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Travel Power Adapters - add the USB ports and 3-prong for laptops

We all like our gadgets – phones, tablets, fitness watches, ereaders, and often need our laptops for that infrequent business check-in. Stay powered and ready-to-go with a simply travel adapter solution.

Traveling outside your home country may offer a few challenges to maintain the power in these devices if you are not aware of these few simple points:

  • Power outlets are most often different when traveling abroad with 110-120V outlets in some countries and 220V outlets and higher in others.
  • Some power adapters simply adapt from your new visiting country to your home company without converting the power strength (220V down to 110V) – this can cause some devices a power short.
  • Travel Power adapterMake sure your adapter steps down the voltage (220V to 110V) as well as converts the plugs to your home standard.
  • Note many laptop power blocks state they adapt to 110V or 220V through the laptops native power pack – check all device specs before making an assumption.

Our solution - We love the Universal Travel Adapters that adapt to many international power outlets, act as a power step-down device (from 220V to 110V) so your equipment stays safe … and has 4 USB ports for ereaders, tablets and phones … often with a bonus USB-C port. These are available at your local electronics store or easily on amazon and will guarantee your electronics up-time when you need to read at the beach!

~ GG Staff

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Wheelchair Assistance while Traveling

For travelers with mobility restrictions, the thought of navigating through a large airport without a wheelchair seems a daunting step. And taking a flight with a wheelchair equally stressful. Most airlines are happy to accommodate and make as stress-free as possible your experience.

  • traveling with mobility restrictionsCalling ahead to your airline to inform them of a mobility need allows them to factor that into your service experience.
  • Make sure you mention the mobility need and whether a seat with extra leg room is required.
  • Meet the airline team at the check-in station where they can have a wheelchair and attendant available to assist you through security and to the boarding area of your flight.
  • Security becomes a breeze as they guide you through an accelerated process for you and family traveling with you.
  • Often priority boarding allows you more time to get on the plane and seated.
  • Upon landing, a wheelchair and attendant is waiting at the gate to escort you through arrival to the baggage area and to your transportation.
  • Shipping of your personal mobility devices (walkers, wheelchairs and other needs) is free by most airlines.

With customer service geared to make your experience as smooth as possible, most airlines have stepped up very well to assist and accommodate passengers when they know the needs to support them. 

~ GG Staff

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Ship Time vs. Port Time - Avoid the confusion. Show up on time.

Your cruise ship may be traveling through various time zones between ports (often overnight while you are sleeping). Don't miss your excursion!You should also be aware that while some captains choose to adjust the ship's clock, others don't. To avoid arriving late for your excursion, make sure you check with the ship's purser (information desk) or the ship's evening newsletter for important time zone and clock change information.

Remember, shore trips always run on LOCAL PORT TIME and you don’t want to miss that Sea Turtle Catamaran trip!

~ GG Staff

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Morning Room Service on a cruise

Had enough sun for the day, tired of the buffet, just need a night to relax, why not order off the room service menu and enjoy a relaxing evening in your room or on your balcony (white table balcony dining options sometimes available with prior arrangements). It's not commonly known that room service complimentary carafe of coffeedelivery for food, snacks and meals is often included in your cruise experience (confirm with your vacation package or cruise line for details). 

But a treat we learned  ...  a morning coffee carafe and some continental pastries delivered first thing in the morning are complimentary and make for an excellent jump start to the day (generally the left side of the menu holds the complimentary items and to upgrade to the broader breakfast menu, on the right page, may have fees associated with them). Just remember to tip the room service delivery person proportionate to the degree of bedhead you have opening the door!

~ GG Staff

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What to do, where to go?

Most of us travel to new places for the thrill of experiencing the culture, foods and scenery of our chosen destination. But how do you know you are really experiencing the highlights and key elements of the area.

Cleveland's Rock Hall of FameGoGirlfriend always checks out the CVB (Convention and Visitor Bureau) sites for the areas we are visiting to make sure we have a good picture of the highlights of the area. Wine trails, activities, photo highlights allow us a taste of what’s to come and some excitement of the opportunities so we know what to do and where to go!

Here’s a few CVB sites from our recent travels (some even have downloadable apps and guides to take offline on your tablet):

Make the most of your holiday and drive up the excitement!

~GG Staff

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Trip planning with your GPS

Effective road trip planning can eliminate many of the logistics stresses in traveling areas unknown. Remember that 80’s road trip as a child with mom trying to read a road map while dad navigated through Atlanta, both trying to watch for exits and ramps and not losing their cool?

My trusty Garmin Nuvi 54LM GPS allows me to program at home waypoint destinations for hotel stops, known restaurant my trusty Garmin Nuvi 54LM GPS stops and other POI (Points of Interest) along our route. The 5” screen offers a large display with lane assist very helpful in navigating LA's highways on route from Desert Springs to Ventura.

Most GPS’s offer lifetime mapping updates nowadays, but you’ll need to pop in a MicroSD expansion in most cases and visit the manufacturers site to pick up maps specific to your area. I was sitting next to a couple waiting for my rented Mustang convertible who had the same GPS as I did but could not get the maps to fully load as they had not picked up the full map set for the area before flying out.

So much better than folded paper maps for every city, state and country …

~ GG Staff

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Plan a time-buffer for airline check-ins

Like other large (and small businesses), recessionary cutbacks have decreased the staffing levels manning the front check-in stations for that assisted service. If you have any special check-in needs (odd or oversized packages, ability assistance, or simply if the kiosk just wouldn't print your luggage tags) the long, slow lines at the assisted check-in are a source of great how long are the lines today?time stress. While I waited 90 minutes in a frustratingly long line recently, 2 passengers well ahead of me missed their check-in cutoff and subsequently missed their flights.

Plan a minimum 3 hours AT THE AIRPORT for international flights and almost as long for a domestic flight. Whether there is a traffic accident on the freeway, check-in delays or security lineups … in my opinion, it’s much better to get through the lines knowing you have lots of time to spend with a good book or on Facebook rather than intense last minute stress or worse, missing your flight, taking away from the excitement in starting your vacation.

Now, it's time for a coffee before boarding!

~ GG Staff

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