I've been a little quiet lately because I actually roamed out of the country for the first time in several years and had blissfully no Internet access for almost a whole week.
Went to Cambridge (the real one, not the one in MA ...) to attend my Ph.D. graduation and here's what I discovered about overseas travel having not done it in a while:
1/ There are some airlines I still like - Air Canada thank you!
2/ No matter how hard you plan, you can't rely on Internet access, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
3/ No matter how careful you are with your bits and pieces, you always lose something. The casualty on this trip was my camera battery charger which is an improvement over having lost a Kindle last year on a domestic trip.
4/ If you drink enough with Cambridge college students, some of them will STILL remember you fifteen years later ....
5/ You can avoid Olympic customs/immigration queues at Heathrow if you time the flight just right.
6/ It's always rainy in the U.K., even in the summer.
7/ Due to economic woes, there are less British pubs than there used to be.
8/ Movies and meals are still free on international flights, but if you watch movies on those tiny screens, you get a headache.