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  1. Sofia – As We Travel Blog
    May 16, 2012

    Some good advice there. Never used SeatGuru before, will check it out!

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    • 1dad1kid
      May 16, 2012

      Always happy to hear when a tip is news for someone. Thanks!

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  2. Jeremy Branham
    May 10, 2012

    Good tips.  Lots of information in here.  I’ve used SeatGuru before and like it.  Great site for researching plane seats.  Some of these other ones I didn’t know about.  I will definitely use this as a reference for airline fees and train info.  Lots of good research on this.

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    • 1dad1kid
      May 10, 2012

      Thanks! Glad you found them helpful. More coming soon. J

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  3. TravelnLass
    May 9, 2012

    Goodness, but I rarely bookmark *3* new links from a blog post, but yours today is chock-full of travel-handys!

    Couple few comments/tips of my own:

    Note that Vietnam (where I presently live/teach EFL) blocks only Facebook (though even that you can bypass the ban w/ a free proxy – I use “Ultrasurf”.  For some strange reason, twitter, et al remain open.

    Yes, yes, a Schwab account.  It’s likewise saved be a goodly bundle of ATM fees as well.

    And yup, seat61 – THE definitive guide for all train travel (presently I’m investigating the options for the Trans-Siberian to Mongolia.)  Also has good info for bus/ferry options ’round the world.

    Emergency numbers all in one place?  Genius.  (well duh!) I’ve been here in Vietnam more than 6 months, and thanks to you, just now jotted down the numbers for VN.  Likewise (191) for Cambodia where I’m headed next week.  Ya never know…, yes?

    Skype my bank you say?  Brilliant!  I never thought of that.  So I can just use their 800 number and connect via Skype?

    Long layover you say?  Well yes, middle of the night is a pain, but I often DELIBERATELY book a 12 hr. day layover somewhere – to go GEOCACHING!  Indeed, there’s a worldwide community of geocachers (see geocaching.com), and I’ve hooked up with geocachers in both Taipei and Amsterdam, who were kind enough to meet me upon arrival and show me the sights (not to mention grab the best local caches along the way), before pouring me on my onward flight.

    Thanks ever so much, for a most fruitful morning of very handy travel tips!

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    • 1dad1kid
      May 10, 2012

      Well, that’s a new one for me. Never heard of someone planning a long layover just to go geocaching! LOL That’s pretty cool.

      For contacting an 800 number, just go into Skype and select call phone. Choose the US as the country, enter the number, and call and voila! It is VERY handy!

      Thanks for the other comments. Going to check out Ultrasurf, too. That’s a new one for me. Glad you found the links so helpful!

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