Retired Austin Travelers

Who We Are...

As our name implies, we are (mostly) retired folks (singles and couples) who live in and around the Austin area and who all  share a love for the Adventures of Travel.
    All you need is the desire to travel, or hear from other travelers. That's it!     Join us at our next event! 

News & Information

Carolyn Barkley Blog!

Carolyn Barkley, one of our most seasoned travelers, writes a very interesting Travel Blog about her extensive travels, complete with photos.     Check it out!

 Ann Cabot Discovers Réunion

Ann Cabot
discovered a picturesque, though remote island named Réunion.   Governed by France, the island lies East of Madagascar, off the East coast of Southern Africa.  
   Link to view Réunion photos

our Next Live+Zoom Event... 

Our next Travel Chat meeting, is Thursday, August 19, 2021, indoors at Wellmed at Ben White, 706 W Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704.
1:30 pm to gather in person
2:00 pm to Zoom

In 2021 we are meeting in-person with added Zoom availability. We plan to have Zoom going simultaneously for those who can't attend in person.

One topic will be the free MAPS.ME app, which is very useful for trip planning. Fast, detailed and entirely offline maps with turn-by-turn navigation, said to be used by over 140 million travelers worldwide.

For those on Zoom,  the link to use will be included in an email sent to RATs members.


Cruise lines may be shutting down again, due to covid. (8/1) 'Double Nights' promo for stays booked w/ app, so 1 free night per 5 paid. (7/31)

5 most comfortable airlines for flying Coach. (7/30)

What happens to people who refuse to wear mask on plane? (7/30)

Cancun, etc. require vaccination or neg test. (7/29)

Argentina closes border to tourists & most citizens. (7/29)

Federal face mask mandate on airlines likely to continue past Sept. 13. (7/29)

Optum sells 2- and 3-test sets of BinaxNOW Home Tests for covid testing to return to USA. (7/29)

Great Britain to eliminate quarantine for vaccinated on August 2. (7/29)

Bhutan vaccinated over 90% of eligible adults in little over a week. (7/29)

Updated info on BinaxNOW Covid-19 Home Test for travelers returning to the United States. (7/28)

Global Entry renewal interview online is scheduled? Double check the time zone. (7/27)

US will continue to ban tourists from UK, EU, China, India and Brazil.

Wait, don't rush, to cancel your flight. Cash beats vouchers.

What is the difference between vaccine 'emergency use authorization' and 'FDA approval'? It's not what you might think.

Are you prepared if you catch covid and must quarantine overseas?

75 funny flight announcements by airline crewmembers.

Corona+ man disguises himself as his wife to be able to fly.

Delta might want to see the credit card you used to purchase ticket

Just 1 immigration officer at LHR leads to lengthy waits.

In Greece, traffic already in a roundabout must yield to traffic entering the roundabout

Global Entry renewals can be done by Zoom, no need to drive to ABIA

~$400 r/t Texas(?) to Europe on TAP.

Queen Mary cruise ship, anchored at Long Beach, may be scrapped

Sapphire Preferred is a great credit card, with $1000 signup bonus, $95 annual fee

A trick when rental cars are unavailable or too expensive

Cool new features of Google Maps app and

Countries that are open to vaccinated visitors.

France & Greece limit options for unvaccinated tourists. How to get proof of vaccination in France.

American Airlines agent fires maskless customer (link 1) (link 2)

Touching a protected species in Hawai'i is both a Federal and state felony.

Canada plans to permit visits by vaccinated American tourists starting August 9.

Americans Facing Long Waits for Passport Renewals (18 weeks!)

ABIA Plans Large Expansion, Will Demolish South Terminal (new concourse, more gates).

Limited airport lounge access & Hilton Gold status for $95/yr (link 1, link 2)


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  Retired Austin Travelers