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Did You Know – 03/12/2018

1. Honey does not spoil. You could feasibly eat 3000 year old honey.

2. There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.

3. It would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, each sucking once, to completely drain the average human of blood.

4. It can take a photon 40,000 years to travel from the core of the sun to the surface, but only 8 minutes to travel the rest of the way to earth.

5.  People decide whether you are smart, likable, extroverted, adventurous, successful, or trustworthy within just 3 seconds of meeting you.



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Small Savings – Big Fortune


Well that is kinda the name of one of my books (“Small Savings Make A Big Fortune – 1069 ways you can save now”), but here is a few new ideas that I will give you each day till I run out.

  1. Travel with a water bottle – I actually travel with an empty water bottle with a filter in it. I fill the water bottle after I have gone through security and just before I board the plane. The filter of course takes out a lot of the chemicals and chorine taste in the water from the tap. This will save you at least $5 as that is the usual cost per  liter bottle from the stores at the airport. Round trip save $10

2. For Some Meds skip your insurance – This of course is for those who live in America – Ask your pharmacist about the retail price of your prescription medication. The reason is it might be cheaper to pay that price as an example – the diabetes medication Metformin costs about $4 for a month supply while the average copay is $11 – Saving $7

Source AARP.Org/bulletin



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Travel Cards – Don’t get Stung – Don’t Use Them in my Opinion


I know from experience with these cards and so does my Grandson,  who is in Holland at the moment.

Inactivity fees are number one. If you don’t use your card for some time they charge you inactivity fees. I mean how stupid is that.

Not just one charge  by the look of this statement the charge was every day. Robbery thats what I say.

This person took their eye off the ball as she said. “Time went by, the cards stayed in a bottom drawer and in the end I lost more than €36.00 from one and US$24 from the other in inactivity fees”

“That was back in 2013 when I was using Travelex Cash Passports and the monthly fees were €2 and US$2 after a year of inactivity. Today Travelex has Travel Cards instead, and their inactivity fee is $4 a month after 12 months of no usage. They also have a 2.95 per cent domestic withdrawal fee if you try to get your money out in Australia and a $10 fee to move any money you have left to your own bank account when you close your account”.

In my experience just using your own credit card is the most efficient and quickest card to use. 

“You do need to pay attention to what you’re agreeing to, and do the maths on any card purchase fees, loading fees, reloading fees, transaction fees, ATM fees (remembering ‘free ATM’ doesn’t cover what the local ATM operators charge), negative balance fees and closure fees before making any decisions”


For a card with 500 dollars in you can pay up to 30 dollars exchange rate which is a lot. So do your due diligence when choosing a travel card if you have to. Otherwise just use your credit card.

Another word of caution is that my Grandson found it was not always accepted in all place and that can be embarrassing especially if you do not have the cash.

Source – Escape.com.au

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Tips For Cheaper AirTravel


These tips are fresh off Fox news this morning from an Expedia representative

1. The cheapest Days to Travel


2. The best day to book

It used to be Tuesday now its SUNDAY

You could get up to as much as 11% saving

3. Book 21 days in advance.

It is called advanced purchase ticket pricing. Dont wait till it gets closer to your travel date as the prices will normally increase as it gets closer to your departure date.

4. Leisure Travel
You could get as much as a 50% saving if you include a Saturday night (considered leisure travel). It is common in countries around Europe. Not so much in China.

5. To Avoid Airport congestion

Arrive 2 hours early for domestic flights
Arrive 3 hours early for International flights
Check in with your smart phone 24 hrs before flight and select your seat to secure it.

6. Deals in January – South of the Border. Mexico

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New Zealand – Best Bed And Breakfast Ever

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Tongariro at Makotuku Bed and Breakfast

If you are about to travel to New Zealand this bed and breakfast is a must.
It is owned by my dear friend Julie and her husband. It is one of the most beautiful areas in New Zealand. Julie also is the most hospitable person I know and will make you extremely welcome.
Right below Mt Ruapahu and exquisite picture as you can see from above which is taken from her lounge room.

If you are a skier, snowboarder, like cycling on the amazing cycle tracks in the area or just traveling through this is a perfect place to stay.
It’s a great place to stay summer or winter.

At long last she now has a Facebook page which gives you an idea of the area and all you can do plus all the contact information.

Go check it out. If you are going that way it will be the best stop you will make.
I know as I have stayed there many times.

Just click on the pictures to go to the Facebook page

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Best Buy Wednesday On Thursday – 10/15/2015

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Now this is something that I do not travel without. I use it when I travel around the country on my motor cycle. It saves me buying bottle water everyday which can be very expensive especially if you are traveling for some time. You are able just to fill your drinking bottle with tap water. I took it to Mexico on my last trip and on any trip I do overseas. Camping or hunting is another use for this LifeStraw for using creek or river water. It will go a long way to stop you from getting Deli Belly.
There is also a LifeStraw water bottle which is also a perfect way to carry water for drinking, rather than use the straw directly from a stream, tap, or tumbler if you are hiking.
As you can see below the young girls are giving you a practical demonstration and review of the product.


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LifeStraw is an astounding water filtration device. It’s small, highly portable, simple to operate, and possibly life-saving.

Keep one with your camping gear, in the glove compartment of your car, and in your pocket anytime you’re hiking in a remote area.

This would make a great Christmas gift for everyone in the family and especially for those family or friends that have it all and hard to find something a little different.

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Air New Zealand You Are Ripping Me Off



I very rarely complain – do I? Well this time I am, and so pissed off.  It is not the first time this Airline has overcharged (in my opinion). For changing a flight date ($400) for what i believe a compassionate reason (Mother gravely ill) and not only did I have to pay that ridiculous price for changing my flight date they downgraded me to economy even though I had paid for a Works Deluxe seat. By this time I had almost paid for a ticket to America and back. Once again paying for a ‘Works Deluxe’  seat this week ($603 one way from Tauranga) I was ushered to an economy seat. This has not happened once it has happened twice. This ticket allows you into the lounge. Well I bloody near had to tackle the host to get in as they told me my ticket did not allow entrance to this area. Word of advice” Always Always” keep your online ticket to show proof (which I did thank goodness) of your purchase. Don’t assume that your passport is enough proof. These airlines can change your ticket and without you realizing they have downgraded you not upgraded. They do so without verbally letting you know.
This last trip the staff very nicely put me in a seat with more room ‘BUT NO ENTERTAINMENT’ it was not working – so I just had to drink more wine – Thanks to that very nice steward on flight NZ139
If they had upgraded me this letter would not exist.
Anyway I feel better now for getting this off my chest but a word of warning to all those who travel with Air New Zealand always check your boarding ticket to make sure you get what you paid for before you leave the counter.


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