Celebrity Caribbean Cruise – Part One: En Route

Celebrity Caribbean Cruise – Part One: En Route

As usual, with pleasure comes a bit of pain. Well, that’s what I hear anyway. In this case, to get to a cruise one must suck it up for the airport/airline experience. We were booked to Ft. Lauderdale on Southwest, mostly because of lower airfare and free bags, of which we had three. But there is the cattle call aspect of the whole thing. If you haven’t flown Southwest, know that there are no reserved seats, just boarding priority groups. You must line up next to numbered posts corresponding to your boarding priority group, i.e., A, B, C, etc. The higher your letter and accompanying number, the farther back in the aircraft you’ll sit and the less likely you’ll sit together if you’re traveling with someone. Of course, Southwest will...

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Something New and Exciting at BarryOnTheRoad.com

Something New and Exciting at BarryOnTheRoad.com

After weeks of research and work, we’re rolling out some exciting changes on the site, and we hope you get as excited as we are.  So, please take a few moments to check out some of the new features. If you’re tired of bouncing around the internet checking here, there and everywhere for travel deals, you can stop now.  With our new affiliation with One Travel, you only need to go to one place for the prices on airfares, rental cars and accomodations you’re looking for. You can simply click over there on the right column where you see Airfare Deals! Or you can click on Hotel Deals! And so on. (Sometimes I will have special coupon codes here in the sidebar, so it’s a good idea to check the sidebar first!) Planning a trip or thinking about a...

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Ten Tips for Airport Luggage Security

Ten Tips for Airport Luggage Security

If you’re like me, you’ve seen the TV promos for the show on the Travel Channel called Baggage Battles dealing with three teams traveling to lost luggage auctions around the world trying to score bargains. Maybe you’ve even watched the show,  or you can identify with the concept because you’ve lost luggage during an air trip. And maybe you’ve heard of the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Arkansas, where contents of unclaimed luggage is put up for sale. According to their website, only one-half of one percent of luggage checked on domestic airlines doesn’t arrive at the same time as the passenger. And, they also say, ninety-five percent of that misdirected baggage finds its way home within five days. So, even though,...

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Observations on the Airline Experience

Observations on the Airline Experience

I get a snicker out of some of the ‘airline speak’ I hear – saying stuff like “illuminated” instead of “lit,” and “in the off position” instead of “off.” Who doesn’t love, “…tampering with, disabling or destroying?”  I think a simple, “Don’t f*** with the smoke detectors!” would suffice.  And have you ever really listened to the nonsensical random voice modulation flight attendants use when reciting their canned speech? I can only figure that they’ve repeated it so many hundreds of times that they aren’t even listening to themselves, and vary their voices randomly to make it sound as though they are. Thinking about it while sitting and waiting for takeoff, it occurred to me...

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Tucson, Arizona February 2012 Tubac, Arizona Arts Village

Tucson, Arizona February 2012 Tubac, Arizona Arts Village

We heard about this arts village from one of those counter cards for tourists you see in restaurants and hotels. Thinking this would be a great half-day adventure, we all piled into our rental econobox and headed south. Located at Exit 34 of Interstate 19 about an hour south of Tucson, it’s a quaint little village pretty much dedicated to the arts and local history. You may be weary of hearing about ‘quaint’ destinations, but this one is worth the trip IMHO. Cleaner and neater and more inviting than most, the wares for sale are quite a few cuts above the sort of stuff you often find in these locales. Nowhere I looked did I find the usual low quality, mass-produced stuff I’m used to seeing. Having wandered through a warehouse full of...

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