Category Archives: Planning

No Pirates in Vegas

Entertainment corporations have done for passenger travel by ship what they also did for Las Vegas: made it safe and comfortable, while stripping it of risk and romance. Few shipping lines now offer passenger berths although it was once a common … Continue reading

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Many Miles, Few Options

The Alaska Airlines mileage plan is not useful for RTW travel. Continue reading

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Delegating My Visa Headaches

On Friday I went to Visa Services Northwest in the Melbourne Tower Building downtown. The hassle of obtaining visas on my own for China, Vietnam and Russia was too much. Each requires you to send your original passport to a consulate or … Continue reading

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What A Visa Application Reveals

I am applying for tourist visas for the first time, and thought about what the process discloses about the host country. The visa application form for Vietnam is straightforward: name, birthdate, address, employer, purpose of visit, dates of entry and … Continue reading

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Finding a Ship

The Baltimore is a container ship constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea, and christened in 1995. It is German-owned with European officers and Filipino crew. The ship is chartered by Hanjin, the Korean shipping giant. It can carry … Continue reading

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Tick Tock

Genghis Khan’s propensity for the “systematic slaughter of civilians” in the regions he conquered makes him an unlikely choice for Russian travel industry spokesman. Continue reading

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