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James Feldkamp has been fortunate enough to travel to many different countries. Below, he shares some tips for traveling internationally.
If you’re traveling overseas, it’s a whole lot different compared to traveling anywhere around the United States. As James Feldkamp used to be in the Navy, he knows his fair share about traveling internationally. Below, James Feldkamp provides 5 very useful tips for traveling to different countries:
Understand the cash situation
No matter where you are in this world, you’re usually able to walk up to any ATM and deposit cash. While that may be true, for the most part, many banks in the United States charge hefty fees for talking out cash in another country. While you can pull out a lot of cash beforehand and bring it with you, James Feldkamp says it’s never very smart to carry that much cash on you at one time. That being said, try to understand your bank’s fees before you leave on your trip; some banks may even reimburse you for all ATM fees accumulated while traveling internationally!
If you travel to another country, then James Feldkamp explains that you may find yourself receiving multiple fraud alerts from your bank or credit card companies. While you may just get an alert notification asking you if you authorize the transaction, sometimes these companies even shut off your card, making you unable to use it. To save the hassle and confusion, you’ll want to tell your bank and financial institutions where you’re traveling and when you’re traveling. This can save you from any unwanted fraud alert messages and card shutoffs.
Avoid data roaming
If you use your phone in another country, you may potentially experience very high roaming charges. To avoid these fees, that can be very hefty, it’s best to set up your phone ahead of time with your provider. James Feldkamp suggests that you should call your cell phone provider at least a few weeks ahead of your trip to determine the best course of action to avoid those ridiculous charges.
Have a maps/direction plan
Unless you have a tour guide or you travel overseas often, James Feldkamp says that you’ll probably need directions every single place that you go. And unless you set up your phone ahead of time, using Google Maps or another directions app while traveling can really rack up your data charges. To limit these charges, use the hotel Wi-fi before you head out for the day, take screenshots or make printouts, then use those while you’re driving or walking around.
Buy a guidebook
Especially if you’re traveling to a new country for the first time, James Feldkamp suggests that travelers should buy a guidebook beforehand. And while these books have tons of awesome pictures, they’re also packed with maps, info on popular destinations, amazing eating spots, and much more.
Given how James Feldkamp has traveled all over the world, he knows a thing or two about being prepared. By understanding the traveling tips mentioned above, now’s the time to book that flight!
Author and now-retired naval officer James Feldkamp takes a closer look at some of what are expected to be next year’s top travel destinations. With overseas vacations on hold for many this year amid the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, those with a passion for international […]
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With both production and sales skyrocketing recently, the natural wine market has never been more buoyant. Author and wine expert James Feldkamp, from Arlington County, Virginia, takes a closer look at the figures, and suggests why he believes that this famously once more niche corner of the drinks sector has ballooned in recent years.
“As a fan of natural wines myself for many years, it’s nice to see others beginning to appreciate many of the varieties that I love and enjoy,” says James Feldkamp, speaking from his home in Arlington County, Virginia.
Natural wine is generally any variety that is free of commercial additives or preservatives, according to James Feldkamp. “Grapes used in natural wine are often farmed with the ecosystem firmly in mind,” he explains. The explosive growth of natural wine in recent years, Feldkamp believes, rests largely in the product’s natural, organic, and local nature. “People are becoming ever more interested in locally produced and sourced food and ingredients,” says the author and retired naval officer, “and the same is now true, it seems, when it comes to wine.”
The latest estimates put the value of the natural wine market in the U.S. at as much as $200 million. This, however, James Feldkamp states, arguably remains a somewhat conservative total. “If we were to factor in wines that are natural save for the addition of just a tiny quantity of preservative, this number would certainly be much, much higher,” he suggests.
Further to the adoption of natural wine by those keen to champion the product’s organic and often local nature, many have also turned to natural wine varieties for their added zest. “Natural wines are typically unfiltered and thus much more zesty, which appeals to lots of people,” James Feldkamp explains, “even those who may not, in the past, have been big wine drinkers.”
Looking solely at organic wine—a category into which most, but not all, natural wines are included—this market is estimated by the International Wines and Spirits Record to see over one billion bottles produced globally each year by 2023. This, James Feldkamp points out, is almost three times the approximately 350 million bottles produced and sold just a few years ago, back in 2012. In the U.S. alone, the corresponding increase would represent a growth in the consumption of organic and natural wines equivalent to around 15 percent within under three years, according to the wine expert.
Particularly popular with dynamic and typically urban wine drinkers, natural wines have been most widely embraced, reports suggest, in places such as Austin, Detroit, and Denver. “Natural wine importers and distributors, however,” James Feldkamp reveals, “are setting up channels nationwide, with significant forward growth in the market expected in most U.S. states.”
A retired naval officer, James Feldkamp is today, an author and widely respected cybersecurity expert with more than 30 years of professional achievements under his belt. Currently a subject matter expert at Georgetown University, Feldkamp was previously an adjunct professor at both George Mason University, Virginia, and George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., teaching undergraduate courses in domestic and international terrorism. In his spare time, James Feldkamp’s hobbies and interests include wine tasting, travel, and sailing.
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Travel enthusiast James Feldkamp discusses how to stay safe and arrive healthy when flying.
The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has changed travel as we know it for the for seeable future. However, that doesn’t mean people aren’t taking to the skies. People are beginning to book flights, as travel restrictions are being lifted around the country and around the globe. Travel enthusiast James Feldkamp recently offered advice on how travelers can stay safe and arrive at their destinations healthy with the threat of coronavirus still looming.
“There are countless reasons people need to travel via air,” James Feldkamp said. “So it’s important those who are traveling do it safely.”
James Feldkamp explained first and foremost that nobody should board a plane if they’re unwell. He stated that airports are taking steps to prevent this, such as temperature checks, but travelers need to take it upon themselves to be responsible. James Feldkamp explained that while someone may have boarded a plane with a cold or other illness in the past, that’s simply not acceptable in the current travel environment.
“Travelers should take the same precautions they’ve been practicing throughout the pandemic, and perform them even more thoroughly,” James Feldkamp said. “This means washing your hands as often as possible, using hand sanitizer before and after touching anything, and wearing a face mask at all times throughout the travel experience.”
James Feldkamp explained that travelers should pack a number of additional sanitation items when traveling. These are likely things they wouldn’t have packed before the coronavirus pandemic. He stated that everyone should bring disinfecting wipes to disinfect any seats they use or surfaces they touch, such as the seat touch screen, headrest, window, and more. James Feldkamp also suggesting packing nasal spray, which can help clean out the nose and keep it moisturize, and plenty of water to stay hydrated and healthy.
“If you’ve been sitting on an upgrade, now is the time to use it,” James Feldkamp said. “Opting for first or business class seating will provide more personal space.”
James Feldkamp added that even paying a little extra for a seat with additional leg room will provide a small buffer for space. Any additional space means possible lower contact with fellow travelers.
Finally, James Feldkamp explained that the mission to stay safe while traveling begins before you leave the house. He stated that even though there is not currently a vaccine for COVID-19, it’s important check your other vaccinations and ensure they’re up-to-date. Taking this step before traveling can help protect your immune system, so it’s ready to fight off illness.
“Now is the time to be more cautious than ever while traveling,” James Feldkamp finished. “Taking the above precautions before stepping aboard a plane will help protect you as well as your fellow travelers. After all, we all want to reach our destinations in a healthy state.”
The summer of 2020 is in full swing, and people are taking to the water to cool themselves down. Sailing is a summer sport that offers a way of getting out on the water while learning a number of valuable skills in addition to the […]