Tag: Alaska Airlines

Up in the Air with In-Flight Wi-Fi

Up in the Air with In-Flight Wi-Fi

We have an almost preternatural urge to remain constantly connected to our electronic gadgets, even while cruising in a “tin tube” six or more miles above the surface of Planet Earth.

Four years ago I wrote two stories about in-flight Wi-Fi: One about the topic in general, and another that reviewed Wi-Fi service available on Southwest Airline flights.

A trip to Phoenix last month gave me an opportunity to use the Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment systems on Southwest during the Portland-to-Phoenix leg of my trip, and that on an Alaska Airlines flight back to Portland a week later.

Here’s what I learned.

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Getting Up the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska

Getting Up the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska

I’m an independent traveler.

That means I roam from place to place, and book my lodging and transportation, on my own without paying a tour company to do that for me and without being accompanied by anyone other than my wife.

But sometimes working with a tour company to put a trip together makes sense, as:

  • When you will only be permitted to visit the place, such as the Galapagos Islands, on fully-guided tour.
  • When you will have a much richer experience traveling with guides who “know their stuff” than you would by simply relying on guidebooks as your source of information.
  • When planning a trip to a destination will be so logistically complicated that you’ll end up either not going or spending an inordinate amount of time in-transit rather than having fun with your “boots on the ground.”

Southeast Alaska Collage

Southeast Alaska (known simply as “Southeast” by its residents) falls into the latter category. You can get there and get around on your own, but figuring out how to do so won’t be easy.

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