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Travel Detective Blog: Theories on What Really Happened to MH370
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Travel Detective Blog: Theories on What Really Happened to MH370

As the speculation regarding MH370 has expanded to include psychics and theories inspired by the TV drama “Lost,” Peter offers some much-needed perspective and analysis on what most likely happened to… Read More…

Debunking MH370 Conspiracy Theories
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Debunking MH370 Conspiracy Theories

As the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now switches to the Indian Ocean, there is every reason to believe it may take many more days to locate the Boeing… Read More…

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How to Get Results When Travel Goes Wrong

Anyone who travels for work or for pleasure doesn’t just need to know how to book a flight, find a cheap hotel, hail a cab, or rent a car. The real threshold moments… Read More…

New Budget Deal: Is Congress Failing to Support Travel?
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New Budget Deal: Is Congress Failing to Support Travel?

Yes, Congress has reached a new bipartisan budget deal, but it’s not great for everyone. Read Peter’s latest Travel Detective blog to see how every traveler will feel the pinch… Read More…

What We’re All Giving Up with the US Air/American Airlines Merger
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What We’re All Giving Up with the US Air/American Airlines Merger

At the end of the day, the US Airways / American Airlines Merger is all about horsetrading slots at key airports,

Travel Detective Blog: What’s Going Wrong with TSA PreCheck
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Travel Detective Blog: What’s Going Wrong with TSA PreCheck

Many of you have either heard about or become part of the TSA trusted traveler program called PreCheck. In theory, it’s a great idea. You show your encoded boarding pass,… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: Why I Will Return to Kenya Soon
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Travel Detective Blog: Why I Will Return to Kenya Soon

Peter shares what it was really like on the ground in Nairobi, what Kenya travel safety is like now and why he’ll be returning to the again country soon.

The Travel Detective Blog: The Importance of Old-School Tech
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The Travel Detective Blog: The Importance of Old-School Tech

In The New York Times this past Sunday was the obituary of Manson Whitlock, 96. Chances are you never heard of him, or ever required his services. But for nearly… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: The Lost Art of Conversation
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Travel Detective Blog: The Lost Art of Conversation

How do you communicate? Texting, tweeting, posting, Instagraming? What happened to just talking? In his latest Travel Detective Blog®, Peter looks at the lost art of conversation. Here are five… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: Anatomy of a Mismanaged Flight
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Travel Detective Blog: Anatomy of a Mismanaged Flight

Have you ever taken a flight where you’re delayed for just as long or longer than your flying time? It’s not always weather delaying  a flight. Sometimes you can get… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: Why I Always Pack Duct Tape
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Travel Detective Blog: Why I Always Pack Duct Tape

People always ask about Peter’s travel necessities. He shares three things that come along with him on any trip in his latest Travel Detective blog.  Of all the gadgets you… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: My First Boston Whaler
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Travel Detective Blog: My First Boston Whaler

When I was a young boy, all I could do was fantasize about boats. Every dime I had went to boating magazines. When I was 10, I saved allowance money… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: 10 Things Wrong with Travel Writing
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Travel Detective Blog: 10 Things Wrong with Travel Writing

1. Most Travel Writers Are Not Journalists If I can’t tell the difference between your story and a press release, then you’re not reporting—you’re promoting. A good story leads with… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: What We Learned from the Sequester
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Travel Detective Blog: What We Learned from the Sequester

Were you surprised at how fast Congress acted to pass a bill allowing the FAA to reallocate funds to end the air-traffic controller sequester and avert the closure of towers?… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: Japan’s Private Grief
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Travel Detective Blog: Japan’s Private Grief

Two years ago today, a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. It was — as it soon developed — one of the strongest and most devastating in history. Nearly 19,000… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: The Most Common Valentine’s Day Mistakes
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Travel Detective Blog: The Most Common Valentine’s Day Mistakes

Listen up lovebirds, before you get blinded any more by love on Valentine’s Day, consider yourself also potentially blinded by Valentine’s Day hype. We’re talking about overpriced hotel packages and expensive… Read More…

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Post Carnival Triumph: How Safe is Your Cruise?

Yesterday, we reported on the deteriorating conditions onboard the Carnival Triumph. The disturbing circumstances—no electricity, few bathrooms, stifling heat, and limited food—launched a surprise Facebook debate about the merits of… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: Remembering the Legacy of Newsweek
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Travel Detective Blog: Remembering the Legacy of Newsweek

Last night, Peter joined former Newsweek colleagues to look back at the history and legacy of the print publication. It was a sentimental, bittersweet moment last night as about 350… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: Common Sense Departs LAX
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Travel Detective Blog: Common Sense Departs LAX

Excuse me for being cynical, but I had to laugh when I received a press release that announced that part of this year’s Rose Bowl parade would include a float… Read More…