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States may privatize infrastructure to raise cash

Forty-four states are deep in the hole financially and are willing to do anything to raise cash. This includes selling or leasing roads, parks and, in the case of Minnesota, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Banned in Boston — smoking in hotel rooms

Yes, Boston has become one of the first major cities in the nation to ban smoking in the privacy of your hotel room -- any hotel room. For years, many rooms have been designated non-smoking because of the lingering odor of tobacco. Now, in Boston, all rooms are non-smoking.
By |December 29th, 2008|Today|32 Comments|

Paris retail sales start January 7th for six weeks of bargains

The winter retail sales in Paris officially begin on January 7, 2009, and continue for six weeks. Now, may be exactly the time to hop on a plane to take advantage of the many savings and the improved exchange rates.
By |December 29th, 2008|Today|1 Comment|

Banned, bombed and belligerent: Tripso’s top 8 posts of 2008

What a wacky year. Who would have predicted that these would be the most visited stories of 2008? Certainly not us.
By |December 29th, 2008|Today|0 Comments|

9 reasons ’09 will be the year of the naycation

If 2008 was the year of the staycation, then ’09 is bound to be the year of the naycation. As in, nay — we’re not vacationing.

Who is that person next to me?

An airplane seat is one of the most unique spaces in the world -- a collection of strangers fit into their stationary positions, so close to one another that they literally are sharing the same oxygen, occupying that same space for hours on end. The travelers with whom we share an armrest all have their own stories.
By |December 26th, 2008|Today|3 Comments|

The frill is gone flying BMI

Janice Hough just had a totally "no frill" airline experience. I am not exactly a fan of US Airlines, their customer service and their surcharges, but I just discovered an airline that charges even more fees and gives less service. It is not an unknown third-world low-cost- carrier, it's a STAR-alliance carrier.
By |December 26th, 2008|Today|1 Comment|

Foods named for travel destinations

Charlie LeochaOn a Christmas holiday I began to dream of foods from around the world and ended up with quite a list of foods named after places. Take a look and enjoy the list and add a few more names to the list.
By |December 26th, 2008|Columns|12 Comments|

Thai government’s push to rebuild wounded tourism

Thailand will spend $450 million during the next four years to reestablish the country as a destination of choice. Already, it’s adopted an aggressive advertising campaign with the hopes of luring visitors back to Bangkok and its many resorts.
By |December 26th, 2008|Today|0 Comments|

The world oil markets wish you a merry Christmas

Here's a gift every traveler will appreciate.
By |December 25th, 2008|Today|3 Comments|