Tokyo, Good Eats and French Car Tires

  • March 14, 2016

Tokyo, Good Eats and French Car Tires
The Twin Doctors Travel Bag briefly explores the tradition and heritage of Tokyo’s bustling Culinary scene

Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman The Twin Doctors Travel Bag

Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman

The Twin Doctors Travel Bag

As the famous chef Paul Prudhomme once so rightly stated, “you don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” Unfortunately, while good old Paul told us what we did not need to eat good food, he failed to tell us what we did need to eat good food. And so it may come as a bit of a surprise to many of you to learn that all you really need to eat good food is an appetite for adventure, a valid passport and a plane ticket to Tokyo Japan. Did you know that the city of Tokyo has more “Michelin Star” restaurants than New York City? Did you also know that the city of Tokyo has more “Michelin Star” restaurants than do the reputed “Culinary Meccas” of London and Paris combined? That’s right folks, Tokyo Japan. If you are like I once was, the phrase “fine dining” probably doesn’t conjure up images of Tokyo. But after reading this blog, I hope that the phrase “fine dining” will conjure up images of Tokyo, good eats and French car tires.

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Early 20th century French road trip

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Passport Photos That Can Make Doves Cry

  • February 18, 2016

Passport Photos That Can Make Doves Cry
The Twin Doctors Travel Bag takes a look at why more Americans will probably be getting passports soon.

Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman The Twin Doctors Travel Bag
Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman
The Twin Doctors Travel Bag

 

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Prince’s recent passport photo


There are passport photos, and then there are epic, sultry, soulful, sexy passport photos that can make doves cry, women weep and men wish; wish that they were the one and only Prince. Unfortunately for us mere male mortals, there is but one Prince, and there are few epic passport photos like his. In fact, according to statistics recently revealed, only 30% of Americans even have a valid passport. Translation, close to 200,000,000 Americans currently are not in possession of an active U.S. passport. Compare this to a place like the United Kingdom, where it was recently reported by the Office for National Statistics that 95% of people living in Britain are in possession of a valid passport. Because only 30% of Americans currently possess a valid passport however, it should come as no surprise to learn that annually, only 10% of Americans actually travel outside of the United States for vacation. When Americans do travel outside of the United States for vacation, statistics show that they are most likely to visit Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and South America; with travel to each of these regions accounting for 35%, 21%, 19% and 9% of all international vacations taken by Americans respectively.

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Why Do Travelers Fear Blow Darts and Cookie Monsters

  • February 16, 2016

Why Fear Blow Darts and Cookie Monsters
The Twin Doctors Travel Bag takes a humorous coast-to-coast look at some of the stranger ways that tourists in the U.S. have been attacked.

Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman The Twin Doctors Travel Bag
Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman
The Twin Doctors Travel Bag

 

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Call to action!!!

My fellow lovers of adventure and all things travel, consider this your call to action!! The time has come for us to be heard! The time has come for us to say that enough is enough! My friends, the time has come for us to stake out our place in the world. Now, it is our time to take a stand and to be counted! For years now, we travelers have had to deal with so much! We’ve had to deal with skyrocketing airfares, bogus baggage fees and fuel surcharges. We’ve had to deal with surly staff, fuller planes, larger passengers and smaller seats. And still, like the soldiers that we are, like the veritable Road Warriors that we’ve become; we have not only met these challenges with a sense of class, dignity and unshakeable self-respect, we’ve overcome them. But my friends, times are dark, and I fear that the future for our kind; the future for true lovers of travel everywhere is now more uncertain than it has ever been before. So it is with a great deal of sadness, regret, fear and trepidation about the future that I ask, “Why do travelers fear blow darts and cookie monsters?”

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Airplane Air Quality and Your Health

  • February 14, 2016

Airplane Air Quality and Your Health
The Twin Doctors Travel Bag takes a look at in-cabin airplane air quality and what you need to know to stay healthy while traveling.

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By Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman
The Twin Doctors Travel Bag

If you’ve ever wondered what you need to know about airplane air quality and your health, wonder no more. The quality of the air that we breathe in commercial airplane passenger cabins is very different than the quality of the air that we breathe almost anywhere else. For starters, airplane cabin air typically has 25% less oxygen than does non-cabin air. Additionally, airplane cabin air is typically 50% drier than non-cabin air; a measure taken to protect the integrity of the plane’s metal airframe from corrosion. And finally, half of the air in airplane passenger cabins is recycled or “recirculated” air. This recycled air, initially introduced into the cabin as fresh air, is then continually recirculated among the passengers over and over again for the entire duration of a flight. So how can the quality of airplane cabin air effect our health and what steps can we take to ensure that any effects are minimal?

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Gray Skies and Golden Showers

  • February 13, 2016

Gray Skies and Golden Showers
The Twin Doctors Travel Bag takes a look at 2 reasons why some people may behave so badly on airplanes.

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By Jamil Abdur-Rahman, M.D.
The Twin Doctors Travel Bag

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Gerard Depardieu

When good airplane passengers go bad, the result can be gray skies and golden showers. What is it about the cozy confines of an airplane that makes some men just want to whip out their little carry on luggage and pee all over the place? Famous French thespian Gerard Depardieu is a bonafide high flying public pisser; although in all fairness to the portly public piddler, he actually urinated in the aisle of an Air France plane bound for Dublin BEFORE it had taken off from Paris. And then there is Jeff Rubin, the 27 year old JetBlue passenger from Gresham Oregon that the media dubbed “The Portland Pisser”. Jeff, while on a flight from Anchorage Alaska to Portland Oregon in 2015 stood up mid-flight, exposed his Hairy Houdini for the world to see and then urinated on the people and luggage in his immediate vicinity. So Jeff too is a certified and bonafide high flying purveyor of midair water sports.

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Chlamydia – Everything You Need To Know

Chlamydia – Everything You Need To Know

  • February 7, 2018

 Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted disease, affecting over 1.5 million Americans every year. Here, Dr. J and Dr. I tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Chlamydia.

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Can A United Guy Find His SPIRIT?

Can a United Guy Find His SPIRIT?

  • February 3, 2018

  BACKGROUND Okay, so the title really says it all. Can a United guy find his Spirit? By now most of you probably know that I am a United/Star Alliance guy. Whenever possible I try to stick with UA or…

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