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5 Products I Used to Lose 50 Pounds in 3 Months, Even While Traveling

Many of you were kind enough to send along congrats for losing the weight I did in January. Well, I kept going. Here are some of the products I used to help me along. Click through because you want to see the lengths I’m willing to go to not have to chew vegetables. The post 5 Products I Used to Lose 50 Pounds in 3 Months, Even While Traveling appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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How to Support Domestic Workers: Clothing and Gear Made in the USA and Canada

The readers of this blog are travelers (eventually again…) and adventurers who enjoy the outdoors. So I know you probably buy a healthy amount of travel apparel, outdoor clothing, and luggage. As we go from full unemployment one month to record unemployment the next though, how can you help your fellow countrymen and women who are suddenly suffering? One small way you can do that is to devote a little of that online shopping time to products made by domestic workers, clothing and gear made in the USA or made in Canada. (Take your pick depending on what side of Want to live a better life for half the price? Sign up for the Cheap Living Abroad Newsletter.               Source: Cheapest Destinations

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I’m struggling to post the latest sad airline news (American this time)

Another airline is adjusting service because of the virus. And I’m also sorry. Click through because you want to find out why. The post I’m struggling to post the latest sad airline news (American this time) appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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9 Exotic Cocktails to Make for a Taste of Travel

When you can’t go traveling and you need a taste of distant lands in your life, consider mixing up some exotic cocktails that have a strong association with a particular destination. Many of the world’s best-known cocktails were invented in the USA out of necessity. Before prohibition, most people drank their liquor straight. When quality became less dependable in the time of bootleggers, cocktails rose up in the speakeasies: you needed to mask the harshness of the inferior booze. People liked the resulting taste and presentation, however, so what seemed like a temporary craze turned into a worldwide preference. Even Want to live a better life for half the price? Sign up for the Cheap Living Abroad Newsletter.               Source: Cheapest Destinations

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The Beginner’s Guide to Award Card Approval

The world of points and miles can be endlessly rewarding, with options such as free flights, upgrades to premium cabins, complimentary hotel rooms and discounts on gift cards and merchandise. It can also seem bewildering, if you’re a neophyte looking in from the outside. Here are some of the most important things to know when you’re getting started with the points and miles hobby: Pay Off Your Credit Card Balances Every Month This is the cardinal rule—if you can’t do it, you shouldn’t be collecting points and miles. Most credit card issuers charge interest north of 20%, and those interest charges will wipe out any benefit you gain from bonuses and spending. Before you start, be honest with yourself on this point. Monitor Your Credit Score Enroll in a free service such as Credit Karma so you can follow your score on an ongoing basis. You’ll also be able to track your accounts and credit inquiries and get an overview of what components are most important in making up your score. Apply for One Card at a Time Slow and steady wins the race. The cards you want will have minimum spending requirements within the first three months, and you don’t…

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Is Premium Economy the New Business Class?

Once upon a time, all airline seats were identical. Prior to the 1950s, carriers offered the same cabin experience to all passengers, but with a twist: if you wanted better treatment you took a non-stop flight and paid more, while connecting flights were cheaper. Pan Am introduced the first two-cabin aircraft in 1955, and First Class quickly became differentiated from Economy (or Coach, as it was called back then). Flying became more segregated in the late 1970s and early 1980s when Business Class was born. Very few carriers still have a dedicated First Class Cabin for long-haul international flights. Business Class has become the new First, but a different type of differentiation is now in vogue: Beginning in the 1990s, airlines started introducing Premium Economy, and today’s long-haul flight is likely to have a three-cabin arrangement featuring Economy, Premium Economy and Business. The hallmarks of Premium Economy are more legroom and personal space, slightly more seat width and recline, better food, a bigger video monitor and (hopefully) better service. According to data supplied by SeatGuru, seat pitch is mostly in the range of 36-38” and goes up to 41-43” on some aircraft operated by Air New Zealand, Japan Airlines, Qantas,…

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23 Articles of Mine That Aren’t Really About Travel

These are tough times to be a travel writer. Or work in the travel industry. Or own a travel business. Nobody is going anywhere, countries are closing their borders, and many people I know are stuck in a foreign country, unable to get home to be with their relatives. I’m stuck in Mexico, but by choice. I’m pretty happy about that since my house is paid for and I’ve got a nice view from my windows. The sun is shining every day and I can go for walks without being around a bunch of other people. This weekend I’ll probably Want to live a better life for half the price? Sign up for the Cheap Living Abroad Newsletter.               Source: Cheapest Destinations

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Videoconferencing Tips from a Photographer, Since We’re All Working from Home Now

Nobody is really traveling right now. We’re kinda all at home for the next however long. You know what that means…VIDEOCONFERENCING TIPS. Click through because you want to watch a video of me talking about videoconferencing so you look better at your next meeting. The post Videoconferencing Tips from a Photographer, Since We’re All Working from Home Now appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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Is Priority Pass Worth It?

A visit to an airport lounge can be a magical interlude during a day of stressful traveling. Getting into the lounge, however, can be a complicated affair. For many travelers, Priority Pass has been the solution. Founded in 1992, the company is a collection of over 1,200 lounges in 600 airports in 148 countries. The majority of the locations have dedicated workspaces with free Wi-Fi, power sockets to recharge your devices, quiet zones and complimentary snacks and beverages; some include showers, spas and conference rooms. Your travel patterns will dictate whether Priority Pass is a good value for you. Less than 100 of those 1,200 lounges are in the U.S., so you’d have to do a great deal of international travel for the membership to pay off. To compensate for this, Priority Pass recently extended their coverage to a consortium of airport restaurants where members receive a credit against their check. How much does it cost? If you purchase the membership directly from Priority Pass, there are three levels: Standard ($99 annual fee, plus $39 for each member and guest for every visit), Standard Plus ($299 yearly; the member gets ten free visits, but guests are charged $32 each), Prestige…

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Virus Stuff: Go Buy Stuff from Small Businesses (here are a few I support)

Everyone is looking at the stock market but we need to look local as well. Click through because here are some small businesses I love that you can support. The post Virus Stuff: Go Buy Stuff from Small Businesses (here are a few I support) appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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