Category Archives: Travel Safety

Toilet Signage Around The World: Helpful or Confusing?

Is a picture worth 1000 words? Maybe yes and maybe no. Pictures, after all, are open to many interpretations. Some situations just don’t lend themselves to words. Apparently the world is in a transitional toilet state. Toilet signs used in bathrooms are one of those situations where pictures make more sense than words. Yet communication, local custom, and issues of public health intersect making even the best toilet sign complicated to understand. Continue reading

Giveaway: A Free Year of 1Password, My Favorite Password Manager! [Winner Selected]

Updated 8:30am PT on 11/26: Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway.  I have randomly selected 1 winner and the winner is… Christian!  Here is the winning comment:

I go on memory, which is obviously not ideal. What worries me is that if the password software is compromised, my information is completely vulnerable. If a company guaranteed a certain high dollar amount if they are hacked and your data was misused as a result, I’d be much more inclined to trust them with my information.


Have you ever had any of your loyalty accounts hacked? I don’t know anyone who hasn’t. Protecting your accounts is essential. I know many people are resistant to using a password manager, and I used to be one of them. However, just over four years ago I started using 1Password, and I love it. Continue reading

Use These Airports? Beware Because They Rank Lowest When It Comes To Cyber Security

Sometimes when your home airport is listed in the top five it’s good news. But not in this case! If like me you use one of these airports either as your home airport or as an airport you frequent, pay attention! This is your “make sure hackers don’t get you” reminder.

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Is Overtourism Ruining Countries?

Is overtourism ruining countries? It’s an interesting question that some countries, particularly Japan, are facing right now. I actually had no idea tourism in Japan was booming. My own relationship with Japan started some 30 years ago. I went there multiple times to attend a Japanese art and culture program. Back then when I traveled outside of the major Japanese cities, many Japanese people had never seen an American before. Continue reading