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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…

Don’t Go There: The World’s Scariest Runways
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Don’t Go There: The World’s Scariest Runways

Even the most seasoned fliers can sometimes get a little rattled during takeoff and landing. After all, those are the two most dangerous moments of any flight. But not every airport… Read More…

Don’t Go There: The World’s Dirtiest Roads
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Don’t Go There: The World’s Dirtiest Roads

Now there’s trash along the highway. You see that all the time. And then, there are highways that are simply trashed. Where are the dirtiest roads in the world? The sad… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Superstitions on Planes
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The Travel Detective: Superstitions on Planes

You won’t find gate 13 at Las Vegas International Airport. Passengers don’t want to jinx their luck there. The same holds true at many airports around the world. Aviation and… Read More…

The Travel Detective: The Science of Airline Food
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The Travel Detective: The Science of Airline Food

Now I know what some of you think about airline food. You don’t eat it because you’re hungry, you eat it because you’re bored. Or you just don’t like it…. Read More…

The Travel Detective: What Happens If An Airline Loses Your Child?
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The Travel Detective: What Happens If An Airline Loses Your Child?

We’ve heard horror stories about when an airline loses your bag. But what happens if an airline loses your kid? Believe me, the liability issues can be huge. And it… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Flatulence on Airplanes
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The Travel Detective: Flatulence on Airplanes

It happens on every flight. It’s something everyone notices, no one likes, and nobody really talks about it. I’m talking about flatulence on airplanes. Even though nobody’s likely to mention… Read More…

Don’t Go There: Polluted Beaches
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Don’t Go There: Polluted Beaches

It’s hard to beat a great day at the beach with the sun, the waves and the sand. But not every shore is as inviting as it looks.   In… Read More…

The Travel Detective: 5 Rules for Airline Etiquette 
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The Travel Detective: 5 Rules for Airline Etiquette 

Whether you’re a first-time flyer or a seasoned world traveler, there’s one thing that drives us nuts when we fly–it’s being seated next to other passengers who don’t follow basic… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Bargaining While Shopping Abroad
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The Travel Detective: Bargaining While Shopping Abroad

So you’re shopping in a bazaar in a foreign country. Maybe it’s in Istanbul. Maybe it’s in Cairo. How do you bargain? How do you know you’re getting the best… Read More…

Hotel With A Past: The Breakers in Palm Beach County, Florida
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Hotel With A Past: The Breakers in Palm Beach County, Florida

The story of this special hotel and resort starts in 1896, but its enduring appeal is its timelessness–140-acres of oceanfront property, a half a mile of private beach, golf courses,… Read More…