More Posts On: Advice

“Are You Really Going to Be Standing There The Whole Time?!?”

Funny how things happen not long after an article was posted.

For the Stupid Tip of the Day on Saturday, June 15, 2019, I posted this article advising people to not loiter at places of interest so that other people may have an opportunity to get the photograph they want.

Tongariki is the site of the famous 15 moai statues on Easter Island. This area is opened prior to dawn for anyone who wants to photograph these enormous stone monoliths during when the sun rises. Because this site is so popular…

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8 Places Around the World: One Photograph, Four Seasons

Everybody talks about the changing seasons with eager anticipation — but have you ever slowed down to contemplate the strangeness of this quarterly makeover of nature?

The color of the sky, the quality of the light, a carpet of blossoms, leaves, or snow: all can each transform a moody landscape into a tranquil paradise…

…and even better is that the magic of travel can allow you to experience the opposite season with little more than an airplane flight. For example, if you want snow now, head on down to the southern hemisphere to experience some winter weather.

One other little interesting tidbit of information: how would you like to technically experience all four seasons within a split second? Find out at the end of this article just how to accomplish that…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Create Your Own Passport Photographs

Instead of spending as much as $15.00 to have someone take a photograph of yourself for your passport, you can spend as little as 23 cents — perhaps even less, if that really matters — to do it yourself…

…but if you do, you need to follow the rather strict requirements as outlined by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the State Department of the United States — or risk having your passport application rejected and returned to you, which can delay the process of obtaining a new passport.

In fact, the main reason as to why applications for new or replacement passports are delayed is because…

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10 Tips on Purchasing Souvenirs

As with photographs and videos, souvenirs are the most cherished items which evoke memories of a trip — reminders of the activities you did and the sights you saw which you will most likely never forget.

Souvenirs are also a way to take a piece of the place where you visited home with you as a reminder of that faraway land every time you look at it — whether it is a work of arts and crafts; a natural object such as a rock or a sea shell; an item which is considered unusual in the region where you are based; or perhaps a few notes and coins of the currency of the country itself…

…but that prized item you brought home with you can become tarnished — literally and figuratively — when you realize that…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Link Different Record Locators of Passengers Traveling Together

When people travel together on a trip — especially families — they typically book the trip as a group under the same record locator, which is an alphanumeric code of six characters in the reservation system of an airline. It is essentially similar to a confirmation number…

…but at times, different passengers of the same group traveling together may have airline tickets with different record locator numbers. Two of many reasons may be that…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Do Not Loiter at Places of Interest

You are in another country; and you want a photograph of a place of interest. You take out your camera or portable electronic device; and you wait for the crowds to dissipate — even if for only a moment — so that you can capture that treasured visual memory of your trip…

…but as the people leave and the place of interest becomes quieter…

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How to Keep a Car Clean When Driving in Iceland

Driving a vehicle in Iceland in general is not difficult in and of itself; but it does have its pitfalls — and one of them is driving on the many unpaved roads which permeate much of the small island country.

Keeping a rental car clean is very important — if only to ensure that no damage lurks underneath the thick layer of dirt and grime which eventually coats much of the car after driving on rutted roads pocked with depressions and comprised of nothing but gravel, dirt and rocks…

…and in order to…

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One Way to Expedite Your Passport Renewal Free of Charge — But It is Not Without Risk

“Renewing my passport makes me nervous for a couple of reasons” is what Michael Wasserman of Michael W Travels… wrote in this article. “Our next trip is at the end of June. Even with the expedited service, the processing time is estimated at 2-3 weeks. This gives me just enough time to get new passport back in time for the trip.”

The Bureau of Consulate Affairs of the Department of State of the United States can require anywhere between six weeks to eight weeks to process the renewal of a passport; and having a new trip scheduled for whatever reason during the time in which your passport is being renewed is certainly not unreasonable — especially if you are a frequent traveler.


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7 Steps on How to Disable Infinite Scroll on FlyerTalk

When FlyerTalk underwent an upgrade to the software that powers it on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, a functionality known as Infinite Scroll became the default in terms of viewing content — and many FlyerTalk members expressed their dislike for it for a variety of reasons.

If you happen to be one of those FlyerTalk members, you can easily turn Infinite Scroll off with these 7 steps…

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