water bottle, and yeah, a ballpoint pen, notebook and a discardable paperback book.

Keep a detailed list on file of essential items to pack

There are thousands of possible travel apps for Apple and Android devices. Some are better than others. They can be categorized as: mapping tools, including tools for finding wifi hotspots and public washrooms; booking tools for airlines, accommodations and land transport; and tracking tools for such things as noting the walking route you are taking, the times for the next bus arrival, etc.  The writers of the articles below have identified some of the best:

 

15 best travel apps for your next trip

Here are the 20 best travel apps for vacations and trips

The Best Travel Apps of 2018

The 10 Best Travel Apps for 2018

 

 

Two other suggestions we would make are to have a means for secure internet connections, and a means for accessing the internet without excessive roaming charges. We use Surfeasy, a paid subscription service that essentially creates a virtual private network. We can be assured that when we do online banking or other sensitive activities we are secure. We also have an unlocked cell phone which allows us to change Sim cards. We have purchased a Global Sim card for use in 85 countries. This is for making and receiving calls and messages only, not for data. Each call and sent message is billed at various rates to our account at recharge minutes.

For more ideas see:

Telestial

How To Stay Online When Travelling (And Avoid Roaming Fees)

 

 

 

 

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