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Weekly Roundup, Friday 23 September 2016

Weekly Roundup, Friday 23 September 2016

Good morning In the excitement of everything else last week, I did a poor job of calling your attention to a matter of importance to me, and perhaps to you too. Our annual Travel Insider Fundraising Appeal.  Yes, we did have 42 readers respond generously, including ‘super supporters’ (ie contributing $100 +) Peter […]

Backpack too Informal?  Briefcase too Inconvenient?  Try a Messenger Bag.

Backpack too Informal? Briefcase too Inconvenient? Try a Messenger Bag.

One of the constant challenges we face as business travelers is finding a bag that is convenient to carry, functional and robust, but also one which we can take into a meeting at the ‘other end’ of our journey. Depending on the circumstances, back packs are usually pushing the limit of how casual […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 16 September 2016

Weekly Roundup, Friday 16 September 2016

Good morning We’ve a great opportunity for one lucky single gentleman.  We have a single gent on our New Zealand tour looking for someone to share with.  This person has traveled with me twice before, so I can attest to his general decency and ‘inoffensiveness’ as a rooming mate. So if you’d love […]

The Obscured Truth of Why Your Flight Takes Longer Today than 20, 30, even 40 Years Ago

The Obscured Truth of Why Your Flight Takes Longer Today than 20, 30, even 40 Years Ago

If you have a regular route you fly, you’ll probably have noticed that the scheduled time for that flight has been gradually extending over the last several decades.  In my case, the short nonstop SEA-LAX-SEA flights that used to take under  2 1/2  hrs in the 1970s now are scheduled to take up […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 9 September 2016

Weekly Roundup, Friday 9 September 2016

Good morning It is great to be back once more, although the time away on our Balkans Cruise from Bucharest to Budapest was absolutely wonderful.  Perfect weather, a brilliant cruise, and – as is happily so commonly the case, a wonderful group of Travel Insiders, made for a really great shared experience. The […]

Amazon's Amazing New $89 8" Fire Tablet

Amazon’s Amazing New $89 8″ Fire Tablet

The big news this week was supposed to be the Apple iPhone 7 launch (see our commentary and analysis here).  Not so widely publicized was Amazon bracketing that event with some much more exciting new product releases of its own. Amazon/Android/Motorola Phones Earlier in the week Amazon announced amazing low prices to its […]

Apple's Disappointing New iPhone 7

Apple’s Disappointing New iPhone 7

The new iPhone 7 and 7+ were announced this morning at a release event in San Francisco. This year, Apple pretty much abandoned any pretense of keeping the details under wraps, so much so that the previous day I was receiving press releases from accessory suppliers, clearly indicating that the new iPhone 7+ […]

Apple's Annual iPhone Update - A Background Analysis

Apple’s Annual iPhone Update – A Background Analysis

In little more than one hour’s time, we will experience Apple’s annual release event announcing details of their new model of iPhone, together with some other new product announcements too.  So, should you rush out and start lining up outside your local Apple store to buy a new iPhone as soon as it […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 19 August 2016

Weekly Roundup, Friday 19 August 2016

Good morning Let’s start off this week with the most exciting thing, first. To my disappointment, and his too, a good friend and multiple Travel Insider Tour participant has had to cancel out of the New Zealand tour this coming late Oct/early Nov.  He’s already paid his $500 non-refundable deposit.  Unlike airlines, we […]

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