I’m sitting in the Flagship Lounge at American Airlines, JFK, thinking whether our flight to London, then onto Berlin, will have WiFi. I only had the privilege of having WiFi once when we crossed the ocean. It never happened again.
Coincidentally, I just read a story from the best known writer in the travel business, Peter Greenberg, (yes, we know each other, even though I haven’t seen him in years) that tells you which airlines offer free WiFi.
I thought you should have this information. Peter is known as the Travel Detective. If you travel often, you should follow him on all social media platforms.
Click to learn more about free WiFi on your next flight.
Eliot bought us first class tickets to Berlin. Somehow, he skipped over business class. He claims he doesn’t know how it happened.
When we arrived at the lounge, they escorted us to a private dining room. We just followed instructions and didn’t offer up info that we would have been happy with a bag of peanuts and a coke.
We just completed a delicious dinner that was paired with the best wines. My nerves are calmed a bit, but I will still be questioning every bump once we take off.
Here is what we just ate. Keto perfect.
We are traveling super first class. We have an escort who is picking us up at the lounge and driving us to the gate. The flights cost more than our budget tour through Germany. I do have my priorities.
I think as you get older you can really appreciate traveling to far away places more than you did when you were younger. There is something gratifying about going from your world to another world and pretending you lived there your whole life. You try to immerse yourself in the local culture in an attempt to be one of the crowd.
Now, Peter Greenberg (no relationship to my pal Steve) reveals a new way to soak in each destination through something he calls as “voluntourism.” Before I get into voluntourism, let me tell you about the source.
Peter Greenberg is one of the best known travel news journalists. He is Travel Editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, and CBS Sunday Morning. An Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and producer, Peter was named one of the most influential people in travel by Travel Weekly, along with Al Gore, Bill Marriott, and Richard Branson. Catch him online.
Greenberg explains that more and more cruise lines are offering the chance to give back to local communities during your trip. The same thing is going to happen through tour groups and travel sites.
Right now you can check out the opportunities through Crystal Cruises, Semester at Sea, and Hope Floats.
The participating charities are a few miles away from group destinations. They usually last four hours. You might question why you would ever spend valuable time during a vacation on volunteer work. The answer is pretty simple. You meet some of the most interesting people in the world when you least expect it. Let’s all try it once.