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Pandemic Flight Precautions

Pandemic Flight Precautions 283 178 Greg Ellifritz

I just flew out to Phoenix, Arizona to take a training class.  It was my first flight since early February.  Flying in a mask was strange.  Both legs of my…

“Street Meat”

“Street Meat” 750 499 Greg Ellifritz

Most guidebooks will instruct you to “never eat street food.”   That’s bullshit.  Street food is often the safest option for travelers.  It’s prepared fresh and is still hot.  It…

Travel Log- Honduras

Travel Log- Honduras 620 465 Greg Ellifritz

*My Travel Log series describes various past travel adventures and provides perspective about living and traveling in different countries.  This particular segment covers a trip to Honduras in 2012.  …

FIELD STRIP: Makarov Pistol And Licensed Copies

FIELD STRIP: Makarov Pistol And Licensed Copies 660 495 Greg Ellifritz

Do you ever research which  guns are most prevalent in the foreign destination to which you are traveling? I do and I think it’s very important.  If you need a…

Pandemic Flight Precautions 283 178 Greg Ellifritz

Pandemic Flight Precautions

I just flew out to Phoenix, Arizona to take a training class.  It was my first flight since early February.  Flying in a mask was strange.  Both legs of my flight were completely full.  The planes and airports seemed exceptionally clean.  I guess it remains to be seen if all of these precautions worked, but…

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“Street Meat” 750 499 Greg Ellifritz

“Street Meat”

Most guidebooks will instruct you to “never eat street food.”   That’s bullshit.  Street food is often the safest option for travelers.  It’s prepared fresh and is still hot.  It hasn’t sat overnight on a rat and cockroach infested counter in a restaurant kitchen waiting to be rewarmed in a microwave.  Besides that.  It’s delicious. …

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Travel Log- Honduras 620 465 Greg Ellifritz

Travel Log- Honduras

*My Travel Log series describes various past travel adventures and provides perspective about living and traveling in different countries.  This particular segment covers a trip to Honduras in 2012.   I traveled down to Honduras to both celebrate my 40th birthday and learn to scuba dive.   I spent the majority of my time on…

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FIELD STRIP: Makarov Pistol And Licensed Copies 660 495 Greg Ellifritz

FIELD STRIP: Makarov Pistol And Licensed Copies

Do you ever research which  guns are most prevalent in the foreign destination to which you are traveling? I do and I think it’s very important.  If you need a gun in a foreign country, it may not be the same gun you are used to carrying and shooting at home.  It’s best to have…

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Don’t Depend on the Police to Save You 634 389 Greg Ellifritz

Don’t Depend on the Police to Save You

The police in the developing world may not be as well trained or dedicated to the job as your local cops.   Read this article.   In an attack on Tunisian beach resort, the first cop who arrived refused to go after the killer because he (the cop) wasn’t wearing body armor (which likely wouldn’t have…

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Using Your Smart Phone Internationally 675 405 Greg Ellifritz

Using Your Smart Phone Internationally

This is a great website to bookmark if you are interested in communications issues.  It’s the best site  on the internet for comparing international SIM cards and data plans.  Read this article in particular: International SIM Card Comparison: Which Is Best?   For those of you who have never used your phone in another country,…

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ATM Card “Skimmers” in Foreign Countries 580 487 Greg Ellifritz

ATM Card “Skimmers” in Foreign Countries

As far as travel questions go, one of the most common inquiries I get is regarding how to safely make currency withdrawals from the bank and how to convert American dollars into the local currency.  I wrote an entire chapter on this topic in my book. Needing local currency is not as important as it…

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Travel Log- Colombia 300 225 Greg Ellifritz

Travel Log- Colombia

*My Travel Log series describes various past travel adventures and provides perspective about living and traveling in different countries.  This particular segment covers a trip through Colombia in 2012.   I just spent the last couple weeks doing some adventure travel through Colombia.  It had been one of the few South American countries that I…

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Drinking Alcohol Safely in Foreign Countries 540 720 Greg Ellifritz

Drinking Alcohol Safely in Foreign Countries

Have you heard news reports about tourists being served tainted, poisoned, or adulterated alcohol in foreign countries? It’s relatively rare, but it certainly happens.  There have been a couple recent articles written that provide tips to avoid being poisoned.  If you want some background info, check out: How to Drink Safely On Vacation Know the…

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Escaping Criminal Restraints 620 974 Greg Ellifritz

Escaping Criminal Restraints

Are you worried about being taken hostage in a foreign country?  You might like to read the article below.  It is a reasonably comprehensive primer on escaping criminal restraints that would be useful to all my friends who travel internationally.   How to Escape Handcuffs, Zipties, and Duct Tape   One additional escape tool that…

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