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TRAVELING

BOOKING

BEFORE LEAVING

FLYING

Don't fly on any plane made by Boeing. More on this below.

AND

If you are staying in a Hotel that has an app, you may be able to check in via the app.

March 18, 2024: 7 Useful Apps Every Traveler Should Know About by Harrison Pierce for CN Traveler. For flying: Flighty and Flightradar24. For an eSIM app: Airalo. For bookkeeping: Tripit and Wanderlog. And more.

September 15, 2023: If traveling by car and the car breaks down in a remote area without cell service, Apple has a system in the U.S. that lets you contact AAA by satellite. See How to use Roadside Assistance via satellite on iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 by Zac Hall for 9to5 Mac. The feature is called Roadside Assistance and it requires an iPhone 14 or later. It also requires iOS version 17 (or later?). For now, the service is free. Here is the official Apple writeup: Use Roadside Assistance via satellite on your iPhone.

September 2022: How to prevent customs agents from copying your phone's content by Tatum Hunter for the Washington Post. American citizens can refuse to unlock their devices for CBP agents and still enter the country. However, CBP may keep your devices for months. Noncitizens can be denied entry if they do not unlock their devices. Power down devices before going through customs. Use a separate phone or laptop for traveling, one that does not have sensitive data on it. The article does not mention TrueCrypt or VeraCrypt. It is, after all, written by a reporter, not a techie.

See also the Airbnb topic.

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