Army Surplus for Less . Englewood

Army Surplus for Less is one of Denver’s best and most well stocked army surplus stores, with gear stocked floor to ceiling in their maze like downtown Englewood store. I love checking out different styles of travel bags and finding unique mobile gear, and this is a perfect place to explore. They carry a large…

Cologne and Perfume

When traveling where scents are required, i.e. weddings, ballroom dancing, fancy corporate dinner parties and the sticky hotel room affairs that follow – many experts advise spraying or dabbing perfume onto cotton swabs and transporting it in a small plastic baggie. This is an excellent idea, but for even more potency and liquid form try…

In Praise of Oatmeal

Have you ever read an entire post about oatmeal? Instant oatmeal is the frugal traveler’s friend. Oatmeal packets are small enough to fit anywhere: in carry ons, in your purse, your manpurse, or even on person. Instant oatmeal packets don’t make a mess if broken. Nor do they get smashed up like crackers or melt…

Mass Rep Ed Markey’s Travel Protection

I found this article buried in the weekend news, and I’m unable to find much more on this obscure proposed bill.  Even though I doubt anything will come of it I still find interesting and somewhat bizarre. Massachusett’s representative Ed Markey is proposing a bill to establish the “International Travelers Bill of Rights Act,” which would…

Return to Argentina

I consider learning Spanish to be the most productive thing I’ve done over the past few years. Remodeling my entire house comes in a close second. While the rapid staccatos of some Mexican friends still whiz above my head, I can read and understand most conversations with an upper-intermediate level of proficiency, and am able…

You Have a Baby… In Amsterdam…

That line is actually from the movie “Sweet Home Alabama”  where Reese Witherspoon sees an old friend in her hometown bar and says “You Have a Baby… In a Bar…”    Not worth renting – but its a witty quip. First my apologies to my faithful readers for the two week gap in posts.  You see I’ve…

Ink Up in Europe

Boy that sure would make a great intro to an article about German tattoo artists.  Or the best places for body art in Amsterdam, (coming in March,) but no – this is the more Orwellian issue of requiring fingerprints to travel. This MSNBC article discusses Europe’s reciprocation of the U.S. policies which require extensive biometric information…

Cheap Is Not Always Best

I posted my comments on Rick Seaney’s Fare Compare blog after reading his “Top Ten Insider Secrets” linked from The Consumerist.   I didn’t find this basic list of rehashed (but good) ideas worth the trumped up label of profound and enlightening.   Furthermore, a couple of points I flat out disagreed with, such as his advice on bereavement fares. Aside from my annoyance at…