Travel Planning

Passport Insights: When to Carry Them and New Renewal Option

By Carol Rowland / June 19, 2024 /

Interestingly enough a new announcement came out last week about an online option for renewing passports, so I wanted to share some insights about this. As a corollary to that, I am frequently asked when folks should leave their passport in their room safe, versus the times to carry their passport with them, so various…

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Traveler Responsibilities and Best Practices, Part 2

By Carol Rowland / April 17, 2024 / Comments Off on Traveler Responsibilities and Best Practices, Part 2

Last week I shared some insights regarding the responsibilities of a traveler – some of the basic actions to avoid self-imposed problems during your trip. Beyond those, there are a number of tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years that I’ve defined as best practices, so I share those today… Traveler Responsibilities and Best…

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Traveler Responsibilities and Best Practices, Part 1

By Carol Rowland / April 10, 2024 / Comments Off on Traveler Responsibilities and Best Practices, Part 1

There’s been a story in the news the last week that irritated me, along with most travel advisors, and it inspired me to write an article I’ve been thinking about for a long time…  Traveler Responsibilities and Best Practices Last week there was a news story that was online, on social media, and on TV.…

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Creating your what NOT to pack list

By Carol Rowland / August 17, 2023 / Comments Off on Creating your what NOT to pack list

I’ll be in Ireland for two weeks before heading to Poland, and packing for such a trip is a focused effort, as I have many business items in addition to the normal clothes, shoes, and toiletries. Besides a list of things to pack, I have a strategy about what NOT to pack that makes the…

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Gather and Organize (Photos)

By Carol Rowland / August 9, 2023 / Comments Off on Gather and Organize (Photos)

The other day, I dropped my phone and the screen cracked. Interesting that what I think about most with my phone is pictures. Changing phones is a pain anyway, but the pictures seem to be the thing we always want to make sure moves over. That inspires this week’s article about keeping all these pictures…

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Buffer Time when Traveling

By Carol Rowland / June 7, 2023 / Comments Off on Buffer Time when Traveling

With highly anticipated trips, folks can feel the need to make sure they see everything in the top ten list, or all the places that friends recommend, so that sparks this week’s article… Essentialism and buffer time I am re-listening on Audible a book called Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown. The…

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The Best Book for a Gift – a Passport!

By Carol Rowland / May 10, 2023 / Comments Off on The Best Book for a Gift – a Passport!

May is the month of graduations and transitions, and today I share an idea about the best gift… The Best Book for a Gift – a Passport! “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine As we move into the graduation season and folks are…

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Planning Buffer Time to Start your Trip

By Carol Rowland / August 31, 2022 / Comments Off on Planning Buffer Time to Start your Trip

On a group trip to Italy, we had a little glitch with the transportation getting the group to the airport, but fortunately it all worked out. We had a lot of extra time built in, and that’s because I’ve seen what can happen, which inspires this week’s article… Planning Buffer Time to Start your Trip …

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Planning Travel Itineraries in the Right Order

By Carol Rowland / August 17, 2022 / Comments Off on Planning Travel Itineraries in the Right Order

Going to see a show on Broadway is one of my favorite things, and my experience of seeing some shows in fall of 2019 inspires this week’s article on seeing things in the right order… Planning Travel Itineraries in the Right Order One of the important parts of planning a travel itinerary is making sure…

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Tips for late night flights and jetlag

By Carol Rowland / August 10, 2022 / Comments Off on Tips for late night flights and jetlag

Learning how to best handle the pace of red-eye flights and get over jet lag quickly is a valuable tool to have in your travel pocket, so today I want to share some ideas so you are prepared for your future travels… Tips for late night flights and jetlag At this time of year when…

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