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Travel Detective Blog: A Tribute to Bob Simon

I first met him twenty years ago, while covering the Middle East. At the end of that meeting, a friend of mine outside the news business asked me who I… Read More…

Peter’s Response: How an Online Travel Agency Left Me in the Cold
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Peter’s Response: How an Online Travel Agency Left Me in the Cold

Last week, Peter Greenberg shared his frustration after an online travel agency wouldn’t honor a weather waiver given to him by an airline. This occurred while many flights were grounded… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: How an Online Travel Agency Left Me in the Cold
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Travel Detective Blog: How an Online Travel Agency Left Me in the Cold

In the most recent blizzard to hit the East Coast, almost every major airline issued a “weather waiver” for passengers stranded by the storm. What the waivers stipulated was that… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: Traveling With Guided Tours
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Travel Detective Blog: Traveling With Guided Tours

I’m a big fan of the term “hit the ground running,” because it more or less accurately describes my life when it comes to travel. I’ve had years of building… Read More…

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Travel Detective Blog: Singapore 50 Years After Independence

The Republic of Singapore is a sovereign city-state with a unique history. Located on the Malaysian Peninsula, Singapore was once a British colony and a part of Malaysia. In 1965,… Read More…

Tonight: Peter Greenberg Moderates Travel & Safety Discussion
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Tonight: Peter Greenberg Moderates Travel & Safety Discussion

Tonight at the 92nd St Y in New York, Peter Greenberg is moderating BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Travel, Terrorism, Security and Safety—an Insider’s Look. Guest speakers include John Miller, Counter-Terrorism Chief for… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: What We Know So Far About AirAsia Flight 8501
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Travel Detective Blog: What We Know So Far About AirAsia Flight 8501

As the story of the disappearance of AirAsia Flight 8501 continues, the inevitable avalanche of questions begins. Some “experts” will immediately jump to speculation, and the conspiracy theorists will be… Read More…

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The Real Meaning of Buzz Phrases on Guided Tour Brochures

I’m a big fan of the term “hit the ground running,” because it more or less describes my life when it comes to travel. I’ve had years of building up… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: At The Fall of the Berlin Wall
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Travel Detective Blog: At The Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was 25 years ago this week. I was in London with my longtime friend Maggie Parker when the call came in from my cousin Sean. “It’s happening,” he said,… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: A Joan Rivers Story You Haven’t Heard
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Travel Detective Blog: A Joan Rivers Story You Haven’t Heard

Amidst the outpouring of stories following Joan Rivers’ death, I’m reminded of my own experience with Joan. As sharp and cutting as she was on stage, in person she was… Read More…

The Travel Detective Blog: What MH17 Means for Malaysia Airlines
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The Travel Detective Blog: What MH17 Means for Malaysia Airlines

Catastrophe and irony, coincidence and crime, horror and mystery, missiles and madness…and yes, wild speculation. All that and more surrounds the two tragic Malaysia Airlines’ incidents. There are some points… Read More…