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Extra time before a cruise is the best insurance

Travel insurance can be a life-saver, or at least a trip-saver. But, extra time before a cruise is the best insurance. But beyond insurance, travelers can also help themselves by not cutting things too close for arrival before a cruise or a tour departs.

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TRAVEL

Savor the world’s largest food fight and feeding frenzy

Savor the world’s largest food fight and feeding frenzy

The World Food Campionship is the largest culinary competition on the planet. The event brought together over 1500 chefs from 42 states and 13 countries preparing almost 6000 dishes in 10 categories hoping to share in over $350,000, the largest prize purse in the Food Sports industry.

No airline love coming this Valentine’s Day

I’m not expecting any Valentine’s Day gifts from the airlines. After taking a look at the world of airline and DOT customer service I’ve come up with 10 ways that airlines and DOT, which enforces airline regulations, are showing no love of their passengers.

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Passengers pay for airports now — look elsewhere for more money

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is holding its first full committee hearing today. Chairman Peter Defazio (D, OR) has already proposed a “solution” to funding airport improvement projects. He is asking airline passengers to foot the bill. For years, Travelers United has stood firmly against increased taxation of airline passengers.

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Think of ways to stop drone misuse

From February 2014 through April 2018, the FAA collected more than six thousand reports of potentially unsafe drone use sightings, a large majority of which came from pilots. With U.S. UAS ownership surpassing one million registered drones, an increase in unsafe drone use can be expected.

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How to travel responsibly and sustainably today

When traveling in the 21st century, each of us has a responsibility to ourselves, our families, and the rest of the world, to travel responsibly and as sustainably as possible. To put it succinctly, I’ll use the words attributed to one of the most famous Native Americans, Chief Seattle, “Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.”

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Road trip planner: Verona to Trento, Italy

This region is spectacularly scenic and the drive looping around the western side of Lake Garda is one of Europe’s best and least visited itineraries. However, this region is packed with medieval sights and wonderful restaurants.

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5 Under-the-radar national parks to visit this year

Less-visited National Parks filled with nature and adventure Everyone has heard of Yellowstone, Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, The Great Smokeys, Grand Canyon, and Acadia National Parks. But what are the under-the-radar national parks, where nature comes with a lower dose of...

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TRAVEL SAFETY

Secure Clothes That Will Keep You Safe And Stylish On The Road

Secure Clothes That Will Keep You Safe And Stylish On The Road

Can secure clothes keep you safe when you’re traveling? The answer is a qualified yes. They can deter opportunistic thieves. They can make you feel safer as a traveler, giving you peace of mind that your passport, cash, credit cards, and other valuables are zipped in a secure compartment.

TRAVEL TIPS

Extra time before a cruise is the best insurance

Extra time before a cruise is the best insurance

Travel insurance can be a life-saver, or at least a trip-saver. But, extra time before a cruise is the best insurance. But beyond insurance, travelers can also help themselves by not cutting things too close for arrival before a cruise or a tour departs.

9 important ways to make your holiday travel better

Don't forget these 9 tips when planning for better holiday travel With Thanksgiving later this week, we're entering the holiday travel season in the U.S. For many others across the globe, the countdown to Christmas holiday travel has begun. For frequent travelers and...

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A simple airline overbooking solution

While I don’t always take the airlines’ side of things, I am somewhat sympathetic to the problem they have when passengers don’t show up. But these days, many of those no-shows are to my mind their own fault. The recent Lufthansa issue is a prime example. Here are the explanation and an overbooking solution.

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4 ways to avoid electronic toll collection penalties

More and more travelers on the nation’s highways are finding tolls on roads that have no system for manual toll collection — only electronic toll collection systems. Out-of-state traveler without a local FastPass, EZ-Pass, SunPass, or other local toll-collection passes should not be penalized.

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Accomplishments

These accomplishments have been achieved by working closely with our members, national media, the travel industry, the Department of Transportation (DOT), Congress and many other agencies.

  • Creation of the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections
  • Advertised airfares now include airfare plus, mandatory taxes and fees
  • Lost/damaged/delayed luggage compensation limit increased to $3,500
  • Passengers have 24 hours to change or cancel their nonrefundable tickets without penalty
  • Once an airfare is purchased, that airfare and ancillary fees cannot be increased
  • Families flying together act passed by Congress that requires family members 13 years of age and younger to sit with other family members at no additional cost.

CURRENT TRAVEL POLL

Do you think airlines have gone too far with adding more seats and reducing their size?

  • No, they don’t bother me 3% 3%
  • Yes, I’m tall and/or overweight so seating is cramped and painful 22.6% 22.6%
  • Yes, I’m short but still find it difficult to get comfortable 28% 28%
  • Yes, when the passenger reclines it is almost claustrophobic 46.4% 46.4%