Travel Wiser

As an avid traveler I am always collecting travel tips from wherever I happen to get them as well as developing my own list of travel tips and suggestions.

I happened to find this video on YouTube that has some good suggestions, but I’d like to give you the benefit of some of my practical experience. Have a look at it

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In these days of increased TSA regulations and presence it’s a very good idea to be as organized as you possibly can. But also be aware that TSA gets suspicious if you are doing anything that seems like it might be out of the norm.

One of the tips in the video is to roll your clothes rather than folding which makes sense for keeping the wrinkles at bay but also it tends to pack better. Just be aware that this tends to be something that bothers TSA as most travelers don’t do that.

I would also suggest that you minimize the amount of carry on items that you have. I always take my laptop and camera with me but anymore I put as much as I can in checked baggage. The first issue is that there is limited space available for all the carry-on baggage that everyone seems to want to take with them and unless you are one of the first people on the plane then it’s entirely possible that there won’t be enough room for all the stuff you might want to carry on with you but that you won’t necessarily need during the flight.

The next issue (and I have suspected that this would happen) is that because people have been taking too much as carry-on, at least one airline is now charging as much as an additional $75.00 for carry-on bags that could just as easily be checked to your final destination. My guess is that if one airline is doing it all the others will be doing it soon as well.

While traveling to  Seattle, Washington just this last week I experienced an unexpected additional layover of about three hours when the plane that we were supposed to be traveling on developed some serious issues and the airline grounded that airplane for the obvious safety concerns.

This is one of those things that is entirely out of your control. But I would rather that the airline err on the side of safety rather than my never getting to my destination. In the end I did get to Seattle where for the entire eight days I was there it was sunny and warm.

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Aussie Rhinos

 

Aussie Rhinos

Aussie Rhinos

I think I had seen one or two of these Aussie Rhinos when I first landed in Sydney Australia just a week ago and might have thought back then that it was an interesting expression of art. As you might also know there are communities all about the world that are more and more interested in expressing a variety of art forms. And as in any culture art forms come in a variety of shapes, sizes and expressions.

Aussie Rhinos

Aussie Rhinos

I was not aware just seven days ago that there were 125 of these Aussie Rhinos all over Sydney. It’s kind of funny actually that when something is brought to my attention then I pay more attention to it. It’s along the same lines such that when I was driving a tractor trailer I became more aware of them on the road.

Aussie Rhinos

Aussie Rhinos

And only recently was I made aware that it is the brainchild of the Taronga Zoo here in Sydney whereby they are auctioning off these really creative Rhinos to bring attention to the plight of the Rhinos through poaching and habitat loss.

Creative Aussie Rhinos

Creative Aussie Rhinos

Since I just know that you will be interested in all the efforts they are making you will want to click on this Rhino Link.

Save the Pretty Aussie Rhinos

Save the Pretty Aussie Rhinos

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Australian Style Farmers Market

Australian Style Farmers Market

Australian Style Farmers Market

It wasn’t strictly a farmers market per se. It certainly had all those qualities but most farmers markets that I know of occur more than once a month. I gathered then that this Australian style farmers market was more on the order of a local celebration of products.

Delicious & Spicy

Delicious & Spicy

Yummy Goat Pies

Yummy Goat Pies

My friends here in Australia have insisted that I try at least a few things that are quintessentially Australian style. One such item sounds like a beef and/or chicken pot pie sort of thing. But I had been assured that it was a different experience.

As it happened we found a vendor of Goat Pies. These Australian style pies weren’t merely goat meat in a pie. They were a tasty arrangement of goat and a myriad of Indian spices, which I love anyway, all encased in more of a pastry box. Looking at this picture you can see that it’s round. So maybe it’s a goat box.

The other item is a light cake dipped in chocolate and coconut and we found one of those as well. It was a tasty morning for sure. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of that one. It disappeared fairly quickly.

Tastes like Apple Pie

Tastes like Apple Pie

This event is well attended with all sorts of people attending and purchasing the various fruits, vegetables, flowers, pies, cakes, fresh seafood and meats as well as a myriad of all Australian Style items. It was certainly a plethora of vibrant sights, sounds and smells.

Australian Style Scallions

Australian Style Scallions

And as we shopped in this one fruit stand I found several items that I have never before even heard of like custard apples that evidently taste like apple pie in a wrinkled fruit. Also of note are some of the vegetables and fruits that are much bigger and healthier looking that the same things I have seen in markets in Maine. They have lemons the size grapefruits.

I was at the grocery store the other day and spotted what I thought were scallions, except that the size was more consistent with leeks. So when I saw them again today I had to buy some for the salad we’ll be having at my first Australian Style Barbecue out on the deck under the stars. *I’ve been informed that shrimp on the barbie and fasters beer are not real Australian Style. I did have a White Rabbit Dark Ale the other day that is Australian.

Australian Style Goodies

Australian Style Goodies

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