18 January 2016

Doing the Golden Triangle Tour in India

The Golden Triangle is the most Tourist Oriented part of India... I did this trip with only minor problems... Possible Problems are:

Tuk Tuk Drivers Always want to take you to a "nice market" and its almost impossible to stop them... Get your Fare set FIRMLY in Advance Before you Get into a Tuk Tuk...and REPEAT to Driver "No Markets!"

BEWARE of Fares that are "As You Like"...IT will be As they Tell you and very high!
Most Hotel Desks can be helpful in getting you on tours that are Reasonable and Safe. Udipur would be an easy side trip...Rajastan is very colorful

Don't EVER Accept Free Drinks from anyone... Eat in Crowded Places that have Lots of Locals...
I generally eat bananas and oranges I can peel myself...India has some good packaged cookies etc that are safe.
Look Confident...Walk Fast even if you're Lost... and avoid Aggressive "Too Helpful" People

24 December 2015

19 December 2015

How To Store Books...And Record Albums

How to Store Books:  A 66 Gallon Plastic "See Through" Tub works Best...

It Exactly Takes 4 Stacks of Books with Spines Out for later searching...

About 40 normal sized hard cover books per Tub...  Tubs can be stacked 4 high without crushing...Unstacking needs to be done with planning ahead as they are heavy...
Books have a "fresh" feel after being in the tubs as opposed to books left out in the air...

On sale they're about $7 to $8 each...at most stores like TarJay or Walmart... Buy the Tubs with "Square" Corners, NOT Rounded or obstructed corners...


Postscript:  These same 66 Gallon Tubs also perfectly fit 331/3 Record Albums...Another area where proper storage is key...

18 December 2015

12 November 2015

23 May 2015

Wandering Around Chiang Mai with a Camera

Click Title for some photos of Chiang Mai, Thailand

16 May 2015

30 April 2015

ARE TOURISTS STILL FLYING TO KATHMANDU ON OLD TICKETS?

I have a flight to Katmandu on Qatar for 6th May arriving on 8th May via Doha... But They said I'd have to cancel through my agent which is Eros ...
 

And Eros isn't answering their phone and doesn't seem to have anyone speaking English when they Do...

Fortunately, I had Travel Insurance ... And They are apparently going to cover my ticket loss under a clause that says "Travel Interruption" is effective IF Your Destination is "Uninhabitable" because of Earthquake (Among other Things)

I'd like to rebook for later this year... But this agency's customer service seems to be a cell phone ringing on someones car seat...Unanswered!
So a Bad Agency means Qatar wont cancel or rebook this ticket. I Have until 6th to decide.

I have the claim forms and have all necessary documents to file a claim...


But DAMN...

27 April 2015

How to Cancel Your Flight to Kathmandu...

I had a flight to Kathmandu for May 6... And I've been working on cancelling with NO Luck... 

Essentially they want to fly you into a disaster zone without regard to the consequences...
This is basically Qatar Air and the notorious CheapFareGuru on Yahoo...(Google the Complaints on this Agency if you want)....What a lousy Customer Service set-up... On Hold for a half hour THEN they hang up on you and Then the dial tone is "busy" if you call back...

But Amazingly, I did have Travel Insurance which I always considered to be another scam...But They are the only people who would talk to me about this situation ... 

It turns out that if your Destination becomes "uninhabitable" you are Covered...! Who Knew...? I thought it was just for illness or injury... 

Anyway... Still working on it...

I'd Would love to go to Kathmandu Sometime in future JUST Not Right Now which is the worst time for a Tourist to Show Up in Nepal...

01 March 2015

Old Shepheard's Hotel in Cairo ~ Click Here

Old Shepheard's Hotel in Cairo was The Place to See and Be Seen for British Tourists in the Golden Age of Travel from 1880 to 1940...  It was burned to the ground during the uprising of 1952 But was Rebuilt as a modern hotel on the Cornish in Cairo immediately thereafter and is still in business as a luxury hotel

Cooks Excursionist

Thomas Cook & Co really started the Package Tour Business as we know it...

28 February 2015

How to Make Travel Photos into Slide Shows




A Travel Slide Show can be easily made with simple movie editing program with some music added. Hard part is choosing photos in sequence and numbering them for upload into program. This Slide Show took about 10 Minutes to make and about 10 minutes to convert into an mpeg...Using different "transitions" between photos helps provide visual variety. Adding Titles & Ending is Easy Enough to learn...

27 February 2015

Murray's Hand-Book for Egypt

MurraysHandbookEgypt 

Click Title to Read the E-Book

This Book is a Classic for Pre Golden Age of British 

Travel to Egypt and India Raj

CLICK HERE for A Better Indexed Link to This Book

10 February 2015