Christopher Anton

Hello, my name is Christopher Anton

I believe almost anything can be made better, easier, or more efficient.

I write about innovation and international travel.

My Latest On Innovation

AbbVie and Children’s Medication

AbbVie and Children’s Medication

When I was about 10, I was prescribed liquid penicillin for a sore throat. As I remember it, I had to take it twice daily for about two weeks. The taste was awful. There was not much my parents could do to convince me to choke it down. Guarantees that it would make me... read more

My Latest On Travel

Amsterdam, again?

Amsterdam, again?

In college, I spent $5 on a poster of Van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles” to cover up the ivory cinderblock walls of my dorm room. A few years and many twists of fate later, I stood an arm’s length from the original painting at the Van Gogh Museum on... read more

#TophersTravels: Quick Tips for Travel Ease

Last Minute Packing

When you start packing, make a to-do list for the morning of your departure and review it before you walk out your front door. Add every small thing to it so you don’t panic at the airport because you forgot to take out the trash, pack your phone charger, or grab your passport.

Denied Boarding Compensation

Airline vouchers for giving up your seat or getting bumped can generally only be used on flights operated exclusively by that airline. They can’t be applied to codeshare flights, even though codeshare flights are available for purchase on your airline’s website.

Booking Trains in Advance

When planning a rail trip, most tickets can’t be booked more than 30-90 days in advance depending on the country and carrier. Enter a date within 30 days of today to see general travel times and ticket fares – they rarely change much within the calendar year.

Spare Clothes

Roll a spare pair of socks and underwear inside a clean tshirt and store them at the bottom of your carry-on bag. It won’t take up much space, and it’s a lifesaver if your luggage is lost or delayed and you need to freshen up.

Trip Planning

If you have no idea where to start with activity planning for your trip, google the destination and the month you’re visiting. This will give you an idea of the main tourist spots at that time of year and will help jumpstart your research. “New Orleans June” gives you more relevant travel and tourist information than just “Things to do in New Orleans.”

Flying in Severe Weather

If you’re flying from, to or through an airport that frequently experiences weather delays, schedule your flight so you’re there as early in the day as possible. If your flight is delayed or cancelled, the more flights in the day there are after it, the better your chances are of being re-booked on an alternate flight without being stranded overnight.

Some of my Favorite Posts

Clean Laundry Without Water

Global powerhouse Unilever makes such a wide range of products that you likely have several in your home right now. Their website touts that 2 billion people every day use their brands. The company’s sheer size makes their co-creation platform notable. At the... read more

My First Oktoberfest

Over 6 million people attend Munich’s famed Oktoberfest over it’s two week run. This year marked my first appearance there. With only a few weeks to prepare, I read every blog post that I could find aimed at first-timers. Now that I have the advantage of hindsight…

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Getting to Iceland

Iceland always felt like one of those faraway, once-in-a-lifetime trips that I never imagined I would be able to take. In my mind, it was like Antarctica or the Moon. It would be incredible to see, but was too far away, too expensive and too logistically difficult for... read more

Why Fragrances Make the Best Souvenirs

Next time you are at walking through a home that’s for sale, you may notice a subtle realtor’s trick: cookie dough in the oven on low heat or a bowl of fresh lemons on a table. Unless you hate cookies, the smell will quickly remind you of “a time... read more

Why River Cruises are on the Rise

One regret I have when looking back at my college days is that I never went on one of those epic, life-changing backpacking through Europe adventures. I know that even against the backdrop of the most majestic of European cities, I probably would have been miserable.... read more

Chasing Kirsten Dunst

The story of how a chance news article about Kirsten Dunst prompted my pursuit of dual US/German citizenship, and the process that followed.

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