Exploring cultures, countries and comfort zones
Last year I flew from the United States to another country every month. Travel, especially long flights overseas, can be tiring and uncomfortable.
But thanks to my trusty survival kit, my
journeys are always pleasurable and easy
In the Air
The American Express Platinum Card is
expensive but it waives currency conversion fees. (For me, this benefit pays for
the card in two trips.) Other benefits:
•;Select the airline of your choice and
you will be reimbursed up to $200
in incidental charges, including entry into its exclusive airport lounge,
ticket-change fees, in-flight meals,
and extra baggage fees.
•;Complimentary access to hundreds of
airport lounges worldwide.
•;Reimbursement for the Global Entry
application fee to bypass lines at immigration.
•;Many concierge services.
If you just want a card that waives the
currency conversion fee, try the British
Air card through Chase Bank. It is
about $350 cheaper than the American
If wi-fi is available, I use two apps with
my iPad and IPhone. I also arrange with
my cell phone provider to get access to
carriers in the countries where I am traveling, just in case there isn’t free wi-fi. In
that case, I use:
•;Gate Guru shows me all the stores
and restaurants in the terminal near
my gate so I can plan my layover.
•;Ignition allows instant access to my
desktop at home because someone
always waits for me to leave home to
ask me for a file I don’t have.
At the first opportunity, I buy a SIM
card for my iPad from a local phone
company. It costs $10 to $25 for cellular
connection that lasts for weeks for both
email and Skype calls.
The following apps have been lifesavers for me:
•;Around Me finds coffee shops and
grocery stores so I can buy water and
snacks cheaper than hotel prices.
•;Sit or Squat locates the closest public
bathroom. This was critical in China!
•;Call a Taxi …when I need to call a
•;Help2Park provides parking information for my rental car.
Marcia Reynolds, PsyD, CSP, inspires and fascinates audiences as she translates the latest discoveries of how the brain works into strategies for
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