Heads up, travel friends – the U.S. State Department has issued a new travel advisory that urges United States citizens to “exercise increased caution” when traveling to the Peoples’ China. Similar advisories are out for citizens of Algeria, Antarctica, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark, Myanmar, and the United Kingdom.
We posted a while back how easy it is for thieves to break into electronic hotel safes. Several people who read it said they leave their valuables in their suitcases because they keep them locked with TSA compliant locks, so people can’t get in and take their stuff.
We hate to tell them, and you, but it’s even easier to break into a zippered suitcase with a lock than it is to break into a hotel safe. Watch:
If you travel a lot, you know there are some places that may not be as safe as others. Your Mileage May Vary in terms of what you do with that knowledge. But whereas you may know that a particular country may have a high crime rate, you may not be so sure about how certain places rank if you needed emergency medical assistance or how safe their roads are. Well, there may not be an app for that…but there’s an interactive map for it!
A few airlines have tried to make their safety spiels interesting, with varying degrees of success. The live ones can be pretty good when you have flight attendants who are creative and work for an airline that allows them to make the announcement more interesting. Of course, if you have boring flight attendants, or are on an airline where fun isn’t allowed to enter the picture, then you’ve got the same old, same old. Fortunately, there are plenty of good ones out there, and they’ve been saved for everyone’s future enjoyment, if you look long and hard enough on YouTube….
Who doesn’t love a road trip? Your spend hours in the car, talking, singing (OK maybe arguing a little bit here and there), seeing parts of the country that you may have never seen before.
We’ve given some advice for road trips in the past, from how to find out what restaurants, gas stations, hotels, etc. will be at the next exit, to learning what kind of interesting things will be along your route, to the pros and cons of the various map/GPS programs out there and even what to bring and NOT to bring in your suitcase. But what you bring specifically for the actual road trip can be just as important as all of those and, in some extreme cases, might just save your life.