Travel stories


Aug. 21 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Anyone in the direct path or planning a trip for the rare total solar eclipse on Aug. 21? I am about 200 miles north of the path, so it certainly is within the realm of possibility for a day trip or overnight trip. I haven't made any plans yet but am thinking about it.

Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 51LMT-S, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

Rental Car Insurance

Many of us here do a lot of travelling and I'm curious how you handle rental car insurance.

Most states in the US require drivers to carry proof of insurance. If you take out rental car insurance, the rental contract provides that proof.

How Many Are Getting Their Real ID's?

Starting October 1, 2020, every state and territory resident will need to present a REAL ID compliant license/ID, or another acceptable form of identification, for accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and boarding commercial aircraft. The card, itself, must be REAL ID compliant unless the resident is using an alternative acceptable document such as a passport.

Planning trip from Toronto to Chicago

We are planning a family trip from Toronto to Chicago. We will drive from Toronto to Chicago. I was looking at the hotel prices in downtown Chicago but they are very high prices. I was wondering if we could stay out of downtown at place from where it is easy to access downtown via public transit and we save some money for hotel stay.

I will appreciate your feedback.

Iphone XR, Drivesmart 61,Nuvicam, Nuvi3597

First Long Range Trip With New Subaru In-Dash Nav

With our old Subaru we had a Garmin Nuvi 650, which we still have. Our new Subaru has an in-dash nav unit. The immediate problem faced with our trip, the in-dash nav unit did not have our Nuvi 650 "favorites" available and no-way (as far as I know) to pre-enter them. So we took the Nuvi with us.

Garmin Nuvi650 - Morehead City, NC

San Antonio, TX

We arrived by plane at night and picked-up a rental car. Unpacked the Garmin 650 and set it up. Worked-out very well since we had no idea where we were. Surprisingly the hotel was on an Interstate entrance ramp. Made getting out a bit difficult.

Garmin Nuvi650 - Morehead City, NC

turn off the ferry option, unless you need it

On a recent trip from Charleston SC to Williamsburg VA I put 100% faith into my 265WT. I found myself routed to a ferry terminal as I approached Jamestown VA. We sat back and enjoyed the 15 minute crossing while I poked around the GPS and found the setting to turn off the routing using ferry boats.

John from PA

Things Learned While Traveling Recently

First off, I don't fly anywhere all that often, so many of you here will have a LOT more experience than I do in this area. I am going to post a few things that I have learned lately and, hopefully, others will post their experiences that will be helpful to others.

Paying for Parking through an APP. A Eureka Moment.

We went to Miami and found out that you had to pay for (on-street) parking in some areas through a smart phone app. Nifty I thought. Then I had a (conspiracy) eureka moment.

By using an app to pay for parking, the app can also inform parking enforcement of when a "meter" is about to expire.

Garmin Nuvi650 - Morehead City, NC

Questions About The RV Lifestyle

I love the idea of the RV lifestyle -- or at least the notion that owning an RV means that you always have a place to stay when on the road. But is this a false (or impractical) notion?

Missing Hunter Found (Garmin Monterra)

One of my hobbies is riding ATVs. In fact, this past Sunday and Tuesday I rode in Nemadji State Forest in Minnesota. Towards the end of my trip on Tuesday, I saw a Pine County Sheriff's Office pickup trick, Kerrick Fire Ambulance, and a Bruno fire truck parked near the side of the Gandy Dancer Trail. I stopped and one of the first responders told me about the missing hunter.

2017 Two Wheel Travels

My wife and I just finished a 7500 mile trip from Florida to Colorado/South Dakota/Wisconsin/Indiana then back home. I ride a Yamaha Tenere while my wife rides a Kawasaki Ninja 1000. We were on the road for 48 days with extended stops in Colorado Springs, Lacrosse and Madison, IN.

So Many Roads.....

Making a Long Trip More Efficient

Periodically we have to make a one-way trip of 600 miles (of course the return trip is also 600 miles). We have a Nuvi 650 and there is a propensity for it to use the interstate system even-though there are suitable more direct 55MPH routes available.

Garmin Nuvi650 - Morehead City, NC

2010 West Trip

Our travels are on two wheels, the motorcycle kind.
My wife and I both ride our own bike. 20+ years ago when I decided to take up riding again, she said if you are going to ride I am too! So here we are today with several two wheel trips under our belt!

So Many Roads.....

Where you won't be going....

Iconic 1,000-year-old Pioneer Cabin tree collapses as deadly storm blasts California.

Nuvi 2595 LMT When you come to a fork in the road- take it. (Leo)

GPS problem?

This is a story of 2 people who got lost in VA. They has previously asked for help with their GPS is Ruther Glen, VA. Someone suspects they were directed off I-85 by a faulty GPS.

summer 2016

We made our second trip to Alaska. Missed every salmon run by 4 days +/-. Visited a lot of notable museums, including Anchorage, UA of the North in Fairbanks, the Pratt Museum in Homer, Dawson City, Beringia in Whitehorse, Kennicott, etc. Our nicest campground was again the Borough campground in Palmer.

Blame the GPS. Don't use common sense.

Found this while surfing the net.
Morons, including the media, placing the blame everywhere but where it belongs.
Check out the comments.

Under no circumstances whatsoever, will logic and common sense be tolerated.

Carrying full coverage on a 10 year old vehicle

My neighbor struck a dear with her 2007 Nissan Mariano with 67000 miles. The car was still drive-able. Grill damaged, radiator pushed into fan and BOTH AIR BAGS deployed. This car was fully loaded with leather and navigation. But the cost of repairing the airbags alone was over $3500. The car was totaled.

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