Smarter Travel

Written By: jeff

Posted On: July 23rd, 2011

Tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of when the world learned of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham. Few discoveries have set alight the travel imaginations of the world like this one. In 2007, I set off to discover Machu Picchu on my own. I had a bit of guilt about not hiking the […]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: July 12th, 2011


You need some travel advice, you go searching for it, and you get lost and overwhelmed searching for an answer on the web. Of course, you know you can always contact me, but maybe you want to hear from more travel folks. Now there’s an easy way for you to get answers to your questions […]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: July 7th, 2011

  You’ve gotten to your destination. You’ve been waiting the whole trip to get there. And, all you want is that iconic photo of you in front of the monument, the landscape or with the animals. And, you’re not alone. You start scanning the crowd. ¨Who should I ask to take my picture?¨ Finally, your […]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: May 19th, 2011

In my previous posts, I told you why you need to ditch your cell phone carrier, how to get an unlocked cell phone, and compared the costs for you to show you how much you can save. Of course, all that assumed that you will be traveling with a cell phone. But, if you want […]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: May 12th, 2011

Sometimes our need for convenience, for things to ¨just be easy¨ winds up screwing us.  Such is the case with international cell phone service. It starts with the belief that the only place to get a cell phone is at the service provider’s store. And, the only way to buy service is to pre-pay for […]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: May 5th, 2011

Your US cell phone is locked. If you’re like me, you didn’t even know that. I certainly didn’t know what that really meant before I started traveling. As long as your cell phone use is primarily in the US, it really doesn’t matter. Buying a cell phone typically happens at the time you select your […]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: April 28th, 2011

Figuring out the logistics of staying in touch while you travel are important. Luckily the spread of the internet worldwide means that you likely won’t have to go long without access. But, then comes the question, what to do about the cell phone.  Fear not! Your cell phone provider is going to have a solution […]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: January 5th, 2011


Part of the fun of planning a long-term trip, whether it be around the world, or focused on a couple of continents, is dreaming about the possibilities.  Where you leave from is the easiest part. From then on, it’s all possibilities.  Not only did I use Airtreks on my career break and round the world […]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: August 3rd, 2010

global entry program

Back in April 2010, I was approved for admission into the US Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) program, Global Entry, which promises to get frequent international travelers through the immigration lines quickly.  In June, when I returned to the US for the first time since I was accepted, I was anxious to see what […]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: April 12th, 2010

Jeff checking out the iPad

Staying connected and entertained on my career break were ongoing priorities. And, Apple over the years has served me well.  With my Macbook and iPods (yes plural), I could blog, email, manage my photos and listen to music along the way.  I even stayed in touch with a couple of TV shows that I just […]

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