Let me introduce the three stars of this story. From left to right: Louie (The Toothpick) Cujo, Sassy(The Diva) Sassafras and Crazy Boy Champ (The Chewin’ Chihuahua). Louie and Champ are three years old and experiencing their first road trip ever. Sassy is 13 years old and a world traveler who belongs to my travel buddy, Martha. This would be the first time traveling with all the dogs and we hoped Sassy would teach them well. Perhaps one of the most memorable parts of our almost four months spent backpacking in Southeast Asia was experiencing the magic that is the sometimes overlooked island of Lombok, Indonesia. While Bali and the Gili Islands (which are technically part of Lombok, but are typically discussed independently) are often the mainstays for backpackers and vacation seekers alike, Lombok is a special slice of heaven whose less combed-over atmosphere lends a truly relaxing experience for all those willing to open its arms to it.
If you are traveling overseas, depending on where you are visiting, you may need to investigate if and how ostomy conditions and circumstances are covered by travel insurance. Before leaving home, you should find out where you can get professional assistance if required (not very likely though) at your destination.
While size may not be the most important thing to consider, it is important. There are few things as frustrating as trying to cover yourself with a blanket that leaves part fo your body uncovered despite your best efforts. It is usually better to err on the side of a bigger blanket.
All newly issued U.S. passports and many credit cards include an RFID chip (Radio Frequency Identification Data) that stores personal data about the owner as a security measure. Criminals often use RFID readers to steal important personal information from RFID chips embedded in passports and credit cards to access the owner’ accounts, so it’s essential for travelers — especially business travelers who carry corporate as well as personal credit cards — to protect themselves by carrying their passports and credit cards in wallets and passport cases that block RFID readers effectively.
Cellphones. Most everyone has a cellphone now. But Alaska has most of the cellphone towers in populated areas. Your cellphone may not have a signal if you leave the cities, which can prevent problems if something were to go wrong. In short, cellphones outside of cities are not as reliable. Just be prepared.
Oddly, I quite enjoyed the lack of housekeeping. I liked the fact that nobody would be coming into my room while I wasn’t in it (and it meant I didn’t have to organise myself as much as I usually do – I can’t bear the thought of someone thinking I’m messy).