We’re going to be late!

Do you “take your time”?  Are you ultra-relaxed?  Do you have time-management problems?  Are you often “a day late and a dollar short”? Being on-time is rather important when it comes to flying.  Missing a flight and then discovering that the ticket was unrefundable is not one of life’s joys. Well, if this is you, we may have some respite…

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Duty now for the future

It’s October, 2021 and we’re still writing about Covid-19.  We won’t weigh in on how some of our fellow humans are approaching the pandemic, but there is no shortage of information to prove that it’s still here and it’s still a threat. But, as humans, we must press on.  And, organisations are trying to help us fashion something that resembles…

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Emotion in motion

The first time I saw Pixar’s movie Inside Out (2015), I was too entranced by its craftsmanship to realise that there was something odd, almost eerie, about its human characters. I was charmed by little Riley, the protagonist, with the chattering critters prancing around in her head. Were it mere make-believe, I wouldn’t quibble with the movie. But its fantastical…

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Wouldn’t you like to ride?

It seems like everyone (except us) is getting into space.  Between, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson, the pure and unadulterated great beyond will be host to all sorts of space cowboys. One company, World View is expanding its services to include the launch of the first-of-its-kind, edge-of-space experience. The World View space tourism experience will be affordable, of…

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Go forth to the north

To most of us, North Korea is a mystery.  We sometimes get directives from governments about visiting or even understanding the country, but can we actually even trust our own administrations? So what is it all about? In this article, Hong Kong native Ted Lau’s new book tries to understand everyday life in the ‘dystopian utopia’ of a totalitarian country shrouded…

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The Homecoming

It’s been several years since the UK voted on and enacted Brexit, where they elected to leave the European Union.  The dust has still not settled.  See below… Goodness, there’s another row between the Daily Express and the EU. On this occasion, the Spanish – at the very least – have said that those Brits living in Spain, as we…

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Private eyes are watching you

… they see your every move. No one is going to intentionally stick a camera in a hotel room to catch me in the shower, but the video camera might be there anyway, and it’s really creepy. Cameras are often concealed inside of devices you’d expect to find in a room like a clock radio, a smoke detector, or inside…

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Happy birthday, electric interwebs!

This year (2021) the Internet turns thirty years of age.  Is that even possible for those of us who were 30+ when it started?  Kids today have no idea what an adventure it was to even successfully login to AOL. Things seem to have happened so quickly and – in some ways alarmingly dystopian ways  – but where would we…

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Denial

By the time I realised that my drug use was killing me, I was institutionalised deep in the woods of Minnesota, at least a three-day drive from home, and without a car. My 1983 Corolla, including all my stuff, had been repossessed several months earlier. I was in a treatment centre at the unripe age of 23 as a result…

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Won’t get fooled again

Lately, in the time of Covid-19, the news is full of unbelievable tricks by travel companies in order to squeeze every last cent out of travelers.  You can probably empathize with them, but sometimes they’re just “taking the Micky” as they say in London:  “you must be joking.” While many airlines have done away with change and cancellation fees, there’s…

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It’s how you see the world

Although the world is still very far away from inclusiveness, humans are making strides – and that includes new thinking in facilities for the disabled. Technology, of course, is leading the way, especially with new materials and ways of manufacturing.  But, you will also find humans and companies really thinking hard about to make those who are less-abled feel freer.…

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Lies and honest mistakes

The other day, I told a friend that Knoxville is the capital of Tennessee. Five seconds and a blur of fingers later, he said: ‘No, it’s Nashville.’ My statement was obviously not true. But since I sincerely believed in the accuracy of what I was saying, I was nonetheless being truthful. I was mistaken, not mendacious. This distinction between truth…

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Jet lag can make you stupid

We periodically feature content from AViewFromtheWing.com.  Gary Leff, who runs the site is a travel authority in a number of areas, especially when it comes to points, saving money and how to travel in the best ways. Here, we feature his best solution on how to beat jet lag and make the most of your trip.  He’s traveled enough, and…

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Small is all you need

Air travel can be a frantic and fraught experience, at times.  Too many people, too many gates, not enough time, parking . .  the list goes on and on. But, have you ever noticed – or even thought of – some of the smaller airports near you?  If not, you might want to investigate the options that they present to…

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Lost bags? Soon, less snags.

The last thing you want when travelling is for your luggage to go missing or to even simply be late arriving.  And that’s especially when the airline compelled you to pay for the bags.  Airlines make a lot of money from baggage fees and they often count on this as a way to eke out a profit on flights where…

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Boeing diagnostics

Boeing has had a rough ride (pun intended) over the last few years, related to aircraft build quality and / or maintenance.  Their 737-500 has been a safe plane to fly. But, the series it belongs to, which includes the 737-300 and 737-400, has had 19 fatal accidents over more than three decades in operation. Statistics aside, those numbers don’t necessarily instill confidence in…

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Crypt the flight fantastic

We’re sure that you, our erudite readers, are fully aware of the undercurrent of cryptocurrency that is commanding some attention in the news, lately.  It’s a big thing, then it goes away.  It causes all sorts of confusion in what it’s all about, but then people like Elon Musk put their endorsement on it.  And still, many of us don’t…

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How to train Americans

As you will likely know if you visit our site often, we love trains.  In these days of global environmental anxiety, exploding world populations, and transport options getting squeezed, trains are the obvious solution. Trains are used every day by millions of people across the globe.  But many of our friends in the USA are still unable (or unwilling) for…

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Kung Fu stewardess

Well, we never thought that we would be writing about this. The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc everywhere.  It has been a sad and horrible event in our lives.  But, as we write this article, instead of rejoicing in the fact that the world is slowly reopening, we see many individuals exhibiting their absolute worst behavior, especially on aircraft. There…

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Covid? Why not GOvid?

As of this writing, travel is starting to come back to life post-Covid, and the desire to fly away and see the world again. But, as ever, we need to still be vigilant and careful when it comes to travel. We can never take too many precautions, even in the best of times, but even more so now. Our affiliate…

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