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Aug 29, 2022

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss travel by sea as Piper prepares to board a cruise again for the first time in years.

But first! Where have Gail and Piper been?

Gail and Piper had a small writing retreat together in Vegas, while BTS was in Vegas for concert performances, and the two of them did not go to the concerts or even interact with the "Vegas Experience" - they wrote. A lot. And they ate a lot of food, mostly from off the strip, particularly some very good Thai food.

Travel by Sea - Tips, Tricks, and Considerations:

  • Piper prefers the larger cruise ships, because she is less effected by motion sickness on these
  • Writing Excuses Writing Workshop and Retreat on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
  • Food - all the food - any time. 
  • As long as food is not wasted, order all the entrees! All the desserts!
  • Piper and Gail often get dishes to share so they can enjoy more variety without getting too full
  • Piper tends to avoid the crowds and only goes to the pools and hot tubs on port days when most other passengers are off the ship
  • But! Take into consideration health and safety protocols
  • There's something to be said about everything taken care of for you (especially food), so you can focus on writing
  • Gail has experience with shorter cruises on river boats and catamarans.
  • Gail is a tour group guide's nightmare, because she will inevitably wander away from the group
  • Both agree writers are tour guide nightmares when it comes to random, chaotic questions
  • Both also agree cruise ships are great setting inspiration for space ships or murder mysteries

Gail's Gadget Pick!

  • Travel Chopsticks: aluminum, screw-together, portable chopsticks like these 

Piper's Gadget Pick!

  • Portable Charger (not a power strip) - extra powerful with 2x USB-C and 2x USB-A ports like this Razer Wall Charger. Note: This is not a battery pack.

Extra Shoutouts:

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Special thanks to Kelly for editing this episode!

Thanks for listening. Travel smart. Pack the snacks! 

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