Johnny is home these days, taking a vacation from traveling. Right now, you can go from LA to Miami last minute for $165 on American. Great deal.
Website of the week - Forma Migratoria Múltiple . If you're traveling to Mexico, you can fill out your forms ahead of time and upload them to the Mexican government. Another option is Global Entry. There's also an app called Mobile Passport that will help expedite entry into the country by uploading your official information and bypass the entry line.
Before Johnny became a world traveler, he was afraid to fly. He got over it. Now there's an app called TurbCast, which can warn you that turbulence is coming before it hits. British Airways also has a course about turbulence that includes simulator time for people to get over their fear of flying.
App of the week - iTranslate Voice. translates in over 40 different languages.
Also Brightly. It's a photo app for brightening up your photos.
Gadget of the week - SkyRoam. Similar to WiFi, but with twice the battery life. 4G/LTE. $8 a day for service. $140 to buy.
Travel Treat - Potato Farm. It's like In and Out fries, but in chip form. Yummy.
Travel Site of the week - Japan has a great service where you can get a guide to take you around Japan. Japan travel site, Japan.Travel (English site), and look for Volunteer Guides. All you need to do is pay their expenses.
Travel App of the Week - Quake Feed. iOS only. Gives you up to date information on the latest earthquake activity. Leo says that there's a new app in BETA called Quake Alert, which can give you an early warning that's about to hit.
App of the week - JNTO, Japanese National Tour Organization app. If you're going to Japan, you need this app. It will help you prepare for your trip, tell you what you can and cannot bring into the country (Tylenol is a no no), and it will help you with the language gap.
Gadget of the week - Arctic Abaco plugin USB fan.
Johnny Jet says that United putting a dog in the overhead bin, where the dog died, should not have happened. If you think that a flight attendant is wrong in saying that's OK, you have the right to question it and ask to speak to the pilot. But Leo says that is a good way to get you kicked off the flight.
Website of the week - Heal. $99 to see a doctor who will actually come to you. Johnny has used it four times and has been very impressed with the doctors who come.
Another website - SushiUniversity. Learn everything you need to know about Sushi.
Johnny Jet says you can sometimes save money buying your airline tickets at the last minute. Some tips - don't bring a bag. Get the right credit card to gain access to the clubs. Stick with one airline to get upgraded. TSA PreCheck is very helpful. Make a single connection, and you can save half the cost of a first class or business class ticket. Search, and price it out with Google Flights and then book directly with the airline. The trick is to use multiple sites. Check alternate airports.
Johnny Jet says that there's a new airline in Canada called Swoop that's going with the Spirit Airlines business model of charging very low prices for airfare, then adding charges for luggage and carry ons. If it doesn't fit under your seat, you have to pay extra. They also pack you in with only 29" of leg room.
Site of the week - Google Flights. Johnny recommends going with Google Flights when trying to book a flight. Great bargains, plus they also let you know about flight delays and more.