Honeymoon packing tip #14 – Don’t forget to pack a good translator app

Remember when Brenda and Donna from 90210 accidentally ordered veal brains when they were traveling in Paris?  You definitely don’t want THAT to happen on your honeymoon.

No need to be fluent in multiple languages or schlep around a big dictionary – just load one of these apps on your phone or ipad and voila, you’ll be speaking like a native.

Google Translate – Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod or Android devices, this free app gives you access to more than 60 languages!  You can type in text and hit the translate button or you can also speak a phrase into your phone and play back the translation.

google translate

i Translate VOICE – This is another great option allowing you to speak and click away to hear yourself translated into 36 languages.  You can chose the speed and sex of the translator voice which is fun too.  Available for iPhone or iPad starting at 99 cents.

i translate

Say Hi Translate – Translate your voice in 40 languages on your iPhone or iPad for less than a dollar.  You can also share your phrases via email, text, Facebook or Twitter too.

SayHiY

And, if you’re not hitting the road, these apps can still be handy for leaving messages for your Polish housekeeper…

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Looking to make an Escape??

There’s a new e-Zine (eco-friendly, all-digital magazine) in town called Hip Compass Escapes.

The spring issue has launched and its chock-full of travel tips, deals and great stories on romantic escapes, girl’s getaways, adventure trips (volcano climbing anyone?) and much, much more.


Best of all, I’m a contributor so you can read all about my latest journeys. Thinking about a Mexican honeymoon? Scroll to page 49 to see my Romance in Mexico’s Riviera story.

Bon voyage!

Looking to make an Escape??

There’s a new e-Zine (eco-friendly, all-digital magazine) in town called Hip Compass Escapes.

The spring issue has launched and its chock-full of travel tips, deals and great stories on romantic escapes, girl’s getaways, adventure trips (volcano climbing anyone?) and much, much more.


Best of all, I’m a contributor so you can read all about my latest journeys. Thinking about a Mexican honeymoon? Scroll to page 49 to see my Romance in Mexico’s Riviera story.

Bon voyage!

Honeymoon packing tip #5 – Pack wine like a pro

One of the best mementos to bring back from a special trip or honeymoon is a bottle or two of local wine. Since airline restrictions require that any liquid over 3 ounces go in your checked luggage, you’ll want to bring a BottleWise bag on your next trip.

I like the BottleWise Duo above since it can pack two bottles of wine and can also be used as an on-the-go carrier for bringing wine to picnics or parties. Inside you’ll find two padded liquid-tight Bot’lPacks (each holds one 750 ml bottle) that feature a patent-pending protection system. It’s designed for the culinary traveler and can also be used for transporting olive oils, balsamic vinegar, vanilla, etc.

We tested it out in Mexico and it worked like a charm! I should add that the Globetrotting Groom was very impressed with its durable and well constructed pouches that snap into the outer bag.

There are also picnic basket coolers and elegant wine carriers with glasses and corkscrew. Check them out quickly while they’re still on sale. I think they’re a really great present for a newly engaged couple or really anyone who likes to travel.

On a side note, if you’re buying alcohol at Duty Free, you’ll need to check it in your luggage if you have a connecting flight home. I learned this the hard way last year…

Honeymoon packing tip #5 – Pack wine like a pro

One of the best mementos to bring back from a special trip or honeymoon is a bottle or two of local wine. Since airline restrictions require that any liquid over 3 ounces go in your checked luggage, you’ll want to bring a BottleWise bag on your next trip.

I like the BottleWise Duo above since it can pack two bottles of wine and can also be used as an on-the-go carrier for bringing wine to picnics or parties. Inside you’ll find two padded liquid-tight Bot’lPacks (each holds one 750 ml bottle) that feature a patent-pending protection system. It’s designed for the culinary traveler and can also be used for transporting olive oils, balsamic vinegar, vanilla, etc.

We tested it out in Mexico and it worked like a charm! I should add that the Globetrotting Groom was very impressed with its durable and well constructed pouches that snap into the outer bag.

There are also picnic basket coolers and elegant wine carriers with glasses and corkscrew. Check them out quickly while they’re still on sale. I think they’re a really great present for a newly engaged couple or really anyone who likes to travel.

On a side note, if you’re buying alcohol at Duty Free, you’ll need to check it in your luggage if you have a connecting flight home. I learned this the hard way last year…

When you gotta go, you gotta go…

In public restrooms, which toilet is most often the cleanest?

  1. The first (closest to entrance)
  2. The second
  3. The last (furthest from entrance)

Correct answer: The first (closest to entrance)

Here’s a handy discovery I read about on HipCompass. If you’re honeymooning in Europe or the USA, this will definitely be of interest.

MizPee.com (MizPee.eu in Europe) is a website dedicated to helping people find clean bathrooms. Just type in where you are and a list of nearby restrooms appears with cleanliness ratings, hours of operations and reviews from fellow-toilet seekers.

It’s fairly new in the states so not all U.S. cities are listed but more are being added ever day. European cities include Berlin, Brussels, Parma, Udine, Treviso, Verona, Pisa, Florence, Genoa, Trieste, Palermo, Naples, Bologna, Venice, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, London and Paris.

I tested it out and it gave me many fine New York City options in addition to the expected Starbucks and McDonald’s.

Want more bathroom trivia?

Which European people use the most toilet paper per person?

  1. The English
  2. The Germans
  3. The Swedes

Correct answer: The Swedes

Which city calls itself the Toilet Paper Capital of the World?

  1. Seattle, WA, USA
  2. Newark, NJ, USA
  3. Green Bay, WI, USA

Correct answer: Green Bay, WI, USA

The average person spends how much of their life on the toilet?

  1. 1 year
  2. 2 years
  3. 3 years

Correct answer: 3 years

Which country used flat sticks before the introduction of toilet paper?

  1. China
  2. Japan
  3. India

Correct answer: Japan

When you gotta go, you gotta go…

In public restrooms, which toilet is most often the cleanest?

  1. The first (closest to entrance)
  2. The second
  3. The last (furthest from entrance)

Correct answer: The first (closest to entrance)

Here’s a handy discovery I read about on HipCompass. If you’re honeymooning in Europe or the USA, this will definitely be of interest.

MizPee.com (MizPee.eu in Europe) is a website dedicated to helping people find clean bathrooms. Just type in where you are and a list of nearby restrooms appears with cleanliness ratings, hours of operations and reviews from fellow-toilet seekers.

It’s fairly new in the states so not all U.S. cities are listed but more are being added ever day. European cities include Berlin, Brussels, Parma, Udine, Treviso, Verona, Pisa, Florence, Genoa, Trieste, Palermo, Naples, Bologna, Venice, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, London and Paris.

I tested it out and it gave me many fine New York City options in addition to the expected Starbucks and McDonald’s.

Want more bathroom trivia?

Which European people use the most toilet paper per person?

  1. The English
  2. The Germans
  3. The Swedes

Correct answer: The Swedes

Which city calls itself the Toilet Paper Capital of the World?

  1. Seattle, WA, USA
  2. Newark, NJ, USA
  3. Green Bay, WI, USA

Correct answer: Green Bay, WI, USA

The average person spends how much of their life on the toilet?

  1. 1 year
  2. 2 years
  3. 3 years

Correct answer: 3 years

Which country used flat sticks before the introduction of toilet paper?

  1. China
  2. Japan
  3. India

Correct answer: Japan