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Archive for March, 2011

Top 5 Beauty Items For Your Checked Luggage
Travel News / Women's Travel / Health & Fitness / Luggage & Packing / Shopping

Top 5 Beauty Items For Your Checked Luggage

When you’re on the road frequently, it’s not easy to maintain a health and beauty regimen. That’s why Debbi Kickham, author of The Globetrotter’s Get-Gorgeous Guide, tested out everything from… Read More…

Enterprise Abandons Orbitz: Will Car-Rental Companies Join Airlines In Dumping Online Middleman?
Travel News / Car Travel / Budget Travel

Enterprise Abandons Orbitz: Will Car-Rental Companies Join Airlines In Dumping Online Middleman?

Online travel providers are already in a very public tussle with airlines, but now car-rental companies are joining the fray by pulling their listings from some Web-based travel providers. On… Read More…

Radio Guests – Park City, Utah – April 2, 2011
Travel News / Radio Show / Adventure Travel & Sports / West / Winter Sports

Radio Guests – Park City, Utah – April 2, 2011

A great way to find affordable digs is to rent a vacation home instead of booking a hotel. Author Christine Karpinski shares her top tips on protecting yourself when renting… Read More…

Travel Tips / Travel Gear

Travel Tip: Avoiding International Roaming Charges

If you’re planning to travel abroad, it’s not necessarily the cost of the plane ticket or hotel that can really get you … it’s your cell phone. Here’s how you… Read More…

Air Traffic Control Staffing Concerns And Frequent-Flier Face-Lifts?
Travel News / The Travel Detective® Blog / Airlines & Airports / Mileage & Reward Programs / Plane Crashes

Air Traffic Control Staffing Concerns And Frequent-Flier Face-Lifts?

From sleepy air traffic controllers to the neverending saga of frequent-flier mile redemption, the world of travel news keeps on spinning. Peter sat down with The Wall Street Journal’s Scott… Read More…

British Airways Cabin Crews Vote To Strike Again
Travel News / Airlines & Airports / British Isles

British Airways Cabin Crews Vote To Strike Again

British Airways cabin crew’s union, Unite, announced on Monday that it would strike again in 2011. Dates for the strike have not been set, but according to the union the… Read More…

Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Travel Safety

Travel Tip: How Safe Is Your Hotel Safe?

When it comes to leaving behind valuable, is it safe to rely on that hotel room safe? Not really, so here’s what you need to know… Here’s the deal: the… Read More…

Richard Simmons’ Air New Zealand Safety Video
Travel News / Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety / Australia & New Zealand

Richard Simmons’ Air New Zealand Safety Video

The latest trend in air travel? Attention-grabbing in-flight safety announcements, and the jokesters at Air New Zealand are at it again. This time the airline is trying to grab passengers’… Read More…

Travel Tips / Cruise Travel

Travel Tip: Overnight Cruise Port Stays

If you thought visiting a cruise port meant having just enough time to buy a T-shirt, think again. More and more cruise lines are extending their ports of call so… Read More…

International Cell Phones, Data Plans, MiFi Data Cards, And Google Voice
Travel News / Travel Gear

International Cell Phones, Data Plans, MiFi Data Cards, And Google Voice

Anyone who travels abroad knows the hassles of managing costs for phone calls and data for email and Internet access. Gadget guy Phil Baker has tried practically all the options… Read More…

Computer Outage Causes Carriers To Cancel Flights Nationwide
Travel News / Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety

Computer Outage Causes Carriers To Cancel Flights Nationwide

A computer outage grounded Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air on Saturday, causing the carriers to cancel 150 flights or around 18 percent of all its flights. The blown transformer… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: Japan Travel, Miami’s Fuel Park Explosion And Naptime For Air Traffic Control
Travel News / The Travel Detective® Blog / Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety / Japan / Natural Disasters

Travel Detective Blog: Japan Travel, Miami’s Fuel Park Explosion And Naptime For Air Traffic Control

The news in Japan keeps getting worse before it gets better. There are more evacuations required for people living closer to that nuclear plant, and some effects of radiation noted… Read More…

Japan Earthquake Resources: Aid Organizations, Charities and the Travel Industry Response
Travel News / Voluntourism / Japan / Natural Disasters

Japan Earthquake Resources: Aid Organizations, Charities and the Travel Industry Response

In the days following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the response from the travel industry was immediate. Read on to find out what industry providers are doing and… Read More…

Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Vetting Group Discount Sites

Group-buying sites…you’ve probably seen them, but are they really worth logging onto? Several group-buying sites now offer travel experiences at discounted group rates. Here how to make sure you’re really… Read More…

Romantic Paris Vacations …With The Whole Family
Travel News / Destinations / Family/Kids Travel / Romantic Travel / France & Belgium

Romantic Paris Vacations …With The Whole Family

Paris is famously the most romantic city in the world, but what happens when you throw a toddler into the mix? Margot Black attempts to get the best of both… Read More…

Birthing Tourism: Foreign Moms Using Travel To Gain American Citizenship For Newborns
Travel News / Family/Kids Travel / California / China / Passport, Visa & Customs / USA

Birthing Tourism: Foreign Moms Using Travel To Gain American Citizenship For Newborns

Southern California lawmakers called for immigration law improvements on Thursday after a business catering to “birthing tourism” was shut down earlier this month. On March 8, officials closed down three… Read More…

Travel News / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Airline Innovations

Have you heard the news? Japanese airline ANA now has the world’s first in-flight rice steamer. Tasty? Sure. Useful? Not so much. But there are some other innovations in airlines… Read More…

Eco-Travel: Casa Grande Mountain Retreat – Utuado, Puerto Rico
Travel News / Eco Travel / Caribbean

Eco-Travel: Casa Grande Mountain Retreat – Utuado, Puerto Rico

Dropping everything to move to the Caribbean and run a resort sounds like a dream come true. But in practice, that experience can be riddled with roadblocks and pitfalls. In… Read More…

Washington’s Reagan National Airport Air Traffic Controller Allegedly Falls Asleep, Putting Planes At Risk
Travel News / Airlines & Airports / Plane Crashes

Washington’s Reagan National Airport Air Traffic Controller Allegedly Falls Asleep, Putting Planes At Risk

Two passenger planes landing at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport were forced to land without assistance on Tuesday night after the sole air traffic controller on duty allegedly fell asleep… Read More…