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.

Hotel Review: Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs™ Area

I stayed at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs™ Area earlier last week.  While we considered a few other properties, I picked this hotel because of its proximity to Disney Springs area.  It’s walk-able from the hotel. Because the property is an official Walt Disney World Hotel, it offers Disney Parks benefits such as the Disney FastPass+ Service and the Extra Magic Hour.   Check-In Check-in time is 4PM, and check-out time is 11 AM.  We needed a late check-out due to a late departing flight, and got an extended noon check-out. Self-parking and valet parking...

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Best Parenting Line I’ve Heard at Disney for a Misbehaving Kid

‘Tis the night before Christmas and I was at one of the parks at Disney World. After a grand River of Lights show in the evening, it was tough trying to leave the arena.  Because, well, everyone else was trying to do the same. Everyone just kind of shuffled along slowly. A young family shuffled along next to me. A mom, a Dad, two kids. The Dad was tied up carrying his sleepy daughter in his arms.  The Mom was carrying the son, but she let him down to walk.  At this point, the boy started to pull and...

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Hotel Review: Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

I stayed at the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas last month.  The property was formerly the Mandarin Oriental.  Since I was only in Vegas for one night, I decided to use my weekend Hilton certificate.  As a Hilton Diamond, I wanted to check out the benefits at this hotel. The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas is located on the strip, though the building seemed to be overshadowed by the modern, sleeker-looking Aria Resort and Casino.  In fact, I got distracted too.  Somehow, I ended up with this picture instead. Getting There The hotel does not offer self-parking.  Valet service is available...

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Inside Look at the World’s Largest Entertainment McDonald’s

When people think of Orlando, Disney World or Universal Studios are usually the first attractions to come to mind.  Since I visited Orlando earlier in the year, I was looking to explore a few local attractions.  When I learned that the new world’s largest entertainment McDonald’s (at 19,000 square feet, located at 6875 Sand Lake Road off of International Drive), I decided it was worth a visit. Outside View                                                 Inside Views It’s hard to miss...

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What to Expect When Your Bags are Selected for a Customs Inspection

On a recent trip, my family and I were chosen for a “random” customs inspection.  I had never been flagged for one before. Since I have Global Entry, coming back home had always been a smooth process. I suspect we were selected because we had a cart full of luggage to inspect.  We weren’t worried about it. In fact, I had already consumed and given away the packaged roasted pork jerky that I purchased at another airport. What to Expect: Expect to open up all your luggage for inspection. Be prepared to answer questions about what’s in your luggage....

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TSA PreCheck or Global Entry: Is it Worth the Money?

If you are on the fence about whether to join a trusted traveler program, these are some interesting numbers from the TSA PreCheck website.   Are Trusted Traveler Programs Worth the Money? The TSA PreCheck is $85 for 5 years, or an average of $17 per year.   Global Entry costs $100 for 5 years.  Personally, I considered Global Entry “TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry: Which is Better?”  to be the better program since TSA PreCheck is included.  I tend to break down the cost-benefit this way: TSA Entry or Global Entry? If you don’t plan or expect to...

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Headphones Review: Humixx Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Even though I love technology, I’ll be the first to admit that writing a review on wireless earphones didn’t strike me as high in terms of content sexiness. Especially since I already purchased the AUKEY Wireless Headphones, which I got earlier in the year to pair with the Apple Watch.   Yet, for whatever reason, I just never got used to it.  It just wasn’t that comfortable to me. Humixx Wireless Earphones I was looking for something more comfortable, so I was glad when I was offered the opportunity to review the Humixx wireless headphones. (Same price range as the...

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Hotel Review: Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

One of the things that I was excited about my first trip to Shanghai was the stay at the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund.  I wanted a centrally located hotel near the bund. Waldorf Astoria Collection is “positioned as the flagship brand within Hilton’s portfolio”.  Since this is my first stay at a Waldorf Astoria property, I wanted to see how it differs from other properties. I also thought it was an opportune time to test out out my Hilton Diamond benefits (thanks to the Hilton Aspire card). Getting to the Hotel We landed at the Shanghai Pudong...

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Can You Bring Beef or Pork Jerky back to the United States?

Just two weeks ago, I was wandering through the Hong Kong International Airport when I came across an Aji Ichiban outlet store. It’s a unique confectionary brand selling snacks.  Like a moth to a flame, I quickly darted over to check out the store.  As someone with a sweet tooth, all the snacks in the store may as well be glistening like diamonds.  I was like a kid in a candy store. The Case of the Jerky After some deliberation, I settled on buying the roasted pork jerky.  I still have an onward trip and figured that the snacks would work in...

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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Hong Kong

I recently stayed 4 nights at the Intercontinental Hong Kong. If you have IHG points, you can redeem 70k for a night at this hotel.  The rate can be anywhere between $300-$500 USD/night. Check-In I checked in at the front desk and was helped by a friendly and professional staff.  I didn’t realize that they have a separate check-in area for IHG ambassador and elite members. The staff thanked me for being a Spire member, and walked me over to the Priority Check-In desk to complete the check-in. The concierge desk is just to the right of the entrance....

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