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.

Hotel Review: Hilton Grand Vacation Club at SeaWorld (Orlando)

I recently had a stay at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club Hotel at SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida. Check In When you get to the property, you can pull over and park on the side of the road in front of the main building (for check-in). Once you are checked-in, you can drive over to your building lot.  There is plenty of parking at this property.  Check-in starts at 4PM.  Maybe the hotel was busy simply because it was close to the holidays, but check-in was agonizingly slow.  We waited in line for at least a half-hour (Yikes!)   They had...

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Amex Airline Fee Credit: I’m Sticking with Delta

If you have an Amex card with the annual credit for the airline incidental fee, January is the month to enroll or change your existing selection to another qualifying airline. The incident fee credit covers qualifying expenses, such as checked baggage, in-flight refreshments, and flight change fees.  A fellow blogger had covered this topic, so I won’t rehash the details. Why Delta? I had selected Delta as my qualifying airline last year, and I’m sticking with that choice for this calendar year. It’s an easy decision since most of my flights last year have been on Delta.  Since I...

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My Pick for a Replacement Battery Charger (Power Bank)

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.  For years, I had a small but durable power-bank.  I loaned it to my sister during a trip, and it was confiscated during a transit through the PVG airport.  The reason?  It did not have a label or a clear identification. I wasn’t in a hurry for a replacement.  I had the opportunity to use the Samsung Power Bank, which was durable and worked remarkably well.  Still, I was looking for something lighter and more economical. When I looked into the top players in the market, the Anker brand had come up on...

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Got a “Suite” Upgrade at Waldorf Astoria Orlando!

I made a short escape to visit Orlando, Florida before the Christmas holidays. I did not initially plan to stay at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando.  We had two nights at the Hilton Grand Vacations Suite at Sea World, in part using the Hilton Aspire resort credit.  I wanted to tack on an extra night without spending a bundle, but the property didn’t have a standard award (and its premium award pricing is outrageously ridiculous).  Waldorf Astoria Orlando had a “standard” award night, so I decided to hotel hop for our last day in Orlando. Confirmed Reservation (or is it?)...

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Bluffworks Travel Clothing: The Women’s Line

Let me start by saying that I’m no fashionista. I like simple, and same goes for my wardrobe.  I prefer function over style (not to say that they can’t coexist), but let’s just say …you’d never find me walking around in a high heeled stilettos.  The last time I purchased travel-specific clothing, it was for a pair of pick-pocket proof pants for a trip to Athens. Bluffworks Travel Clothing Recently, I was given the opportunity to review the women’s line of travel clothing from a company called BluffWorks.  The women’s line is newly launched in 2019 so I’m thrilled...

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Hotel Review: Hyatt Place Austin Airport Hotel

Earlier last month, I flew into Austin to visit a friend.  My friend had generously offered to host me every time we talked about my coming for a visit, but my flight plan had me arriving late and leaving early.  Given my disruptive flight plan and a young kiddo at her home, I figured that it would be best to stay closer to the airport.  I ended up booking a stay at the Hyatt Place Austin Airport Hotel.  It’s a mere 5 minutes away from the airport and offers an airport shuttle service as well. My friend convinced me...

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Things to Know Before the Show

Would you want to spend 5+ hours on a Broadway show?  If so, look no further than Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  Fortunately, you don’t have to watch it all in one sitting.  The play is a 2-part production.  Each part has a run time of about 2 hours and 40 minutes. First, it’s no secret I’m a fan of the HP series. I’m not a super-fan (I don’t care for all the details), but I’m a fan enough to have watched all the movies and read all the books.  I even visited the Harry Potter attractions at...

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How to Get Tickets to the Daily Show with Trevor Noah

If you’ve ever wondered what the process is like to see The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, wonder no more. Last month, I took a break to see a Broadway show in New York to celebrate my brother’s birthday.  Since we were in the area, he reserved tickets to see a taping of the Daily Show. The studio taping tickets are free.  You can reserve them online. Entry Types There are two types of tickets: 1. Guaranteed tickets:  Just as the name implies, these tickets go quickly and are usually not available online. 2. Wait-list tickets:  Most people fall into...

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How Do You Pronounce Nyhavn? (And Visit to the Little Mermaid)

Just like the Highlights of Amsterdam, I’d like to summarize the Copenhagen visit with a photo-log highlight. In particular, my focus is on two popular destinations: Nyhavn and the Little Mermaid. Let’s start with the pronunciation of Nyhavn. Nyhavn is  a “17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen“, lined with colorful buildings. First thing first, how do you pronounce Nyhavn?  I like linguistics, but even I was stumped.  Phonetically, it seemed like it should be pronounced as Knee-haven? Could it also be Nine-haven?  Nine-halve?  Knee-Have? We thought we could get that squared away when we got to our...

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Highlights of Amsterdam: Countryside and the Museum District

I’ve been meaning to wrap up the series on my visit to Amsterdam, and I haven’t gotten around to it.  I decided that I’d do a photo-log of some of the highlights instead.  The first part consists of the countryside, which included a visit to see the windmills.  The second part focuses on the museum district.  If you are planning a visit to Amsterdam, this should give you some ideas on things to do. Part I: Countryside We took a private tour to the countryside to a village called Marken and started off with a visit to a shoe...

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