An Australian woman has been traveling the world with a life sized cardboard cutout of her husband since 2017 and it’s not a weird as you would initially think.
You wouldn’t know it from looking at their website (well, unless you go all the way down to their Newsroom page), but McDonald’s has just launched its Worldwide Favorites Menu in the United States. And to celebrate (or maybe just advertise) it, they would accept any amount of foreign currency as payment. Of course, there was a catch – the offer was only good on Wednesday, June 6th, from 2pm to 5pm.
Fortunately, I had the time. And the coinage.
People are bringing their pets with them virtually everywhere nowadays. I mean, it’s just not unusual anymore to see a smaller pet on a plane in a carry-on bag. And more and more hotels are willing to accept pets, too.
Back when I was moving from New York to Florida in late 2000, the internet was not what it is today and I had a heck of a time researching hotel chains, finding places where my dog, Pippi, a 10-year-old toy/mini poodle, could stay with me. I discovered that virtually all Red Roof Inns were pet-friendly, so that’s the brand where we stayed the night the movers took our stuff and at our overnight “sorta halfway point” in Somewhere, South Carolina.
Nowadays you don’t have to go from hotel website to hotel website – it’s all listed on one convenient spot…
“We’re All Connected” is the slogan New York Telephone used to remind everyone that no one is further than a phone call away. I think today the slogan would be “We’re Always Connected” or that’s at least the way it feels. Don’t agree with me? What happens in your house when the internet goes out? Everyone becomes a member of tech support, trying to reset routers and checking connections so we can get back online. Forget if it’s an external problem and you need to use your phone’s connection. (Note from Sharon: Well, if you get decent reception in your house, anyway. We don’t.)
Travel used to be one of the times you’d be able to get away from it all if you wanted to, but that’s no longer the case. There’s hardly anywhere in the world you can be disconnected, whether on an island in the Maldives, in the middle of the ocean on a cruise line or 35,000 feet in the air on an airplane. Almost wherever you are, you’re not far from a WiFi connection.
So now that you’re only a second away from being online, what are your options for staying connected while traveling outside your home country? Continue reading “What Are Your Internet Options When Traveling Internationally?”
If you read about travel a lot, you’ve most likely heard that in recent months, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) has been rolling out facial recognition technology at various airports. In fact, if you travel a lot, you may have already experienced it.
After an 18 month long “rolling out” period, facial recognition technology was officially implemented at its first airport, JFK, in November 2018. It’s now in use for international departures at multiple large airports such as those in Miami, San Jose, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and Orlando, and the goal is for the technology to be in place to scan 97 percent of all outbound international travelers by 2021, despite questions about its legalities and bias.