Johnny Jet is in Connecticut for his dad's 90th birthday party.
This week's travel app is HeadSpace. It's a great way to relax and meditate when you're in a stressful situation like traveling. It's $12.99 a month.
Website of the week - WindFinder.com. Also available on iOS and Android. It uses 20,000 weather stations all over the world to let you know where the wind is, should you be flying, sailing, or even windsurfing.
Johnny Jet is finally back home after traveling to five countries over the last few weeks. Leo has a website recommendation this week: The Traveler Collective. Not only can you buy a ring for every country you've been to that you can put on a backpack or key ring, but a portion of that money goes towards giving grants to people who can't afford travel.
Travel Tip - When traveling overseas, always pay in local currency. If they ask if you'd like to pay in US dollars, you'll likely get charged a conversion fee with your credit card. Also. Let your bank know that you're traveling overseas. Also, pay using a credit card. Your debit card is no protected if the card gets stolen or hacked.
Another tip - use a VPN while traveling with your internet access. You'll actually save money by pretending you're in a different country and you're booking flights. Leo uses a travel router, which protects him overseas.
Johnny Jet's favorite airplane is the 787. It's pretty nice. But the A380 is pretty nice. Problem is, Airbus planes tend to break down more often.
App of the Week - London Tube Map. Gives you an interactive experience to travel via the London Underground subway system. It will also send you alerts of delays and changes. Easy to use with step by step instructions. iOS and Android.
There's a great new water park for kids with special needs. It's in San Antonio, TX and it's called Morgan's Wonderland. They're doing amazing things, like taking a wheelchair on a water slide, and they want to do the same thing with a zip line. Check out this article from Time Magazine for more on what they're doing.
If you want to see the best foliage in the country, check out this fall folliage map. It shows you where all the foliage is, and when they are at their peak for the most amazing colors.
App of the week - My Aurora Forecast. Next month, the Northern Lights season begins, and this app will let you know when and where it's best to see them. You can even set alerts. Available on iOS and Android.
Leo tells Johnny Jet that he's impressed with just how good cruising is now thanks to technology. The Wi-Fi has gotten much faster and the pay service is getting more affordable. $30 for three hours, which you can stretch out by logging off when you're done and stopping the clock. Johnny Jet says that the new ships are smaller in space, because of all the technology. If you want space, you are better off cruising on the older ships.
Travel Tip of the month - Don't buy your Thanksgiving travel tickets too early. According to HipMonk, October 1st is the best day to buy your tickets to travel for the holidays. Get flight alerts from FareCompare.com, SkipLagged.com and Google Flights. Johnny says you won't get the best fares on the Wednesday before or the Sunday after the holiday, so it's better not to wait to book those.
Rich was complaining that he has had problems booking airlines and hotels through a third party site. Johnny Jet says that third party sites can cause issues and having a person like a travel agent to deal with them can always be helpful. It also helps to be nice to gate agents when flying. Always be looking at your flights and seat assignments to be sure that there are no changes that they don't tell you about.