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The Unspoken Rule(s) Of Travel

Chuck Fri, 2017-01-27 22:08
Our recent 5 hour layover in Tokyo notwithstanding, we've not spent time in Japan, but we understand that when you ride the Tokyo subway you are expected to maintain complete and respectful silence. If you utter as much as a snide harrumph , Japanese officials will forcibly remove you from the subway and brutally chastise you with chopsticks. For multiple offenses, you may be subjected to an even worse penalty: being made to watch Japanese television for an hour. The Japanese are renowned for their politeness. We joke about our own inexplicable behavior in thanking toll booth attendants who'...


Boat Cruise on Pasig River, Manila Philippines
Chuck Sat, 2017-01-21 05:32
We love Manila because they don’t charge us for plastic bags at the grocery. Just kidding. Well, maybe not really. “Love” of a city is a complex thing. People ask us all the time about our favorite places, and without thinking we typically respond, “Spain, Portugal, the Oregon coast, Paris, and Des Moines”. And maybe a few other favorite spots. Asian megacity Manila, capital of the Philippines, may never earn a ranking in our ad hoc list of favorite destinations in the world, but we can say we’ve been here, and it IS likely that we will return. And to be honest, we've never been to Des Moines...

#RTW2017: As Of Now

View From Delta Airplane Landing in Seattle, Mt Rainier in Background
Chuck Sat, 2017-01-14 00:59
If recent blogging behavior is any indication, you'll get infrequent and irregular communications from us as we work our way around the globe in 2017. Our “Round The World 2017” trip is, in fact, already underway: I pen this on my iPhone sitting by the pool of our highrise AirBnB place in Manila, the Philippines. Lest you think we live a glamorous life of jet setting leisure, it is somewhat humid here. And there is nobody around to bring us drinks. See what sacrifices we make for your travel blog reading enjoyment? We set out just over a week ago. As Weather Channel people issued dire...

TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and Foot Massages

Global Entry program logo
Chuck Sat, 2016-11-26 07:00
On our recent flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Atlanta, we were automatically given TSA Pre-Check status when we checked in with Delta. Of course we didn’t notice the little checkmark that graced our boarding passes until we approached the regular security line. Fortunately for us, an attendant checked our boarding passes and directed us to the Pre-Check line. So we walked an additional 50 yards or so and stood in the Pre-Check line. We very likely spent just as much time following this serendipitous process as we would have just getting in the plebe’s security line. But at least we didn’...

What a Trump Presidency Means for American Travelers

Donald J. Trump, America's first Orange President
Chuck Sat, 2016-11-12 07:00
If, by midnight on January 20 th , Inauguration Day, all Americans abroad are not home, they will come home to find the front doors locked, will have to sleep over at a friend’s, and will have a lot of explaining to do the next morning to avoid having their keys taken away and allowances cut off for a month. If you think the Trump election surprised a lot of Americans, then the rest of the world is in something of toupee shock (half comical finger pointing and half genuine astonishment). Our HomeAway.com host in Guadeloupe said it simply and best when he asked us, “Mr. Trump has a very bad...