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CREDITABLE: Who Am I

Explorer (Road Scholar) | Travel Log: 78+ countries (6 continents) + All 50 U.S. States…

Countries I’ve Visited:

Seen so far… 78+ Countries: Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Korea, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States (Puerto Rico, Saint Thomas, Washington D.C.), Uruguay, Vatican City State, Virgin Islands

U.S. States I’ve Visited: 

Seen all 50 States: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, TEXAS, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Countries and U.S. States I’ve Lived In:

Afghanistan, Belgium, United Kingdom, United States (Hawaii, Florida, Nevada, Puerto Rico, TEXAS, Virginia)

Future Trips: 

UK to CAIRO (40 weeks) Trans Africa Overland Expedition (26+ Countries)  starting in early November 2018 to August 2019…

Travel: Africa Route

KNOW THYSELF: What Traveler Type Are You?

Three different quizzes to choose from:

LOCATION / PLACES: Where do you want to go?

Things to consider:

Cost / Expense

  • Cost Tip:
    • Move from Expensive to Cheaper Destination:
      • It is easier to budget your money by first visiting an expensive destination by spending less there.
      • Passing on the money/savings to a cheaper destination to enjoy more there.
    • Travel in a circle (Clockwise or Counterclockwise) from Entry/Departure airport to save money.
    • Advance expense index data location: DoD Defense Travel Management Office Per Diem Rates Query
  • Google Search: Travel Cost
  • Hopper (app) (no ads) – A mobile application that uses big data (Three & half years of data) to predict (one year in advance) and analyze airfare (within $5) consequently it provides travelers with the information they need to get the best deals on flights, and notifies them when prices for their flights are at their predicted lowest points.
  • Wikivoyage – Public domain and user-contributed travel information.

Time of Year / Season / Weather

  • Weather Tip:
    • Cold/Cool to Warm destinations (More stuff to carry to less stuff)
  • Best Time To Go – Best month to travel to some of the most popular cities. Get info on weather, cost of living, holidays, festivals, cafes and restaurants all in one …
  • The Best Time To Visit – When To go – Best Weather & Climate
  • US Weather Road Trip Planner – Get weather conditions for your road trip
  • Google Earth (Standalone Program) – Weather (Quick way to see current conditions over a large area)
  • Weather (app) – Download a weather app

Travel Log Tracker

  • PolarSteps –  The Personal Travel Log in Your Pocket. Track and share your journeys in an easy and beautiful way, turning your travel moments into lifetime memories.

TRANSPORTATION: How are you getting around?

Airfare

  • Airfare Tips:
    • Least costly days to fly: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday [Source].
    • Best time to Buy low-cost airline tickets: Tuesday 3pm Eastern Time.
    • If you have a flexible schedule, ask the gate attendant to put you on the overbooked short list.
    • You can save money on food if you bring your own brown bag food (Subway foot long) and an empty water bottle.
    • SeatGuru – Airline Seating Charts – Best Airplane Seats – The ultimate source for airplane seating, in-flight amenities, and airline information.
    • If needed, FlyOnward – A Flight Ticket Rental Service that provides you with international flight tickets (travel itineraries) with your name on them to use as proof of onward travel plans when you travel abroad, because in many countries around the world, you will not be allowed to enter as a tourist without proof of onward travel. The service gives you proof of onward travel, without the hassle of paying for expensive airfares upfront. You simply “rent” the ticket for a small fee.
  • 1st Search Step – Google Flights – Choose your flight from a simple list of results, explore destinations on a map, and find travel dates with the lowest fare with Flight Search.
    • Positive Strengths: Finding Availability and Searching Quickly
    • Negative Weaknesses: Cheapest Price and Mistake Fares
    • Outcome: Exact location and Exact dates

Now for the travel platform transition from Google Flights to Momondo for a possible cheaper airline price. Now do a Momondo search with that exact location and exact dates from the Google Flights search.

  • 2nd Search Step – Momondo – Find and compare cheap fares from 700+ travel sites, giving you access to the best rates for airline tickets online.
    • Positive Strengths: Searching Online Travel Agency (OTAs) and Cheapest Price
    • Negative Weaknesses: Range of Dates and Searches Quickly
    • Outcome: Possible cheaper airline flight
  • Skyscanner – Flight search tool with no fees will help you find cheap flights, plane tickets and travel deals with hundreds of airlines to your favorite destinations.
    • If stranded at an airport and you do not care about the location:
      • Select ‘One way’
      • From ‘The Airport you are in’
      • To ‘Leave Blank’
      • Depart ‘Today Date’
      • Select ‘Search flights’ and the results will be the cheapest fare out of that location
  • GateGuru (app) – Flight and airport information
  • FlyLC – Cheap Flights in Europe – All Routes and low fare Airlines
  • Rideways – Affordable Airport Transfers & Taxi Service – Pre-book quality airport transfers, taxi and chauffeur services, trains and buses in over 500 cities worldwide. Book online, save time and reduce hassle.
  • Wikivoyage – Round the world flights
  • AirTreks: Around the World Tickets and Multi-Stop Flights – Explore routes for multi-stop international flights with TripPlanner, our tool for finding the most effortless way to fly around the world.

Auto

  • Wikivoyage – Round the world overland
  • AutoSlash (Car Rental) – Site that automatically lowers/switches your rate when prices drop
  • Uber Wikipedia (app) – A peer-to-peer ridesharing, taxi cab, food delivery, bicycle-sharing, and transportation network company with operations in 785 metropolitan areas worldwide.
  • Lyft Wikipedia (app) – An on-demand transportation company that operates in approximately 300 U.S. cities and Canada.
  • RV –

Bus / Train

  • Wanderu Wikipedia – Search Cheap Bus & Train Tickets: Search hundreds of carriers across North America & Europe and never charge any extra booking by comparing bus and train options, prices and scanning for last minute getaways
  • Trainline Wikipedia (app)-  Europe’s leading independent train ticket retailer. Book domestic & cross-border train tickets in 35 European countries. No hidden fees. It sells tickets through its website, by telephone, and through its mobile app. Main offices are in London, Paris and Edinburgh.
  • Rail Europe Wikipedia – A North American distributor of European train tickets and rail pass, representing over 50 railroads throughout Europe.

Cruise Ship + Airlines

  • Cruisesheet – Get cruise deals sent to your inbox such as Last Minute Cruise Deals and repositioning cruises.

Maps (In order of preference)

  • Google Maps (app) – a web mapping service that offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic), and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle, or public transportation. Offline maps are available too.
  • MAPS.ME (app) (download) – Offline maps of the whole world.
  • CityMaps2Go (app) – an iPhone and Android app for travel and navigation, developed by Ulmon.
  • Citymapper (app) – a mobile urban travel app and route calculator.

LODGING (In order of preference): Where are you staying?

  • Hostelworld.com (app) – Online confirmed bookings for backpacker hostels around the world. City guides, sightseeing, entertainment and backpacking information for hostels.
  • CouchSurfing (CS) (app) – A volunteer-based worldwide network connecting travelers with members of local communities, who offer free accommodation and/or advice.
  • Airbnb (app) – Rent unique accommodations from local hosts in 191+ countries. Feel at home anywhere you go in the world with Airbnb.
  • Hipcamp – An online travel service designed to help people discover and book camping experiences:  From public parks to private land, it is a comprehensive guide to camping across the US. Camp on ranches, farms, vineyards and land preserves.
  • DayUse – a booking platform for hotel rooms during part of the day to shower & nap…
  • HostelBookers – Hostels, Youth Hostels & Cheap Hotels – Hostels & cheap hotels available in over 100 countries worldwide. Backpackers, students and budget travelers get the best prices for youth hostels and cheap …
  • Roomer – A travel marketplace in which users can list their non-refundable hotel reservations for sale and offer them to buyers at a discounted price.

ACTIVITIES / EXPERIENCES (See, Do, Eat, & Drink)(In order of preference):

  • Wikivoyage – Review the ‘See’ | ‘Do’ | ‘Eat’ | ‘Drink’ | sections of location.
  • CouchSurfing (CS) (app) – A worldwide volunteer-based network connecting travelers with members of local communities using:
    • The ‘Hangout Now’ function
    • The ‘Events’ in the area function
  • Meetup (app) – an online social networking portal that allows members to find and join offline group meetings in various localities around the world unified by a common interest, such as politics, books, games, movies, health, pets, careers or hobbies.
  • TripAdvisor (app) – Unbiased hotel reviews, photos and travel advice for hotels and vacations – Compare prices with just one click.
  • AAA TripTik Travel Planner – A AA maps provide accurate routing for trips you’re planning.
  • Roadside America – A travel tools and guide to unusual attractions, tourist traps, weird vacations, and road trips in the United States.
  • Airbnb Experiences (Crowdsourcing) – Book experiences designed and led by some of the most interesting people out there (aka Custom/Private Experience).
  • Foursquare (app) – A local search-and-discovery service mobile app which provides search results for its users based on users’ “previous browsing history, purchases, or check-in history”.
  • Yelp (app) – Publish crowd-sourced reviews about local businesses, as well as the online reservation service and online food-delivery service.

IT / TECHNOLOGY (COMMUNICATION):

  • In case of emergencies, scan & backup with email and/or memory cards important documents: Passports, Passport photos, Visas, Credit cards (both sides), Vaccination records, and Driver’s license.
  • Google Sheets – Spreadsheet: I like to plan things out day by day.
  • Skype (app) – Free calls and cheap calls to phones – Make internet calls for free with Skype. Call friends and family on any phone with Pay As You Go and Pay Monthly subscriptions.
  • Face Time – With FaceTime for Mac, you can make video calls to over Wifi to someone else’s FaceTime-enabled iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.
  • Snapchat (app) – An image messaging and multimedia mobile application that lets you easily talk with friends, view Live Stories from around the world, and explore news in Discover.
  • Smartphone – Complete communication center with WIFI access to your email box, FB, and Instagram
  • Computer / Tablet –
  • Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) – The History of Travel Technology 
  • Whatsapp (app) – A freeware, cross-platform and end-to-end encrypted instant messaging application for smartphones using standard cellular mobile numbers. It incorporates a feature called status which allows users to upload to a 24-hours-lifetime feed. It uses the Internet to make/send:
    • voice calls
    • one to one video calls
    • text messages
    • images
    • GIF
    • videos
    • documents
    • user location
    • audio files
    • phone contacts
    • voice notes
    • to other users
  • Wifi Map (app) – Passwords for Wifi in cafes, restaurants and other public places around the world. Most popular WiFi app in AppStore & Google Play.
  • Mains electricity by country Wikipedia – A list of countries and territories, with the plugs, voltages and frequencies they commonly use for providing electrical power to appliances. Or World Voltages By Country.  Plug Type World map.

PASSPORT/VISAS:

  • Mobile Passport (app) – Speeds you through U.S. Customs and Border Protection at 1 cruise port and 21 airports.
  • If needed, FlyOnward – A Flight Ticket Rental Service that provides you with international flight tickets (travel itineraries) with your name on them to use as proof of onward travel plans when you travel abroad because in many countries around the world, you will not be allowed to enter as a tourist without proof of onward travel. The service gives you proof of onward travel, without the hassle of paying for expensive airfares upfront. You simply “rent” the ticket for a small fee.
  • US Travel Country Advisory – Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements
  • My Passport Photos – Cheap Passport Photos Online which you can get photos mailed to your home or same day pickup at any major drugstore.
  • Money Orders – When to Use, Where to Get and How to Cash Them

SECURITY (SAFETY):

REFERENCES:

Books

Languages Learning

  • Italki – Learn a language online. A platform that connects language teachers and students.
  • Google Translate (app) – A free multilingual machine translation service that translate text, speech, images, sites, or real-time video from one language into another. It supports over 100 languages at various levels.
  • Duolingo or app – A free language-learning platform that offer 81 different language courses across 37 languages includes a language-learning website and app, as well as a digital language proficiency assessment exam.

Mail Forwarding

  • Anytime Mailbox – A Virtual Digital Mailbox that gets your postal mail online at 420+ locations. View and manage your snail mail from your computer or from any mobile device.
    • Kb’s Tip: I found one for $6.99 month in Fort Mill, South Carolina
    • The United States Postal Service (USPS) requires you to complete and notarize an USPS Form 1583 giving our partner mail center permission to receive your mail because this form is required for all applicants regardless of their residence or citizenship. After you have completed your application, you will be able to easily download a pre-populated USPS Form 1583. Now with that form completed, you can do an online notarization ASAP.
  • Safedocs – Online Notary Service that provides online video notarization services that enable fast, efficient, and compliant notarizations for individuals and enterprises both domestic and international.

Packing

  • Google Packing List – Travel Packing List
  • BackPack – My favorite design is a Meridian 75L/28″ backpack/wheel design from Osprey (+ Lifetime Guarantee)
  • Tablet computers
  • Primary Camera should be your Smartphone (My camera pictures are on Instagram) – As of December 24, 2016, I am using the Samsung Galaxy Edge 7
  • Secondary Camera should be a GoPro or a Waterproof Camera with the highest Optical Zoom… As of April 29, 2018, I would choose this: Nikon COOLPIX AW130 (Google Search) Waterproof & Shockproof Digital Camera, 16MP, 5x Optical Zoom, 3″ Display, Full HD 1080p Video, 100′ Dive Rating, Wi-Fi/NFC, GPS
  • Travel Adaptors
  • Quick Drying Travel Towel

Travel Exchange Rates

  • fxCheatSheet – A pocket-sized rates table for travelers

DIGITAL NOMADS & REMOTE WORKERS COMMUNITIES:

 

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6 thoughts on “Travel”

  1. kb, recommend adding “HIPCAMP” to where you are staying – it is platform similar to airbnb, allowing ‘camping’ on private land. cheaper than commercial campgrounds. some offer cabins, teepees, yurts and rv’s.
    Also, DuoLingo for language apps. It continues to improve, and provides the repetitious learning some of us need… 🙂
    thanks for GREAT tips – as long as I have used your site, I didn’t know there was a travel bug to you…

    1. Thank you! Now find me some Reserve Enlisted who want to become an Officer through the DIRCOM program:) Cheers from the road in TEXAS!

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