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What do psychics say about the future of travel?

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Here’s an entertaining article the likes of which I’ve never seen before.  In it, five different psychics report their predictions for the future of travel.


Here’s What Travel Will Look Like in 2021, According to Psychics


If you don’t trust the psychics, you can see what a lot of travel experts are predicting in the article below.


No return to ‘normal’: Travel industry leaders weigh in on the future


I don’t think either group can possibly predict what will happen in the years to come.  I find it best not to get my hopes up.  I’ll just wait and see what happens, adjusting my travel plans as necessary.



European Train Travel

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I’ve done overnight trains in South America and South East Asia.  I think it’s actually a pretty fun way to travel (if you bring your own food and alcohol).

I would certainly do some of these new European routes.  Check out the article below to see how sleeper train service is being improved in Europe.


New Sleeper Train Services Announced Across Europe

Best US Hiking Trails?

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I’ve long enjoyed hiking.  I’m getting reacquainted with longer hikes now that I’m retired and have more time.  I’ve been averaging hiking about 25 miles a week so long as the weather cooperates.


I regularly use the AllTrails app on my phone to suggest good nearby trails.


The App owners tallied the ratings on all of the trails in their system and listed the favorite trails by each state.  Check out the article below.

Best hiking trails in every US state


All of the listed trails in my home state (Ohio) are more than a two-hour drive away from me.  I haven’t hiked any of them.  I wonder if there is a location bias.  All of the Ohio trails are near a large population center (Cleveland/Akron).  More people probably means more ratings.

I would guess that some of the remote trails in SE Ohio that get less traffic may even be better experiences than the listed trails.




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