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19 07 2008



Too Many Gadgets can make your Vacation a Disaster

13 07 2008

Our electronic age has made many of so dependent on gadgets that we may have withdraw symptoms if we don’t take the laptop, cellphone, Blackberry, MP3 Player, GPS among other things when we travel.  One day without these devices and we could find ourselves looking through the yellow pages for the local GA meeting.  No Not Gamblers Anonymous but Gadget Anonymous.

With todays security issues at the airport, the more gadgets you have in your carry ons causes you to have to prove that the unit will turn on and shut off without activating some Explosive devise.  Want to be frisked by that hefty TSA official with bad breath?  carry all of your favorites along with you. 

What about thieves?  Anyone wearing expensive jewelery and high priced electronics in tow send dollar signs to the opportunist thief awaiting unsuspecting tourists.

The bottom line?  Consider what you must have with you on the aircraft.  When the writer travels overseas to mission trips in third world countries, that MP3 Player or Radio alarm clock is the most inexpensive money can buy,  I sacrifice quality for safety and not being held up by TSA with Boom boxes that could be loaded with cocaine or other illegal substances.

Check with your Travel Agent for more tips. Have a great trip and leave your busy life behind.

exhausted and frazzled by my vacation that I need time to recover.

The hassle of air travel is often one reason. Anyone who has been through airport security with much more than a laptop knows the pain. Gadget freaks, er, lovers, can face delays. At worst, they could soon be undressing for strangers.
Let’s approach this problem from two directions. First, for those who really need to travel with a bunch of high-tech devices, we’ll talk about some things that will help. Veteran road warriors already know most of this but it may help those who only travel for vacations.

Get charged up: Every device that you carry should be capable of working when you go through security. Computers should compute, radios and MP3 players should play and digital cameras should be capable of taking and displaying photos.

Organization pays: If you have accessories such as ethernet cables, battery chargers, extra memory cards and other items with wires or batteries, put them in a single clear plastic baggy. Otherwise, the security folks may need to paw through your luggage to find all the little wires and gizmos that show up on the scanner.

Don’t overexplain: Obviously you should answer questions if you are asked. But don’t start explaining unless you are asked. It often sounds defensive or even suspicious. Believe me, the security person has seen plenty of electronic devices before the ones in your baggage. So don’t assume he’s going to be puzzled by your MP3 player.

Don’t try to hide things: This should be obvious but I’ve personally seen it in security lines. People poke gadgets in hidden pouches of luggage. That, of course, makes the security person even more interested.

The other angle we’ll look at it — and my favorite — is whether you can leave some of your technology at home.

By taking all your gizmos, you have more stuff to carry around. And if you carry high-tech devices you feel obliged to use them. Simple solution: Take a break from e-mail, texting and instant messaging if you can.

There are still other reasons. Expensive high-tech devices are magnets for thieves, for instance, and they can get left behind or lost on a trip.

Still, I realize the world has shifted and many of us — me included — end up carrying some gadgets along.

So here’s a compromise: Multifunctional devices — say an iPhone or other small device with the same features — make enormous sense for travelers. A single device can handle the functions of e-mail, phone, GPS and even camera.

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Orlando Travel Tradeshow: Answers the tough Airline travel questions.

12 07 2008

 The travel industry is changing, from limited sized carry ons, to Fuel Surcharges. The Travel Trade Show in Orlando will answer these questions and more. For those in the travel industry or media outlets interested in reporting where the travel industry stand in this new environment.  Orlando September 7-9 will bring folks up to speed on the industry as it stands today.  Citizen Journalists and Other media can request Media Credentials if you wish to cover this even Here is the link for the application form for credentials  media registration form.  One Agency, Palmetto Travel Club, says that they are attending due to the major changes in the industry.  ” target=”_blank”We want to keep our clients abreast of what changes are occurring, so we can facilitate a smooth enjoyable  travel  experience to our clients”.

Alexandria, VA- THE TRADESHOW (Travel Retailing and Destination Expo) announced today special promotions and complimentary tours for delegates attending this year’s show. The 2008 THE TRADESHOW will take place in Orlando, Sept. 7-9, at the Orange County Convention Center.

“NTA is pleased to be one of 16 strategic partners in THE TRADESHOW and we commend everyone for their willingness to work with other industry associations and seek collaboration on this event,” said Bob Hoelscher, CTP, chairman and CEO of the National Tour Association, one of THE TRADESHOW’s first Strategic Partners. “THE TRADESHOW provides delegates with a complete experience,” Hoelscher added, “including business, education and these new complimentary sightseeing tours.”

SeaWorld and Aquatica will offer free admission to all THE TRADESHOW delegates from Saturday, Sept. 6, through Wednesday, Sept. 10. Travel agents and suppliers will need to show their THE TRADESHOW badge and a valid photo ID to enter either park. This offer is only valid during the parks’ normal operating hours.

Interested travel professionals will also enjoy complimentary admission to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Agents and suppliers must present their 2008 THE TRADESHOW badge and valid matching photo ID at Universal’s Islands of Adventure – group sales window to receive one complimentary one-day, two park ticket valid for admission to both parks.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to take three complimentary sightseeing tours. “An Afternoon of Culture in Winter Park” will take delegates through scenic Winter Park, a historic lakeside community just a few miles north of downtown Orlando. Founded in the late 1880s as a resort destination, Winter Park is now home to some of Central Florida’s most treasured cultural gems. The “Unexpected Orlando” tour allows delegates to get to know the authentic Florida that existed long before the theme parks by spending the day outdoors at some of the area’s natural attractions. The “Orlando Shopping Experience” will show agents the many shops offering plenty of great items at unbeatable prices in Orlando’s high-end shopping malls and upscale outlet centers.

To learn more about THE TRADESHOW, the special promotions offered to delegates or to register, please visit

THE TRADESHOW is created and supported by the travel industry’s leading organizations, including: ACTA, ATA, AirTran, ASTA, Adventures In Travel Expo, Canada Travel Press, CLIA, Destination UK Ltd, ETOA, eTurbo News, IGLTA, JAXFAX, ONLY Vegas, MailPound, NACTA, NBTA, NTA, ORLANDO, Recommend, SATH, TourismCares, Travel Age West, Travel Channel, The Travel Institute, TIA, TPOC, Travel Trade, TRAVEL WEEKLY, Turisver Trade Tourism Magazine, USA Today, USTOA and Official media partners are: Agent@Home, vacationagent and ModernAgent.

THE TRADESHOW (Travel Retailing and Destination Expo) is a 3-day, in-depth networking and educational event. Global and inclusive , THE TRADESHOW unites under one roof travel suppliers and buyers from all over the world, representing every segment of the travel and tourism industry. It is the trade show event for travel decision makers. For more information on THE TRADE SHOW , please call 1.866.870.9333, visit THE TRADE SHOW .org or e-mail

Ms. Kristina Rundquist VP, Communications American Society of Travel Agents Phone: (703) 739-8710 E-Mail:


NASCANNER is not affiliatred with The Trade Show.  This is an informational article for media who may wish to cover this event.

Travel Tradeshow comes to Orlando, Airline Travel Changes Identified

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