Friday, October 21, 2016

Hanging Out with a Local in Dublin, Ireland

If you are heading to Dublin you and a guest can meet up with a local for a drink or some tea and get to know the city from their point of view.  The City of a Thousand Welcomes ambassador program, sponsored by the Little Museum of Dublin, will arrange for you to meet a local for free.

Go to and pick your date and fill out the application.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Britain's New Plastic 5 Pound Notes

Back in September the United Kingdom released a new polymer-plastic 5 pound note into circulation.  The new bills are more secure and durable than the old cotton paper bills. 

Starting on May 17, 2017, the old paper 5 pound notes will no longer be accepted by merchants.  If you still have the old bills you can still exchange them for the new ones at any Bank of England.  The new plastic 10 pound notes will be released in the summer of 2017 and the 20 pound notes will follow by 2020. 

New British polymer plastic notes

Australia has also released a new polymer AUD5 note in September.  Their bills have raised dots to assist the blind.

Financing Now Available at

The online travel site has partnered with Affirm, the San Francisco based financing company.  Travelers can now finance their airline ticket purchases by choosing 3, 6, or 12 month payment plans.

To finance your tickets go to, select your flight and choose "Monthly Payments" at checkout.  You will then be forward to the Affirm credit application.  After providing some basic information, if approved, you will be shown the total amount you will pay including fees and interest. This will all be done before your transaction is completed.

Your monthly payments will be made to Affirm and can be made by debit cards, checks and bank transfers.
Affirm Financing

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Change in US Passport Features

PassportBeginning November 1, 2016 , people will no longer be able to wear their eyeglasses in their passport pictures.  If you already have a passport picture with your eyeglasses on you won't be required to get a new one but when it expires you will have to get a new picture without your glasses on.

Also beginning in late 2017 and early 2018 passports issued will have much sharper pictures as well as patterns and ink that make it harder to counterfeit.  There will also be RFID cjips coded in polycardonate to help prevent identity theft.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Celebrity Top Chef at Sea

If you are a fan of Bravo's hit TV show Top Chef you will love Celebrity's Top Chef themed 9 day Holiday Caribbean cruise.  The cruise will feature four former Top Chef competitors, Jeremy Ford, Doug Adams, Tiffany Derry and Ash Fulk,  who will participate along side guests in quick fire challenges and who will put on interactive cooking demonstrations where guests can get involved in the cooking.  There will also be cooking classes and chef hosted shored excursions.  

There will be plenty of opportunities for up-close and personal interactions with the Top Chef alumni.  Guests can even book private cooking lessons.   The main dining room will feature a Top Chef themed night where the Top Chefs will design an amazing menu for guests.  

This Top Chef themed cruise is perfect for fans of the chow as well as those who love to cook.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cool Accommodations: Irish Lighthouse

Looking for an Unusual Accommodation?

Wicklow, IrelandSometimes you just wants something a little different and that's what this place offers.  The Wicklow Head Lights was a fully functioning lighthouse until 1836 when it was struck by lightening.  The lighthouse is located in the town of Wicklow in eastern Ireland,  has two bedrooms, a bathroom, two common rooms, on the top floor is a kitchen and houses a total of four people.

The lighthouse was acquired by the Irish Landmark Trust in 1996 and restored and updated.  The lighthouse requires a 3 night minimum and prices start at approx. $680.

Activities at Munich Airport

Have a Long Stopover in Munich, Germany?

Munich, GermanyThere's nothing more boring than hanging around an airport for hours but you never know what you can do in those few hours without risking missing your flight.  Well, if your flying through Munich airport there is a website to help you find activities that you can do within your stopover time frame. The "Stopover Guide" can be found at

You just input the date of your arrival and the flight numbers of your incoming and outgoing flights and a list of activities and sites of interests will come up of things that can be experienced around terminal 2 within your stopover's time limit.