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The Science Behind Airplane Food
Airlines & Airports / Culinary Travel / The Travel Detective Exclusive

The Science Behind Airplane Food

Now I know what some of you think about airline food. You don’t eat it because you’re hungry, you eat it because you’re bored—or you just don’t like it. But… Read More…

The Truth About the Cost of Airfare
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The Truth About the Cost of Airfare

If you haven’t noticedi, airfares drive people crazy. They change all the time. Short trips are sometimes more expensive than long trips. Round-trip tickets can be cheaper than one-way, and… Read More…

Traveling After The Umbrella Revolution & Arab Spring
China / Middle East / The Travel Detective Exclusive

Traveling After The Umbrella Revolution & Arab Spring

In Hong Kong, there’s the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement. How about the street protests in Tahrir Square in Cairo and many other cities? What do they have in common? They each… Read More…

Secret Airlines You Might Not Know About
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Secret Airlines You Might Not Know About

When it comes time to book an international flight, you probably go to the major carriers. But it turns out that there are other options—if you know where to look…. Read More…

How More Travelers are Flying on Private Jets
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How More Travelers are Flying on Private Jets

If I wanted to fly from LA to San Francisco, I could go to LAX and catch a flight. Or I could go to the Hawthorne airport in LA County… Read More…

How Airline Mergers Changed Travel Within the U.S.
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How Airline Mergers Changed Travel Within the U.S.

As eight of the largest air carriers have merged into four major airlines, many smaller connecting hubs have been downsized or shut down—and some routes have been eliminated entirely. While… Read More…

How One Guided Tour Company Provides Immersive Experiences
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How One Guided Tour Company Provides Immersive Experiences

When you hear the words escorted tour or guided tour, what comes to mind? I’ll tell you what comes to my mind. Four words: trapped on a bus. I envision… Read More…

Does the Price of Oil Affect the Price of Your Plane Ticket?
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Does the Price of Oil Affect the Price of Your Plane Ticket?

If oil prices decrease, does that mean you can save on airfare? Unfortunately, no. Scott McCartney, Travel Editor for The Wall Street Journal, explains why that’s not the case in… Read More…

How One Guided Tour Company Trains its Tour Directors
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How One Guided Tour Company Trains its Tour Directors

No matter which destination you choose for your next trip, that destination is important. But when it comes to escorted or guided tours, it’s the tour guide that makes the… Read More…

How Tourism in Egypt Has Changed Since the Tahrir Square Protests
Africa / The Travel Detective Exclusive

How Tourism in Egypt Has Changed Since the Tahrir Square Protests

Since the protests in Tahrir Square, tourism across Egypt has changed dramatically. Watch this segment from season two of The Travel Detective to find out what this means for ancient… Read More…

The Truth About Airline Ticket Change Fees
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The Truth About Airline Ticket Change Fees

Do you ever wonder why it costs hundreds of dollars to change a simple airline ticket? In many cases, that fee is more than the cost of the ticket itself…. Read More…

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Behind the Scenes of a Mega Resort in the Making: Baha Mar

There is a story about tourism and money, development and politics, and about how one large hotel and resort complex can threaten to destroy the economy of an entire country…. Read More…

The Invisibles: The People You Don’t See in the Service Industry
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The Invisibles: The People You Don’t See in the Service Industry

The best hotels make great service look simple. You get to the hotel, you go to the front desk, you check in, they give you your key, you go to… Read More…

The Benefits of Having Travel Insurance
The Travel Detective Exclusive / Travel Insurance

The Benefits of Having Travel Insurance

Only about 30 percent of Americans purchase travel insurance when they hit the road. But what happens when you encounter those unexpected travel nightmares? Who pays for all that? Delayed… Read More…