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New Cuba Travel Restrictions by Trump

By on November 8, 2017

One of my favorite stamps I’ve collected on my passport is from my travels to Cuba. Today, The Treasury Department OFAC has executed President Trump’s recommendation to now tighten some of the loosened restrictions for travel to Cuba. This has been widely reported today in the LA Times and…


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Best Travel Apps: Mobile Passport

By on November 7, 2017

I’ve been talking about the importance of travel tech for a long time now and Mobile Passport is one of my favorite apps to use because I do not have Global Entry (Yes, I have TSA Pre-Check). I’ve been chomping at the bit for the Mobile Passport App to…


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Game of Thrones Filming Locations

By on September 1, 2017

Like most Game of Thrones fans, I continue to be impressed with this phenomenal television series. In my recent travels, I have made one of my favorite tv shows come to life by visiting some of the filming locations of Game of Thrones in various parts of the world….


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Travel Ambassador Packing Tips on Fox St Louis

By on August 14, 2017

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of being on Fox in St Louis to share some of my favorite packing tips. Below is the segment.

Double check fare restrictions
Double check weight and dimension restriction on the website of the airline you are traveling on
Ensure that your…


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2018 Travel & Adventure Show

By on August 11, 2017

I’m pleased to announce that I will be a featured speaker at the 2018 Travel & Adventure Show. This show takes place in San Diego, Denver, Los Angeles, Bay Area, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Dallas & Chicago. I will be joining a great roster of speakers like Rick Steves, Samantha…


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Travel Well, Smart and Often

By on August 10, 2017

“Travel Well, Travel Smart, Travel Often” is my catchphrase, mission and how I aim to live my own life and teach others to do. Travel is my PhD in Life. Travel has fundamentally changed me and I think it’s one of the best things we can do for ourselves….


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Travel Ambassador Guide to Cuba Special Event

By on June 28, 2017

Special Event Today June 28th & Tomorrow June 29th

6:30 PM for Appetizers & Beer

7:00 PM Discussion on Travel to Cuba

With all of the talk on travel to Cuba, I figured I should update fellow travelers on the possible new rules and how to travel to Cuba. I will discuss the…


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May & June 2017 Travel Smart Events

By on May 25, 2017

May 2017
May 25 — Sports Basement, Presidio Store, San Francisco CA. Click HERE for more info to RSVP

May 27 — Various lectures at Summit Hut, Tucson, AZ. Click HERE to RSVP

 
June 2017
June 3 — Various lectures at Luggage & Leather, Houston, TX. Click HERE to RSVP

June 10  —Various lectures at Passport Luggage, St. Louis, MO. Call  314-726-1313 to…


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March & April 2017 Travel Smart Events

By on March 28, 2017

MARCH 2017
March 4-5, 2017 — Various lectures at the San Diego Convention Center with the San Diego Travel Show, San Diego, CA. Use promo code SOCIAL for discounted tickets

March 8-9, 2017 –  – Various lectures at the Colorado Convention Center with the Denver Travel Show, Denver, CO. Use promo…


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Talking Travel Tech on Frommer’s Travel Radio

By on March 24, 2017

I was recently invited to talk travel tech with Arthur & Pauline Frommer on their radio show. We discussed the following topics:

Prepping phones & devices for travel
Digital safety & privacy
Travel Apps
Using phones & devices for free abroad

It was such fun segment with America’s premier travel gurus. In…

Angel Castellanos
Pasadena, CA

I'm a US based travel expert and spend my time teaching people how to travel well, smart and often. I'm passionate about travel and helping people save time & money. This blog, or travel lounge, is a collection of my practical travel advice and experiences from traveling 8-10 weeks internationally each year. I believe that travel has never been easier and that everyone can achieve their travel dreams. Happy Travels!

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