Where to Stash Your Cash

August 22, 2017

The Story. Many years ago I traveled with a group of students to study in Greece. After the semester we split into small groups to travel Europe. Unfortunately, some of our number did not get to enjoy the journey they had pIanned. As they slept in a train station, their backpacks were stolen. Without money or their passports, my friends could not continue.

Travel Tip. You may not be able to avoid theft in some areas of the world, including travel in the U.S., but a good tip is to plan ahead and “divide and conquer” as Phillip II of Macedon once said. Travel with small denominations and divide it up. Keep your passport and sufficient cash on your body, hiding it in separate locations: socks, underwear, the inside pockets in your jeans, under the inner sole in your tennies.  And how about these flip flops? Who thinks of these things?

A money belt is a definite and some are more discreet than others. Some money belts today have RFID protectors to thwart those high-tech thieves. Wear a money belt.

"You've got to pick a pocket or two," says Fagin ~Oliver Twist

"You've got to pick a pocket or two," says Fagin ~Oliver Twist

A Final Word. Make sure you have a back-up credit/debit card should one be lost or stolen. And leave those cards, and other wallet items, you will not use on your journey at home.

Planning ahead will make your journeys more joyful. After all you do want keep on Exploring.

Until next time, Happy  #TurtleTuesday

And continue to #ExploretheEdge

The File Drawer  

A tip for packing a suitcase and then FINDING your stuff

August 15, 2017

The Problem. Packing for a trip is not for the faint of heart. Being human, we need our stuff. And all that stuff doesn’t necessarily fit into a suitcase that airlines will allow, nor the trunk of a car for that matter. Humans often face a conundrum when they try to get their stuff from here to there. The hunter-gatherer days must have been much less stressful.

To the Rescue. As a Boomer I have at my fingertips (more or less, and oft times its less) a magnificent resource – a teenage granddaughter who knows all the tips and tricks about … well, let’s just say the stuff she knows falls well outside my areas of expertise. She’s wired.

Hey Kylie, remember when you went to Chicago and your suitcase looked like a file drawer? Will you help me do that?

The excellent result of the file drawer method of packing is this. When you’re on the road, moving from place to place, and never unpacking that suitcase completely, you can see everything at a glance. Your jeans aren’t buried under your shirts which are buried under your swimsuit, pajamas, and underwear. Under Kylie’s tutelage I learned how to fold everything into neat squares and then stack them neatly into an easily identifiable horizontal arrangement.

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Using this excellent filing system, I filed my shirts and blouses in a row from light to dark on the left side of the suitcase.  My pants are filed from dark to light on the right stacked neatly against the last shirt moving to the right.  Other miscellany is rolled and packed in the front. Voila’!  Three months of stuff in a single suitcase. The picture I found to illustrate is packed in columns. Mine, as I described is packed in rows.

Get the picture? If not go find a teenager. She’ll help you out.

In the meantime…Happy #TurtleTuesday and continue to #ExploretheEdge.

Exploring the Edge on the Cheap

August 8, 2017

You want to explore that exotic destination hassle free, and you want to fly cheap. If you’re flexible you’re in luck. Just fly when others don’t. Who are the Others you ask? They’re the business travelers and they tend not to travel on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. If you can, you should be looking for flights in the middle of the week. You can even find a cheap flight on Thursdays if you can book two to three months out. Those cut- rate last minute airline deals don’t exist anymore according to Ashley Halpern of New York Magazine. Instead, airlines up the ante to get the most out of those last minute business travelers, and you too if you don’t plan ahead.

Oh, also try to book your flights on Tuesdays. It seems to be our lucky day.

Until next week, get out there and see it all.

Lucky link

I used JustFly in May to find a ticket to Athens, Greece. Fair price, fair rules for cancellation.


August 8, 2017

The sea turtle is special in my life. She swims the seas freely leading to many discoveries in both the physical world and the spirit world.  

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Since I will search far and wide to find travel tips for you, my crew aboard this journey, I’ve invited my friend to come along. In fact, she will lead the way.

She loves #TurtleTuesday and suggested it would be a great day for #TravelTips. I’m sure you can guess why. Anyway, today is the first issue of #TurtleTuesdayTravelTips

Enjoy the journey.

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Where to Stash Your Cash

Aug 22, 2017

The File Drawer - A Tip for Packing your Suitcase

Aug 15, 2017

Exploring the Edge on the Cheap

Aug 8, 2017