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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…

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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…

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…

How U.S. Citizens Can Travel to Cuba
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How U.S. Citizens Can Travel to Cuba

In 2014, Barack Obama announced that he and Cuban President Raul Castro had begun the process of normalizing relations between the two countries. Part of that agreement included lifting some… Read More…

Hidden Gems of Jordan
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Hidden Gems of Jordan

Bordered by Israel and Palestine to the west, Syria to the north, Iraq to the east, and Saudi Arabia to the southeast, Jordan is a relatively small country—but it is… Read More…

Visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia During the Off Season
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Visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia During the Off Season

The bustling coastal city of Dubrovnik, located in the southern tip of Croatia, boasts some of the most beautiful views of the Adriatic Sea. It’s not only a UNESCO World… Read More…

Creative & Funny Airline Safety Videos
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Creative & Funny Airline Safety Videos

I think I can safely say that I’ve seen thousands of airline safety videos in my life. But even if you don’t travel as often as I do, when the… Read More…

York County, Pennsylvania Like A Local
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York County, Pennsylvania Like A Local

When you think of states like Pennsylvania, the big cities that come to mind: cities such as Philadelphia in the East, or Pittsburgh way out West. But if you’re looking… Read More…

The Battle for Business Class Passengers
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The Battle for Business Class Passengers

It’s​ ​where​ ​airlines​ ​make​ ​their​ ​highest yield ​and​ ​what​ ​every​ top​ carrier​ ​is vying​ ​for— ​business​ ​class​ ​passengers. Let’s ​take​ ​a​ ​look​ ​at​ ​what ​ some ​of​ the​ top​ airline… Read More…

Hidden Gems of Sydney, Australia
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Hidden Gems of Sydney, Australia

When you think of Australia, a number of iconic landmarks come to mind, such as the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Ayers Rock in the Outback. If you’re in… Read More…

The Science Behind Airplane Food
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The Science Behind Airplane 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. But… Read More…

The Truth About the Cost of Airfare
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The Truth About the Cost of Airfare

If you haven’t noticedi, airfares drive people crazy. They change all the time. Short trips are sometimes more expensive than long trips. Round-trip tickets can be cheaper than one-way, and… Read More…

Traveling After The Umbrella Revolution & Arab Spring
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Traveling After The Umbrella Revolution & Arab Spring

In Hong Kong, there’s the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement. How about the street protests in Tahrir Square in Cairo and many other cities? What do they have in common? They each… Read More…

Secret Airlines You Might Not Know About
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Secret Airlines You Might Not Know About

When it comes time to book an international flight, you probably go to the major carriers. But it turns out that there are other options—if you know where to look…. Read More…

How More Travelers are Flying on Private Jets
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How More Travelers are Flying on Private Jets

If I wanted to fly from LA to San Francisco, I could go to LAX and catch a flight. Or I could go to the Hawthorne airport in LA County… Read More…

How Airline Mergers Changed Travel Within the U.S.
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How Airline Mergers Changed Travel Within the U.S.

As eight of the largest air carriers have merged into four major airlines, many smaller connecting hubs have been downsized or shut down—and some routes have been eliminated entirely. While… Read More…

How One Guided Tour Company Provides Immersive Experiences
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How One Guided Tour Company Provides Immersive Experiences

When you hear the words escorted tour or guided tour, what comes to mind? I’ll tell you what comes to my mind. Four words: trapped on a bus. I envision… Read More…

Does the Price of Oil Affect the Price of Your Plane Ticket?
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Does the Price of Oil Affect the Price of Your Plane Ticket?

If oil prices decrease, does that mean you can save on airfare? Unfortunately, no. Scott McCartney, Travel Editor for The Wall Street Journal, explains why that’s not the case in… Read More…

How One Guided Tour Company Trains its Tour Directors
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How One Guided Tour Company Trains its Tour Directors

No matter which destination you choose for your next trip, that destination is important. But when it comes to escorted or guided tours, it’s the tour guide that makes the… Read More…