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Archive for July, 2009

Sand-Snatching Scandal Leads to Shutdown of Gran Caribe Real Beach
Beach Vacations / Mexico & Central America

Sand-Snatching Scandal Leads to Shutdown of Gran Caribe Real Beach

Cancun sunbathers hoping for a little relaxation on the placid stretch of beach in front of their resort got a big shock yesterday when they found crime scene tape and… Read More…

Unexpected Summer Destinations: Death Valley, Aspen, Florida, Palm Springs
Adventure Travel & Sports / Budget Travel / Family/Kids Travel / Hiking & Biking / Museums / Theme Parks / USA

Unexpected Summer Destinations: Death Valley, Aspen, Florida, Palm Springs

There may only be one month left of summer, but even if you haven’t managed to hit the road yet for some R&R there’s still time to pull a vacation… Read More…

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Charging Gadgets on the Road

These days it seems impossible to hit the road without our cell phone, laptop and digital camera. The problem is: how the heck do you keep them all charged up?

National Parks

State Parks Vs. National Parks

I’m a big fan of visiting our national parks as an affordable getaway, but in the summertime it seems like everyone else has the same idea. But what if you… Read More…

Mexico Unveils New Travel Health Insurance Scheme to Win Back Tourists
Mexico & Central America

Mexico Unveils New Travel Health Insurance Scheme to Win Back Tourists

The Mexican government, in its latest move to lure travelers back, is offering a free health insurance program for all visitors which will offer emergency medical care coverage, hospital stays,… Read More…

Off the Brochure Travel Guide: Lyon, France
Cultural Immersion / Culture / Europe / Festivals / France & Belgium / Restaurants

Off the Brochure Travel Guide: Lyon, France

Several years ago, when I told my mom that I would spend a year studying abroad in Lyon, France, she had had just one question. “Why on earth would you… Read More…

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August 1, 2009: Banff, Canada

Peter is broadcasting his radio show this weekend from the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Featured guests include: George Hobica, founder of AirfareWatchdog.com, discussing ways to score lower airfares… Read More…

Golf

Family Golf Vacations

It’s one thing to take a golf vacation for some quiet time on the course. But when the kids are out of school, why not bring them along? Some golf… Read More…

Jakarta Hotels Reopen Amid Security Concerns in Indonesia
Asia / Business Travel / Terrorism

Jakarta Hotels Reopen Amid Security Concerns in Indonesia

Less than two weeks after they were struck by suicide bombers posing as guests, the Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott hotels in Jakarta have re-opened for business despite a tense… Read More…

Riding the Style Train: Private Railcar Travel in America
Luxury Travel / Trains

Riding the Style Train: Private Railcar Travel in America

Sick of dealing with crowded airports and cramped planes? Michelle Castillo investigates the seemingly lost art of rail travel, and discovers a group of enthusiasts who make it possible to… Read More…

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Courier Travel

Now you may have heard about courier travel, where people can transport cargo internationally for dirt-cheap prices. Those days are long gone, but there are still some options.

FAA Reauthorization Bill Includes Passenger Rights, Air Traffic Control Modernization
Airlines & Airports

FAA Reauthorization Bill Includes Passenger Rights, Air Traffic Control Modernization

As Congress debates the FAA Reauthorization bill that will effectively guide air transportation policy for the next two years, interested parties from the airlines and airports to pilots’ unions and… Read More…

Summer Travel New Gadget Reviews
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Summer Travel New Gadget Reviews

Gadget guy Phil Baker reports on some recently introduced gadgets specially designed to use while on the road. MiFi 2200 Card The Novatel MiFi 2200 device is a new product… Read More…

Accessible Travel

Blind and Visually Impaired Travel

If you’re blind or visually impaired it can be difficult to take a vacation, but not impossible. You just have to come prepared.

Tips for Finding Kid-Friendly Villa Rentals
Budget Travel / Family/Kids Travel

Tips for Finding Kid-Friendly Villa Rentals

Renting a villa or an apartment can be a cost-effective way to travel with children. But it can also be filled with pitfalls and problems. Ciao Bambino! editor Amie O’Shaughnessy… Read More…

Starwood Chain Offers Huge Room Rate Cuts; Will Other Hotels Follow?
Budget Travel

Starwood Chain Offers Huge Room Rate Cuts; Will Other Hotels Follow?

There has rarely been a better time to be a hotel guest, nor a worse time to be a hotel owner. News that Starwood Hotels and Resorts – owner of… Read More…

Reporting Plane Crashes, The Best of Bend and Culinary Adventures – Hour 1 – PGW Radio
Plane Crashes

Reporting Plane Crashes, The Best of Bend and Culinary Adventures – Hour 1 – PGW Radio

On July 25, Peter was broadcasting his radio show from McMenamins Old St. Francis School Hotel in Bend, Oregon. Guests from the first hour include: Travel writer, pilot and author… Read More…

Greener Travel, Odd Travel and Secrets of Bend Oregon – Hour 2 – PGW Radio
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Greener Travel, Odd Travel and Secrets of Bend Oregon – Hour 2 – PGW Radio

On July 25, Peter was broadcasting his radio show from McMenamins Old St. Francis School Hotel in Bend, Oregon. Guests from the second hour include: Costas Christ, global travel editor… Read More…

Cruise News, Pacific Northwest Adventures, Overseas Calls and Bend Highlights – Hour 3 – PGW Radio
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Cruise News, Pacific Northwest Adventures, Overseas Calls and Bend Highlights – Hour 3 – PGW Radio

On July 25, Peter was broadcasting his radio show from McMenamins Old St. Francis School Hotel in Bend, Oregon. Guests from the third hour include: Melissa Paloti of CruiseCritic.com, updating… Read More…