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: 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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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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