Today's photo segment has been pre-recorded because Leo is on a trip to Germany, where Chris Marquardt is located. He's on a river cruise through the Netherlands down the Rhine, and will be stopping at several cities and castles. One of Leo and Chris's favorite things to do while traveling is taking pictures, and Chris says he likes to capture different cultures. He went to to areas of India with limited tourism. He says one of the things you'll learn as a photographer is there are different standards when it comes to things like eye contact and personal space.
Michael is retiring to Italy. Leo says that's exciting! He has a Samsung Galaxy Note III. Will it work in Europe? Leo says probably, but he'll have to have it unlocked. If he wants to get a new one, should he get it where he is now in the US or in Italy? Leo says that if he buys it here, again, he'll need to unlock it. He'd also have to buy it outright, and not subsidized through a carrier. The key is to be sure it has all the frequencies he needs. But he should get ready for some sticker shock because there is no subsidizing in Europe, plus there's VAT taxes, exchange rates, etc.
Johnny's app recommendation is SkyZen. It was created by the International Air Transport Association, and supposedly helps with jet lag. It's supported by Jawbone, monitors your sleep patterns, tells you when to eat and what to eat, all to help you minimize jet lag.
This week's website ... Clever Layover. It enables you to do a search for an affordable last minute ticket. According to Clever Layover, the average user saves $200. But you have to be careful because they usually are low fare airlines that nickle and dime you to death with fees.
Another website ... Adioso. Perfect site to search for destinations where you don't really know where you want to go.
Deal of the week - LA to Bangkock $599 on China Airlines. Check out JohnnyJet.com for details.
The latest travel news: Luftanza is going to start charging a $25 fee if you book a ticket through a third party site. This has travel agents up in arms.
Tickets are $1600 to Europe round trip on British Airways and American Airlines right now.
This week, Johnny is river cruisin' in Germany and he calls in video using a 5G phone. How does a river cruise compare to an ocean cruise? Johnny says that river cruises are the biggest thing right now. There are hundreds of ships going down rivers and it can be a traffic problem in the future, especially in the summer. There's no worry about sinking, you don't get sea sick, and you usually have cell service the entire way. It's a great way to cruise. Another great benefit is that you can rent a bicycle from the ship to go anywhere when docked.
Johnny Jet has been traveling in Europe and he's been using local SIMs and his MiFi. But his MiFi hasn't been working too well. He got his from CellularAbroad.com. They use local cell phone data and Johnny says it's worked in all but two countries. It's $24.95 a day for unlimited data.
Website: Hotelsbyday.com. It's ideal for a long layover, usually from 10am-7pm, when you don't need to stay overnight.
Johnny is calling in from Lake Louise in Banff, Canada today. Johnny has been Periscoping and Meerkating and he likes it, especially because they don't record it. It's like Snapchat for video. This week's travel tips:
Apps - GasGuru. It shows gas prices all around the country, and is easy to use. You can get the best price, and it's great for road trips. Available in iOS and Android.
Johnny Jet is at South by SouthWest in Austin, a conference/festival that covers Movies, Music, and Software. It's where Twitter was launched. Johnny is there with TripIt to talk about travel. There's a new app called Silvercar. It's a car rental app that allows you to rent a brand new Audi 4. You scan a QR code on the car with the app, it opens the car, and you're ready to roll. No waiting in lines. Free Wi-Fi, Free Satellite Radio, Free toll tags. Free fill up of gas at cost plus $5.