What Not to Pack On Vacation.

The old aphorism is to work smarter not harder. For travel this includes carful packing rather than heavy cases, which really is hard work. It is mildly frustrating to take items on vacation that you never use; it is very frustrating to get to the destination wishing you had thought to pack that item you […]

Airports to Consider Avoiding

Los Angeles, USA. The seventh busiest passenger airport in the world, though we have to admire the face the modern world can handle all that traffic. Apparently there is always construction work underway, and taxiing of planes is bothersome. Still, it has a few good restaurants, and is well known for plane spotters.   Kathmandu, […]

Items Banned from Import

Some foreign societies had strict limitation on what is allowed in their country. Common sense doesn’t cover some of these things.   Mountain Dew and some Citrus based carbonated drinks This is banned in many European countries and Japan. One ingredient, brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is considered an unsafe food additive.   Chewing Gum Not […]


Overseas websites periodically mention some strange facts about the mysterious land of Australia. The dangerous and wild animals seem a popular topic. But the lists are often sensationalized, even if there are some particularity poisonous snakes and spiders in the country. These lists seem to simultaneously arouse some fear and fascination, a bit like a […]

Packing Tips

If you have enough clothing for three days you have enough for a short trip. A longer trip means washing and re-wearing the clothes. But you still have to factor in any specialized items. Take sporting gear and swimwear only if you are going to use it, and if hiring isn’t feasible. Take something that […]