Help Us Plan Our Next Trip

Here we go again. It’s that time when I reach out to you, our readers, for suggestions. While we’ve visited London several times before, our trips have either been short stops or we’ve been busy doing other things, like the time Sharon was able to sing with her choir at Royal Albert Hall and I flew over for two days to see the concert and then flew home.

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Needless to say, those trips, while fun, didn’t have much time for sightseeing. And now, all of a sudden, we’re going to London for a week in just two months and have no idea what to do. We’ve covered most of the big tourist places already, like the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. We’ve also gone to Stonehenge and Oxford and don’t need to visit them again. We’ve been to the Harry Potter exhibit twice. I climbed to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral on our first trip and we went for tea in the crypt on our last trip.

The one thing we don’t need to see, but probably will, is more Harry Potter filming locations. It’s become a thing for us.

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How To Find Cheap Airfare

We’ve seen several people who have mentioned looking for advice to find cheap airfare, so we knew it was a topic we needed to address. Not knowing exactly how to start this post, I did what most people would do when asking the question, “How do I find cheap airfare?” I asked the interwebs.

The first few hits were from Online Travel Agencies like Expedia and Kayak. Not exactly what I was looking for. The next few hits were articles, so I checked out what they had to say and I found the same tips on several of these websites:

  • Be flexible with your travel dates
  • Be flexible about where you want to go
  • Fly budget airlines

Nope, nope and nope. So much for that approach.

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How to Donate Your Miles and Points to Support Hurricane Florence Victims

I know watching the news stories about the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence can make you feel helpless. The scope of this event just causes you to feel numb and you want to do something but don’t know how you can help.

Luckily, most of the airline and hotel programs are making it easy to contribute in any way you can. Even if you don’t have cash to spare, you can donate those random points you have here and there to the recovery effort. Face it, it’s better to donate them than redeem them for some magazines that you’ll never read.

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Help Us Plan Our Trip: What Should We Do In New Orleans?

The summer is (un)officially over and that means Sharon and I are going to start traveling again. We try to avoid traveling over the summer because, when kids are out of school, airline tickets from Orlando get more expensive and it’s also difficult for me to get time off from work. After Labor Day, our travels tend to pick up and we’ve sure got a bunch in store the next few months before the holiday seasons.

One trip we’re really looking forward to is a visit to New Orleans. Our trip there is long overdue and we’re fulfilling our promise made the beginning of this year to finally get there. I’m all booked with flights and hotel reservations but besides plans to meet with friends, nothing else is on the schedule.

We need your help!

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Should You Get a U.S. Passport Card?

You know what documents you need to get on an airplane. For most people in the U.S., you show your driver’s license to the TSA agent at the checkpoint. If you’re taking an international flight, you’ll have your passport with you and might use that instead. The TSA currently allows many different forms of identification to get past the security checkpoint. Here’s the list from tsa.gov:

  • Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
  • Permanent resident card
  • Border crossing card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
  • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
  • HSPD-12 PIV card
  • Foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
  • Transportation worker identification credential
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential

I’ve seen U.S. passport cards before but never thought they were good for much. When my dad showed me he had gotten one, I thought it was a waste of money since he also got his passport at the same time.

What can you use a U.S. passport card for, anyway?

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