Category Archives: Travel Technology

My Review of Character Locator: A Website to Help You Plan Your Next Disney Vacation

Planning a trip to Disney World?  There’s an online tool called Character Locator, which promises to help you “play more” and “wait less” during your next trip to the park!

With Character Locator’s detailed park information, like character and show schedules, ride information, and more, you’ll be able to save time during your Disney World trip.

Disney Character Locator

Plan Your Trip to See Mickey and Minnie With the Disney Character Locator Website

I’ll show you how the Character Locator website works.  And help you decide whether you could benefit from using it on your next Disney vacation!

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Anticipate Your Next Destination’s Expenses With Numbeo

When you’re traveling to a different country (or even a different city!) it’s easy to be blindsided by steep prices!

That’s why it’s helpful to look at a cost of living calculator, rather than just the currency conversion rate when you travel.  Things like restaurant and transportation prices vary depending on the place you’re visiting.  That’s where Numbeo comes in!

Cost Of Living Calculator

Use a Cost of Living Calculator to Research Prices for Restaurants, Groceries, and Transportation at Your Destination, So You’ll Know What to Expect When You Arrive

I’ll show you how to use Numbeo.  And tell you why it can be helpful when planning your next trip!

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When (and When NOT!) to Tip Abroad

Lots of folks in the US consider ~20% to be the “standard” tip amount.  But when you’re traveling abroad, tipping practices vary from country to country!

Who to Tip is a guide to worldwide tipping etiquette.  It’s not an app, but a useful website folks can reference when traveling overseas.

Tipping Guide

Should You Leave a Tip for a Meal In France? Use the “Who to Tip” Guide to Find Out!

Here’s how to use the guide!

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6 Tips for Checking-In Online on Southwest

Lyn blogs about Southwest at Go To Travel Gal and offers a free guide on how to quickly earn the Southwest Companion Pass, which Emily and I believe is the best deal in travel.  

Because Southwest does NOT assign seats, the check-in process helps determine when you board and thus where you sit!  So I’ve asked Lyn to give us some tips for checking-in on Southwest.

Lyn:  Checking-in online for your Southwest flight can be stressful, especially if you’re new to the airline or traveling with young kids.  

You may be afraid your children will not get to sit with you or you’ll get stuck in a middle seat in the bumpy back of the plane.

6 Tips For Checking In Online On Southwest

Folks Traveling With Kids on Southwest Might Worry They Won’t Get to Sit Together!

With a little practice and planning, checking-in on Southwest can go smoothly, and you’ll be a pro in no time at scoring the best seat possible.

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AT&T Introducing New International Calling, Texting, and Data Plan

Good news for AT&T customers!  Via One Mile at a Time, AT&T is (finally!) offering an international data plan that’s competitive with other carriers, like T-Mobile and Verizon.

This Friday, January 27, 2017, AT&T will introduce the AT&T International Day Pass, that allows you unlimited talk, text, and data in 100+ countries.  It will cost $10 per device for 24 hours of use.

Best International Phone Plan 2017

With AT&T’s New International Day Pass, It Will Be Easier and Less Expensive to Stay Connected While You Travel

I’ll share more about AT&T’s new international data plan.  And show you how it compares to the international data plans from other carriers.

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Book Long-Distance Ground Transportation in a Snap With Busradar

We’ve seen some incredible deals to popular European cities lately.

And it can be very cheap it can be to visit other areas of Europe!  So even if you aren’t interested in visiting a city with cheap airfare, it can be worth buying, so you can hop around other areas by plane, train, or bus!

Busradar is an iOS and Android app (and website) that makes booking long-distance ground transportation easy.  It collects information from many companies and presents them in an easy-to-view app.

Buses In Europe

Busradar Works on Most Mobile Phones to Display Travel Information Clearly

I’ll show you how to use Busradar to easily purchase long-distance ground transportation.

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Secret Way for Free Uber Rides With Arrival Plus Miles

Did you know there’s a way to use the rewards you earn from the Barclaycard Arrival Plus for Uber rides under $100?

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus is a travel credit card, with a sign-up bonus worth ~$525 toward travel.  But a major restriction is you can only redeem your rewards for travel purchases of at least $100.

But folks have figured out a way to redeem their Barclaycard Arrival Plus miles for inexpensive Uber rides by purchasing $100+ Uber gift cards through the United MileagePlus X app.

Arrival Plus For Uber

Use Your Barclaycard Arrival Plus Miles for Uber Rides Under $100 With This Simple Trick!

I’ll show you how you can do it, too!

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Quickly Calculate Foreign Exchange Conversion With XE Currency App

Folks who travel internationally often do quick math when exchanging currencies.  Or while using US dollars to purchase an item that’s listed in the local currency.

But instead of worrying about currency conversions on vacation, you can use a terrific free app called XE Currency, which does the math for you to make sure you’re getting the best deal!

The app includes live exchange rates for 180+ currencies throughout the world.  So you’ll be covered no matter where you’re traveling!

XE Currency Exchange App

With Live Exchange Rates, the XE Currency App Will Show You the Most Accurate Foreign Exchange Information

I’ll show you how quick and easy it is to use the XE Currency Exchange app!

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Get Free In-Flight Wi-Fi With the Business Platinum Card

Paying for in-flight Wi-Fi with certain airlines can be expensive.

That’s why I’m excited to have 10 free Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi passes each year with The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN.

This perk can be a great way to save money!  And it’s an exclusive benefit of the Business Platinum card.  It’s not available for folks with the personal AMEX Platinum.

Gogo WiFi Passes American Express Business Platinum

You Can Save Money on In-Flight Wi-Fi Purchases by Using the AMEX Business Platinum Free Gogo Wi-Fi Passes on Eligible Airlines!

I’ll show AMEX Business Platinum cardholders how to load free Gogo Wi-Fi passes!

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Book Virgin America Awards With Alaska Airlines Miles!

If you have Virgin America points, you now have more opportunities to get excellent value from your rewards!

Via One Mile at a Time, you can now book Virgin America award flights with Alaska Airlines miles!  This is a big deal, because folks with Virgin America points can now redeem their points with 2 very different “award charts”.

Book Virgin America Awards With Alaska Airlines Miles

You Now Have 2 Options for Redeeming Your Virgin America Points!

I’ll help you decide if booking Virgin America award flights with Alaska Airlines miles makes sense for you!

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