Category Archives: Travel Must Have

PSA: Set Up Text & Email Alerts to Catch Fraud Right Away

Good morning everyone.  A few days ago, I received 2 texts from Discover regarding a Fox Rent A Car charge on my Discover It Credit Card.  Unfortunately, I was nowhere near a Fox Rent A Car location and have never rented a car from Fox Rent A Car.  I quickly logged into my Discover app and looked at the transaction details.  It appears there was a charge for $301.92 and then a refund of $301.92.  The other weird thing is the “THUMB*IT” description name.  I immediately called Discover and told them my credit card was stolen and reported the transactions as unauthorized.  The Discover rep assured me that I would not be responsible for these transactions and would send out a replacement credit card right away.  If it weren’t for the text alerts, I may not have noticed that my Discover It Credit Card was stolen, since my balance would not have increased since the transactions cancelled each other out.  This is a great reminder of having text alerts set up for your credit cards.

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Are Travel Mistakes Avoidable? Maybe!

We’ve all made them, though I don’t think we’ll ever avoid all of them. But more often than not, there are ways around the travel mistakes we make.  Sure, it might be way more fun to talk about all the room upgrades we score, the elite status benefits we enjoy, or the deal for flights that DIDN’T get away, but let’s face it, we’ve all made a bunch of mistakes. So let’s air them and have some fun laughing at ourselves and commiserating with each other.

No matter how much we plan or how well we assume we’ll carry out those plans, there’s always a lot that’s not under our control. I started asking around and found that some travel mistakes are more common than others. And some people agree on how best to avoid those mistakes, but not always. Based on my own experience as well as that of many other frequent travelers, here are the mistakes and how to avoid them. There are so many of them I’ve actually made this a 3 part series!

Not buying souvenirs right when you see them

I buy souvenirs, and by that I mean chocolate, for people from every place I travel. You’d be surprised how many times I don’t get back to that certain best chocolate bar store or to a certain area of town even though I say I will. So this mistake is easy to make and easy to fix! If you see it now, buy it now.

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How to Use Sinemia’s (Complicated) Cardless Advance Ticket Purchase Feature

Good morning everyone, happy Friday!  A few weeks ago, I wrote about Sinemia’s Summer Sale, where you could get 3 movies per month for $9.99 (same price as MoviePass without the BS!).  I didn’t want to wait for my Sinemia card to arrive in the mail, so I paid extra to activate Sinemia Cardless, which lets you start using your Sinemia membership right away.  With Sinemia Cardless, you get a virtual debit card number that you can use to purchase movie tickets through or  You can purchase movie tickets up to 30 days in advance and select specific seats, if your theater allows that feature.  In this post, I will walk you through the complicated process of using Sinemia’s Cardless advance ticket purchase feature.  Now that I’ve booked my first advance ticket (I watched Peppermint), I will show you how to use Sinemia Cardless.

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What’s Your Favorite Time of Year in Paris?

I love the emails I get this time of year from friends and family who live in Europe. With great joy and in great detail they tell me all about their summer holidays. And for the French, in particular, vacation is seen not as a perk but as a necessity of life that everyone has the right to. There are even French organizations that help economically disadvantaged families go on holidays. This article brought back fond memories of visiting Paris when all the Parisians have gone elsewhere. Whether you prefer Paris when it’s quiet or when it’s full of French hustle and bustle, this article is a quick fun read.

Giveaway: 10 Custom Travel with Grant 8GB USB Drives [10 Winners Selected]

Updated at 8:20am PT on 9/6: Thank you to everyone who left a comment, I wish I could have picked all of you, unfortunately I could only pick 10 comments and these are the winners.  If you are a winner, please respond to the email with your mailing address so I can send you the Travel with Grant USB drive.  Thank you.  If you did not win, I will run another USB drive giveaway in a few weeks, so please try again then.  Good luck everyone!

JRG I’d use it for storing important stuff and then carry with me during travel
marc I would use them to store pictures from past trips and adventures!
Luke US I would use it to store a backup copy of my precious travel pictures, there is no such thing as enough backups! :) Thank you for the giveaway!
Kelly s I could use it for my son for school so I don’t have to go buy him one!
Laura I would use it to download files to print at Staples for my daughter’s elementary school, since I don’t own a printer. I’d also use it to backup up photos while on travel, so I can free up space on my phone.
Judy Jones It would go with me on my upcoming bucket list tour following the Paul McCartney tour in Canada and the UK all on points and miles of course, I plan to take about 10,000 pics just of me smiling!
Art I would use it as a back-up my travel pictures, cause one can never have enough back-up these days.
Nick I would make it bootable, and use it to install LINUX MINT on my next computer rebuild.
Jim F. Back up my travel itineraries (hotel reservations, airline PNRs, activity confirmations, etc.) and emergency contact information for my travels (embassies, local emergency numbers, etc.), natch!
Bruce Travel photo and data back up for new adventures :)

Good afternoon everyone.  A few weeks ago, a company called USB Memory Direct reached out to me to see if I would be interested in doing a USB drive giveaway.  I said yes, so now I have a bunch of custom Travel with Grant USB drives to give away.  USB Memory Direct specializes in custom printed USB drives and they recommended the tube style that is water-resistant and super durable.  Each USB drive has 8GB of storage and is perfect for backing up photos, videos, or other files.  Continue reading for instructions on how to enter the giveaway…

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