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 figuring out how to take 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 - http://time.com/collection/worlds-greatest-places-2018/5366674/morgans-i...
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.
The new buzz word for what Johnny Jet does, is "travel influencer," but Johnny Jet considers himself a travel enthusiast and publisher.
Website of the week - BlueRibbonBags.com. It's travel insurance for your luggage. It comes with an app that updates you when your bags have been loaded, unloaded, and arrived at luggage pickup. It's only $5 a piece. If your bag is missing after four days, they will send you a check for $1,000. No questions asked.
App of the week - Slow Shutter Cam. It will allow you to create a longer exposure by merging several shorter exposures. Great in low light. Motion Blur. $1.99 iOS.
Lately, Johnny Jet has been frustrated with Uber and Lyft drivers that are late, and have no room to stow his luggage. So he's starting to use Blacklane. It's about two to three times more expensive, but it's more of a limo service with professional drivers. It's all around the world and they use roomy cars. They show up early and wait for you, not the other way around. And you can use your phone to order it.
Travel Tip of the Week - Wear your backpack in the front of you when you're walking around. There are a lot of pickpockets who can get into your backpack without you knowing it, but if you wear the pack in the front, they can't get to it.
Website of the Week - US State Department Travel Advisories: Information for the country your visiting. It'll include scams, problem places, and other travel advisories. And also read Canada's, Great Britain's, and even Australia's.
Leo wanted tips traveling to Barcelona. Johnny Jet says go to Park Güell. That's a must. But unfortunately, they charge for it now, so bring cash. He also recommends wearing a Scott E Vest. They're's tons of pockets and you can bring just about anything with you. If you have keys or cameras, put a TILE GPS tracker on it.
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