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How Tourism in Egypt Has Changed Since the Tahrir Square Protests
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How Tourism in Egypt Has Changed Since the Tahrir Square Protests

Perhaps the most dramatic example of the drop-off in travel and tourism in Egypt can be found at Saqqara, which is about 25 miles outside of Cairo. Historic Egyptian Sites… 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
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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…

One-Tank Trip: Los Angeles to Del Mar
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One-Tank Trip: Los Angeles to Del Mar

Ask someone for an easy drive out of Los Angeles and they may say Santa Barbara, Anaheim, or Palm Springs. But if you head south, and stop 20 miles short… Read More…

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The Real Reason for Flight Cancellations

Remember the days when you could often fly on a plane with the seat next to you empty? And every once in a while you got a whole row to… Read More…

How to Complain (Successfully!) When You Travel
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How to Complain (Successfully!) When You Travel

In the travel industry, good service isn’t just about delivering the best, all the time. It’s about how you recover when things go wrong. And travelers, when things do go wrong,… Read More…

Aircraft Recycling: You Won’t Believe What Was Once a Plane!
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Aircraft Recycling: You Won’t Believe What Was Once a Plane!

In the next five years, 8,000 to 10,000 aircraft will be retired. So what’s going to happen to the planes? It used to be that retired aircraft were sent to… Read More…

What Makes an Airport Work & Why the US Isn’t Keeping Up Globally
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What Makes an Airport Work & Why the US Isn’t Keeping Up Globally

In the annual Skytrax awards, not one U.S. airport showed up in the the top 25 list. We’re being outpaced by airports in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Yes,… Read More…

Travel Detective Tip: How to Avoid Hotel Bed Bugs
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Travel Detective Tip: How to Avoid Hotel Bed Bugs

Chances are, you’ve heard of the bed bug outbreak in recent years. Well guess what? If you look at the real numbers, this is a story that’s been over reported…. Read More…

Don’t Be That Guy! The Worst Travelers Flying Today
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Don’t Be That Guy! The Worst Travelers Flying Today

When you travel you can choose your seat, but you can’t always choose your seat mate. And that’s where the trouble starts. Travel etiquette appears to be a lost art,… Read More…

How to Choose a Security Line
Airlines & Airports / The Travel Detective Exclusive / Video Travel Tips

How to Choose a Security Line

When you’re at the airport, how do you choose which security line to go through? Most people would pick the shortest line, but that’s not always the best tactic. The… Read More…

Travel Detective Exclusive: 3 Biggest Travel Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
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Travel Detective Exclusive: 3 Biggest Travel Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

On the Travel Detective, you’ll learn the insider secrets to travel. Get a sneak peek at 3 tricks you can use to avoid the most common travel mistakes.