Travel Gadget Reviews

An IT professional by day, this HappyFlyer is a self-proclaimed tech enthusiast with a passion for travel. Hailing from the East Coast, she will be writing about her interest in travel gadgets and sharing her best travel tips and unique perspective on travel experiences.

How to Request Pearl Harbor Historic Sites Tour Tickets

On my first visit to Hawaii, one of the sites I wanted to visit was the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, including the USS Arizona Memorial.  There is a lot of history there, much of which I learned long ago through history courses. Because I didn’t have a lot of lead time to plan for my first Hawaii trip, there was no availability when I looked into the  “advance ticket” option.  Not knowing when I would visit Hawaii again, I decided not to chance it and booked a grand circle tour that included the USS Arizona Memorial visit.  In hindsight,...

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What’s It Like Flying Long Haul Business Class on Cathay Pacific

I’ve flown Cathay Pacific a number of times for long haul flights, in both economy and business cabins on these flights. No matter how you slice and dice it, a trip to Asia from the states is a long flight. It is often well over 12 hours of flight time depending on the departure point and destination in Asia. What’s a Good Long Haul Flight Personally, a “good” long haul flight to me is one where I can get some sleep. I want to arrive at my destination feeling somewhat refreshed. Luckily, I am one of those people who...

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How a 22-year Old Security Analyst Stopped a Global Cyber Attack: WannaCry Ransomware

Over the last couple of days, you might have heard rumblings of a global cyber ransomware attack called WannaCry Decryptor.  (Note: The malware affected Windows computer users.) How the Ransomware Malware Works The short version:  Once infected, the virus locks up the computer system by encrypting all the files.  You can pay a ransom demand for a code to decrypt the files.  The ransom demand varies, though many news sources have quoted a price tag of $300 and up.  The ransom amount goes up if not paid timely, with the threat that all files will be deleted. The spread...

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Looking Through My Mom’s Travel Photo Lens

My mom is opposite of me when it comes to certain things.  For example, I love checking out new consumer technology; she couldn’t care less about it.  She uses the iPhone for making calls, taking pictures and watching youtube videos.  She is only starting to get the hang of text messaging. I still remembered the time when I was trying to show her something on my laptop.  I had stepped away for a minute and came back to find her pressing — with intention — on my laptop screen.  I asked what she’s doing.  She explained, in a concerned...

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Do You Pack a Book When You Fly? (And Enter for a Chance to Win a Kindle e-Reader!)

Whenever I travel on a long haul flight, I’d like to bring some reading materials with me.  Sometimes it is hugely satisfying to immerse yourself in a good book.  The only problem:  I like to pack light, but physical books can weigh you down!  Imagine if you want to read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  The title is the lengthiest book in the series, with over 700+pages.  The book is the size of a brick, and it’d be a pain to lug it around anywhere. The Solution(s) I’ve since come up with a simple solution: I take...

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Would You Freak Out if A Scorpion Landed on Your Head?

A few weeks ago, United Airlines (UA) made national headlines when a passenger was dragged off a plane.  The news  overshadowed a lot of other airline news.  This included the news that a Canadian passenger was stung by a scorpion on a United flight that same week. I was amazed at how calm the passenger was when I read about the the incident. Personally, I am quite squeamish about bugs and insects, as evidenced by my post about bed bugs in hotels.  A scorpion — and the sight of its potentially venomous stinger — is no trivial matter to...

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Smart Home: Amcrest 1080p Wi-Fi Indoor Camera (Review)

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.  I really wanted my review of the Amcrest 1080P Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera to turn out differently. I wanted an indoor camera that I could occasionally use to check-in on things at home when I am traveling, and this camera seemed like a perfect fit.  The camera comes with a lot of features so I had high hopes.  Sadly, I never got too far with it. Testing a Home Wi-Fi Camera Specifically, I purchased the Amcrest 1080P Pan/Tilt Wifi Camera.   The camera retails for $99 per unit, but I got it on sale...

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The Unveiling of Flying Cars: Are you ready for them?

Is it a car?  Is it a plane?  It’s a FLYING car! If you haven’t come across recent news about flying cars, you soon will.  The news is trending because a company called AeroMobile has recently unveiled a flying car in Monaco.  You can check out the pictures here. Shortly after AeroMobile’s unveiling, another company called Kitty Hawk also debuted a flying aircraft called The Flyer.  The company is partially backed by Google co-founder, Larry Page.  The Flyer is an aircraft that you can fly on over open water, and it is expected to go on on sale later...

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How I Accidentally Discovered a Way to Cash Out a Store Gift Card

Converted a Store Gift Card Balance to Cash It was purely accidental, but I recently converted the remaining balance of a store gift card into cash. I had to get some things from a major home improvement retailer store.  I had a $100 e-gift card for use at said store.  There was a wait at the cashier lines, so I opted for self-checkout.  It was not the first time I’ve used a self-checkout.  However, it was the first time I’m paying with a store e-gift card. After I rang up the items, the total came out to be $92...

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What Happens to Your Miles and Points When You Die?

I got into a car accident recently, but fortunately, no one was injured.   After an accident, you can’t help but think about the “What Ifs”.   After things settled down a few days later, a random thought came to mind, “What happens to the miles and points if something happened?” Obviously, I am neither the first nor the last to wonder about it. Gary from View from the Wing has this topic covered, including the policies of a few major programs. What Happens to Your Miles When You Die, and How Should You Prepare Today? Why I Don’t Have...

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