Today's Travel Site - TheUnpack.com This is ideal for travelers who are heading to cold areas, where you can rent cold weather clothing. These are from premium brands, and packages start at $40 for two days worth of clothing. They have packages for all seasons. It's available in NewYork and will be coming to Boston and Washington, DC.
Johnny Jet is here to advise that beginning January 1st, travelers will be unable to add stamps to your passport. If you do, the entry will be denied. You will need to get them added by the US Department of state by sending in your passport to add them officially. Or, when you renew, choose the 52 page option at no extra charge.
This week's travel app - City Mapper for Android and iPhone.
Johnny Jet has some quick tips for getting cheaper airfare to go home for the holidays:
1. Be flexible. You're not going to get a deal leaving Friday afternoon and returning Sunday like everyone else wants to do.
2. Stay away from the low fare carriers. Even though it shows a really low price, you're actually going to end up paying more if you're checking or carrying a bag on.
3. Consider the time of day. Leave the time blank when searching for tickets.
Johnny is in France right now and he's got a great rental apartment through a website called Paris Perfect. It's a gorgeous home for less than a hotel stay in Paris. Fully stocked kitchen and great bakery. Johnny doesn't know if he can go back to staying in a Parisian hotel.
Johnny got a free upgrade on a seat flying the day after Thanksgiving. JJ says that this is a great time to fly because most people are sticking around for a day or two after Thanksgiving. So there's plenty of seats on flights the day after.
Travel News - Marriot bought Starwood hotels, making it the largest hotel chain in the world. Johnny says that Starwood's rewards program is far superior than Marriots and hopefully they won't screw that up.
Travel tip - Clear your browser at check out. Sign out and Sign back in. It'll give you a lower price.
Johnny Jet is in studio today and is going to spend the entire second hour with Leo, answering your travel questions! Johnny says to try not to check a bag. When he travels, he tries not to check a bag at all. When you check a bag, you're stuck with your airline. Even a trip of two to three weeks can be managed with a carry on. You can just wash your clothes as you go. All you need to do is google a local laundry mat to find out. Some will even do it for you for less -- like $10 a load.
In light of yesterday's terrorist attacks in Paris, Johnny wanted to talk about what to do if you find yourself in a country that is experiencing widespread terror attacks. What do you do if you're caught in the middle? Johnny has been in the area of an attack twice, Mumbai and in New York for 911. First ... try and remain calm. You will be able to think if you're calm. Stay safe.
Johnny just got back from TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) and had a great time. This week he's talking about getting cheap fares for holiday travel. It's not too late to get a great deal for the holidays if you try the following tricks including:
Johnny is cruising with Viking Cruises this week and he says that the Wi-Fi is really fast.
Website - Connectify.Me hotspot software. Download their software and you can share your Wi-Fi connection with your other devices. Buy Wi-Fi for your laptop and then you can share it with your tablet and your smartphone.
Johnny is joining us from Canada today and is talking about a new thing about FreeWiFi Networks to stay away from. Check out maps.skycure.com. You can type in anywhere in the world and you'll get a list via Google Maps of risky local Wi-Fi hotspots in your area. But Leo says that since the site offers software to download, it could be a bit sketchy. When in doubt, when traveling, connect via VPN. It's the safest way.