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 Check If You Are Impacted by the Equifax Data Breach

I sighed when I read the news of the Equifax data breach earlier this week. As most people know, there are three major credit reporting agencies in the states:  Experian. Transunion. Equifax.  News came out this past week that Equifax had been hacked.  As many as 143 million American customers’ data have been compromised. Chances are:  You are one of them. How to Check If You’ve Been Hacked    You can check by visiting a website that Equifax had set up: [Update/Disclaimer: the site is legitimate and it is set up by Equifax – it is even linked to from...

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Have You Visited a White Castle Because of Harold and Kumar?

Since I had recently wrote about being castled out from visiting real castles, I figured it’s time I write about my experience visiting a White Castle.  For those who don’t know, White Castle is a “small regional hamburger chain” known for its “small, square hamburgers”.  It is often considered the first/oldest hamburger chain the the US, and it is also popularized by the film, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Harold & Kumar is to Blame Like many people, my curiosity started when I came across the film eons ago.  It’s not my usual movie genre but somebody rented...

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Why I Won’t Take Advantage of T-Mobile’s Latest Free Netflix Promotion

I switched over to T-Mobile late last year before switching over to T-Mobile “all-in” taxes and fees included plan. For the most part, T-Mobile had been a reliable wireless provider for me. Most recently, they have announced a new promotion call Netflix on Us, set to start 9/12/2017. What is it? The sign up page is not yet available, but the offer seems simple: “Starting 9/12, Now customers can binge all their favorite shows at no extra charge when they sign up for 2+ lines of T-Mobile ONE™.”   Who is Eligible? Initially, it appeared that all the T-Mobile One customers...

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Have You Ever Been Castled Out (or the like) When You Travel?

Ever heard of “Everything in moderation”? While I tend to associate the saying with food, I should caution that this little nugget of wisdom applies to travel as well. Fascination with Castles Ever since I was a kid, I had a fascination with Disney films.  I never visited Disney Parks as a kid, but I more than made up for it as adult.  As recently as last year, I visited The Disney Sea theme park in Japan.  Perhaps it comes as no surprise to anyone that one of the things I had always been curious about is castles, given its...

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Why You Should Be Nice to Customer Service Reps

 “I’m sorry.  I don’t even …right now, I just…feel like a piece of …trash…”    This is not something I usually hear, but that is exactly what a customer rep said to me last week. What led up to this rather demoralizing comment? A Price Drop It started out innocently enough. One of my major home appliances died last week, so I ordered a replacement from a major retailer.  The very next day, I noticed that the price had dropped by a whopping $150.  “No big deal”, I thought, “I’ll call in for a price match.”   A guy...

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Forgot Where You Parked? There’s an App for That.

I used to think (or at least I’d like to think) that I have a good sense of directions.  After all, I have not gotten horribly lost in any of my globe-trotting adventures.  To be fair, I have often been in the company of people who are great at directions.  In reality, I might be a bit directionally challenged. Directionally Challenged For as long as I can remember, I always had a hard time remembering street names. Whenever I ask for directions, I’d prefer to be given only the first 3 or 4 instructions. Unless I jot it down,...

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Quick Thoughts on the Charlottesville Clashes and Deadly Car Attack

This weekend, there was a series of protesters and counter-protester clashes in Charlottesville, culminating in a fatal car attack.  My disjointed thoughts are organized in the post in much the same way. Events in Charlottesville, VA It’s hard to miss the events that happened in Virginia this past weekend.  The alt-right group decided to hold a rally to protest the removal of the statue of Confederate general, Robert E Lee.  Protesters and counter-protesters clashed and it turned violent. Someone decided to run his car over the counter-protesters, tragically killing one and injuring at least 35 others.  What an atrocity....

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Review: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

On my recent trip to Hawaii, my family and I visited the Big Island and stayed at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Prior to the trip, I browsed through the reviews.  Most had been positive, though there was a few common feedback about aging bathrooms.  Still, the Sheraton Kona Resort looked interesting enough that I decided to book our stay there. Location and Parking The Sheraton Kona Resort is located about 15 miles — or about a half hour drive — from the Kona (KOA) International Airport.  If you drive to the hotel, you’ll have...

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My Stay at the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber

There are many hotels choices in the touristy area of Waikiki, Oahu.  For my recent stay in Hawaii, I decided to stay at the mid-range Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber.   This is actually my second stay at this hotel.  I chose the hotel again for two reasons: its location and its value compared to other hotels in the area.  Depending on when you book, the nightly rate tend to be anywhere in the $195-$250 per night range.  For my stay, I was able to get a $199/night rate.   Location The Holiday Inn Resort Beachcomber is located on the...

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How close have you cut it to missing a flight?

I am not proud to admit this, but I was very close to missing a flight for a work trip last week. I usually buffer enough time and I usually get to the airport early.  That way, I know I will have enough time to go through security.  If I have extra time, I can grab a bite to eat or stop by a lounge. A Well Laid Out Plan My 1 hour and 15 minute flight was scheduled for a 6AM departure.  A nice, short domestic segment. Boarding was scheduled to start at 5:30AM. Planning was easy.  It...

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