Passport Renewal – Why Do It NOW If Your’s Is Expiring This Year!

Do you recall about ten years ago, there was the “Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative” which requires Americans to carry passports when they visited Canada and Mexico?

Since most passports last for 10 years, that means a lot of people will need replacements this year and next year (2016 and 2017). State Department sources say they expect to issue more than 17 million new passports and renewals this year. That boils down to about 1.5 million more than in 2015. This means that renewals...

New Gadget To Help Travelers Sleep On An Airplane!

The Go Sleep® Travel System is a patented upright sleep system that allows traveler's a better way to sleep while on an airplane.   By using this device around a headrest it is a perfect solution to avoid the head bobbing, or neck pillows that just don't work for me.

This set includes a fabric covered pillow and a comfortable sleep mask for the eyes to block the light. A sturdy strap fits around the sides of the sleep mask and goes around the...

Tips And Tricks for Newport Beach Restaurant Week

Let’s face it, restaurants like to show off their culinary prowess and unique dining venues. And what better way to razzle and dazzle their guests than to create innovative, multi-course and value-driven menus for Newport Beach’s 10th Annual Restaurant Week! I am going to share with you some tips, tricks, and a game plan for you to get the most out of the upcoming Restaurant Week. I have also uncovered some recent “restaurant news” and menu notes too.

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Where To Turn for “Reliable” On-Line Reviews for Travel & Dining

When I am researching a restaurant or a hotel, I use multiple resources on-line to learn more about them. If I only depend on YELP, for example there is no guarantee that the person was even at the hotel or restaurant. It is based on “Open Reviews”.

And there are times when a disgruntled employee, or a competitor,  posts comments that are untrue. A single one-star review could significantly lower the overall rating of a business. When a business can’t remove a false review, its...

Camera Lens Kit To Instantly Improve Your Smart Phone Pictures!

This is one awesome kit that is so simple to use! What for my dramatically enhanced photos as soon as I receive this from Amazon!

Leave it to my social media and web site specialists (Joy and Ian from Comatica) to find a cool gadget that I just have to have. I have a small Cannon camera that I tuck into my purse or pocket and use for taking pictures when at events, traveling or dining. I also find I am using my iphone, as it is handy to then create a collage and post on Facebook, or on my...

The Ultimate Luggage, Travel Equipment & Gadget Store—-Offering Seminars Too!

Rooten’s Luggage Store is a mecca for anyone who likes to travel. They have everything you could possible imagine, and the staff is over-the-top helpful. They listen to what you are looking for, at any price point, and try to help you find the perfect solution. (Located right near John Wayne/Santa Ana Orange County Airport.)

They have creatively developed Seminars on "The Secrets of Packing and Traveling Tips". Rooten’s hosts travel talks by world travelers and travel experts. The...

Picstich

Pic Stitch- An Easy Photo Application for Making Collages

PIC STITCH - AN APP FOR MAKING INSTANT COLLAGES OF PHOTOS & IMAGES

This is a FREE App from the Apple Store, and what a wonderful program this has been for me to use. It will be your new best friend while traveling too, I am sure of it. What I like about this program is that it is free, easy to use, and allows me to take a collection of images to then post in various places. That saves me time. And for a nominal fee I did upgrade giving me numerous...

Quick Shopping Solutions-Travel Gadgets, Luggage & Clothing

Finding “just the right thing” for an upcoming trip can be exhausting. Here is my Short List of “go to” spots for just what I need.  I think you will find it very helpful as well.

Magellan’s Travel Supplies-   www.magellans.com
This web site is my favorite, and is chock full of all kinds of helpful tools and gadgets. My prized purchases of late have been the following items,...

OC Fair’s App Rocks!

This App is awesome! 2012 OC Fair. Has a map of each entertainment area (called Attractions) and by day has the concert and event calendar. Also Parking and Off-Site Parking information. Makes it so easy to select which day to visit the Fair when you click on Events. You can see the various performances and concerts by day! Brilliant! Don't miss the Livestock since the little baby piggies are so cute! Best of all this App is free. Through August 12th. For best pricing, click on My OC Fair...

Technology to Use When You Travel

Hip Geo

A Cool Web Site To Journal A Trip Including Copy & Photos & Timeline!!!

This is a great program for not only journaling your trip, or outing, but it notes copy and also your photos. All you need is a Smart Phone! Using GPS it can identify your location and the rest is “magic” as I like to say. Is this like “GET SMART” or what?

I am testing it out for my trip to Europe later this summer...

I was just asking one of the founders, Scott...