The Travel Insider Newsletter, May 17, 2015

Dear Traveler: Hello and welcome to a special edition of The Travel Insider newsletter. David Rowell, you usual host and commentator, is guiding back-to-back Travel Insider tour groups in Europe. He’s asked me to fill in for the next few weeks while he’s mostly incommunicado. Who am I? Fair question. I’m the Joe […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 May 2015

Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 May 2015

Good morning May already, and summer just around the corner.  Many of us travel over the summer, and for some of us, that’s when we have most time to read a book or three, and so I’ve written an article updating the current options for reading eBooks. There’s an increasingly valid solution these […]

The Best Way to Read eBooks - Summer 2015

The Best Way to Read eBooks – Summer 2015

A reader wrote in asking for an update on how best to read eBooks these days.  A Kindle?  A Kindle Fire?  Some other sort of tablet?  A Nook?  Or what? It is true that these days we are blessed with many low-cost and convenient ways of reading eBooks, so perhaps the first answer […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 April 2015

Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 April 2015

Good morning Tomorrow is a very solemn day in New Zealand and Australia, perhaps the most solemn in the last 100 years. It marks the 100th anniversary of what we term ‘Anzac Day’, a date that commemorates the huge losses suffered by both NZ and Australia during the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign in World […]

How to Securely Access the Internet When Traveling

How to Securely Access the Internet When Traveling

Do you know what the risks are whenever you connect to the internet via Wi-Fi?  And do you know how to minimize these risks? For example, many people travel the world and assiduously search out free Wi-Fi connections as a low cost way of keeping connected.  Even those of us who are prepared […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 10 April 2015

Weekly Roundup, Friday 10 April 2015

Good morning First things first.  We had a cancellation on our Scotland’s Islands and Highlands tour this June.  A single gentleman is now no longer able to come with us due to some medical issues arising. We can transfer over his place on the tour to another single person and his misfortune can […]

Weekly Roundup, Good Friday 3 April 2015

Weekly Roundup, Good Friday 3 April 2015

Good morning It is a strange thing in this semi-Christian country.  Easter – perhaps the most significant event in the Christian calendar – is much less a celebration than it was in New Zealand.  Few signs of hot cross buns, and the occasional marshmallow filled Easter Egg is obscured by all sorts of […]

Does an Electric Car Make Economic Sense?

Does an Electric Car Make Economic Sense?

Many people automatically assume that an electrically powered vehicle is enormously less expensive than a gasoline or diesel powered vehicle. It is true that hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius boast higher than normal fuel economy ratings (51/48 for the 2015 Prius) and it is also true that completely electric vehicles show […]

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