A Candle in the Window Hospitality Network is a growing, worldwide, online Christian hospitality network in which members open up their homes to one another for either a meal and/or an overnight stay of 1-2 nights when traveling. Missionaries are invited to join for free. From the outset, it has been the desire of A Candle in the Window to help their international members build travel networks within their own and neighboring countries, as well as to provide host locations when they visit America. Towards that end, A Candle in the Window Hospitality Network offers free charter memberships in different parts of the world from time to time… During the months of June, July and August 2013, they invite Christian brothers and sisters in Europe (Eastern and Western Europe and the UK) to join the network for free! Just log on and join as “charter members”. Feel free to tell others.
The goal of Godspeed Travel Network is to build a robust network of individuals who either live or travel around the world and are willing to share their experience and knowledge with others. By using this platform, International Outreach personnel can avoid potentially man made or natural disasters, dangerous situations and cultural mistakes that can cause offense. Go to
to learn more or sign up for free. Your input is needed and the organizers believe you could potentially save a life. Take a look at the site first and decide how to handle your own personal profile on the web.
Last week while traveling in Europe, I packed an upgraded sim card from Go-Sim…
The “new” capabilities deal with making it easier to deal with the call-back concepts used by Go-Sim and other vendors like them. The assigned number they gave me this time was a British number (rather than the Estonian number that I’ve been using with them for a number of years.) It was, in a word, EASY. The rates were great, coverage was wide (both voice and text), and the customer service (and infrastructure) was excellent. Highly recommended, affordable, and practical in scores of lands. Watch for the term “ekit” — because that’s a sign that they’ve shipped you one of the new sim cards.
The concept is simple. If, for any number of reasons, your flight with an airline goes south, the forces behind this site…
will fight for the right to get a settlement. They’ll take 25% as their bounty, and give you the rest. You only pay if you win. How ’bout that? Has anyone actually tried these guys? It looks legit’, but I’d love to hear a real case study from our community. (Thanks to Caleb for the tip.)
Just when I was starting to like TripCase…
A friend introduced me to TripIt.
They’re similar apps. Each has an email interface. Once you register with the site, you forward your air and/or car rental itineraries to the email interface and the app automatically parses out your itineraries and details, creating a virtual trip and timeline for you. Granted, there’s a degree of risk involved, in that you’re giving over private information to the grid. However, in all my searching, I couldn’t find one example of this resulting in any kind of mischief. Instead, every review and every testimony seemed to indicate a huge amount of goodwill generated by these programs. Naturally, they’re trying to gather and market aggregate groups of customers, but again, these are well-researched apps that seem to have earned the trust of the internet community at large. The real pay-off comes in the smart-phone apps that these sites offer as well. Lay out your trip on the web, then you instantly have access to it on your iPhone or Android device. And, if TripCase already weren’t gifted enough, check out TripIt. Once I had my rough itinerary set up, I registered the other travelers in my group by providing their email addresses (ask their permission first, of course). Instantly, in their own accounts at TripIt, they now have access to all the flights, connections, and activities as well. You can even set up “meetings,” appointments, and personal activities. Gone are all the days of trying to manually create flights and appointments in your Calendaring app. TripIt can now do it for you, using WebDav features. It’s a new day, … a game-changer, and for the most part, it’s all free (though there are certain premium features you can purchase — like 99 cents to buy out the ads on your iPhone — permanently).
So what are your thoughts? Are you nervous about the possible privacy intrusion? Have you had good luck with these and other similar apps by Kayak and others? What’s your own favorite? Please use the comment box following the web version of this item at Brigada.org. Thanks!
Now there is a Wiki Tour guide for everybody to build. Are you going to a new place and want a non-missions perspective on the sites to see and perhaps get an idea of who lives there and what it will be like? Check out WikiVoyage.org. Have you been someplace with family or mission that you would like to help others go to or learn about? Wikivoyage is a free web-based travel guide written by volunteer authors. The name is a blend of the words “Wiki” (originally the Hawaiian word for “quick,” but more recently, an Internet-based software system that allows change and extension of the text by any user) and “Voyage,” the French word for travel, journey, or trip. This week is the official launch of the site as its own fork in the WikiMedia family of entry points. See if you can help build it at…
Wikivoyage content is broadly categorised as: destinations, itineraries, phrasebooks, and travel topics. In the old days, Livingstone had to forge a path by himself. Now, we get to follow others and share how to get to the unreached places together. To learn more about the format of the site:
Let’s help each other preach the Good News to the ends of the earth.
Check it out…
We figure once this “Clearme” service rolls out in a big way, other countries will follow suit. Maybe your lines will subside soon? (Thanks to Caleb for the reminder on this.)
A faithful friend of Brigada asked today, “What are the best free and paid-for travel apps/services (TripIt, FlightTrack Pro, etc.)?” What’s YOUR favorite?
For years, I’ve longed for a way to make a timeline/itinerary for trips with complicated, multi-city flights. Who knew that I’d finally find it on my phone. Try it. You can forward itineraries to your account and TripCase automatically sorts out the flights, dates, times, and destinations. You can add events manually, too, and share your itinerary with friends (like your wife or co-workers from your org). Learn more at…
Or find it in the Apple AppStore.
These are the people who will try to help negotiate your freedom if you’re captured by terrorists. I talked to the Global Security Director for our own org and he has been recommending this for some time. Let’s do this.
Are you traveling to a dangerous location? Or … maybe you’re just traveling to a location that can BECOME dangerous by a person that is emotionally haywire. Here’s a group that offers a six-session DVD course featuring David Dose, a well-known trainer on questions of security and travel risk. Check out mini-video-introductions the 6 sessions at the bottom of the home page.
The USA’s “Smart Traveler Enrollment Program” is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Sign up at…
The US gov’t promises they “will not disclose the information you provide us in your STEP application to any third parties unless you have given us written authorization to do so, or unless the disclosure is otherwise permitted by the Privacy Act.” By signing up, you can get special updates from embassies and other USA sources about the places you’re visiting or the countries in which you’re residing. Worth it.
1st year free then $90 a year thereafter.
1 mile for every dollar spent.
Double miles on United Purchases.
40K free miles immediately.
Miles never expire and are unlimited.
Also, 2 free United Club passes per year.
When used to purchase the trip, allows one free bag to be checked.
Also allows priority boarding.
Card plus his status allows free upgrades to economy plus seats.
Have you been happy with a credit card like that? I have used an American Express Card since 1991 and by now, they have me in a Platinum version. It’s great because the points will transfer virtually anywhere. But I like Tim’s card because there will be virtually no yearly membership fee. So … what’s in *your* wallet????? (and why?) :-) Please click on “Comment” below — or, if you’re reading the email version of this post, please log onto the web using the link below and leave a note about your best pick. Thanks in advance!!!
Lissa’s done it again. Although she faces all kinds of infrastructural challenges operating from her modest-sized town in Uganda, she has again discovered an item that we’re sure many Brigada participants will appreciate. This one has public transportation routes for more than 400 cities around the world. Grab it at…
On this site you can list your house for rent without cost. They connect homeowners or second-home owners who are away with willing renters. Pay by credit card that gets credited only if you are satisfied with your stay. If you are traveling for work or holiday consider being a renter. Homeowners rent out entire apartments, homes and even extra rooms. Mark says the one-year old website out of Switzerland is very user-friendly and safe. So, say goodbye to Motel 6 and say hello to a new house-on-the-way!
See the logged flight path, minutes until landing, plus lots of other resources (especially for pilots).