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Google Fi Service After One Year Review

Google Fi Service After One Year Review

Google Fi Review after One Two Years Update: This post was updated October 2020 after using Fi for over two years. I have been using Google Fi for one two years. In that time, I have traveled to Chile, New Zealand, Australia, French Polynesia, Easter Island, Chile,...

China for $299–How the Deal Works

China for $299–How the Deal Works

China for $299--Is It Worth It? You may have seen the ads or gotten the links in travel emails like TravelZoo. China, all inclusive, for $299 from New York or Los Angeles. It sounds too good to be true. I took the bait, and this is what I found. It's true. Flights,...

How to Spend Four Days in Beijing and Eat Scorpions

How to Spend Four Days in Beijing and Eat Scorpions

How to Enjoy Beijing in 4 Days (note: This post was updated in 2019; also see How to Go to China for $299 Inclusive.) Beijing was our last international stop on our round the world trip, and we had high expectations. With the exception of a 45-minute wait for a taxi...

Sorting out the Chinese and Russian Visas

Sorting out the Chinese and Russian Visas

Getting together our Visas for our Round the World trip is becoming a logistical challenge. I've already blogged about this a bit, so here's an update. We need Visas for China and Russia for our Round the World trip. For China, we can't get our Visa prior to 90 days,...

Booking a Train in Beijing

Booking a Train in Beijing

Booking a Train in Beijing (note: this post was updated in 2019.) Imagine trying to book a train in Penn Station in New York City when you aren't sure of your geography, language, and transportation choice. Do you take the subway, the Long Island Railroad or New...

Hacking Chinese and Russian Letters of Introduction

Hacking Chinese and Russian Letters of Introduction

How to Hack the Chinese and Russian Letters of Introduction (note: this post was updated in 2019) After routing our Round the World Trip on Delta, we had to figure out what to do in the four cities we had booked. Where would stay on our RTW trip and what would we do?...