The Trans Siberian Railway – crunch time

With less than a month to go on a month-long trip, it’s crunch time for Nick Hawkins as he hops on the Trans-Siberian Railway for a solo adventure. But in true 2009 style, the adventure will be tracked by GPS, Twittered, blogged and Facebooked the entire way.

Two international trusted traveler programs that work

Two of Customs and Border Patrol’s Trusted Traveler programs — NEXUS and Global Entry — have been getting a lot of press lately as a way to speed up entry back into the US at major airports. Nick Hawkins has had extensive experience with these programs and found them immensely helpful.

The Trans-Siberian Railway for beginners: the sequel

Nick Hawkins continues his planning for an upcoming trip on the Trans-Siberian Express. He takes travelers through city stops, purchasing tickets, reserving hotels, getting visas and thoughts about immunizations and necessary medicines.

Why the DHS laptop seizure policy doesn’t worry me

For the last week or so, I’ve been bombarded with complaints about how many travelers believe that now they will be a target of the (say it with me now in a menacing voice) the evil Bush administration and have their electronic gadgets seized while they return from a trip abroad. Balderdash!

Planning an adventure on the Trans-Siberian Railway

I’ve never been one who enjoys taking packaged tours. It keeps you confined and in your comfort element and you end up spending time with other Westerners. Since it’s been a few years since my last real “adventure”, I started to plan a trip across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway.