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Excess Baggage: Does Data Collection Change Airfare Rates?
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Excess Baggage: Does Data Collection Change Airfare Rates?

I’ve got a little story about big data and airline reservations that I’d like to share with you–about how much the airlines know about you and how it affects you…. Read More…

The Travel Detective: Williamsburg’s Taste Studio
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The Travel Detective: Williamsburg’s Taste Studio

For the original settlers of Williamsburg, farm to table wasn’t a cute trend. In fact, it was a harsh reality. If there was no farm, there was no table –… Read More…

Excess Baggage: Messy Planes
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Excess Baggage: Messy Planes

Do you ever wonder why some planes are late leaving the gate?       Some might suggest it’s because they arrive late to the gate. That’s not always the case…. Read More…

Hidden Gems of Baja California Sur
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Hidden Gems of Baja California Sur

I’ve been heading down to Baja California Sur since I was 23 and for good reason. First, I love the water and I love boats. But second, smart travelers have… Read More…

Hidden Gems of Mexico City
The Travel Detective / Featured Posts / Mexico & Central America

Hidden Gems of Mexico City

Ready for some high altitude, off the brochure fun? Welcome to Mexico City, the largest (and the highest altitude) metropolitan area in North America. It has great history, great food, and… Read More…

The Travel Detective: A Flight Attendant’s Rant
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The Travel Detective: A Flight Attendant’s Rant

I work for a major U.S. carrier.  And I think I speak on behalf of a lot of flight attendants out there when I say, enough is enough.    … Read More…

Excess Baggage: Lack of Common Sense In Air Travel
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Excess Baggage: Lack of Common Sense In Air Travel

Every time I fly, I’m reminded of the lack of common sense in air travel.  Here are two on my list this week. #1   I don’t care how wonderful… Read More…

Easy Ways to Stay Fit While Traveling
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Easy Ways to Stay Fit While Traveling

When you travel, your exercise routine is generally the first thing to get neglected. If you’re a frequent traveler, that can be a bad thing.  Without getting overly ambitious, there are… Read More…

Voluntourism: Aruba Donkeys
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Voluntourism: Aruba Donkeys

For more than 500 years, donkeys were the main form of transportation on the island of Aruba. Then cars came to the island, and donkeys were no longer needed. Thousands… Read More…

Don’t Go There: Smelly Cities
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Don’t Go There: Smelly Cities

Every city has its own unique smell. And some places smell a lot worse than others.  Take the city of Naples, Italy, where tourists flock to see Mount Vesuvius and… Read More…

Secret Airport Hubs & Airlines: Dublin & Aer Lingus
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Secret Airport Hubs & Airlines: Dublin & Aer Lingus

Are you thinking of flying to Europe or Scandinavia? Most of you will want to go point-to-point and nonstop on the “usual suspect” airlines. But as part of our continuing… Read More…

Image Credit: Stephanie Ervin
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Inside the Construction of a Cruise Ship

There are dozens of shipyards around the world, all of which are running at full capacity. That’s because more than 20 million people worldwide take cruises annually, and that number… Read More…

A Look Inside Family Run Hotels in Hawaii
Hotels & Accommodations / The Travel Detective

A Look Inside Family Run Hotels in Hawaii

In Hawaii, you can find a number of seaside hotels that have been owned by the same family for decades. Several of them were founded by Hawaiian native Richard Kimi,… Read More…

Hidden Gems of Memphis, Tennessee
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Hidden Gems of Memphis, Tennessee

Named after the ancient city of Memphis in Egypt—Memphis, Tennessee is located in the southwestern part of the state, on the Mississippi River. Memphis, or The Bluff City, is filled… Read More…

When A Destination is Too Popular: The Problem With Overtourism
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When A Destination is Too Popular: The Problem With Overtourism

Travel and tourism accounts for 10.2 percent of the world’s GDP. That’s the equivalent of 7.6 trillion dollars, and one in every ten jobs on the planet is related to… Read More…

Hidden Gems of Brisbane & Australia’s Gold Coast
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Hidden Gems of Brisbane & Australia’s Gold Coast

When you think of visiting Australia, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef often come to mind. But if you’re going to Australia, you won’t want to miss the city of… Read More…

Image Credit: Stephanie Ervin
The Travel Detective / Cruise Travel / The Travel Detective Exclusive

Unique & Immersive Cruise Ship Excursions

What comes to mind when you think about a shore excursion on a cruise ship? Often, you’ll get on a bus, go to a restaurant, and eat. Today’s cruise lines… Read More…

Hotel With A Past: Corinthia Hotel Budapest in Hungary
Hotels & Accommodations / The Travel Detective / Eastern Europe / Hotels With A Past

Hotel With A Past: Corinthia Hotel Budapest in Hungary

Straddling the famous Danube River is the iconic Chain Bridge, connecting “Buda” on the west to “Pest” on the east, which together now form Hungary’s capital city. Along these river… Read More…

How the Cross Border Express is Influencing Air Travel
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How the Cross Border Express is Influencing Air Travel

In the midst of continued talks about building a wall at the Mexico-United States border—where San Diego and Tijuana meet—they’ve built a bridge. Now people aren’t driving across the border… Read More…