Jun 012018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 June 2018

Good morning Things are slightly panicky here, with me off to Britain on Monday for our Grand Tour of Great Britain.  This will be the biggest and most complicated tour we’ve ever done, covering more distance, staying at more places, and seeing more things, than ever before.  Happily it is with a great group of […]

May 232018
 
The TSA's New Revenge Watch-List

News has leaked out that the TSA has now started keeping its own special ‘watch list’ of people it doesn’t like. Like so much to do with the TSA, this watch-list is more charade than reality.  Being on the watch-list apparently means nothing – you are not selected for additional screening, and are not prevented […]

May 042018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 4 May, 2018

Good morning A couple of articles for you this week after tonight’s newsletter, one serious and one not quite so serious. The serious article was a struggle to write.  For some time now I’ve been trying to make sense of electric vehicle sales.  They are probably the most talked about new automotive technology ever, and […]

Apr 132018
 
Weekly Roundup, Black Friday 13 April, 2018

Good morning Have you done your taxes yet?  Or at least filed for an extension.  If the former, I hope you’ve a nice big refund coming your way, and indeed, if you are so fortunate, why not, ummm, “invest” it in forming some rich memories you’ll treasure for years to come. This week I can […]

Mar 302018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 30 March, 2018

Good morning Our Christmas Markets “cruise” had another four people choose to participate last week.  It is great to see Travel Insiders responding so positively to this new approach to enjoying a European pre-Christmas experience, and in a part of Europe that is all the much nicer for being slightly off the well-worn tourist trails. […]

Feb 232018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 23 February, 2018

Good morning First of all, a word about our touring schedule for the year.  We are starting to get down to the wire for the Triple K tour to Kiev, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan this May, so if you’re thinking of coming, please let me know. Also, strangely, this year there’s not yet a lot of […]

Feb 162018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 16 February, 2018

Good morning It was another interesting week, some of which is reported for you below.  In addition, I’m adding three stand-alone articles. One observes how Disney amusement park ticket prices have been going up at a rate averaging three times that of inflation for the last five years, and almost always, going back as far […]

Feb 092018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 9 February, 2018

Good morning It has been another ‘interesting’ week; more of that below, of course.  And after writing a very lengthy piece about a nice program to improve headphone sound last week, I’m now offering you a lengthy piece about a subject that seemed even harder to grow into a 3,000+ word article – USB connecting […]

Jan 262018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 26 January, 2018

Good morning If you might be in the Seattle area on Saturday 24 February, or if you’d like to visit the city for a weekend, I’ll be giving a one hour presentation to close the first day of a two-day seminar/conference by the ‘Frequent Traveler University’, at the Crowne Plaza close to the airport. The […]

Jan 122018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 January, 2018

Good morning First, an exciting update on our 2018 touring schedule.  I’ve now put up the dates and details for our New Zealand ‘Epicurean Extravaganza’ tour, running from late October through mid November.  With a bit of care and belt-tightening on my part, I’ve managed to keep the price the same as it was two […]