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Travel in the Old Days

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I first started traveling internationally around the turn of the last century.  At that time, I had a cell phone that charged me $9 a minute for international calls.  There were no smart phones and Google Maps was only available on a computer.

It was a different world then, but it was nothing like what travel was like in the 1960s-1980s.


The article below shares the adventures of several women who traveled internationally 40+ years ago.  We really don’t appreciate how easy we have it today.


What Solo Travel Was Like Before Smartphones and Google Maps

Coming Back to the USA Just Got Easier

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For the last six months, all US citizens flying back to the USA  from Europe, Brazil, and China have been funneled through one of only 15 American airports.  Those airports were equipped for the “advanced Covid-19 screening” the government deemed necessary for travelers coming from high risk countries.


As of today, this rule is no longer in effect.  The government has essentially stopped screening incoming passengers for illness.  Of course, this new ruling was leaked.  The government seems to want to limit this information to avoid public outcry.  The news broke on the websites below.  Read more about the change there.

New COVID Screening Policies for International Passengers Flying Into U.S.


White House orders end to COVID-19 airport screenings for international travelers



Quarantined From Work?

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Many businesses are requiring employees to use sick leave to quarantine from work after traveling internationally.  Those business state they are just following CDC guidelines, but I have a sneaking suspicion that they are attempting to penalize employees who have the temerity to take a vacation during the pandemic.


If you are one of those unfortunate employees, please be aware that the rules just changed.  The CDC no longer recommends a two-week quarantine period for returning travelers.  Of course, the CDC made the changes with little public fanfare last week.  You likely haven’t heard the details.

Check out the link below for all the information you need.


What to Know About Changes to the CDC’s 14-Day Quarantine Travel Policy


How Covid-19 is Affecting Air Travel

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This post is just a quick note to highlight some of the travel changes in the wake of Covid-19.  I flew domestically last month.  There were not many changes other than the fact that the airlines required masks and that there was no meal/drink service on board.

I’m flying internationally this week.  I’ll update you with more information after my trip.  Until then, here are some references to help you navigate travel in the pandemic age.

U.S. Airlines Are Now Banning This Kind of Face Mask

Don’t plan on flying if you are wearing a mask with an exterior vent valve.  Open chin bandanna face coverings are also prohibited.


The Odds of Catching Covid on a Flight Are Slim

“What Barnett came up with was that we have about a 1/4300 chance of getting Covid-19 on a full 2-hour flight — that is, about 1 in 4300 passengers will pick up the virus, on average. The odds of getting the virus are about half that, 1/7700, if airlines leave the middle seat empty. He’s posted his results as a not-yet-peer-reviewed preprint.

The odds of dying of a case contracted in flight, he found, are even lower — between 1 in 400,000 and 1 in 600,000 — depending on your age and other risk factors. To put that in perspective, those odds are comparable to the average risk of getting a fatal case in a typical two hours on the ground.”


Flying in 2020 and 2021: How Airlines Are Adapting and How Passengers Can Stay Safe

Some interesting predictions about upcoming changes in the airline industry.


This CEO has flown 33 times and spent 160 nights away this year. Here’s his safety routine

These practices seem a bit extreme to me, but if you are truly paranoid about catching the Coronavirus while traveling, here are some ideas that may help.




RYP Talks Travel Gear

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Robert Young Pelton is my travel hero.  I chose the subtitle of my book “Safe Travel in Dangerous Places” as a way of paying homage to Pelton’s epic tome The World’s Most Dangerous Places.  It may be the most thorough travel book ever written.


In the article below, Mr. Pelton shares some thoughts about travel luggage and equipment.  There is a lot of years of distilled wisdom in that piece.


Robert Young Pelton’s Travel Gear And Equipment Tips


If you haven’t read Pelton’s book The World’s Most Dangerous Places, your travel education is incomplete.





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Do You Travel With Your Dog?

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If any of you regularly travel with your furry family members, this article may be useful for you.


Apps For Dogs When You Travel


The author links to three very useful travel apps for dog owners.  If you have a K-9 companion, check them out.


Fluent in Three Months

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Fluent in Three Months is one of the best language learning site on the web.


Benny makes it a project to move to a different country every few months and learn the language as quickly as possible.  He shares is journey and methods on his blog.


If you haven’t read anything from Benny, I would suggest you start with the following articles.  These are indispensable strategies if you would like to learn another language.

Interview #2 with Tim Ferriss: Intensive Language Learning and the Tim Ferriss Experiment


16 Free Online Italian Language Lessons


The Best Way to Meet People While Travelling (Even if You’re Shy)


25 Typical British Slang Words that Every English Learner Should Know




International Police Corruption

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A short informative article that quickly explains the basis for some of the third world police corruption that you’ll see if you travel.

How The Police Make Money In Bangladesh (And Most Other Countries)


Americans get all worked up over this, but I suggest you deal with it like the locals. Try to avoid the cops at all costs. If accosted, give a small bribe.


It’s important to know what the local bribery rate is so you don’t get overcharged as a foreigner. I find this information out by asking my first taxi driver. “Are the police corrupt here?” Inevitably, they will answer “yes.” My next question is “How much money do they ask for if you are stopped?” Taxi drivers know the drill and will give you the information you need.


Most of the time it’s easier just to give up the $5-$20 rather than fight or argue with the cop for hours and risk the chance of getting arrested if he plants some drugs in your car or on your person.

You can find a lot more information in the chapter on bribery in Choose Adventure- Safe Travel in Dangerous Places.



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Worldwide Airport Security Measures

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This is a very informative article about how security practices differ in other countries

Does More Security at Airports Make Us Safer or Just Move the Targets?

Not surprisingly, the article concludes that more security doesn’t always keep you safer.  If you are interested in airport security, you may also want to read Seven Ways to Stay Safe in Airports.


How Thieves Operate

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This is a fairly in-depth article about the way that thieves operate in foreign countries.  It’s well worth the few minutes it takes to read it.  Almost all the thefts I’ve seen in my foreign travels has fit into one of the author’s categories.  Highly recommended.

Top 10 types of travel theft (and how to be safe)