Everyone is always talking about the ways to get good rates on hotels – using points, looking at websites like KAYAK, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Expedia, etc. However there’s one tried and true method that’s been working for over 100 years…
I’m not a gambler. I guess that’s why I’m not a fan of going to Las Vegas. On the other hand, I’ll gladly earn fewer rewards points for a purchase if the card provides better insurance coverage. I guess I’m willing to pay to limit my downside exposure but I don’t want to take risks for a large return.
That’s why I’m totally happy about spending $19 extra for coverage that I didn’t have to use on a recent trip.
When you go to a Disney park – any Disney park around the world – it’s designed and intended to immerse you by playing to all 5 senses. You can see the buildings, smell and taste a snack, touch (and purchase!) merchandise, and hear background music that matches whatever themed land, attraction, restaurant or even hotel you’re in.
Disney parks’ background music (BGM) is one of the ways to “bring you back” to your Disney vacation again and again. And best of all, it’s FREE! Back in the 80s and 90s, I used to bring a tape recorder with me, locate a speaker and audiotape the loop for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of my audiotape. It wasn’t great; it always sounded hollow, and had its own background sounds of the people passing by. But it was something ;-).
Fortunately, technology has improved substantially, so not only are mere mortals like us about to get clean, crisp digital copies of Disneyland and Walt Disney World BGM, thanks to the likes of YouTube, they’re right at our fingertips. Here’s a sampling of what’s out there:
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced last week that 6 more airlines have been added to the list of airlines that are available to offer TSA PreCheck.
If you’ve ever looked at the fine print regarding a cruise ship, you’ll find that the vast majority of the ones that sail to, from and around the United States are registered outside the U.S.. Whether it’s Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian or even as-American-as-apple-pie Disney Cruise Lines, their ships, along with over a thousand other cruise ships, tankers, bulk carriers and cargo ships, are registered in the small Bahamian capital of Nassau, while others may be registered in Panama, Bermuda, Italy, Malta and the Netherlands.
Why this is the case all comes down to one thing – money. Who’s surprised? Anyone? Bueller?
However, there is one (and only one!) ship that’s registered in the U.S. The reason why makes perfect sense, once you hear it. Take a look…