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What to do if you have a UTI abroad

What to do if you have a UTI abroad

Ever slashed your water intake before a long bus ride or flight? Skipped a restroom because it looks like the one from Trainspotting? Worn spandex leggings for 12 hours straight? Then we need to talk.

A urinary tract infection (or UTI for short) is caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract. Women have a shorter urethra (the tube that carries pee out the body) than men, so they’re at greater risk — but that doesn’t mean that men can’t get them too. Normally a little bacteria down there isn’t a problem, but things you frequently experience while traveling — like dehydration, tight clothes, casual sex, and holding in your pee — can all increase your risk of developing an infection. Team that with a clammy climate and all of a sudden, you notice something feels a bit wrong down there. So, you think you have a UTI? Here’s what you need … Read More

The Girl’s Guide to Hiking Solo

The Girl’s Guide to Hiking Solo

Kristin Addis hiking in Iceland
Posted: 12/5/2019 | December 5th, 2019

Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes our regular column on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice for other women travelers to help cover the topics important and specific to them! In this post, she dives into hiking solo!

I’ll always remember the way that the sun came up over Kawah Ijen volcano on Java, in Indonesia, illuminating the green lake in front of me. Smoke rose into the air from the volcano vents, while just Alex, another solo traveler I met halfway up the trail, and I watched as it came up. In the highlight reel of my life, that sunrise will make the cut.

This was at the end of ten months of solo traveling, and now that I think about it, this must have been my first-ever solo hike, which began in the dark, u… Read More

Japan Airlines is considering more US destinations

Japan Airlines has the Americas in its sights for continued expansion next year after the big boost at its Tokyo Haneda hub .

The Oneworld alliance member is eyeing adding new U.S. markets as soon as 2021, said JAL senior vice-president for the Americas Kiyoto Morioka at the ACI-NA 2019 Aviation Issues Seminar in Washington on Thursday. Without providing specifics, he said JAL is considering cities on both coasts, though he noted that any market will only be added in coordination with its partner American Airlines.

Orlando (MCO), San Jose (SJC) in California, and Washington Dulles (IAD) are among the largest markets that JAL does not serve on either coast.

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<img class="lazyautosizes lazyload wp-image-847337 size-full size-full size-full" alt="Japan Airlines is looking at adding new destinations on both coasts as soon as 2021. (Photo by Edward Russell/TPG, presentation by JAL)" … Read More

Are You Ready for the Changes Coming to the Southwest Companion Pass?

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the sweetest deals in the travel world, but changes are coming January 1. Here’s everything you need to know to ensure that your companion flies for free:

The Basics

The Companion Pass allows unlimited travel for your designated companion. You have to pay taxes and fees, as you would with an award ticket, but the free travel applies to both paid and award tickets; you can save Rapid Rewards points by booking one award flight and getting the second one for a pittance. The current requirements for the pass are either 110,000 qualifying points or 100 segments (one-way revenue flights) annually. Beginning January 1, 2020, earning the pass will require 125,000 qualifying points or 100 segments in a calendar year.

The good news is that your pass is good for the year you qualify as well as the following year; if you earn it for 2020, it will be in effect until December 31, 2021, so it makes sense to qualify as early in the year as poss… Read More

Review: British Airways A350 Club Suites Business Class

READ MORE FROM THIS TRIP

• Introduction: My Journey To The Stolen Jewel
• Review: British Airways Lounge Toronto Airport
• Review: British Airways A350 Club Suites Business Class

To kick off this trip I flew British Airways’ A350-1000 Club Suites from Toronto to London Heathrow. The A350 features British Airways’ brand new business class seat, which is ushering in a new era for British Airways, given their previous woefully outdated business class seats.

How I Booked British Airways’ A350 Club Suites

While I could have redeemed British Airways Avios (or other oneworld miles) for this trip, I ended up booking a discounted business class ticket instead.

British Airways and Finnair had excellent ~1,500USD one-way business class fares from Toronto to Singapore, via London and Helsinki. So I booked the following:

12/02 BA92 Toronto to London departing 6:20PM arriving 6:25AM (+1 day)<br /… Read More

Best Virtual Mailbox Service For Travelers & Digital Nomads

Best Virtual Mailbox Service For Travelers & Digital Nomads

Virtual Mailbox Services ReviewVirtual Mailboxes: How to Receive Mail while Traveling
Digital Nomads

How do long-term travelers and digital nomads receive mail or packages while traveling? I use a virtual mailbox service that allows me to scan and forward my mail internationally.

I’ve been working as a digital nomad for the past 9 years, basing myself in multiple countries or simply living out of my backpack while traveling.

Currently, I’m living as an expat in Italy.

Yet I have a virtual mailbox with a physical address in San Antonio, Texas.

Using this service, any incoming mail or packages is photographed, which I can then view through an online dashboard.

From there, I can decide to scan the contents (letters), forward the mail/package… Read More

30 Things to See and Do in Tokyo

30 Things to See and Do in Tokyo

The historic and famous Asakusa Temple in Tokyo, Japan
Posted: 11/23/2019 | November 23rd, 2019

Tokyo is an incredible, massive city home to over 10 million people. It’s the capital of Japan and home to a wide array of fun, historic, and quirky attractions. From the world’s largest tuna auction and the Imperial Palace to robot restaurants and vampire cafés, Tokyo really does have something for everyone.

Whether you’re here for a short stopover or living here as an expat, you’ll be able to find plenty of ways to pass the time and get a feel for the organized chaos that is Tokyo. To help you make the most out of your trip, here are the best things to see and do in Tokyo:
 

1. Visit the Fish Market

Some of the many fresh offerings at the massive fish market in Tokyo, Japan<br /… Read More

Why President Trump flies into London’s low-cost airport, Stansted

What was President Trump doing Monday night on the tarmac of Stansted Airport, the low-cost-airline hub 40 miles northeast of London? Certainly not boarding a Ryanair flight. He had just landed there for the 29-country NATO summit beginning Tuesday.

Although best known as an airport serving primarily low-cost airlines — it is, in fact, Ryanair’s busiest base — STN is no stranger to the business of welcoming Air Force One and the U.S. presidents it transports.

This is the third Stansted landing for U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania after their four-day visit to Britain in summer 2018 and again in July 2019. Barack Obama also used Stansted on three separate occasions during his presidency.

But, of all London airports, why Stansted?

The airport is not typically used by the United Kingdom’s own state flights. For example, the Royal Air Force’s No. 32 (The Royal) Squadron, charged with transporting the Queen and other members of the … Read More