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As we get into the spring and summer travel seasons, international travel is becoming to come into focus for some travelers. With international travel comes the need for a passport and the need to navigate customs and border protection when returning to the US. Here are some passport tips to make reentry painless.read more
How, exactly, do you evacuate a plane? It turns out the answer is pretty simple and involves staying informed, following the crew’s instructions, and moving fast. Really fast.The odds of you having to flee a burning plane are remote, at least in the United States. Most evacuations are orderly and anticlimactic.read more
As we get into the spring and summer travel seasons, international travel is becoming to come into focus for some travelers. With international travel comes the need for a passport and the need to navigate customs and border protection when returning to the US. Here are some passport tips to make reentry painless.
Tourists who visit will find a wonderful experience. And, anyone who has the time to spend an extended period in the city will have a chance to live life with no horns and car traffic. These normal urban sounds are traded in for the ringing church bells, the rumble of waterbuses docking, and occasional music from gondoliers.
Overbooking is not illegal, and most airlines overbook their scheduled flights to a certain extent in order to compensate for “no-shows.” Passengers are sometimes left behind or “bumped” as a result. When an oversale occurs, the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires airlines to ask people who aren’t in a hurry to give up their seats voluntarily in exchange for compensation. Those passengers bumped against their will are, with a few exceptions, entitled to compensation.read more
The government’s aviation system is a complex mess as far as America’s consumers are concerned. The mishmash of organizations that theoretically work for passengers, take turns stepping on each other’s toes. And, the state judicial system cannot protect passengers because of Supreme Court rulings.read more
Angela Williams flew from Washington to Atlanta for a funeral this summer. But during the trip, a Spirit Airlines baggage handler created another casualty — her new luggage. Now she wants to know: Will Spirit ever pay for the damaged luggage? Williams filed a claim —...read more
Heading to discover autumn in the mountains allows you to not only take in the best fall foliage in the mountains but also enjoy the wide variety of activities and entertainment they offer.read more
Visiting Panama is far more than only the Canal. The country offers the sun-and-sand attractions enjoyed in countries that front the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Plus the environment and the native cultures are fascinating.read more
I wanted to focus on the extensive ruins of the Greeks and Romans from the 8th century BC; the city market created by the Arabs in 900 A.D. which still operates today as it did then; the Norman Church built in 1174 which was proclaimed by acclamation as “The most magnificent cathedral ever!”; a boat ride to a Phoenician island dating back 2,700 years; and a powerful WWII Museum devoted to ending Italy’s Fascist rule. But that’s where the story veered into troubleread more
Hotel security and hotel safety have been in the news lately. Both Hilton and Disney changed their “Do Not Disturb” policy. While the new policy will help make hotel guests safer, it’s still incumbent on guests to take personal responsibility for their own safety.
How, exactly, do you evacuate a plane? It turns out the answer is pretty simple and involves staying informed, following the crew’s instructions, and moving fast. Really fast.The odds of you having to flee a burning plane are remote, at least in the United States. Most evacuations are orderly and anticlimactic.
Oh, the legal trouble Americans get themselves into when they're abroad "They dress immodestly," says Sheryl Hill, the executive director of Depart Smart, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving travel safety. "They bring banned medications. They make...read more
Hotels across the globe are recognizing that they must do more than provide clean, beautiful rooms with comfortable beds and lots of amenities. Today, most hotels in every price range are taking guest security much more seriously. Hotels have installed electronic room...read more
Airlines need to keep in mind that passengers often have choices. These choices may include other competing airlines, taking trains or buses, and driving. One of the biggest changes has been in the competition between driving and planes. Many consumers are choosing to drive when given a choice to take a trip where a drive is compared to a plane to travel for up eight hours.read more
When an airport is operating at temporarily reduced capacity, for any reason, airlines are likely to be told how many flights they can have take-off and land within a given time. The airlines then can decide accordingly what flights leave on-time and what flights are delayed.read more
There are many ways to miss your cruise ship Last week, I discussed missing or getting kicked off commercial airline flights. It can ruin your vacation. Similarly, missing your cruise ship's sailing or getting kicked off your ship can be devastating and expensive. If...read more
Follow these rules to get great travel insurance Do you need travel insurance for your upcoming summer vacation? You’re not alone. It’s going to be a big year for travel insurance. Really big. A survey by the travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth predicts 24...read more