Month: April 2016

“Disconnected” Destinations

“Disconnected” Destinations

(Manuel Gomez Flickr Photo)
(Manuel Gomez Flickr Photo)

I recently took a 10-day loop trip from my home in the San Francisco Bay Area with stops in Long Beach, Santa Catalina Island, Oxnard, and Morro Bay.

Before leaving home, I knew the hotels where I’d be bunking at during the first three stops on that road trip.

But what I didn’t know, but just had to know, was whether each would provide me with in-room WiFi service so I could remain “connected” to the “outside world.”

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Easy Day Hiking The Swiss Alps

Easy Day Hiking The Swiss Alps

For years, stories in newspaper Sunday “Travel” sections were my source of inspiration to travel to places where I had never gone before, as well as to re-visit familiar and much-loved stops on past trips.

These days such stories sometimes prompt me to sit back and reminisce about a journey taken long ago.

SF Chron Screenshot

And that is what happened on Easter Sunday when I read “Tracks and treks the key to Swiss Alps” in the San Francisco Chronicle by its former “Travel” editor, John Flinn.

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Which iPhone Should You Buy For Travel?

Which iPhone Should You Buy For Travel?

For the past few years, Apple has made choosing which iPhone model to buy pretty easy.

(Brett Jordan Flickr Photo)
(Brett Jordan Flickr Photo)

Each fall, a brand-new model was released, and you could probably still buy the one from the prior year, or maybe even two years back.

Then Apple threw us a curve ball during the baseball playoffs and World Series: New phones that were bigger and a lot bigger, beginning with the “6” and “6Plus.”

But one thing you could count on if you bought one of the latest phones: It wouldn’t be “obsolete” (or you wouldn’t be coveting a newer model) until next fall.

But using the baseball analogy, this month Apple came out with a “Minor League” model during major league baseball’s spring training season: The “SE,” which is smaller (and less expensive) than its “Big League” cousins, the 2015 “6s” and “6s Plus,” and the prior 2014 season’s “6” and “6 Plus.”

So if you want to take an iPhone “on the road” with you, which model should you buy?

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