The other shoe finally, finally, finally dropped! Received email confirmation from the hotel and Hotels.com within minutes of each other.
So, I just paid the second half of the total trip and I am going to have to pinch myself to know it's real and is going to happen. In fact, the journey begins exactly 2 months from this date as my initial flight departs Philadelphia on Tuesday, September 17. Nice coincidence, that.
Also received a confirmation from the airport shuttle company reminding me to print copies of the necessary voucher for my round-trip service. It's been printed out for over a week, but don't tell anyone.
To lock or not to lock, that is the question.
Now I have an important question for you all (important to me, though it may have you rolling on the floor holding your sides and laughing) concerning checked luggage.
I'm from a time when everyone locked their luggage as a matter of course. If some bags were old or the locks broken, the airline would wrap the bag with strong tape used mainly for this purpose.
In a post-911 world, I am told that one doesn't lock their bags, but only packs clothing/shoes in them, so the TSA can have their way with your personals for whatever reason. All personal items are to be in a carry-on bag that is easily searchable by the same TSA workers as you make your way through the scanning process. I am told this by folks who travel extensively throughout the US, Mexico, and Europe as well.
A few years ago I purchased a Travel-Pro bag; (similar to the one above) the kind used by flight attendants and crew. It also comes with a shoulder strapped carry-on bag, about the size of an over-nighter in the old days. It's big enough to hold my camera, medications,
This will be its first time use and I ordered a set of 4 locks for the thing (it has more nooks and crannies than an English muffin) and 4 of them are capable of being locked. These locks are "TSA Approved" whatever that means. Probably nothing useful.
Anyhoo, I feel uncomfortable leaving the luggage open for anyone to peruse and perhaps remove any item of their choice. There is nothing of real value regarding my fashion options, but I would be frightfully annoyed if my Spo Butterfly shirt were to disappear, if you get my drift. There would be blood!
Any comments, or suggestions would be appreciated. Leave a comment or contact me privately if you like.
And so it goes.