Tips for International Travel

Two back-to-back international trips this year — to Germany and South Africa — gave me a good reason to brush up on my world-traveler skills. Here are the main things I think about when I’m planning a trip abroad. Phoning home. How I am going to communicate? I mainly use Skype. It’s an easy, inexpensive way to make international calls. There are similar applications for phones, including Viber and WhatsApp, that allow you to text, call and send photos and …

Escape Endless Airport Security Lines

I don’t know about you, but we absolutely hate standing in massive TSA airport security lines during busy vacation and holiday seasons. We’re lined up like cattle for slaughter.  People are tired, kids are screaming, and worst of all, the whole thing moves like molasses in Antartica because people refuse to come to these security lines prepared. Come on, you’ve seen the guy who steps up to the security belt and then decides to remove his belt, empty the 15 …