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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…

The Travel Detective: Infections and Diseases on Airplanes
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The Travel Detective: Infections and Diseases on Airplanes

These days, one of the fastest ways of spreading disease is on board commercial airplanes.   People worry not only about catching a cold from the person sneezing in the… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Car Rentals and Credit Cards
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The Travel Detective: Car Rentals and Credit Cards

If you’re like me, you rent your car with a credit card. And there are a lot of credit card companies out there that tell you that if you rent… Read More…

Excess Baggage: Overcrowded Cruise Ports
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Excess Baggage: Overcrowded Cruise Ports

Do you like to go on cruises? I do. Do you like crowds? I don’t. So how do you get a great cruise without the crowds? Think about it this… Read More…

The Travel Detective: How To Know If Your Hotel is Really Green
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The Travel Detective: How To Know If Your Hotel is Really Green

These days, “going green” on the road seems easier than ever. Or at least it sounds easier than ever. We’ve all seen the signs on hotel beds about re-using bathroom towels and bed linens,… Read More…

Don’t Go There: Rising Sea Levels
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Don’t Go There: Rising Sea Levels

Climate change has reached a tipping point. Melting Antarctic glaciers, rising waters and changing temperatures are happening at a rapid pace and are irreversible.   So, what does this mean… Read More…

Excess Baggage: Hotel Booking Mistakes
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Excess Baggage: Hotel Booking Mistakes

When you book a hotel room, do you go online?     I know you do. It’s easy. You can do it at three o’clock in the morning in your bathrobe. You don’t… Read More…