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.

Review: Crowne Plaza Hotel Copenhagen Towers, Denmark

For our first visit to Copenhagan, Denmark, my family and I booked a stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Copenhagen Towers.  The pricing was competitive for our travel dates, and the hotel is less than 10 minutes away (by rail) from the city center. Airport Shuttle For those traveling in from the Copenhagan (CPH) airport, the hotel offers a shuttle service.  No advance reservation is required for the outbound.  The shuttle runs on every 20 and 50 after the hour during its operating schedule, and you can catch the shuttle right outside Terminal 2. Naturally, our timing is such...

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Initiating My First Credit Card Charge Dispute with Bank of America

Last month, I decided to try a new service and booked an appointment via its mobile app.  I received a confirmation of the amount I would be charged, and entered my Bank of America credit card to authorize the charge.  Everything was so clear that I didn’t bother to take a screen-grab of the payment page. Surprise on Credit Card Statement Imagine my surprise when I was looking through my credit card statement and saw a $90 charge for the service instead of a $15 charge. I called up the merchant’s customer service department to resolve the billing error. ...

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The Heineken Experience in Amsterdam

One of the attractions I visited in Amsterdam was the Heineken Experience. In all fairness, I’m not much a beer drinker in the first place.  I just want to check out the highly rated experience because it’s Heineken! I remembered having quite a bit of fun at the Scotch Whiskey Experience in Edinburgh. The “experience” is described as: “The Heineken Experience is a self guided interactive journey through the world of Heineken(R). You can discover the history of the company, the 4 natural ingredients of our beer, the brewing process, a tasting room and the Heineken(R) brand. At the...

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Apartment Hotel Review: Cityden the Garden Amsterdam South

When my siblings and I took our parents to visit Amsterdam last month, we stayed at the Cityden The Garden Amsterdam South. We needed a place for a party of 5. At the time of booking, most hotels near the city center were quite pricey and has a maximum occupancy of 2-3 people. Booking 2 rooms was not economical, so I looked at other options outside of the city.  This Cityden hotel apartment is located 35 minutes away from the Museum District. Since public transportation seemed convenient, I booked the “Grand Apartment”.  It is the largest room type and...

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Why I Won’t Watch Sappy Movies In-Flight Anymore

When I’m on a long haul flight, I typically indulge in a movie or two.  Most of them are forgettable.  In fact, I’d already forgotten the name of one of the movies I watched in-flight last month. Then, there are films that leave me feeling confused.  For example, Shape of Water.  That film won an Oscar for Best Picture, so it’s got to be good, right?  Spoiler alert:   I’m not into sci-fi fantasy, but I could live with the film’s premise. I won’t lie:  When the protagonist was consummating with her love interest (the fish alien) in the bathroom,...

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T-Mobile International Pass: My Experience in Europe

I have been T-Mobile customer for some time, and I’ve made no secret that I am a fan of the free international data roaming. T-Mobile’s International Offerings Last month, I traveled to two destinations in Europe: Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Since I travel quite a bit, I often make use of T-Mobile’s free hour of inflight WiFi and unlimited texting on selected flights. I had been so busy with work and I had so many things on my mind that I hadn’t been able to devote much time to plan for this trip.  Even though I am usually the travel...

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Do You Still Send Postcards?

I had been looking forward to traveling to a particular destination last year.  I was telling someone whom I considered to be a close friend (I’ll call him “J”) about the trip.  He wished me a good trip, then he nonchalantly added, “Send me a postcard”. I might have abruptly stopped what I was doing, looked up at him, and gave him a stare.  Maybe I was looking for signs of irony, but I found none. I was flummoxed. Like, “Who still sends postcard”?  In fact, that was my actual response.  He thought my reaction was hilarious, and he’d...

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One Less known Perk of the Universal Express Pass

Early last summer, I wrote my about trip to Universal Studios.  If you are planning an upcoming visit, you can check out some of these older posts: Can You Do Universal Studios and Island of Adventures in Just One Day? Is the Universal Express Pass Worth It? Hotel Review: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel (On-Site Hotel at Universal Studios) Visiting Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Seeking Reader Tips and Advice I made it clear that the Universal Express Pass is worth it, especially if you stay at an on-site hotel. Perk of the Universal Express Pass Some people may not...

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When Your Seatmate is an Unaccompanied Minor…

In all my years of traveling, I had the experience of flying next to an unaccompanied minor only once. Granted, I didn’t know much about the unaccompanied minor program.  I loosely understood it to be a service offered to assist minors who are traveling by themselves without an adult.  As for the nuances of how it all worked?  I have no clue. I remembered I was traveling with my family with their confirmed seats up front, while I was rolling the dice with an upgrade request.  Before boarding, I knew my chance of an upgrade was shot.  I joked...

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Why I Decided to Cancel My AMC A-List Membership

The AMC A-List is a movie subscription plan that allows you to see up to 3 movies every week, including premium formats (e.g. IMAX) at most AMC theaters for a flat monthly charge.  It’s $19.95/month in my case. Worth it to upgrade from AMC Stub Premiere? I had been a long-time AMC Stub Premiere member.  While I am not a regular movie goer, I’ve gone to the movies enough where the “savings” easily covered the membership fee.  When A-List came out, it looked flexible enough that I decided to upgrade.  It required a minimum of 3-month membership commitment. Did It...

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