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.

Renewing Global Entry: What You Need to Know

My Global Entry membership was up for renewal and I went through the process last week.  These are a few things I learned. Changes: Create new login.gov account One of the first things I noticed is that you can no longer login with your GOES userid and password. You are prompted to create a login.gov account instead. During the account creation process, you can link the login.gov account to your Global Entry PASSID.  Once the accounts are linked, you will be able to review and update your existing information. Tip:  Prepare the List of Countries You Visited Ahead of Time...

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TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry: Which is Better?

I am up for renewal on my Global Entry membership, so I decided to look up on the trusted traveler program to see what might have changed since I last applied about 5 years ago. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website has a good comparison chart on the four trusted traveler programs: TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry, Nexus, and SENTRI.  I won’t talk about the latter two since I don’t have any personal experience with them.  Instead, I’ll just focus on TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry.     Which is Better: TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry? I’ll just come...

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What is Your Most Memorable Moment at Walt Disney World?

I love seeing how excited kids are when they are given the gift of a Disney trip. Out of the many “Disney surprise” videos, I especially like this one because of the contrasting reactions between the two sisters.  I adore Lily’s love for Disney, and I find Chloe’s expressions endearing.  Chloe appeared concerned for her older sister, but she also doesn’t seemed to get what the big fuss is all about or why her sister is reacting that way.   (Lily’s reaction at 1:55 is classic, and Chloe’s reaction at 2:03 makes me laugh) Why I love Disney I’ve made...

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Do You Have Certain Habits When You Check Into a Hotel Room?

People are creatures of habits.  I certainly picked up a few habits over the years when it comes to traveling and staying at hotels.  These are the ones I have, what are some of yours? 1. Knock on the Room Door When First Entering For some, there is a superstitious reason.  I actually only first heard of it a couple of years ago, when I was traveling to Taiwan for the first time as part of a larger Asia trip.  Apparently, the hotel I had been considering turned out to have a bit of a reputation for being haunted. ...

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3 Travel Credit Cards That Are Worth the Annual Fees

What’s in My Wallet? Disclaimer:  No affiliate links in this post. I just like these cards. Every now and then, I get asked for a credit card recommendation.  Often the cards I suggest comes with an annual fee.  People sometimes balk at the annual fees.  I understand the reaction because one might ask, “Why would you even pay an annual fee when there are no-fee cards out there?”  It’s all about value.  I often prefaced my suggestions that the right cards really depend on your needs. Because I am big on travel, these are 3 cards that I think...

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You Could Now Be Fined for Texting While Crossing the Streets in Honolulu

Coming off the heels of this post where I wrote that states are trying to remind drivers to “drive safe”, I should add that you’re not off the hook if you are a pedestrian, either. There are videos of oblivious people who walked into walls or into other people when they are distracted.  This can get dangerous.  Earlier this year, a woman who was walking and texting got seriously injured when she walked and fell into a trap door.   You Can Be Fined in Honolulu If you are going to be traveling to the city/county of Honolulu, you...

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Why Some States are Using Cheeky Highway Signs

Highway signs.  If you drive regularly, you may find it refreshing to see different electronic messages on the highway signs.  I know I do. Some states have gotten very creative with their electronic signage.  Iowa is one of them.  Looking through their Twitter feed, it looks like the Iowa’s Department of Transportation (DOT) is running an active,  “Zero Fatalities, A Goal We Can Live With” campaign.   Creative Messaging Some creative messages on highway signs are popping up across various states.  These include: “Old Taylor can’t come to the phone…she’s driving”  — For those who don’t know, this is...

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Do You Actually Enjoy or Intentionally Avoid Tourist Traps?

I love to travel and I plan many of the trips with my family.  Sometimes, I have to pause and think about whether it’s worth it to visit certain famous attractions, or if it’s just one big tourist trap we could skip. Defining Tourist Trap Tourist trap is defined as “an establishment, or group of establishments, that has been created or re-purposed with the aim of attracting tourists and their money. Tourist traps will typically provide services, entertainment, food, souvenirs and other products for tourists to purchase.“ While I enjoyed some off-the-beaten paths during my travels, I actually quite enjoy some of the more popular destinations....

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A 6 Year Old Boy Gets to Fly Etihad Airbus A380 Simulator

I always find it interesting to meet people who love what they do.  When you come across those people, their passion really shines through. I only saw this video for the first time today, and I couldn’t resist sharing.  Apparently, a viral video of an almost 6-years-old named Adam Mohammed Amer talking with Etihad Airways crew members had been making the rounds online.  This young boy clearly has a love for aviation.  He certainly knows a lot about airplanes, more so that most 6 year old would. Take a listen: Amer Invited to Etihad Simulator Sessions After that viral video, Etihad invited...

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Would You Be Freaked Out By a Glass Walkway That Cracks Under Your Weight?

Maybe the better question is, would you even walk on a glass walkway high up somewhere? Do you have a fear of heights?  Fortunately, I don’t, though I still occasionally get weak in the knees when I am standing at a high spot.  Generally speaking, I avoid standing next to the edge of some peak or cliff.  It’s not that I’m afraid of heights, but I have vertigo (likely due to inner ear problem related to ear pain) so I am at a higher risk of losing my balance that way. That is not to say I haven’t done...

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