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Re: The "I'm Traveling somewhere" Thread
« Reply #70 on: April 06, 2018, 05:40:52 PM »

Yea, so I guess you plan on travelling frequently? Especially in/out of the country?

So I had global entry.  I don't anymore, I got a misdemeanor which lead to them taking it away from me, but that's another story.  Global entry will give you everything the TSA pre-check gives you, but will also give you expedited access when returning to the USA.  It allows you to bypass the line going through passport control in customs.  You then get to use a kiosk instead of speaking to an officer.  It takes a picture of you as well.  It's makes returning to the country super quick and easy. 

So back to your future plans of traveling, if you are travelling domestically frequently, the TSA pre-check is nice.  If you travel internationally a lot, global entry is really nice. 

Also you have to do an interview with a customs agent for the global entry.  It was pretty much a joke for me, "why do you want this?" "For work" and off I go.  I've heard a few others grilled a little harder as to their intentions, but never heard of any issues with the interview process other than it's annoying to have to do.

That sounds pretty good.

Now that I have my passport, I'm probably gonna try and go international like once every two months give or take. My work schedule goes back and forth between 40-50 hour weeks to some weeks where I have only like one day, unless I hustle up some hours, so when there's a lull in schedule I'm going to see somewhere new. And I'll probably flip flop between international and domestic.
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« Reply #71 on: April 06, 2018, 05:44:51 PM »
I'm now filling out the global entry application. It apparently covers both international and domestic TSA pre check for 5 years. Should be helpful.

From how it looks, once cleared. I can just scan my passport at the kiosk, put my fingers on the screen to confirm its me and then it prints a ticket and I then can then bypass security?

Yea, so I guess you plan on travelling frequently? Especially in/out of the country?

So I had global entry.  I don't anymore, I got a misdemeanor which lead to them taking it away from me, but that's another story.  Global entry will give you everything the TSA pre-check gives you, but will also give you expedited access when returning to the USA.  It allows you to bypass the line going through passport control in customs.  You then get to use a kiosk instead of speaking to an officer.  It takes a picture of you as well.  It's makes returning to the country super quick and easy. 

So back to your future plans of traveling, if you are travelling domestically frequently, the TSA pre-check is nice.  If you travel internationally a lot, global entry is really nice. 

Also you have to do an interview with a customs agent for the global entry.  It was pretty much a joke for me, "why do you want this?" "For work" and off I go.  I've heard a few others grilled a little harder as to their intentions, but never heard of any issues with the interview process other than it's annoying to have to do.
I don't have any of that stuff and my experiences with passport control are the same way. At DFW you use a kiosk, smile at the camera, wave your printout at an officer as you walk to customs, answer the stupid questions and leave. It took me all of five minutes last time,  and most of that was waiting for the customs agent.
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Re: The "I'm Traveling somewhere" Thread
« Reply #72 on: April 06, 2018, 05:49:16 PM »
Interesting, that's not the way at EWR at all, but I also haven't left the country in 1.5 years so maybe things have changed.  Although, my experiences with customs has always been really quick regardless of my Global Entry or normal procedures.

Honestly the TSA pre-checks these days aren't that much faster than normal.  Even at EWR since it's a United hub, they have a seperate security line for United Premiere members and that's often not any better than the rest either.

Essentially so many people have some sort of status or program that it almost makes it all negligible.  But once again, I think that also depends on the airport.

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Re: The "I'm Traveling somewhere" Thread
« Reply #73 on: May 01, 2018, 05:57:15 PM »
I'm pretty excited right now!  A buddy of mine who is one of the best Underwater cameraman and producer in the industry has invited me on a unique adventure.  Next March I will have the opportunity to accompany him and a few select folks to go swim and film both Blue and Sperm Whales in Sri Lanka.  It's an amazing chance to interact with the largest animal of all time.  After that excursion I think we will probably pop over to the Maldives for some serious Liveaboard then resort Diving!

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« Reply #74 on: May 01, 2018, 05:59:30 PM »
Wow that sounds amazing

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« Reply #75 on: May 01, 2018, 06:03:38 PM »
Looking at his videos from this last months trip really got me going.  There is only one month a year the Sri Lankan govt. allows this operation, which is the only legally licensed one, to interact with them.  I do need to start working out though...LOL.  Only snorkeling and free diving are allowed with these animals.  Which means I need to start the cardio!!!  :lol

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« Reply #76 on: May 02, 2018, 04:57:54 AM »
That sounds incredible. That is going to be something you'll remember for a lifetime.

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« Reply #77 on: May 03, 2018, 08:09:58 AM »
I travel a lot for work. Was in California, Germany, Spain and Tennessee in the last two months. Leaving for South Korea next Saturday, then down to Bangkok, Thailand and finally to Penang, Malaysia after that. Going to be a 2 week long trip. Might try to sneak away to Kuala Lampur to see the Petronas Towers really quick.

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Re: The "I'm Traveling somewhere" Thread
« Reply #78 on: May 04, 2018, 02:45:48 PM »
I travel a lot for work. Was in California, Germany, Spain and Tennessee in the last two months. Leaving for South Korea next Saturday, then down to Bangkok, Thailand and finally to Penang, Malaysia after that. Going to be a 2 week long trip. Might try to sneak away to Kuala Lampur to see the Petronas Towers really quick.

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« Reply #79 on: May 07, 2018, 06:07:20 AM »
I'm a little over half way through our 2.5 week roadtrip. We're in Utah at Arches National Park at the moment heading up to Yellowstone later today. It has been nothing short of amazing. To the point that I am really depressed at the thought of going back to work a week from today. My wife and I have both talked about selling everything, buying a big camper and traveling over North America for a couple years. The kids are homeschooled so that wouldn't be an issue. The problem is money. I'd need to work and I'm not in a career that works well for digital nomad type jobs where you can be literally anywhere in the world. I've already decided to ask my boss if it would be possible for me to work from the road 2-3 days a week for a few weeks at a time a couple times a year so that we could do more of these road trips while still having a full time career and a regular home. I know it's a complete fantasy to think we could travel full time, but I honestly feel like it's "what I want to do with my life." Maybe getting back to the real world won't be so bad, but right now I'm dreading it.

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« Reply #80 on: May 07, 2018, 09:00:54 AM »
Yeah... the traveling bug, people usually have it hardcore, or not at all.  I have yet to see the 2 parks you mention, but would love to.  Especially from a photography standpoint.

As far as my exciting trip for next year to dive with the Whales...the balloon has burst.  To make the overall package work my wife would have to fly solo for 30 hours to the Maldives.  She has decided she's not comfortable with that.  I have to of course respect her decision.  It was a helluva plan though!  :-[

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« Reply #81 on: May 07, 2018, 09:16:32 AM »
Yeah... the traveling bug, people usually have it hardcore, or not at all.  I have yet to see the 2 parks you mention, but would love to.  Especially from a photography standpoint.

As far as my exciting trip for next year to dive with the Whales...the balloon has burst.  To make the overall package work my wife would have to fly solo for 30 hours to the Maldives.  She has decided she's not comfortable with that.  I have to of course respect her decision.  It was a helluva plan though!  :-[
Sorry to hear it didn't pan out. It sounded absolutely miserable to me, but you certainly would have loved it.
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Re: The "I'm Traveling somewhere" Thread
« Reply #82 on: May 07, 2018, 09:38:47 AM »
Yeah... the traveling bug, people usually have it hardcore, or not at all.  I have yet to see the 2 parks you mention, but would love to.  Especially from a photography standpoint.

As far as my exciting trip for next year to dive with the Whales...the balloon has burst.  To make the overall package work my wife would have to fly solo for 30 hours to the Maldives.  She has decided she's not comfortable with that.  I have to of course respect her decision.  It was a helluva plan though!  :-[
Sorry to hear it didn't pan out. It sounded absolutely miserable to me, but you certainly would have loved it.
  :lol  I don't love the travel part, believe me!  I was just actually talking to my buddy, and MIGHT do a Humpback trip later in the year.  That one my wife could come with and find stuff to do topside while I'm in the water.  So...still a chance for some whale interaction!!  Colder water though...which I'm NOT a fan of...LOL

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Re: The "I'm Traveling somewhere" Thread
« Reply #83 on: May 07, 2018, 04:04:41 PM »
Didn't travel anywhere too far, but today me and my friend rode down to Delaware to this cool ass little food place called Crabby Dick's right on the Delaware river. They do all you can eat crabs and stuff like that. I got the surf and turf burger which was fresh crab meat on top of an angus burger. Its was excellent.

Overall, it was an awesome day. This was my first time riding on the highway and that was very cool and not as scary as I thought it would be.

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Re: The "I'm Traveling somewhere" Thread
« Reply #84 on: May 07, 2018, 04:08:32 PM »
As far as my exciting trip for next year to dive with the Whales...the balloon has burst.  To make the overall package work my wife would have to fly solo for 30 hours to the Maldives.  She has decided she's not comfortable with that.  I have to of course respect her decision.  It was a helluva plan though!  :-[

Devastating

Had a busy weekend in Denver.  I can't recall the last time I had a full weekend off on a work trip, which meant I had plenty of time to do things... so went to Pikes Peak Saturday and the Red Rocks on Sunday.  Absolutely amazing weekend.

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Re: The "I'm Traveling somewhere" Thread
« Reply #85 on: May 08, 2018, 03:38:49 PM »
Surprise, just found out a work trip was set for me.  My coworker in Amsterdam is taking a 2 week vacation at the end of August and I've been asked to go there to cover for him.  I just booked it.  Pretty excited because I've never gone to Europe solo and I feel comfortable going to Ams since I've been there 5 times before (always with my boss).  But I'll get a weekend out there and while it's far out, it's a coverage trip not a project trip so I shouldn't be crazy busy.   :yarr

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« Reply #86 on: May 09, 2018, 02:00:03 PM »
Surprise, just found out a work trip was set for me.  My coworker in Amsterdam is taking a 2 week vacation at the end of August and I've been asked to go there to cover for him.  I just booked it.  Pretty excited because I've never gone to Europe solo and I feel comfortable going to Ams since I've been there 5 times before (always with my boss).  But I'll get a weekend out there and while it's far out, it's a coverage trip not a project trip so I shouldn't be crazy busy.   :yarr
Cool!  Amsterdam will be awesome!  August should be a good time!! Some day I'll make it there, and other parts of Europe.  Probably when I can't dive anymore... :lol

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Re: The "I'm Traveling somewhere" Thread
« Reply #87 on: November 21, 2018, 11:57:39 AM »
I'm starting to plan a 2 week Colorado road trip for next summer and am wishing I had a month! So many good placed to check out. We're focusing mainly on natural areas and are hitting up the four national parks in the state for sure plus some national monuments and potentially some state parks. Anyone spend a lot of time in Colorado that has any recommendations of can't miss places to hit?

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Re: The "I'm Traveling somewhere" Thread
« Reply #88 on: November 21, 2018, 02:52:32 PM »
Rocky Mountain National Park is amazing, absolute loved my day trip there.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGQcGBQptEk

I'd highly suggest checking out a concert at the Red Rocks, even if it's not necessarily your music, assuming there's some concerts during your stay in the area.  I'd say it's easily my favorite concert venue and the two concerts I've been to there weren't bands I am totally into, it's just the atmosphere and setting.

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« Reply #89 on: November 21, 2018, 04:23:45 PM »
Planning 3 nights at Rocky Mountain as of now. We won't be able to do a.concert at Red Rocks. Is it worth stopping and exploaring the area for a couple hours? It's right on our way from Rocky Mountain to Black Canyon NP.

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« Reply #90 on: November 21, 2018, 06:45:12 PM »
Yea it's open to the public during the day so it's definitely cool to check out and you can walk around the area.

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« Reply #91 on: November 22, 2018, 10:59:29 AM »
Planning 3 nights at Rocky Mountain as of now. We won't be able to do a.concert at Red Rocks. Is it worth stopping and exploaring the area for a couple hours? It's right on our way from Rocky Mountain to Black Canyon NP.
I showed up at Red Rocks in the afternoon and they were happy to let me in, even though they were setting up for a Cre concert later on that night. "Sure, go on in. Please don't get in the way, and we'd kindly ask that you leave before the show starts."

Mt. Evans is probably already on your list, but it's certainly worth a couple of hours. Same with Garden of the Gods. Either heading to or away from RMNP the Peak to Peak Highway is a pleasant drive. State Forest State Park offers all of he scenery of RMNP but none of the crowds. If you're camping I can turn you on to a couple of nifty, out of the way spots.

Best advice I can offer up is to spend as much time figuring out how you get there as where you go. Colorado is a wonderful place to drive around in, and if you plan your routes well you'll be pulling over to take pictures all the time.
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Re: The "I'm Traveling somewhere" Thread
« Reply #92 on: November 22, 2018, 11:02:51 AM »
I keep telling myself to go to Garden of the Gods and always end up saying "next time" even when I am close by eating at Rudys (good BBQ) which is nearby.  I'll make it there one day.

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« Reply #93 on: November 22, 2018, 04:37:17 PM »
Garden of the Gods is on the list for sure.