Airplanes are a hotbed for illness. The more people you come into contact with on a crowded flight, the better chance you have of catching something. Add the dry cabin air, toxic substances like hydraulic fluids, de-icing solutions and pesticides, mix in the cold and flu season, and you have the ingredients for an ailment cocktail. Don't get sick when you fly. Here's how.
About 230 people on a Holland America cruise ship came down with a gastrointestinal illness on a Caribbean voyage, forcing the trip to end early. About 200 of the 1,220 passengers and 30 of the 572 crew members aboard the Veendam got sick on the trip, which ended in Tampa on Friday evening about 13 hours early. Sick passengers were quarantined to their rooms, passengers and officials said.
As difficult as it may be to believe, the major airlines have actually improved their mishandled-baggage record in the recent past. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the chances of your luggage getting "mishandled" - a term that includes lost, damaged, delayed or pilfered baggage - are about 1 in 200. Of course that's not much consolation if an airline has lost your luggage.
A fee charged to airline travelers to help pay for airport security would more than double under President Bush's spending proposal for the Homeland Security Department. Bush's plan calls for boosting the security fee from $2.50 to $5.50 for a one-way airline ticket and from a maximum of $5 to $8 for multiple legs. The hikes are expected to generate $1.5 billion.
On a great drive, the destination never surpasses the journey. In Europe, with the densest highway system in the world, good roads are easy to find, but great drives come once in a blue kilometer. The drives that follow are more than means to an end, more than concrete curls along countryside contours or asphalt assaulting towering peaks.
Lynne Warnicke's all-inclusive Mexican resort is overbooked and she and her husband are sent to another property, where they bunk down in a dank basement room on a rock-hard bed. There's no snorkeling and they get sick and spend most of their vacation recovering. What should the online agency Warnicke booked the hotel with do about it?
A man apparently intending to commit suicide parked his SUV in the path of a Metrolink commuter train Wednesday morning, then jumped out of the way in time to watch a chain-reaction wreck that killed at least 11 people and injured about 180. The crash, which involved three trains, was the deadliest on a railroad in the United States since 1999.
Do you carry a cell phone when you travel? I'm guessing you do. I do. And why not? They are great little devices that give us near-instant access to assistance almost wherever we go. But there are times - lots of times - when you should avoid making or receiving calls on your cell phone: Specifically, when you are behind the wheel.
Talk about seasick. Over the past two months the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of 10 cruise ships stricken with outbreaks of gastrointestinal problems - more than double the number recorded during the same period a year ago. The latest case is Holland America's Veendam.
Everything I ever needed to know about travel, I learned on a trip to Greece. I was young and new to the travel world. Working for an airline, I merely had to write a destination on an empty ticket and the world was my oyster. Greece was where I wanted to go first. But the night before we were scheduled to leave, my girlfriend broke up with me.