Here they are: The most ridiculous travel fees

Here they are: The most ridiculous travel fees

Travel companies are coming up with all kinds of new charges these days, which is hardly a surprise. The travel industry’s business model relies on fees to generate extra revenue. The real shocker is the way they justify the new fees, claiming that people asked for them or that they’re there for your convenience.

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How to stop bad plane behavior

How to stop bad plane behavior

Suggestions on how to successfully halt the actions of bad plane behavior violators you encounter. From seat kickers to seat recliners and from dirty diaper dumpers to seat switchers, there are ways to (somewhat) diplomatically get other passengers to change offensive behavior.

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Sunday musings: Airline and hotel ratings, Longer customs waits, Older-traveler amenities

Sunday musings: Airline and hotel ratings, Longer customs waits, Older-traveler amenities

The american Customer satisfaction Index is out with its annual report. It rates the best and worst of airlines, hotel, online travel agencies, and more. Customs and Border Protection are reporting longer wait times at airline gateways to America. Many agents are being transfered to the Mexican border to deal with the current problems being experienced as Congress fails to fund additional assets to deal with the problem.

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Why conserving flowers and art is so important

Why conserving flowers and art is so important

Spring was fading. This year’s tulips are all but gone but the roses are gaining their glory. I journeyed to Longwood Gardens, just over the Maryland border in southern Pennsylvania. I heard about these gardens with a reverence reserved for Versailles in France or Tivoli Gardens, outside of Rome. Longwood Gardens live up to their hype.

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How to know when driving is better than flying

How to know when driving is better than flying

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.

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Lessons from my Mom about travel and understanding

Lessons from my Mom about travel and understanding

It’s Mothers Day. It is a good time for me to reflect on my traveles with Mom. I wrote a post thanking my Dad for giving me the gift of travel but my mother taught me how to get the most from travel. From Mom’s travel lessons I learned how to savor travel, how to revel in it, how to learn from it. While Dad provided the opportunities to observe foreign lands and peoples, Mom’s travel lessons were focused on the experiential side of travel.

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