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Billions Spent, But Are We Any Safer?

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Billions Spent, But Are We Any Safer? In its usual witty, acerbic but always readable content, Fastcompany.com  looks at the Transportation Security Administration’s huge expenditures on air travel since 9/11 in their efforts to keep us safe. How big is huge? Fifty-six plus billion dollars spent on schemes and strategies that more of ten than not fall flat or never ... Read More »

The Art Of Almost Packing Perfectly

The Art of Almost Packing Perfectly If images of jumping on your suitcase as your partner quickly snaps the locks shut, or sitting on the thing while you’re doubled over tying the straps are your version of packing, then this primer on how and what to pack could be for you. Remember the adage, “pack half of what you think ... Read More »

Why We Are Sexier On The Road

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Why We Are Sexier On The Road We knew travel was a terrific aphrodisiac, we just couldn’t prove it. Then came a report that the majority of couples have more sex in a week’s vacation than they do in two months at home! We knew there’s actually a Mile High Club with certain airlines offering sex in the sky for ... Read More »

Your Travel Complaints Now Settled by Technology

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Your Travel Complaints Now Settled by Technology No trip is ever trouble free. Flights are always being canceled, cruse lines change itineraries or skip ports, and car rentals are plagued by pricing or mechanical problems that are almost inevitable. Interestingly, as Christopher Elliott writes in the Seattle Times, travel disputes between a traveler and supplier, like an airline or cruise ... Read More »

Why We’re Unhappy With Travel Web Sites

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Why We’re Unhappy With Travel Web Sites To most, “Travel Agent” means the company on the corner with a couple of big glass windows, lots of fading brochures lying around and inside, a faint whiff of yesterday. But the term “Travel Agent” also refers to giants like Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, Thomas Cook, AAA and lots of others, referred to as ... Read More »

The Next, Best Air Fare Search Engine!

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The Next Best Air-Fare Search Engine? Don’t let that cute, little chipmunk with the aviator goggles fool you! Hipmunk is, at last, an air- fare search engine that’s elegant, simple and free from the agony of plowing through pages of results that most air fare search engines throw up. If what you want is flight info that’s worth your while ... Read More »

When Will We See The Pyramids Again?

When Will We See The Pyramids Again? The questions as to when travel to Egypt will resume, and Egyptian itineraries re-established are big ones among the decision makers in the US travel and tourism industry, and are being discussed daily. 
 The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), a large group of tour operators who managed to pull their clients ... Read More »

Tourism to Egypt Snapshot

Tourism to Egypt Snapshot Call it the Digital Revolution become Political. The “Jasmine Revolution” that ousted Tunisian ruler Zine Ben Ali spread with uncanny speed to Tahrir Square, the heart and soul of Cairo and thus Egypt. Having covered the region for various news outlets, there is no question in my mind or in the minds of most observers that ... Read More »

Princess Cruises’ Facebook Travel Contest May Sink the Ship

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Princess Cruises’ Facebook Travel Contest May Sink the Ship In the last month or so, I’ve received a half dozen Facebook Travel Contests offering all kinds of wonderful trips to the winner. One came from Queensland, Australia, a solid contest that was rendered irrelevant by the horrific floods there. Then there was the Carnival Cruise Lines Facebook promo we reported ... Read More »

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