Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 October, 2018

Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 October, 2018

Good morning First computer problems then medical problems (an ankle) forced an unplanned silence upon me, but here I am, happily back once more and sharing another selection of the great and the grim. Simultaneously on the great and grim side of things, we had a cancellation off our Christmas “Landcruise” of Northern France and […]

The Evolving Madness of Customs Searches

The Evolving Madness of Customs Searches

New Zealand has just passed a new law empowering their Customs Officers to levy fines of up to NZ$5000 (US$3400) if you refuse to provide your electronic device passwords on request. Note that the fine doesn’t mean you then avoid having customs officials and who knows who else examining and sharing the data on your […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 September, 2018

Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 September, 2018

Good morning I must start off by thanking everyone who generously responded to the start of our annual fundraising drive last week.  We had 40 kind people choose to send in some support. Depending on if one’s glass is half full or half empty, the half full glass perspective notes that we collected almost as […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 14 September, 2018

Weekly Roundup, Friday 14 September, 2018

Good morning It has been another busy week here at the Travel Insider Galactic Headquarters. To my amazement, I found myself actually liking the latest release of new iPhones, so much so that I’m staring at my now four year old iPhone 6+, complete with cracked screen, and wondering if it is getting close to […]

Apple's Annual iPhone Release

Apple’s Annual iPhone Release

If it is September, then not only is Fall making its transformational presence felt, but it is time for an “Apple Spring” with their annual event announcing another year’s worth of iPhones. This year’s event cast off still more of the Jobs legacy, with CEO Tim Cook in white sneakers, light tan Dockers style trousers, […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 September, 2018

Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 September, 2018

Good morning I hope you had a great long weekend, and that there’s still a generous measure of Indian summer for you to enjoy. It is certainly way too soon to start feeling the winter blues, but it is not way too soon to start planning an escape from that phenomenon.  And have I got […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 31 August, 2018

Weekly Roundup, Friday 31 August, 2018

Good morning Welcome to another Labor Day Weekend and, sadly, the end of another summer.  I’ve been alternating between days with the a/c on and then a day with the heaters on, and soon there’ll be no question which way to set the thermostat at all. In an interesting counter-current, although the US is producing […]

A New and Better Christmas Cruise Experience

A New and Better Christmas Cruise Experience

We love visiting the European Christmas markets, and take Travel Insiders to Europe just about every December for this purpose. Until now, we’ve used a one week river cruise as the central component of these experiences, but this year, we are trying something different – not just different, but also better.  A better experience, and […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 August, 2018

Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 August, 2018

Good morning The rapid passing of time is never more noticeable than on this day each year, it being today my daughter’s 14th birthday.  As many as you of course know, possibly with grandchildren as well as children, one looks at one’s children with amazement, still vividly remembering what they were like so many years […]