What’s In Your Carry On?

Tomorrow is the big day! It will take me about an hour to pack today. Tossing my personals into my suitcase is no big deal. More important is my carry on luggage. Most airlines permit you to carry on two pieces: a small bag and a personal item such as a purse, briefcase, or computer case. In my carry on suitcase, I take a change of clothes, personal documents, electronics, and anything else I’d be…

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15 Ways to Entertain Yourself on a Long Flight

Door to door, the flight from Miami to Melbourne is about 25 hours. It can get boring fast. Here are 15 ways to entertain yourself on a long flight. 1. Read. Thanks to the magic of the e-reader, you can carry a library of books with you too. It’s good to have variety. You might want to read something light and fun, the latest thriller, a business book, or dive into a classic novel. I…

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What To Wear on a Long Flight

I know some people who dress perfectly normal at home, but seem to leave their normal clothes behind when they travel and opt instead for items such as plaid shorts, white sneakers, and straw hats. On the flip side, there are those folks who seem to confuse the airplane with Ibiza and travel in cocktail dresses, high heels, and full makeup. Door to door, the journey from Miami to Melbourne is about 25 hours. It…

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Before You Go

I depart for Australia in about a week. I think everything is in order. There are so many things to consider when planning a trip especially a long one. Your Passport It should go without saying that you need a passport and preferably one that doesn’t expire within six months. Australian Visas When I approached the airline counter in Los Angeles just a couple of hours before my flight to Melbourne last February and handed…

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My Beloved iPhone

I am suffering from an existentialist crisis. I’d like to think that I am an independently acting and responsible conscious human being, but I feel like Steve Jobs is laughing at me from beyond the grave. In January, I wrote about how much I love my iPhone. It’s unhealthy, I’m sure. I mean, it’s only glass, stainless steel, and plastic. And yet I love this brilliant little device that revolutionized mobile design, how we carry our…

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Staying Connected with Friends & Family Abroad

After months of exploring my options, I’ve finally/almost settled on how I will stay connected with family and friends abroad while I’m in Australia. Skype Skype is a voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) service and software application. Download Skype and you’ll be able to communicate with other Skype users by instant message, voice, or video for free. Beyond that, Skype offers three pricing plans for calling land lines and mobile phones as well as services such as…

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The Joys & Griefs of Facebook

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Facebook is my favorite social networking site. While I watch the tumbleweeds roll by at Google+ and Twitter is my go-to network for news and resources, Facebook is where I connect with friends, engage in interesting conversations, and cultivate personal interests. Like the internet in general, you can harness the power of Facebook for good, for evil, or for plain old silliness.

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7 Things I Need to Learn to Get By in Australia

Here are seven things I need to learn to get by in Australia. 1. Driving on the left side of the road from the right side of the car About 66% of the world’s people live in right-hand traffic countries. Australia is not one of those countries. If that weren’t bad enough, cars are allowed to park on the left driving lane during certain hours. That means drivers are constantly zipping around them. Plus you’ve…

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