Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in many tongues

Every few years, we try to find on the web a great collection of Merry Christmas and Happy New Year statements in as many foreign languages as possible. Here we go with this year's version.
By |December 25th, 2012|Today|3 Comments|

6 tips for severe winter weather travel photography

Winter weather photography is extremely challenging. Snow, freezing rain, other precipitation and extremely low temperatures can cause camera and lens operational problems for photographers and permanently damage camera's and lens' mechanical and electronic parts. Ned Levi discusses the problems of making photographs in winter weather and how to overcome them.
By |December 24th, 2012|Columns|3 Comments|

What we’re reading: Ski free hotel deals in Aspen, AA FAs join merger talks, BWI to waive fees for new flights

Ski free with hotel reservation in Aspen, AA flight attendants to join in merger talks, BWI gets OK to waive fees

Sunday musings: NORAD tracks Santa, hotel toiletry brands, Boston prepared me for travel

NORAD goes on Santa Alert with a widespread volunteer effort that goes through Christmas Eve. What about the little gifts that hotels leave every time we visit — those mini-bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash? And, can where you live, ready you for travel? A woman from Boston thinks so.

By |December 23rd, 2012|Today|4 Comments|

Weekend what we’re reading: Colorado ski resort pot, Google travel? holiday airline fees

This weekend we look at how newly passed marijuana laws passed in Colorado and Washington State might impact ski resorts. We look at the travel information served up by Google. And, Consumers Union urges airline travelers to understand the fees airlines are charging this holiday season.

By |December 22nd, 2012|Today|0 Comments|

Top travel videos 2012 from Vimeo

The staff of Vimeo, the competitor to YouTube for user-generated videos, selected some of the best travel videos posted during this past year. I have collected three of those selected here. The lead video, above, features a trip across the USA in three minutes. The second, a similar journey across South America. The final video here is vision of Chicago by night.
By |December 21st, 2012|Today|4 Comments|

What we’re reading: Baggage claim gift, Christmas in India, neon sign quiz

Brussels Airline gives away surprise in baggage claim, what to do on Christmas, how well do you know these neon signs?

In praise of TripAdvisor and other user-generated reviews

While the blogisphere has been filed with anti-tripadvisor screed for years (perhaps, once-upon-a-time accurate), the website has developed into a series of recommendations that can be trusted and used to plan a trip. On my latest trip to Ireland and Italy in October, that was certainly the case.
By |December 20th, 2012|Today|3 Comments|

What we’re reading: Airport scanner radiation, man wears 70 items of clothing, full-fare air ads in Canada

Are airport scanners nuking you, man wears 70 items of clothing, Air ticket price transparency in Canada
By |December 20th, 2012|Today|1 Comment|

Regional jet carry-on rule costs a traveler her connection

It's a travel axiom that when taking connecting flights, it's better to carry on your luggage. Sometimes it can result in missing your connection, as a client found out this weekend.
By |December 19th, 2012|Today|11 Comments|