How to Travel Together and (in spite of everything) Stay Together

This blog post was written by a lady who persuaded her stay-at-home BF to travel the world for a year. More remarkably, they are still together!

http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-01-29/how-to-travel-with-your-partner-for-a-year-and-stay-together

One of her tips is to Establish a Routine. Every morning he sat and had his coffee and read the New York Times on his iPad. She was ready to get going, but she recognized that her BF needed that slow start in the morning in order to be able to sightsee the rest of the day.

The article is very good reading, even if you and your partner don’t intend to be gone for 12 months at a time.

A Happy Couple. Photo by Thomas Hawk / Flickr
A Happy Couple. Photo by Thomas Haek / FlickrThomas Hawk via Foter.com / CC BY-NC
A Happy Couple. Photo by Thomas Haek / FlickrThomas Hawk via Foter.com / CC BY-NC

You Can Be a Hero — How a Passenger Can (Theoretically) Land a 737 in an Emergency

This YouTube video explains how a non-pilot can (in theory) land a Boeing 737 commercial airliner if both the captain and the co-pilot are out of commission.

I never quite realized how complex this would be…seemingly impossible for a novice. Maybe it would be possible for someone who has a lot of hours with Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The hundreds of comments shown below this video are quite interesting. A couple of commenters mention that “the 37 has the capability to autoland.”

Another issue is how a passenger would be able to enter the cockpit…that is not addressed in the video.

On FlyerTalk, a commenter has posted this bit of inside humor, which applies to the alternative version of the video after Delta Airlines evidently complained that they didn’t want their company name associated with a dangerous situation: “I thought the video was pretty funny using the 736 and “Janet” callsign. For those who may not know, “Janet” flights are the shuttle from LAS to Area 51 and some other secret military base.”

 

I Saw a Yellow Dot on a Car Rear Window…What Does it Mean?

A yellow dot stuck to the rear window of a car signifies that the owner or regular passenger has a specific medical need, and that instructions are in a container in the glove compartment.

http://travelblawg.boardingarea.com/yellow-dot-program/

http://www.smart-traveler.info/yellow_dot.html

Here are two examples from different states.

sheriff yellow dot window

Yellow DotYou can Google yellow dot + your state name to see how to receive a Yellow Dot kit for yourself or a family member.

Airlines Letting Passengers Cancel Flights to Zika Virus Areas

As the Zika virus spreads from South America into Caribbean island nations (including the U.S. Virgin Islands), airlines have begun letting passengers cancel flights without penalty.

If you or your partner are or could be pregnant, call the airline to learn if you can cancel for a full refund. The airlines are changing their policies on this daily, so Hang Up / Call Again (“HUCA”) tomorrow if you do not get a good answer today.

You can see a map from the Center for Disease Control showing areas of the United States where Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes capable of spreading Zika virus are found.

Nations where the Zika virus have been found, according to the CDC:
Barbados
Bolivia
Brazil
Cape Verde
Colombia
Ecuador
El Salvador
French Guiana
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Martinique
Mexico
Panama
Paraguay
Puerto Rico
S. Martin
Samoa
Suriname
Venezuela

Mosquito, Photo by edans / Flickr