NAVAL WEATHER SERVICE ASSOCIATION

An association of Aerographers & Mates,
Meteorologists & Oceanographers

TRAVEL VIA THE MOON

AGCM Claude R. "Moon" Mullen, USN RET


His Biography Since Joining USN

Source: Aerograph August 2019

Visas...Baggage and Safety Tips
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 August 2011 Aerograph




Source: Aerograph May 2019

Just a small tip when you’re going to the airport…don’t forget your manners! Some of the nice things to remember…DON’T put your luggage or newspapers on the chair next to you in the boarding area – the seats are there for other people to sit on.


On the plane, use the space under the seat in front of you, instead of trying to cram everything in the overhead bin.


People in the middle seats get to use the arm rests. Before you recline, look behind you to make sure the folks behind you are not trying to use their tray..leaning back too far may prevent them from using their tray!


On moving sidewalks to/from your waiting room, stand on the right and let people going pass you pass on the left.


Going on a flight in December…now is the time to start planning. December has some of the lowest and also the highest rates of the entire year. That goes for your hotel costs too. Your hotel and air can easily cost you double if you’re planning that trip the week before Xmas until 5-7 January. Planning a cruise…same rules apply and obviously, room size on those cruises can get a big difference out of your wallet! Destinations too can be different and help you decide when/where you’re going to go this year.


Travel is fun…a little planning can make it really outstanding. Enjoy – you deserve the best!

      Submitted by AGCM C. R. “Moon” Mullen USN RET





Source: Aerograph February 2019

When most of us think of vacation destinations, like Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico or Europe, but how about cities…like Washington DC?


Of course, we all know Washington is famous for its numerous monuments and museums and you can enjoy most of its attractions without spending a penny. And you can see many of these attractions just walking…see the Smithsonian Institute, the Natural History Museum, the American Histor

Museum, and the Air & Space Museum, all a short walk from each other and FREE.


When you have to pay, you usually want to spend a few hours, if not the whole day, to get your money’s worth. But when it’s free, you can go anytime and spend as little or much as you want. You can experience the National Zoo, which is free (not even a kiosk at the entrance), see what you want, and then move on.


Other free attractions consider ‘must sees’ include the National Portrait Gallery, the Capitol building and the Library of Congress (the last two connected by an underground tunnel) and at the Library of Congress you will be able to see the spectacular Gutenberg Bible as well as Thomas Jefferson’s voluminous personal library.


Getting around DC is easy. If you land at Ronald Reagan airport, you’re downtown…if you land at Dulles which is northwest of the city, there is a frequent subway to take you downtown. Rent a car??? Sure you can but parking spaces are limited (and expensive), streets are confusing, and subways will take you almost every place you want to go. There are also taxis to consider if you want someplace subways don’t get you to…or walk. Also, your hotel may have a pickup/deliver service car that will drop you off…and your hotel may suggest some places you didn’t think of in addition to getting you there.


Consider DC to spend 3-5 days with little cost and the flexibility to see what you want, when you want. You won’t be disappointed.


Enjoy your travel…you deserve it!






2017

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 2015

November Aerograph

Protect Yourself from Travel Delays Beyond Your Control
with Backup Plans and Insurance 
August Aerograph

Beware of the Germy Magazine, Seat-pocket, For Bargains Make your Summer Reservations in February,  and Check the Fine Print for the Months of Deep Discounts 

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May Aerograph

Get the Planning Done NOW (before the prices go up), Fly Overnight and Check that Passport.
February Aerograph






2014

European River Cruises and Informing your Credit Card Co. of Travel Plans
November Aerograph

   
Visiting Normandy France and Omaha Beach, Oversize Bags, and Bravo Zulu NWSA #40
August Aerograph

Effects of Weather on Flights, Severe Thurbulence, Shop for Lower Prices and Buy at the Right Time
May Aerograph

Less Restrictions on Liquids At European Airports, Higher First-Class Airfares,  Exercise at Airports, NEVER Put Passport in Checked Baggage

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February Aerograph



2013

Snacks/Lite Meals in Rooms, "Gotta-goes", Health Kits and Travel Insurance
 November Aerograph

Medical assistance and considerations while traveling.

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August Aerograph

Fees for Upgrades, Alerting your Credit Card Co. to Travel Plans, Ireland and Dublin, Best Time to Purchase Tickets

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May Aerograph

Bags, getting them delivered; Miscellaneous Tipping; and Tour Guides 

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February Aerograph

  


2012 

 

Using your Credit Card Out-of-Country, AAA/AARP Discounts, Group/Guided Travel Vacation Cautions

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  November Aerograph

 

Reunion #38; Best & Least Expensive Travel Times; Baggage Limits and Costs

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August Aerograph


Medications, paying for and lists of them on trip; Credit Card cautions; and those "dirty" handles, knobs and trays...

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May Aerograph

Travel to UK, Cuba?; New rules for airlines...

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February Aerograph


 

 2011

 

Rental Cars

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November Aerograph


Visas...Baggage and Safety Tips
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 August Aerograph


...to Days Gone By

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May Aerograph

Baggage Tips and Travel to Japan and Taiwan

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February Aerograph