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Excess Baggage: Avoid Paying Euro Travel Taxes 
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Excess Baggage: Avoid Paying Euro Travel Taxes 

When it comes to air travel, it’s not just what you pay for your ticket. It’s what’s levied in taxes on your ticket that you may not even know about…. Read More…

The Travel Detective: Travel By Freighter
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The Travel Detective: Travel By Freighter

When most of you think about taking a cruise, you’re typically on a well-known cruise ship. But if you’ve got the time, the flexibility and a little imagination, how about… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Modern Travelers
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The Travel Detective: Modern Travelers

Travel is an unnatural act. For the last 200,000 years, we were hunter-gatherers. For the last 200 years, we’ve been modern tourists. We’re not opening any new trade routes. We’re not fighting any… Read More…

Excess Baggage: Telemedicine While Traveling  
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Excess Baggage: Telemedicine While Traveling  

It’s bad enough to get sick when you’re at home, but what about when you’re traveling? Nothing ruins a vacation quite like feeling miserable and then having to find a… Read More…

Excess Baggage: How Much Will My Trip Really Cost?
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Excess Baggage: How Much Will My Trip Really Cost?

What’s my trip gonna cost? For many of you, when you budget your travels you tend to focus on only the big ticket items like airfare and hotels, and that’s… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Tipping Guide
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The Travel Detective: Tipping Guide

It remains one of the more confusing aspects of the travel experience, tipping. To tip or not to tip and to whom, when, where and how much. Tipping originated in… Read More…

The Travel Detective: What You Can and Can Not Bring Back to the U.S.
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The Travel Detective: What You Can and Can Not Bring Back to the U.S.

It’s a question every traveler inevitably asks when shopping in a food market overseas. If I buy it, can I bring it home? The answer is that it depends. Many… Read More…

Excess Baggage: Unusual Hotel Services
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Excess Baggage: Unusual Hotel Services

If you’re one of those people who prefers an active vacation to sitting on the beach and sipping pina coladas—why not try something a little more unique? There are unusual… Read More…

The Travel Detective: How Communication Has Evolved for the Traveler
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The Travel Detective: How Communication Has Evolved for the Traveler

When you think of London, you probably think it rains a lot. And you probably think of the iconic red wooden phone booths, but they’re not made out of wood… Read More…

Excess Baggage: Be Cautious About TripAdvisor Reviews
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Excess Baggage: Be Cautious About TripAdvisor Reviews

Before booking a trip, there’s a good chance that you’ve probably turned to TripAdvisor for reviews on hotels, restaurants, airlines or attractions.   And why not? TripAdvisor is the world’s… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Secret Airlines
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The Travel Detective: Secret Airlines

If you’re like most travelers, when it comes time to booking an international flight, you probably go to the major carriers, right?   Well, it turns out there are other… Read More…

Excess Baggage: Unusual Places for Chocolate
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Excess Baggage: Unusual Places for Chocolate

If you’re a chocolate lover, you probably know that some of the world’s best chocolate is produced in places like Belgium, Switzerland, France, Mexico, London—and of course, the United States…. Read More…

Excess Baggage: The Fear of Flying and Diseases
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Excess Baggage: The Fear of Flying and Diseases

When it comes to travel, the worst four letter word that starts with “f”, is “fear,” especially when it comes to disease.    So are you afraid of flying because… Read More…

The Travel Detective: The Pan Am Experience
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The Travel Detective: The Pan Am Experience

Remember that statement, “Half the fun is getting there”? Believe it or not that was part of an advertising campaign by a number of U.S. airlines back in the 1960s… Read More…

Don’t Go There: The Most Rat-Infested Cities
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Don’t Go There: The Most Rat-Infested Cities

Here’s a metric you don’t see very often to determine where you may not want to go. Which cities are the most rat infested around the world? First place is,… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Plan Your Own Cruise Shore Excursion
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The Travel Detective: Plan Your Own Cruise Shore Excursion

Today’s cruise ships offer everything from Broadway plays to water parks. But for some passengers, the ships are still primarily a means to get from one port of call to… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Secret Tips on Visiting Museums
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The Travel Detective: Secret Tips on Visiting Museums

Most major museums in most major cities charge a pretty hefty admission fee. Then there are some museums that just have a “suggested fee” or a donation. You know what… Read More…

Excess Baggage: What to Do With a Non-Refundable Ticket
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Excess Baggage: What to Do With a Non-Refundable Ticket

Here’s a little story about a non-refundable ticket that gets draconian.      Take the story of Jordan Axani and Elizabeth Gallagher. The boyfriend buys himself, and his girlfriend, around… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Rescuing Leftover Cuisine
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The Travel Detective: Rescuing Leftover Cuisine

New York, like so many big U.S. cities, is defined by its explosive food scene with over 24,000 restaurants, different cuisines to choose from, and different neighborhoods to explore every… Read More…