Travel Gadget Reviews

This HappyFlyer is a self-proclaimed tech enthusiast with a passion for travel. She will be writing about her interest in travel gadgets and sharing her best travel tips and unique perspective on travel experiences.

Visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

When I was planning my trip to Amsterdam, the Anne Frank House Museum was one of the top places I want to visit.  I purchased my tickets about 6 weeks prior to travel, with plenty of availability left.  If you want to visit the Anne Frank House, be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time. (They are released 2 months in advance.) Tickets were sold out on the day of our visit. You can only enter the museum during your scheduled time-slot.  Once you are in, you can pick up an audio guide.  You can expect to spend about...

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Why I’m Not Sweating Over the Capital One Data Breach

Another massive data breach, this time coming out from Capital One. I have to admit that I’m not sweating over this data breach.  It’s not that I don’t care.  I think privacy and data security is important, so much so that I had previously wrote about Equifax data breach, Cambridge Analytica (Facebook), and ways to safeguard your data. But, here’s the thing:  Once there is a data breach, it’s already too late.  Your data is a sitting duck out in the wild. Sure, there are some basic things you can do, but worrying about it just isn’t one of...

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Visiting the Tivoli Gardens in Central Copenhagen, Denmark

The Tivoli Gardens is one of the top attractions in Copenhagen. According to Wikipedia, “Tivoli is an amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world.” We made this our first stop in Copenhagen. The cost of admission is 130 DKK (~$20 USD) for a weekday. We purchased our tickets on arrival. It was quick and easy.  There was no line. In Pictures The Tivoli Gardens is a huge place, but it’s hard to miss this grand structure (Nimb Hotel). Or that wandering...

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Can You Identify These Airlines just by their Logos?

When it comes to airlines, I thought I was decent at identifying the airlines by their logos.  Delta.  AA.  Jetblue. Southwest. BA.  Virgin Atlantic. United, CX, Dragonair, Eva Airways, KLM.   Pretty easy. That is, until I was walking out of a plane last month and I came across this view: With the exception of Swiss airlines on the far end, I realized then that I couldn’t immediately identify the other 5 airlines in the lineup (though I know one of them is Lufthansa). Without looking them up, can you identify these airlines just by their logos?   (Update:  Claimed/...

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Review: The Eventyr Lounge at Copenhagen Airport (Terminal 3)

If you are flying internationally from the Copenhagen Airport at Terminal 3, and you are a Priority Pass member, you have access to the Eventry Lounge. Location and Access The lounge is located next to Gate C36 (after passport control).  This lounge is part of the Priority Pass program.  If you have the Priority Pass membership, you can access this lounge. I see this signage. Some notables: Walk-In access to the lounge is DKK 250 or ~ $37 USD. “Excellent” wine?  Not something I typically see promoted in a lounge banner ad.   Spacious The first thing you will...

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Review: The Wingtips Lounge at JFK Airport, Terminal 4

During my trip last month, I had a long layover at JFK’s international terminal. My family and I originally planned to get out of the airport and make a half day in NYC. Changes in our flight schedules and the hassles of needing to go through security again deterred us from that plan. We decided to have lunch at an airport restaurant and check out the Wingtips Lounge. Location The Wingtips lounge is located on the upper level of Terminal 4 at JFK, airside. I suppose they try to make the lounge look inviting with all the banners near...

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Would You Separate from your Party to Board in an Earlier Boarding Zone?

Here’s the scenario:  Two colleagues, both frequent fliers.  One is a Delta Platinum and other a Delta Diamond.  Both are upgraded to Delta comfort.  The Diamond Medallion member can board right after the Pre-Boarding group, based on the boarding order for Delta.  If you are the Diamond member, would you board in your zone or wait to board with your colleague? A Mixed Bag When it comes to boarding zones, it’s a bit of a gray area.  While boarding zones aren’t a big deal to me (since my bag can usually fit in the seat in front of me),...

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Visiting the Windmills in the Netherlands

Ah, windmills. When I was planning the trip to the Netherlands, visiting the Dutch windmills was something that was very high on my list. I couldn’t put my fingers on why.  Maybe it’s because I know very little about how windmills work.  Maybe it’s more superficial, that I like the look of windmills as a backdrop in a rustic landscape.  Or maybe the reasons run deeper, that they remind me of the ingenuity of humankind to harness the power of nature (wind) to solve problems.  Or that the idyllic setting makes for a good place to ponder on the...

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Review: Crowne Plaza Hotel Copenhagen Towers, Denmark

For our first visit to Copenhagan, Denmark, my family and I booked a stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Copenhagen Towers.  The pricing was competitive for our travel dates, and the hotel is less than 10 minutes away (by rail) from the city center. Airport Shuttle For those traveling in from the Copenhagan (CPH) airport, the hotel offers a shuttle service.  No advance reservation is required for the outbound.  The shuttle runs on every 20 and 50 after the hour during its operating schedule, and you can catch the shuttle right outside Terminal 2. Naturally, our timing is such...

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Initiating My First Credit Card Charge Dispute with Bank of America

Last month, I decided to try a new service and booked an appointment via its mobile app.  I received a confirmation of the amount I would be charged, and entered my Bank of America credit card to authorize the charge.  Everything was so clear that I didn’t bother to take a screen-grab of the payment page. Surprise on Credit Card Statement Imagine my surprise when I was looking through my credit card statement and saw a $90 charge for the service instead of a $15 charge. I called up the merchant’s customer service department to resolve the billing error. ...

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