Travel Gadget Reviews

This HappyFlyer is a self-proclaimed tech enthusiast with a passion for travel. She will be writing about her interest in travel gadgets and sharing her best travel tips and unique perspective on travel experiences.

Passengers on two cruise ships are under quarantine due to Coronavirus

This probably isn’t the kind of adventure that passengers expect when they sign up for a cruise. Currently, passengers on two cruise ships are under quarantine.  The Princess Diamond and the World Dream are anchored off Japan and Hong Kong, respectively. There are at least 10 passengers who have been confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus on Princess Diamond. The Diamond Princess is anchored off the coast of Yokohama, near Tokyo, with 1,045 crew and 2,666 passengers — including 428 Americans — on board. The second ship, the World Dream, is docked at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Cruise...

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A Passenger Got Kicked Off a Flight For Wearing a Gas Mask

American Airlines removed a passenger from a Dallas to Houston flight on Thursday night, after he wore a gas mask onto the plane.  He was escorted off the flight after he refused to take off the mask. One curious detail from the accounts of other passengers:  His gas mask didn’t have a filter.  This would make it difficult for him to breathe in it.  It’s a prime example of why face masks may not be as effective if they aren’t worn properly. While coronavirus has been declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a global health emergency, the...

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Why is it called the Coronavirus and Tracking Real Time Updates

The World Health Organization (WHO) had just declared the coronavirus outbreak a “Global Health Emergency“, as the number of confirmed cases continued to rise. There is also a lot of fear on how best to handle cases to prevent further spread.  Just today, there were news that a cruise trip was being quarantined in port city of Civitavecchia, near Rome, Italy.  There were at least 6,000 passengers and 1,000 staff on board. (Update: the two suspected passengers were tested negative for the coronavirus). Many airlines have also cancelled flights amid the outbreak. There are two things of personal interests...

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6 Things To Do in Orlando Besides Theme Parks

When people think of Orlando, they usually think of these major attractions first: Disney World Resorts, Universal Studios, Sea World Orlando/Discovery Cove, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and Legoland Florida Resort. There are certainly other things to do in the area besides the theme parks.  I wrote about a few of them already, but I thought I’d include them in this list. 1.  Visit the Largest McDonald in the World Did you know that the “World’s Largest Entertainment McDonald” is located right in Orlando? It’s conveniently located at  6875 Sand Lake Road (off of International Drive).   Since I always...

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Visiting the Harry P Leu Gardens, Orlando, Florida

Last month, I visited the Harry P Leu Gardens (a 50-acre botanical garden) during my visit to Orlando.  I was staying at SeaWorld area, and the Leu Garden is about a 35-40 minutes drive away. If you are staying in downtown Orlando, it’s only about a 10 minutes drive. There are certain times of the year where admissions is free.  Admissions is $10/ adult.   The weather wasn’t great (a light drizzle) on the day of our visit.  It was not the kind of day where one might think to visit an outdoor garden, so there was no crowds....

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Hotel Review: Hilton Grand Vacation Club at SeaWorld (Orlando)

I recently had a stay at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club Hotel at SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida. Check In When you get to the property, you can pull over and park on the side of the road in front of the main building (for check-in). Once you are checked-in, you can drive over to your building lot.  There is plenty of parking at this property.  Check-in starts at 4PM.  Maybe the hotel was busy because it was near the holidays, but check in was agonizingly slow.  We waited in line for at least a half-hour (Yikes!)   They had staff...

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Amex Airline Fee Credit: I’m Sticking with Delta

If you have an Amex card with the annual credit for the airline incidental fee, January is the month to enroll or change your existing selection to another qualifying airline. The incident fee credit covers qualifying expenses, such as checked baggage, in-flight refreshments, and flight change fees.  A fellow blogger had covered this topic, so I won’t rehash the details. Why Delta? I had selected Delta as my qualifying airline last year, and I’m sticking with that choice for this calendar year. It’s an easy decision since most of my flights last year have been on Delta.  Since I...

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My Pick for a Replacement Battery Charger (Power Bank)

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.  For years, I had a small but durable power-bank.  I loaned it to my sister during a trip, and it was confiscated during a transit through the PVG airport.  The reason?  It did not have a label or a clear identification. I wasn’t in a hurry for a replacement.  I had the opportunity to use the Samsung Power Bank, which was durable and worked remarkably well.  Still, I was looking for something lighter and more economical. When I looked into the top players in the market, the Anker brand had come up on...

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Got a “Suite” Upgrade at Waldorf Astoria Orlando!

I made a short escape to visit Orlando, Florida before the Christmas holidays. I did not initially plan to stay at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando.  We had two nights at the Hilton Grand Vacations Suite at Sea World, in part using the Hilton Aspire resort credit.  I wanted to tack on an extra night without spending a bundle, but the property didn’t have a standard award (and its premium award pricing is outrageously ridiculous).  Waldorf Astoria Orlando had a “standard” award night, so I decided to hotel hop for our last day in Orlando. Confirmed Reservation (or is it?)...

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Bluffworks Travel Clothing: The Women’s Line

Let me start by saying that I’m no fashionista. I like simple, and same goes for my wardrobe.  I prefer function over style (not to say that they can’t coexist), but let’s just say …you’d never find me walking around in a high heeled stilettos.  The last time I purchased travel-specific clothing, it was for a pair of pick-pocket proof pants for a trip to Athens. Bluffworks Travel Clothing Recently, I was given the opportunity to review the women’s line of travel clothing from a company called BluffWorks.  The women’s line is newly launched in 2019 so I’m thrilled...

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