Category: Travel

Travel content from Leo Nelson

Road Trip to Canada

Within the next 48 hours I’ll be joining six friends as we start on a road trip to Canada. Since this trip isn’t a result of months of planning there are still quite a lot of odds and ends that need to be in place before we can begin the journey. (e.g. Visa to enter Canada). Aside from that, I also got to attend a colleague’s wedding prior to the trip. It’s going to be a fun couple of days and my only pressing need right now is to figure out how Chandu Thota set up the Virtual Earth layered hack.

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International Spy Museum

Lil and I decided to stop by the International Spy Museum after picking up her Canadia visitor visa.  According to the official website, The International Spy Museum is the first and only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on this all-but-invisible profession. After the past few years of telling international events I sincerly expected so much more from the museum. Sadly I walked out feeling that I had just wasted $14 and 2 hours of my time wandering through rooms of out dated technology. Nevertheless, I think I’ve found a new respect for people in this profession and what they have to go through to bring more safety to nations.

Autodriveaway

Has anyone used Autodriveaway or a similar service to drive a car between two destinations? Autodriveaway offers a cheap service to transport vehicles by pairing a driver with a vehicle that needs to be transported between locations.

In this request I’m trying to see if it’s worth going through the process required to be accepted as a qualified driver as opposed to just renting a car from one of the umpteen car rentals.

Airlines providing RSS

It looks like the airline industry is gradually entering the syndication market. Either that or my preferred airline is slow to the market. I frequently fly Northwest Airlines, primarily because of their partnership with Kenya Airways which gets me into Zambia for the cheapest fare possible. However, finding cheap fares to Africa is generally not an easy task when using the various online travel search engines. However, now that Northwest Airlines provides RSS feeds on their latest fare promotions, travel offers and other partner offers it may just make life a tad easier. Nice.

Source: Northwest Airlines RSS Feeds

My visit to your Embassy

In the past three months I’ve had to visit the embassies/consulates of four different countries to either obtain visas to visit the respective countries or simply accompany someone who was planning a visit home. I must say that you learn so much about the culture of a country through the first impressions that you have at a country’s embassy. For example, I’m sure many of you can relate with what I’m saying when I refer to the ‘red-tape’ one experiences when waiting in line. How about the common ‘passing the buck’ service where you’re sent from one floor to another or from one phone number to another until eventually someone just decides to hang up on you. Perhaps the worst experience one can receive is when you’re totally ignored at your own nation’s embassy or asked to wait in line only to be told at 5:00pm that you need to return the following day as your passport is still not ready. Someone should write a book on life spent at the embassy.

Nevertheless, I think there’s such a gold mine waiting to be mined if only some countries took a second or two to rethink the way they handled and treated potential investors, visitors and especially residents. You never know what will happen if you just go the extra mile to represent your nation.