“Business class” from Oslo to Tromsø was exactly like coach, except it was at the front of the plane. Never mind extra legroom, SAS doesn’t even block off the middle seat in business class, so the only difference was the free drink and free WiFi. Scratch the free Wi-Fi actually, it didn’t work for more than a few minutes on any of our domestic flights. … [Read more...] about DDF Adventure Photo DO Trip Notes Part 1: Heading For Svalbard And The Far North
Manly to north head walk
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Plantronics delivers a massively impressive set of noise-cancelling Bluetooth wireless headphones with the BackBeat Pro 2. These headphones have a seriously impressive wireless range of up to 330 feet, which is frankly, a little insane. They also feature a 24-hour battery life that beats out many of the other headphones on this list. Audio quality wise, the BackBeat Pro 2 headphones don’t go so far as to beat out some of the headphones higher up on this list but do a valiant job of competing where they can. In contrast to Sony’s ZX770BN headphones which lacked bass, at times the Plantronics BackBeats are far too bass-heavy, which can obscure the sound. That being said, the BackBeat Pro 2 is an excellent and reliable set of headphones to travel with. … [Read more...] about The 7 best Bluetooth headphones available right now
Today we would be flying segments 5 through 8, which were some of the riskiest connections we had on the trip. In Longyearbyen airport I asked the checkin agent if she might be able to move us onto the nonstop flight from Oslo to Bodø, but she said that would not be possible as we had United issued award tickets. I like to always have a contingency plan, so I asked her how many seats were available on that flight and she said that there were only 4 seats left. That meant that if we missed that connection one of us would be left behind overnight in Oslo. … [Read more...] about DDF Adventure Photo DO Trip Notes Part 2: Svalbard And The High Arctic
After eating it was time for an early bedtime – tomorrow was going to be a long, cold, and physically draining day. So it goes without saying that as soon as we were all settled and drifting off, I peeked out of the window and caught a glimmer of green in the sky. Experience has taught me that when you see the Aurora Borealis, you don’t waste time dawdling – you never know how long a display may last, and when a tiny glimmer will explode into an all-sky light show. We had made up earlier that if someone spots the aurora he would wake the others, and so I jumped out of bed, pulled my boots and coat over my pajamas, grabbed my camera and tripod and ran out of the house, all the while raising the alarm. … [Read more...] about Chasing Polar Bears In Svalbard: DDF Arctic Adventure Photo DO Trip Notes, Part 2
Waimea Canyon is known the the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Be sure to bring a jacket as it can be cool up here. From here you can view the canyon, the Na Pali coast, the forbidden island of Niihau, and go on countless hikes. A 4WD vehicle definitely comes in handy up here. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes Kauai: Heaven On Earth
Wailua Falls.-Queen’s Bath in Princeville is supposed to be stunning, though I haven’t made it there yet.-Snorkeling and diving are must-dos in Hawaii. boat tour of Na Pali that left from the South shore in the winter time. The entire boat was covered in vomit. The good news was that I paid with my Starwood AMEX and won the chargeback on a trip that never should have happened. Stick to summertime tours that leave from the north shore. Or see Na Pali from the air or on foot.Beware that you can’t bring any fruit home with you besides for Pineapple or Coconut.Kalalau Trail. You can hike the first couple miles as a day trip, but you need camping permits to do the whole trail. Allow a couple nights and be sure that you’re prepared for the hike of a lifetime! It’s definitely on my bucket list, though I think I should have crossed this one off before having kids… … [Read more...] about DansMeals: Hawaii For The Kosher Traveler. Part 4: Kauai And Other General Tips.