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.

Setting Attainable Goals for Yourself

Note: This is a non-travel post. Some years ago, I made a decision that I would try to create/learn something new every year, especially in those areas of creative interests. It wasn’t that I had a lot of free time. On the contrary, I was afraid that if I don’t carve out time, I might never get around to prioritizing and exploring those interests. Setting (Attainable) Goals My goal was simple:  I wanted to be a content creator. At the time, I wanted to learn how to edit videos.  I signed up for a course, not realizing just how much...

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The BigSkinny: World’s Thinnest Wallet for Travel (and Everyday Use)

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.   I like to travel light, and that includes having the right wallet. For a long time, I didn’t have a favorite wallet.  A wallet is just a wallet to me.  I’d usually buy generic ones and replace them when they break. That was the case at least, until one year, I came across a group of people who were clamoring over something at a stall at a street vendor fair. Intrigued, I also stopped by to check things out. It turned out to be wallets.  BigSkinny wallets, to be exact.  What’s most...

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How I Stayed 2 Nights at Hilton Disney Resort for $100

Some blogs like to tout that you can travel for free.  I contend that they are never truly free. Early last year, I wrote about the new Hilton cards, and I went for the Hilton Aspire card despite the annual fee. I didn’t think I’d make use of the $250 resort credit, but I ended up staying at the Hilton at Disney Springs. How the Math Works Out We booked a 2-nights stay.  The room rate was $130 per night, before taxes, parking, and resort fees. The base room rate for 2 nights is $260, but the final bill came...

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5 Free (or Cheap) Family-Friendly Things You Can Do in Vegas

My brother and I flew to Vegas last month on a semi-“mileage run”.  We were both busy at work, so the plan was simple: We fly out Saturday morning, explore the destination, and fly back on Sunday night. I’d get some uninterrupted time on the plane to get some work done. A win-win. Now, 1.5 day isn’t really enough time if you are new to Vegas.  Fortunately, it wasn’t our first visit, but it may as well be. You should never underestimate how much you can get done in a short time if you know what you want to...

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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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